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3 nights at the beach

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3 nights at the beach

We are visiting Guayaquil for 3 nights before the galapagos and 1 night after. I was thinking to see Malecon, Las Peñas, etc for that 1 night. For the 3 nights, I was checking out Montañita because it looks like it has a cool beach hut atmosphere. It seems a bit far however (2.5-3hr bus ride each way) and I don't want to spend too much time in transit. Are there any other beaches closer to Guayaquil that have this same beach hut scene?

Also, will it be cold swimming in June/July?

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1. Re: 3 nights at the beach

not at all, for sure the weather will be great in June / July.

Montañita is an amazing beach, cool atmosphere, it is save for turists and you can meet people from almost all the world!

Other beaches you can visit: Salinas or Playas (closer to Guayaquil-1 hour). In Playas we were afraid of thieves specially after 6pm, but during the day it was cool although we preferred staying in the private beach in our hotel named Bellavista (its logo is a Denmark flag), great hotel !

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i loved salinas,and the seafood and cevicherias are excellent.

-but you won't find the hippie vibe there,you'll have to goto montanita for that.

>salinas is more like ecuador meets a bit of miami,but in a nice ,quiet sort of way.nice beach also.

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3. Re: 3 nights at the beach

Guayaquil is located right on the coast, a few miles down from the Pacific Ocean, there are several beaches close by, Playas for example is only 45 minutes away, now days it has a brand new highway that takes you there, if you like something more touristic I would recommend Salinas instead, it does has great night life, and of curse there is always Montanita few miles north of Salinas, with many bars and hostels to choose from.

Enjoy your visit to Guayaquil and it's beautiful beaches, try the fresh seafood available on all the markets. My favors are the "Ceviche" made of seafood n limes they have plenty variety like Shrimp, Lobster, Clams, Octopus, Oysters, etc... ceviches, rice, salads you name it they got it. Enjoy it!!

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Now that we've been there, Montañita was actually a great side trip after all. We definitely didn't want touristy, and this was something in between. It ended up being about 4.5 hours taking the local bus there, and 3 hours taking the CLP coach bus back. At terminal terrestre near Guayaquil airport (really busy and chaotic), we went to the CLP window to buy tickets for the 1pm coach bus. Unfortunately the bus was sold out and had to take a local bus (around same $5.50 price, but ran every 15 min) to Santa Elena (half way to Montañita). From there, we had to hop off and quickly on to another local bus going to Montañita ($.75 paid on bus). Overall, it was dark, dirty, no A/C, standing room, with stops every 15-20min on the side of the road, with street vendors hopping on/off selling water/food. Try to get the CLP bus instead, which are roomy, luxury coach buses with a bathroom and a/c. In Montañita, it was easy figure out the streets and once on the beach, we easily found our hostal Kundalini right on the sands. The small town had lots of hostals, hippies selling crafts on the streets, bar vendors selling drinks at night. Unfortunately there are a lot of stray dogs everywhere, wild on the beach and streets- very sad. The water was great to swim in one day (mid-June), but overcast and cold the other two days we were there. It was nice to just watch the surfers anyways (although this was the empty low season). The best meals we had were at the quick roasted chicken places, where they only sell chicken with rice and beans. It was fresh, tasty and cheap ($4 plate). The touristy restaurants weren't as good and of course more expensive. Saturday night, the beach clubs started pumping their music around midnight, but the sounds of the crashing waves actually drowned out the noise where we stayed a few doors down on the beach.

Edited: 7:04 pm, September 21, 2011
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