We just can't stay away from the beach!! Salinas is one of the closest beaches to Cuenca. We feel comfortable and secure in Salinas. We've been here before and know our way around so we chose it for a five day mini-vacation. Though we're still going to be checking out the North Ecuador beaches in the future.
Frank and I we're saying how in the last 14 months of living in Cuenca we've been to the beach 3 times now and that is because it is affordable! The buses are cheap and comfortable to get here, and if you stay in a hostel or hotel one row back from the beach it is much better on the frugal-minded pocket book as well! You'll notice in the videos its high season now.