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Salinas (Ecuador)

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Salinas is a city in the province of Santa Elena, Ecuador.


Get in[edit]

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).

Get around[edit]

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.

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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.

  • Nearby attraction is La Chocolatera, which is a landmark at the farthest point of the peninsula located within the Base of the FAE (naval base). Tourists are allowed to enter, but they must ask for permission at the gate which is located at the end of Chipipe. The gate is close to the town, but you need transportation to get to La Chocolatera itself. At La chocolatera is a beach that turtles use to lay their eggs, people are prohibited from using the beach. And the main point of interest is the big waves and the very dangerous that the water is in this place. From La Chocolatera one can view Mar Bravo beach and Punta Carnero Beach which is 2,500 meters long and is 10 Minutes from Salinas and is a international spot for surfing.

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  • Salinas is a beach resort, so everything that to do with the sea, the beach, the sun is what you can and should do in Salinas. Besides the swimming and sunbathing, there are several attractions, one of the biggest attractions is the water park Aqua Adventure {not sure about this, thought it was defunct}.
  • There are plenty of water sport options. Among the most popular water sports that people practice the most are, jet ski, surfing, fishing, waterskiing and wake boarding.

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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

Eat[edit][add listing]

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.

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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.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

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.

  • Caravel, General Enriquez Gallo and Jose Alberto Estrella street EC241550, Salinas, +593 9 983717487 (). Hotel. The best price quality Hotel on the block of the Malecon for travelers and families.Located Av General Enrique Gallo near to the fire stacion.Οffer rooms with hot water, air fan, A/C, TV.  edit
  • Colón Salinas, Malecon entre la 38 y la 40, Salinas 241550, +593 4 277 1610, [1]. The best Hotel in Salinas for people that want to have the vacation of thei lives, but also that are not worry about spending a little bit of money to have a nice trip or maybe holiday or vacation.  edit
  • El Marinero, Humberto Garcés Gonzalez, Salinas 241550, +593 4 277 3130 (), [2]. A brand Hotel, very luxury, especially for tourists looking for the combination between, luxury and comfortability. It counts with 10 rooms.  edit
  • Mediterraneo, (Hotel situated in the 9th av between streets 20 and 21), +593 4 277 1778. Hotel counts with 40 rooms, and is a very affordable hotel for any tourist, and visitor.  edit
  • Salinas, (Av General Enrique Gallo & Street 27), +593 4 277 1700 (), [3]. Not a luxury Hotel, but this is a traditional hotel, that will make you feel very close to the Salinenses culture.  edit
  • Sun Beach Salinas, Av Carlos Espinoza entre Calle 36 y 37, Salinas, +593 4 293 0193, [4]. Hotel. This is hotel for the people who want to be a little bit separated from the crowd and relax, not a luxury hotel, but very comfortable. It is located the Principal Av one block from Rubira school.  edit

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Get out[edit]

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).

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