Known for its picturesque beaches, Salinas is the biggest resort town on Ecuador’s south coast. It’s home to the most westerly point on the Ecuadorian mainland in addition to excellent museums and quaint restaurants serving delicious Ecuadorian-style ceviche.
Things to do in Salinas
Many of the best beaches on the Pacific Coast of Ecuador are near Salinas. Go beachcombing in Playa de Chipipe, visit the famous Montanita beach or hang out with surfers at Punta Brava.
La Chocolatera is noted for being the westernmost point in Ecuador. The stretch of land sticks out into the Pacific Ocean and features a historic market and picturesque lighthouse. Nearby you can enjoy sunset at Mirador Puntilla de Santa Elena or spot a colony of South American sea lions at La Loberia.
Wildlife watchers can visit the wetlands of Lagunas de Excusal, home to iconic birds of Ecuador, such as the black-necked stilt, white-cheeked pintail and snowy egret. If you time your visit right, you might even spot the migrating colony of Chilean flamingos hanging out in the lush marshlands.
Interested in the history of the area? Learn about some of the first civilisations in Ecuador at the Museum of Los Amantes in neighbouring Santa Elena. It’s also the site of the ancient burial ground from the Vegas people who occupied the area around 9,000 BCE.
Getting around Salinas
José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport is a two-hour drive from Salinas. The most convenient way to get around is by car, while buses and taxis are also available.