Let me describe Ecuador’s most visited coastal resort town called Salinas. I got there in 2 hours of driving from main city of Guayaquil with international airport. While staying in Salinas I discovered great street and beach food, an excellent restaurants and variety of delicious sea food. Also Salinas is good staring point to explore whole Santa Elena Province and offers modern accommodations facing ocean. While enjoying time there, I realized it looks bit similar to Miami in US.
It’s good to know, that Ecuador is getting more attention from american and european surfers in recent years. But Salinas bay is very calm and more suitable for other water sports, fishing or bird and whale watching. In other words, don’t expect any surfing in Salinas, but nearby beaches offer great waves.
So you might be asking, what else to do there? Well, checkout my list below!
1. Try delicious Ecuadorian seafood
Most importantly, it’s not only about restaurants or street food. You can get fresh lobsters and crabs just right on the street. Really, Ecuadorian seafood is something you need to try in all forms.
2. Enjoy walks on the beach
Those who love walks should take an advantage of nice sand beaches. You can get up earlier to avoid strong sun and enjoy yourself in the morning. Or you can get your pets on board as well.
3. Find your favorite water sport
Salinas is not suitable for surfing, as you can see water on pictures. But this gives many opportunities for example like sailing on the yacht, jet skiing, banana boating, decent snorkeling or just swimming with friends.
4. Morning bird watching
Watching pelicans fishing was a stunning experience. That hard working pelicans made my day.
5. Visit local restaurants
6. Stay in luxury hotel
You can get pretty cheap accommodation in local hostels and will provide decent services. But if you aren’t on budget, book luxury hotel with hilarious view to fully experience the town.
7. Appreciate Ecuadorian nature
8. Look for interesting areas in Salinas
9. Explore Salinas at night
See how it looks in my video..