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Santa Marianita

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Santa Marianita

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For other places with the same name, see Santa Marianita (disambiguation).

Santa Marianita is a quiet fishing village south of Manta, at the Pacific coast of Ecuador in the Manabi province. It has a kilometer long beautiful beach, where pelicans fly over the waves, whales come close to shore, and sea turtle eggs find life. Thanks to its windy conditions April to December it is also a great spot to go kitesurfing. Different kitesurfing schools offer lessons for beginners.

Get in[edit]

From Manta it is a 20 minutes drive south, via the ruta del spondylus (the old ruta del sol). "Camionettas", the public transport between Manta and Santa Marianita, depart every 20 minutes from calle 12 avenida 17 in the center of Manta (close to the mercado central) and cost 1 dollar. A taxi would cost between 10 and 15 dollar.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Kitesurfing: Santa Marianita's season is from April to December. You will find very nice thermic kitesurfing wind. Three different schools offer classes, and there are spots with nice waves for the more advanced riders.
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding and Surfing
  • Bosque de Pacoche: a 20 minute drive along the pacoche dry river takes you from dry-quasi-desert-Santa Marianita, to wet-tropical-forest-Pacoche. The change in climate is astonishing! The forest of Pacoche is protected natural area where a guided tour shows you around, from monkeys to tarantulas and hundred year old trees.
  • La Roca: La Roca is a rock formation at the end of the beach. Clime up, because the most beautiful arc cannot be seen just by walking along!
  • Beach Tennis: Cabaña Punta la Barca has a small beach tennis court, and rent rackets for 1$ (guests play for free of charge).
  • Volunteering: give swimming classes: lots of kids in the village of Santa Marianita don't know how to swim and have nobody to teach them. Cabaña Punta la Barca is arranging swimming classes and is always happy to give accommodation to experienced swim teachers to help out!


  • Kitesurfing
  • Spanish: locals from the village give conversation sessions for those who want to improve talking more fluently. Ask in hostal Cabaña Punta la Barca.

Buy[edit][add listing]

As Santa Marianita isn't at all touristic, you won't find big shops. Neither is there a bank, so be sure to take out cash from Manta. In the village, there are lots of little home shops where you can get everything to survive though. In the village you will find a small Mini-Market with basic food. For fresh food you rely mostly on small pick up trucks travelling around the area 1 or 2 days a week.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Ecuablue: Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday by far the very best place in Santa Marianita. Pizza, burgers, amazing fish tacos. Its on the beach with amazing views and viewing sunset from the top deck is an experience. Prices are inline with the other restaurants on the beach.
  • Village cabaña: If you go left before the Mini-Market you will get to a small wooden hut where a family sells well made dishes. It is usually two older folks sitting there and waiting for you. Snacks start at 0.50 dollar and a dish with fish, rice, plantines will cost you 2.50 dollar.

  • Las cabañas: at the beach, a few cabañas offer local food during the day - mainly the fish gathered by the fisherman from the village. Muy rico!! Prices are around 6 dollar.
  • Hotels: The hotels and resorts around the touristic part of the beach offer food as well. But be prepared to pay 4 or 5 times as much as for local food made by the villagers.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hostal cabaña Punta la Barca: A backpackers hostel made of bamboo and wood, located in the village 50 meters from the beach. Best view in town. Up from a small hill you will oversee the whole beach. Beds are at 12$, and come with free breakfast, wifi, common kitchen & relax area. For any activities or even volunteering and Spanish classes you will get information by the local owner Juan and his Belgium girlfriend Inge.

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