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Montañita is Ecuador's answer to Goa. When you set foot in town, you enter a different reality — here the order of the day is sleeping until after midday, sunbathing and surfing in the afternoon and partying at night. The biggest draw for foreign travelers is the surfing, which is world-class. There are two- or three-meter breaks year-round and an international surfing competition every February. The beach itself is quite small with the tide coming right up to the hotels, but it's long and the best surfing is found north towards the point. Off the beach, there's not a huge amount to do in Montañita during the day, but at night, particularly ...

Montañita is Ecuador's answer to Goa. When you set foot in town, you enter a different reality — here the order of the day is sleeping until after midday, sunbathing and surfing in the afternoon and partying at night. The biggest draw for foreign travelers is the surfing, which is world-class. There are two- or three-meter breaks year-round and an international surfing competition every February. The beach itself is quite small with the tide coming right up to the hotels, but it's long and the best surfing is found north towards the point. Off the beach, there's not a huge amount to do in Montañita during the day, but at night, particularly high season weekends, it really heats up. Young Ecuadorians and foreign backpackers mix it up in the bars and there are a couple of very good discos in town that attract highly rated DJs. The surrounding dry forest of Chongon offers one of the few cultural opportunities in the vicinity; you can visit the local community of Dos Mangas, which makes a living from handicrafts, and hike in the forest to a set of waterfalls. When you've had enough of surfing and partying, head north to Machalilla National Park to hike in tropical forest and visit Isla de la Plata, known as the "Poor Man's Galapagos" for its birdlife.

Ben Westwood
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Ben Westwood is a former Daily Telegraph (London) travel journalist and author of several guidebooks including Moon Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands and Moon Cusco & Machu Picchu. He is also coauthor of the Rough Guide to South America.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Montañita is a small coastal town located in the province of Santa Elena about 180 kilometers northwest of Guayaquil. Translated as “little hill”, it became famous very slowly, decades ago, as a hippie place for surfing.
  • Language: Spanish
  • Currency: Ecuador Sucre
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    The town is very seasonal: it gets jam-packed on weekends between Christmas and Easter and is particularly busy in February. It's quieter between May and November.