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This area consists of a 3.5km-long cliff band that parallels the shoreline and then extends into the water. An isolated, sandy beach at the northeastern tip offers a spot away from the rest of the world. Glue-in anchors provide steep sport lines with a variety of difficulties. The area consists of two distinctly different rock types -- vertical streaked limestone and overhanging black marble -- for different styles of climbing. A combination of tropical climate, rock composition, and seaside elements force climbers to continually inspect and evaluate anchors and new anchor placement. A new standard has been established to mandate that all new route development at Playa Frontón is completed using UIAA-certified titanium glue-in bolts and anchors. Please message Giordanno DPC via Mountain Project for more information about guidelines for new route development. Please respect the area and help keep it clean, via the Leave No Trace policy.

Getting There

Several ways to approach this beach include hiking from Las Galeras, taking a small boat from Las Galeras, or parking at a place called Boca del Diablo (AKA the Blow Hole) and hiking to Frontón. Dirt roads are rough and the single track trail leads through coconut trees. Enjoy the adventure!

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Awesome climbing area. There are 5 or 6 bolted routes, but the bolts are sketchy and break. Definitely bring trad gear. The cliffs are 200+ feet, but there are ledges and smaller boulders that a top rope can easily be set up on. Higher a local for around 20$/person to get to Playa Fronton. Also, bring LOTS of water. We made the mistake of not bringing enough and had to survive on hot coconut water and the local owner got angry when he realized we had used all his coconuts. Definitely worth the adventure. Mar 26, 2014
Went here in January 2015. We took the boat, which was fun, but if you're on a budget, find someone to show you how to hike there (or explore on your own). We didn't hike, but a guy we met did and said from the place we were staying (El Cabito), it was maybe an hour hike. If you stay in Galeras, that would probably be 1.5 hour hike, maybe a bit longer.

The routes up the black overhanging rock look fun and burly, but the hangers and bolts all look old and I wouldn't trust the hardware or the rock (which looks a bit chossy). We spotted maybe 4 or 5 routes here but only climbed one (5.6ish).

A bit south (climber's left) is what seems to be a limestone cliff with some really fun lines and hardware that looks good. We didn't explore too much and found maybe 6 routes or so. We climbed a 5.easy to warm up. Then a bit to the right was what we think were a 12-, a 10-, and a 10+. The 10- was stellar! about 30 meters of continuous moderate climbing. The 12- was also fun: starts off easy, almost slabby, then steepens and then gets just a little overhung. Very fun routes. Feb 4, 2015
If you climb here please consider making a small donation to help the ongoing rebolting effort at the crags at Playa Fronton. We cannot improve the safety of climbing at this special place without help from climbers who use the area. We have a donation page linked below to make a donation.

So far, we have raised enough donations to purchase about 150 titanium glue-in bolts. These bolts will be installed in 2016 to replace the existing dangerous corroded steel hardware. Eventually, all bolts that are not titanium glue-ins will be chopped and replaced to eliminate uncertainty of condition/safety for climbers who are unfamiliar with the area. We will be starting with the most popular and highest quality routes. Routes that are seldom climbed or of poor quality will likely be chopped and scrapped. We will also be publishing a "living" route topo guide on a photographic base that will be updated as new routes are renovated or established. Please help support safe climbing at Playa Fronton!

Link to donation page: Mar 16, 2016
MoHAlixPr Walter
MoHAlixPr Walter   LEXINGTON
Anyone traveling here winter 2018/2019? Very interested in checking it out. Feb 21, 2018
Flagstaff, AZ
CourtneyC   Flagstaff, AZ
A beautiful, special place to get to climb. We were staying in Semana and the guagua ride plus boat there and back made for a long day so we only climbed a few pitches. However, the adventure of getting there, the beauty of the scenery, the friendliness of our guides, and the quality of the rock made for a special day regardless. An adventure destination more than a day focused on the climbing. If you love the sport, and have the opportunity, you must go. Aug 12, 2018
Jake DeeWaard
Grand Rapids, MI
Jake DeeWaard   Grand Rapids, MI
I am traveling here March 23-26 and want to climb here, it looks beautiful. I am looking for a local guide for myself (some previous sport climbing experience) and a friend that has no experience but will be taking classes indoor for the basics before coming. Dec 21, 2018 · Temporary Report