Salinas is a city in the province of Santa Elena, Ecuador.
Salinas is located 124 km from Guayaquil. To get in, you have to take Via a la Costa road. There are some transportation companies that can take you there like Liberpesa, CLP and Costa Azul. Besides these companies there are other companies that offer the same service for a little bit more of a price, but they take you on a private car and with a maximum of 4 people in it, so this is another option for the people that don't have their own car, and want to have a very comfortable trip to Salinas. For more information about shuttles you can check EcuadorBus. You can get to Salinas by car, and by plane. Salinas has an airport that is located at the Base of the airforce. That being said, heading directly to Salinas by plane is not too usual due to the fact that most people take a car from Guayaquil (because they're very close).
You can rent a car in Guayaquil and then easily drive around Salinas and the Ruta del Sol coastline. The most common complaint is high season December-March is crowded and noisy, and low season is dead.
Salinas gets mixed reviews from travelers, especially those that pass through for just a couple of days, and don't really have any idea about the place.
There is a lot of art made by hand from a lot of natives from Salinas, native and tourist from other countries around like Chile Argentina also come to Salinas to sell their things
A lot of the best seafood you can get along the coasts of Ecuador is here.
The restaurants are basically specialized in seafood. The typical food are for example: the shrimp ceviche, arroz marinero and many others. Some of the places that you can find all the types of seafood that you will like to try once you are in Salinas are: Restaurant Mar Y Tierra: This is one fo the most prestigious restaurants in Salinas, because of the time they have been working, and also because the food is delicious, if you go to Salinas you must go to Mar y Tierra to eat. The best ceviche or at least the most famous places for ceviches are two: Cevichelandia, and la lojanita. They are located in the second street, one street from the Malecon. Besides this in the malecon street, you can find a lot of restaurants, that are chepaer but are still good. The seafood is not the only famous food, also the "carne en palito" and the "arroz con menestra" are also really good. One of the best "arroz con menestra" can be found in Carloncho, a restaurant that is in the malecon.
Salinas offers many attractions at night, and the night life is very diverse for every taste. If you just want to relax, you have the opportunity to go the malecon street, walk around there, visit the Artesanias a places where all the natives and some foreing people make jewerly with shelves and with many other things, this is a very attractive place. For, the people that want to spend the night with theri children and family, there is also the movie theather and shopping center that is ubicated 20 minutes frm Salinas and is named "El Paseo Shopping Center". And, for young people that are looking for something more exciting and entertain Salinas offers a variety of bars and clubs that are located all around the city, you can find some of them in the Malecon Street.
Salinas offers a variety of Hotels. There are Hotels for any economic accommodation. The more expensive Hotel are located in the principal street known as the Malecon.
You can go back to Guayaquil by bus. You can also go north by the Ruta del Sol all the way to Manta (6 hours by bus).