La Boca is a place just a few miles south of where we live in San Clemente, Ecuador. We love to take a journey to this little secret beach that lies in the crook of the San Jacinto River and the Pacific Ocean. While only miles away, we feel like we have been transported to another world. These sandy shores snuggle up right against a mangrove forest, that lends home to thousands of shorebirds, including a large number of the Great White Egret.
We typically seek out this beach at low tide, when the swirling river and ocean tides leave behind a moon-like landscape and water-filled jumping craters. We love to hop across these tiny temporary islands, pretending like we are astronauts jumping on the moon. And when we come across an ideal tide pool, we huddle in together to bask in nature’s hot tubs. Once we are refreshed, we go on a shell and creature hunt, to see who can find the best sea treasures.
It’s easy to lose track of time in this masterpiece of sea and sand, and it’s essential to bring water and a snack to survive an afternoon in the area’s forgotten beach. Part of the charm is the relative lack of tourists, vendors, restaurants, and vehicles. Although there are a select few desirable homes in the area, and the occasional ice cream man; one cannot be guaranteed any respite from the blistering sun.
Due to its remote area and unique mix of sea and salt water, some interesting observations and dwellers can be found here, not excluding a few rare and coveted large seashells.