It is a canton of the Province of Guayas, Ecuador. Its cantonal head is the city of General Villamil.
General Villamil, better known as Beaches. It is one of the main tourist destinations in Ecuador. Its cozy beaches have an excellent hotel infrastructure and services that make the visit and stay of thousands of national and foreign tourists. Playa Rosada, located near the lighthouse, is considered a peaceful place for bathers and especially for excursions.
You can visit the beautiful Sanctuary of the Virgin of the Rock characterized by its miraculous powers. Punta el Pelado on the road to the Engabao enclosure is another pleasant and quiet beach ideal for walks and camps with delicious typical food. Fishing is another of the native activities of the town of Playas. The prolonged droughts and the burning climate have desertified the soil. Everywhere there are algarrobo plants from which the famous algarrobita is obtained, which is an energetic of great quality. We also found pitahaya plantings. The commerce is the complementary activity to take care of the tourist as well as to cover the internal needs.
Relief Canton Beaches
The terrain is flat, to the north there are low hills such as Colorado, Verde, Picón and Cantera. The coasts are extensive, to the south the most important spas of the canton have been located.
Climate Canton Beaches
The climate is relatively dry with an average temperature of 24 ° C.
Flora Canton Beaches
The flora that predominates is Monte salty, muyuyo, carob tree where the famous carob is obtained, which is an energetic of great quality. We also found pitahaya plantings.
Fauna Canton Beaches
You can find a variety of avifauna such as: seagulls, herons, pelicans, albatross, cucube, etc. At certain times, a variety of species arrive on the coast, such as: sea lions, blue-footed boobies, including humpback whales. Bottlenose dolphins, locally called bufeos, reside in the surroundings of Puerto El Morro and Posorja.
Economic development Canton Beaches
Fishing is one of the main activities of the canton. At present there is an unusual commercial activity, thanks to the support of its population, and also have settled many commercial companies, shrimp and tuna industries.
The Ecuadorian sea offers Playas a succulent production of fish and shellfish, which-together with shrimp farming and tourism-are the main tasks of the Playenses.
Artisanal fishing by sea is significant both in domestic consumption and in the peninsular industry. In the Data sector of Posorja there are corn crops, although they are not very significant for the economy of the canton.
The commerce is the complementary activity to take care of the tourist as well as to cover the internal needs.
Tourism, although largely developed, lacks the implementation of services according to the importance of a canton that has this sector as its best option for its income.
Typical Food Canton Beaches
Oysters au gratin .- is made with seasoning and mustard, and served in its own shell that is cooked with a little butter. The shell of the oyster is the one that gives the flavor, it is put on the charcoal or on the stove. It is served accompanied by a portion of patacones.
Lisa roasted.- The mullet is one of the favorite fish in Puerto El Morro. The seasoning, the garlic and a little salt give it the flavor. This dish is served with avocado sauce and ripe roast.
Shrimp Ceviche.- Prepared with boiled shrimp, lemon juice, sour orange juice, mustard, tomato sauce, cilantro, pepper and onion. It is accompanied with popcorn, chifles or patacones.
Other typical foods.- The canton Playas have a wide variety of typical foods, fish sweat, mixed ceviches, seafood casserole, salted shrimp, fried corvina, grilled shrimp, fried fish, oyster ceviche, oyster breaded, among others .
Tourist places Cantón Playas
Playa General Villamil Cantón Beaches
The beach has long been a magnet to attract tourists, even more so when it is a spectacular place like General Villamil with all the amenities for visitors to enjoy the best vacations. This is the main beach of the canton is in front of the city and is the busiest for tourists at holiday times; for being inside the town, it offers all the amenities such as restaurants, hotels, craft shops and everything the tourist demands for their comfort.
Puerto Engabao Beach Canton Beaches
Enclosure Engabao is another nice and quiet beach ideal for walks and camps with delicious typical food. Everything related to our historical and cultural past can be found by visiting the House of Don Victor Estrada, which is a true reliquary of our heritage.
El Arenal beach Canton Beaches
It is an ideal place for those visitors who appreciate tourist events in high season guaranteeing their stay with residential constructions, it is located next to Data de Villamil. It is located in the El Arenal sector, via Posorja, it is a quiet beach ideal to rest in family, there are cabins to protect from the sun and to eat, comfortable hammocks, in times of massive influx of tourists artistic events and horseback riding.
Puerto El Morro Canton Beaches
It is another place of destination that can be visited located 14 km from General Villamil, you can go on tourist boats escorted by dolphins that are in a natural and wild state unique in the world that can not be missed to observe. Before reaching San Antonio, on the road to San Juan.
El Morro Canton Church Beaches
The church of this town is another icon of the history of the city of Belem, its construction was done by the native Indians from the year 1737, the characteristics that identify this church are its construction in wood, its great size, the harmonic conjugation between the elements that they conform it, the proportions and the expression of peace and mysticism that is felt to be under its fantastic edification. Today, this historic church is being remodeled with the collaboration of its inhabitants, preserving as much as possible its style and especially its combination of Christianity and tradition.
Construction of the new temple "Our Lady of Mercy Canton Beaches
For the construction of this great work it is worth mentioning the sacrificed work of the Reverend Father Martín de Sesman, who started the door-to-door collection by visiting all the social, cultural, sporting, commercial, touristic and people's places in general all the ends during the week, at the same time that the residents were doing mingas, raffles, donations and artistic programs that the benefactor families of Guayaquil supported with enthusiasm. With this great crusade the funds were raised to start the much desired work, it would mark a new era in Catholic society and in the decoration of the spa, since it is located in the heart of the town of Playas.
Water Walk Data Canton Beaches
In the Data Enclosure of Villamil belonging to the Canton Playas is the Estero, or Data de Villamil water trail, surrounded by mangroves inhabited by numerous birds characteristic of the region, here you can see herons, snowy herons, crow duck, frigates, sarapitos and much more. It is a beautiful adventure to navigate this path as it will always be accompanied by colorful singing birds that adorn the mangrove and contrast their colorful plumage with the greenery of the trees.
Art Gallery Hugo Lara Canton Beaches
This gallery is located in Avda. Paquizha and Jaime Roldós, where works by various artists and with different techniques are exhibited, in addition there are pieces of pottery belonging to other cultures. Different ornaments made with seashells and other elements that combined with colors and textures become true works of art.