Libertador Bolívar: smooth lifestyle, tough name

Libertador Bolívar: smooth lifestyle, tough name

26 September , 2014 / Ecuador Travel

They say that life is more deliciuos at the sea. This is how it tastes in Libertador Bolívar. Photo: Tamara Yazigi.

Tamara Yazigi, Francia

The name Libertador Bolívar, which reminds me to the historical character (Simón Bolivar), sounds like a tough name for such a little town! There is only one street, two rows of houses on each sides, a hill behind and the beach ahead. The foreigners are rare compared to the famous Montañita, which is only at 10 min away.

On this town between Manglaralto and Montañita, you can find huts, with palm’s leaves on the roof, to lay your towel and rest. There is only one hostel in front of the sea, as the others are on the street behind. The town seems to be investing in tourism, building new hostels and such, but for now it’s still really unostentatious, and the residents offer their own home as bed & breakfast…

Es así como luce la hermosa playa de Libertador Bolívar, en la provincia de Santa Elena. Foto: Tomara Yazigi.
This is how Libertador Bolívar’s beach looks like. Photo: Tomara Yazigi.

For now it’s still really unostentatious, and the residents offer their own home as bed & breakfast…

Libertador Bolívar has three bars directly on the beach, which all look the same, but in are still very authentic: hammocks, palm leaves, bamboos and lounge music during the day. And let’s be serious, Ecuador’s coast without music is not Ecuador!

You can rent surfboards, bodyboards and canoes for USD$ 3 or USD$5 per hour. The sea is a bit agitated, but just enough to play with the waves! And at last, the sunset here is astonishing!

Libertador Bolívar is one of the most authentic beaches I’ve seen, until now, in Ecuador and small enough to enjoy a weekend of relaxation.

Libertador Bolívar is one of the most authentic beaches I’ve seen, until now, in Ecuador and small enough to enjoy a weekend of relaxation.

While some swim, others fly, aligned with a golden horizon. Photo: Tamara Yazigi.
While some swim, others fly, aligned with a golden horizon. Photo: Tamara Yazigi.