We had not planned on travelling to Montanita on our 3 week trip to Ecuador but after a few nice days in Bahia de Caraquez we decided to spend more time along the coast. In all, 'we' were comprised of 4 adults and 2 children (3 and 5 yrs).
We booked a couple of rooms the day before our arrival via telephone.
After a 5 hr car ride along the coastline we arrived at Baja Montanita in the darkness. If you or your driver have never been to Montanita I suggest you arrive during daylight hours. Finding the resort took some work but thanks to a few strolling hippies they pointed us in the right direction.
The check-in process was smooth. We were given 2 rooms. Each room contained a master bed (queen size) and a separate area with bunk beds and a bathroom. The rooms were clean. Note that there was a musty seaside smell in the rooms but this is to be expected being so close to the shoreline. I will stress that the rooms were clean.
Waking up the next day and opening up the curtains to a full view of the beach and crashing waves was a treat.
Breakfast was nice with fresh breads, fresh fruit juices, ecuadorian style coffee (lots of warmed milk with a little coffee), and eggs (poached, fried, scrambled) and cereals.
The hotel was pretty much empty while we were there. We were told that their busy season was over. They apparently host a Billabong surfing event in ?April with thousands of tourists flooding the area.
The beach is wonderful and clean. No rocks. Waves are fun and are manageable close to shore. Out a bit further they get bigger. We rented chairs and boogey boards and had lots of fun while the kids frolicked in the shallower water and made sand castles.
The town is very unique..... I don't recall seeing anybody over the age of 40! It seemed very safe, day or night. It was a relaxed atmosphere with one street containing mostly hostels, restaurants, surf shops, and clothing stores. Along the sides of the street hippies set up little tables and sell little trinketts.
The lunch at Baja Montanita and dinner was the same menu. The food was prepared very well. I had a thick steak there a few times, always cooked to my liking. The service was personable and friendly.
At night they kept a bar open near the pool. Since there was very few guests at this time the bar was empty. The bartender was a young happy fellow, probably helped himself a little too much to the bar during his downtime! The only thing that surprised me was the cost of a beer. He charged me $7 US for 2 large cans. When I asked someone else the next day I was quoted the same price. I guess this is how they make a more money. If you plan on drinking a few while at the hotel I would suggest going to town and buying them there.
The hotel had internet which helped us plan the next stage of our trip.
Overall we loved Baja Montanita. If you are looking for a trip off the beaten path but yet well serviced I would recommend Montanita. Be prepared to see lots of dreadlocks, barefeet, dogs, and surfboards. Weather was beautiful, people friendly and it feels different than any other resort-like town.
Baja Montanita was obviously the best hotel in the area.
We payed $75 a night each room. The steak dinner was $9.00 and the breakfast was $4.00. The shrimp ceviche was very good there also.
They had satellite TV and hot water.
Beach chairs were $4 a day and Boogey boards $9 for 3 hrs.
I loved it and will be going back again. Next time I'll spend more time and learn how to surf!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Baja Montanita has comfortable rooms and various amenities for your comfort, all located opposite the pool and great ocean views.The hotel has 12 suites family of 4, 5 and 6 people. Each with 2 rooms, ideal to enjoy with family or friends.It has separate private bath in each area, hot water, sea view, with cable TV, air conditioning, internet, coffee bar, located on the seafront and is perfect for surfing, laundry, service room, pool, security. ... more less
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