Ecuador Eco-friendly Tropical Beach Vacation

Playas at NightBeach StrollHoneymoon SuiteHousekeeping SuiteOur Own PomegranitesThe PatioShellfish GaloreQuiet BeachPlaza at Night
“ Excellent ”
16 Reviews
Hwy 19, Playas, undefined, Ecuador


Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
Type: Apartment
Per week: $165 - $195
Per month: $495 - $595
Pets allowed: No
Internet: Yes
Description of the Playas vacation apartment rental
We are a Canadian/Ecuadorian couple with three independent units around the patio of our home, which is located two short blocks from a lovely Pacific Ocean beach and a short walk to the center of town. We can accommodate singles, couples and families of four. We are friendly and informal and can help you to enjoy a relaxed time and to explore our local community.

We are LGBT friendly.

Note: we are a smoke-free environment.

At present we are taking reservations for a minimum of 5 nights.
Area Information
Playas is a small beach vacation and fishing village, located 90 km from Guayaquil. It has not become plastic and touristy, so it is ideal for anyone who wishes to have a more authentic experience. You can enjoy 14 km of tropical beach where there is swimming all year round. There is seafood and tropical fruits galore. Small food markets and local family run bakeries and restaurants. Nearby horseback riding, surfing, dolphin and bird watching, kayaking,mangrove exploration,local artisans, thermal baths, world famous archaeological sites. Also a good home base if you wish to explore other areas of Ecuador or Peru.

Availability Calendar


Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Jan 01 2015 Dec 31 2015 - - $195 $595 1 Week
Jan 01 2015 Dec 31 2015 - - $165 $495 1 Week
Deposits: twenty five percent
Payment Options: PayPal
Other Fees: Personal laundry: $5 per load for personal laundry


  • Beds

  • 1 Queen Bed
  • 1 Double Bed
  • 1 Twin Bed
  • Features

  • Beach Towels
  • Kayak
  • Linens Provided
  • Patio
  • High Speed Internet
  • Kitchenette
  • Parking Included
  • Appliances

  • Ceiling Fan
  • Hair Dryer
  • Radio
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Charcoal Grill
  • Iron
  • Refrigerator (Mini)
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Coffee Maker
  • Activities

  • Basketball Court
    (<1 mile)
  • Grocery Store
    (<1 mile)
  • Ocean
    (<1 mile)
  • Shopping Area
    (<1 mile)
  • Beach
    (<1 mile)
  • Gym/Fitness Center
    (<1 mile)
  • Park
    (<1 mile)
  • Surfing
    (<1 mile)
  • Bicycling
    (<1 mile)
  • Hiking
    (<1 mile)
  • Playground
    (<1 mile)
  • Kayaking
    (5 miles)
  • Boating
    (<1 mile)
  • Horseback Riding
    (<1 mile)
  • Restaurant
    (<1 mile)
  • Movie Theater
    (25 miles)
  • Deep Sea Fishing
    (<1 mile)

Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Lots of fresh seafoods and tropical fruit; local run restaurants and bakeries; sea adventures; archeological and eco exploring; surfing; sunshine!

Reviews for this vacation apartment rental in Playas, Ecuador

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Jacque McCarron

Jacque McCarron



November 29, 2014

I went alone,Carmen met me at the airport at 1am along with their trusty taxi driver Eric.I stayed there for 2 months and I had no problems at all.Although I couldn't speak Spanish Carmen guided me and we became friends.She introduced me to her friends and also the Ex-pat group,and we would go shopping together,and we would go out to various places. The housekeeping suite was kept spotless,and her garden was lovely. I would recommend this establishment to anyone be it a family or like me,solo. I would hope that we will remain friends,and I want to keep returning to Playas and "Gringoville " for as long as my health and check book allow me too.

Antonia Litsinger

Antonia Litsinger


Great place to stay

March 18, 2014

We were there for a month. Roger and Carmen are wonderful hosts. The room was adequate for our needs. Carmen was an angel accompanying me to the clinic when I strained my back and insisted we stay an extra day in order for me to heal up better. The patio area is comfortable. The bed and room were also quite comfortable. Playas is a nice quiet town (except on the weekends) so don't look for too many amenities or any high end restaurants, though we did find a few nice places to eat. We would definitely return.

Vickie Knuth

Vickie Knuth

Granbury, TX USA

The Best!

July 2, 2013

I stayed the entire month of June with Roger and Carmen and had a wonderful time. The unit I stayed in was very roomy and had everything I needed. Roger and Carmen are great, too! Roger had a map all ready for me as well as a "cheat sheet" of Spanish phrases. Staying with them gave me the opportunity to experience Ecuador as a native. I went to the beach almost everyday and walked all over Playas. I felt safe the entire time I was in Ecuador. If I do go back to Ecuador in the future, I will try to stay with Roger and Carmen. They are sweet people.

Carol Jean Leisch

Carol Jean Leisch


Caring Hosts in a small beach town

May 13, 2013

Playas was part of my 6 week solo trip as a senior. Roger and Carmen provided a safe and welcoming place for me to celebrate my 7Oth B-day. The room was clean and included a private bath,small refrigerator and an alcove kitchen for fixing simple meals .TV and books were available in the comfortable courtyard sitting area. The location was great for walking along the malecon to the new Mall with oceanview seating for the food court! Roger was very considerate and picked me up at the bus terminal. He also gave me a ride to a local restaurant I would have never found on my own. I enjoyed a gourmet B-Day lunch of creamy risotto and coconut shrimp for under $10! Later that evening Roger and Carmen invited me upstairs to their home for birthday cake and tea. So sweet! When I needed a taxi for the trip`from Playas to Salinas once again Roger willingly made these arrangements for me. During my stay I felt well cared for on a daily basis.

Niki and Murray Wright

Niki and Murray Wright

Toronto, Ontario Canada

Off the Beaten Path Experience

February 27, 2013

This accommodation suited our tastes for an 'authentic' and 'off the beaten path' experience of Ecuador. The apartment was clean and equipped with fridge and coffee maker for easy breakfast-time in the garden. Location is easy access to shops, markets and panoramic beach. The proprietor was friendly, highly informative and able to share a personal experience of Ecuador and recommend other suitable places to visit. We stayed one week but would have gladly stayed a month if we had the vacation time! We will definitely return. If you are seeking an authentic Ecuadorian experience, this is a perfect place to learn, see, listen, and absorb Ecuador.

Carl Fenske

Carl Fenske

North Carolina

Restful, Comfortable Accommodations

July 13, 2012

We stayed with Roger and Carmen in the Housekeeping Suite for one week. It is one room divided by an accordion-folding partition separating the bedroom from the kitchenette/dining/sitting area, and is approximately 425 square feet. The accommodations were clean and comfortable. Every three days, we received fresh linens and towels, the bathroom was cleaned, the floors were swept, and trash removed. The unit has a small refrigerator, two-burner electric hot plate, blender, coffee maker, pots and pans, cooking and eating utensils, and dishes; five gallons of bottled water is provided. We found the counter space to be limited for cooking meals, and the sink was small and has cold water only. The queen-sized bed was extremely comfortable. There was mosquito netting above, but it was not needed. The unit has limited ventilation and does not have air conditioning, but there is a ceiling fan above the bed and dining area. The bathroom is beautiful. It is fully tiled with modern fixtures and it has an excellent hot water shower-head. The walls and ceiling have minimal noise insulation. There is a common patio area with comfortable chairs and a television with cable TV. The best thing about Casa Playagringo is Roger and Carmen. They couldn't have been more accommodating. They sent a driver to the Guayaquil Airport who met us outside the baggage area and drove us back to Playas. We were given a map and orientation to the area, as well as advise on places to shop and eat, as well as safety. Roger checked in with us regularly, but not in an intrusive way. I think that we could be good friends. Playas is a quiet fishing village with a beautiful, wide beach. There is a vibrant mercado from where you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, and Super Tia for everything else. We enjoyed going to the central plaza to watch the iguanas come out of the trees to feed. Other than the beach, there is little to do there. We had a very restful week there. Compared to Quito and Cuenca, we found the city to be run-down and dirty.

Arne Hansen

Arne Hansen

Calgary, AB, Canada

Great place in Playas

February 18, 2012

We stayed week with Roger and Carmine in the large suite. Roger was most helpful and accommodating, orienting us to the highlights of Playas and assisting us in anyway he could. The courtyard is a very homey place to relax with gardens around. Our suite was very comfortable and the house is within a short walking distance to stores, restaurants and the beach is only a block away. We had a great time and would not hesitate to stay there again.

Jack Everett

Jack Everett

Satellite Beach, Florida


January 15, 2012

This property was not available, so we did not get to stay there.

Steve Aton

Steve Aton


Best Place to Stay in Playas!

October 26, 2011

This was our second trip to Playas and we again stayed with Roger and Carmen. It was like coming home to old friends! You are two blocks from a beautiful beach and several good restaurants. You can walk everywhere. It is also great to meet the other international guests, who frequently lounge in the covered patio. We have made good friends and had many hours of interesting conversation. If you want to do your own thing and not be bothered, that works too. This is definitely the best place to stay in Playas!

Chuck Hewitt

Chuck Hewitt

McGee's Crossroads, NC USA

House of the Cactus

October 19, 2011

We had a beautiful time . Carman and Roger were very helpful , They arranged transportaion to and from the airport . We were only blocks from the beach . It was a peaceful eco friendly trip ...I plan on returning soon

Nancy Kowalczyk Levin

Nancy Kowalczyk Levin

Salinas, Ecuador


September 7, 2011

We just spent the past 7 days with Roger and Carmen in their vacation home. To mention just a few of the great positives about this location...the LOCATION two very short blocks from a beautiful white sand beach that is so wide you will be left to enjoy the beauty of the ocean with few interruptions. Their accommodations are affordable, excellently maintained with large fluffy towels for both the bath and beach, firm mattress, hot water shower and a kitchenette for your use. We spent many an evening just sitting on the patio watching the sun set over Carmen's rose garden. You will be left alone if that is your choice but they will also spend time visiting with you. We totally enjoyed our vacation from our vacation and would recommend Playagringo if you are visiting General Villamil Playas. Staying with Roger and Carmen is like vacationing with old friends.

Carlyle Harris

Carlyle Harris

Terre Haute,Illinios


March 18, 2011

My room was cleaned very well, safe and cmfortable.The Patio has a down home feel.For the price I paid (525 USD) my room was worth it. Playas seemed like a very friendly community.The weather is hot in the summer but even then the mornings and evenings are cooler and fantastic.I enjoyed my stay. I would stay somewhere like this again.

Slavomir Olejar

Slavomir Olejar



February 7, 2011

Very professional couple. They will respond your e-mail even if there no vacancies. Looking forward to go there sometimes this year.

Giselle Deveres

Giselle Deveres

Vancouver, BC, Canada

More than a holiday room!

January 26, 2011

When I go on a holiday... I don't like to stay in a sterile hotel room - I wanted to learn and experience the true Ecuador! Roger & Carmen were welcoming and I felt comfortable, safe and relaxed. Their house is full of art and Roger has many interesting facts and stories to tell. BTW.. He makes the best pina coladas and Carmen taught me how to cook chicken with lime. Playas is a great little place where you can walk or ride a bike from the house or just take a two minute walk to the beach to catch a wave! Am I coming back? You Bet!

Karen Keener Monnier

Karen Keener Monnier

Illinois, USA

Comforts of Home

January 23, 2011

In the past our vacations consisted of staying at resorts. We decided to try a new experience. Roger and Carmen had what we were looking for. Their hospitality was above and beyond our expectations. Roger and Camen took the time to help us explore Playas. We found our experience to be quite educational. Not only was our stay rewarding, our suite was clean and comfortable including the necessary components. We plan to return after retirement and stay longer. Dave and Karen If the opportunity arises be sure and ask Roger about the "Single Malt Scotch"

Steve Boyle

Steve Boyle

Florida USA

Home from Home

January 9, 2011

There are four things that my wife and I expect from our accommodation. Clean, Friendly, hot showers and economic. This place ticks all four boxes.  We spent the month of December here and it was the perfect venue for the homely stay we were looking for. Roger and Carmen the owners went out of their way to show us around Playas. My wife and I have been traveling for over a year now through  Asia and South America and this is the friendliest and by far the cleanest place we have stayed. I guess the biggest compliment i can give is to say "We  will be back for a second stay".

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the nearest international airport?
A: Guayaquil
Q: How do we get to Playas from Guayaquil?
A: The distance from Guayaquil to Playas is about 60 miles or 100 km. There is bus service, but for safety and comfort we recommend our arranging for one of our reliable Playas taxis to meet you in Guayaquil and take you to our door. The cost for this is only $35.
Q: Is there reliable Internet and WiFi?
A: Yes
Q: Is your area safe?
A: Safety, of course, is relative. In our five years of operation we have never had an incident. We do our best to create a safe and secure environment in our home. By following common sense rules of safety when you are outside (e.g. don't wear expensive jewelry) we believe you are perfectly safe.
Q: Are there adequate medical facilities in case of illness or accident?
A: Yes, in Playas there are a number of general practitioners and a small government hospital with an emergency (no charge, even for non-Ecuadorians!). In Guayaquil there are all the specialists represented as well as modern hospitals. There are dentists in Playas, but none we know enough about to recommend. We go to Guayaquil for our own dental care, which costs less than half of North American dental services.

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