South America is known for its friendly people, amazing food, rugged mountains and rich and varied culture. Millions of people visit this continent to get a good dose of each every year. Sometimes you need to put your health first, take a break from it all and visit some incredible beaches to work on your tan and your headspace.
But the continent also has some of the best weather and beaches anywhere. Some say that it is a well-kept secret and many of the locals in other countries want to keep it that way. While others say that it is just bad marketing that keeps South American beaches from being as well publicized as those in Europe and Asia. Whatever the case, there are some great ones that do not get the publicity. Here are a few that you need to consider when you want to spend time on a beautiful beach.
Montañita Beach, Ecuador
In Ecuador, there is a very low-key beach town called Montañita. This sleepy seaside community has become a favorite for gringos wanting to put down roots in a cost effective community where they can surf during the day siesta in the afternoon and drink cheap tequila with the locals at night. This low-key style of life will remove all the stress from your life, leave you feeling energized and focused.
Visitors should expect cheap home-made food served in comfortable but not fancy hotels and restaurants and an endlessly laid back beach holiday filled with swimming, scuba and snorkeling. But the highlight of the town is the surfing that attracts die hard wave riders from all over the world. The beach break is filled with surfers most of the year and most crowded from December to May. It mainly attracts experienced riders and beginners should note that the waves can be big, and riptides are common. Wave heights can reach up to 3 meters on the north end of the beach. Montañita hosts an international surf competition is usually held in February, around Carnival.
Anakena Beach, Easter Island, Chile
When you think of Chile’s Easter Island, you think of the statues of the large heads that dot the island creating a cultural and architectural marvel that is one of the wonders of the world. However too few also know that Easter Island has some of the most beautiful beaches anywhere. Being such an isolated place, a great spot to get head straight. If you’re looking to disconnect from it all for the sake of your sanity, harder to get more remote than here.
Anakena Beach, located on Easter Island is stunning, with white sand and calm warm waters. Look to hit the beach in the mornings, when it is almost deserted and you will find the tranquility that islanders for thousands of years have enjoyed. The swimming is great right into the evening and the beach is all yours every day of the week.
The sunniest region in Peru is home to a quiet yet alluring small town called Mancora, which is home to one of South America’s premiere beaches. The town is famous for its open air restaurants that allow diners to take in the sun while they enjoy their tamales and beer and look right into the beautiful blue green Pacific.
Throughout the summer both local and international travelers make the trip here to relax on the beach while catching some good sun and enjoying the beautiful ocean views. During the day the beach is busy, but at night is when it really comes alive. There are many clubs on the beach so the parties are in full swing. A little nightlife can do wonders to really let you unwind on your vacation.
These beaches paradises could be just what the doctor ordered if you’re looking for a healthy break. Sometimes playing in paradise is the best medicine and easier on the body than the alternatives.