Fodor's Expert Review Playa Ritoque
Just north of the Mantagua humedal (wetlands), a long stretch of enormous sand dunes and golden sands hugs the coastline for 7 km (4 miles) to the southern edge of Quinteros, where it's called Playa de Ritoque. This beautiful long beach is too open for safe swimming, but ideal for strolling, sunbathing, fishing, and in some areas, surfing. Watch out for all-terrain vehicles and the occasional horse cruising along the more secluded sections of the beach. There are a few restaurants and kiosks on the beach proper, but nothing for the solitary miles along the dunes. Amenities: food and drink; parking. Best for: solitude; sunset; surfing; walking.