March 07, 2013

Wonders of Salinas Beach Ecuador - January 2013


It's high season on the beaches of Ecuador. Salinas was packed with Ecuadorian families mostly and few foreigners. By noon time the tide comes in all the way up to the rocks and doesn't go back out until around 5pm or so in the evening. San Lorenzo beach in Salinas is not very wide so it really gets packed with people, and when the tide starts coming in everyone slowly moves their beach umbrellas a little bit closer to the wall and the beaches become more and more packed.


A good time to enjoy the beach this time of year is walking the whole beach early in the morning when the tide is out; it is a very enjoyable walk and is good exercise. Walking from one end to the other takes about 30 minutes. Chipipe beach is a much wider beach but during high season it too gets packed. However, your chances of finding a spot on the beach to lay down your beach towel and get some sun are much better on Chipipe beach.

               

9 comments:

  1. What is the temperature this time of the year at the beach?

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    1. The temperature is in the mid to upper 70's; it does rise into the low 80's as well. It is a bit more humid this time of year also.

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  2. Hi Frank and Angie,

    How warm is the ocean water down there in Equador?

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    1. The water is cold in Salinas because the Humboldt Current runs through the area...but it doesn't keep anyone out of the water.

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  3. Have you thought about going on a whale watching tour? We went in June last year and found a private tour for 4 in Puerto Lopez for $70 total. Was so worth it! $17.50 per person for a 3-4 hour tour and we saw whales!

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    1. We went for a 45 minute boat ride in the Salinas bay for $5. Saw lots of Pelicans etc. but no whales...

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  4. Come on down in a few months -- June to August and we'll go visit the whales ... Susan

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  5. Hi Frank and Angie,

    I saw your great video when you two were visiting Salinas. You mentioned that you were staying in a hotel for a significantly lower price of ($20-25). Would you please send me the name of the hotel and also would you rent from that hotel again? We stayed in Cuenca in 2011 for 2 weeks and really liked it;however, it was too chilly. Montanita was too small, but does have nice beaches. We are returning to Ecuador in August and will stay a couple of days in Salinas and a week in Manta as we are looking for a place to relocate. Would you share your opinion of Salinas? Have you been to Manta? Thanks in advance for your time and any information you can give me.

    Best Regards,

    Jan:)
    jantorbit@hotmail.com

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  6. An important point of being in a country like this is the pricing structure. Readers of the DIYCuencaLandingGuide understand that the prices we get are not the prices originally quoted. The prices listed on this website we were able to get BECAUSE WE ASKED FOR AND NEGOTIATED A DISCOUNT. The emphasis is important. We also don't list personal information even if of a commercial nature, because, too many people going there and then doors would close and prices would go up.
    In the DIYGuide we give people a feel for how to get the right price on your own, then you will have the confidence to go out throughout this country and get the local rates where ever you go!!!

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