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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 maximun 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 comfortbale trip to Salinas. 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. Anyone with a drivers license from any country can rent and prices start at $25 per day.
Salinas is a beach, so everything that have to do with the sea, the beach, the sun is what you can and should do in Salinas. There are several attractions, one of the biggest attractions is the water park Aqua Adventure, this is a very good choice for every tourist to spend one of their days. Water sports are the biggest attraction and what most people do in Salinas. Among the most popular water sports that people practice the most are, surfing, fishing, and wake boarding. Another biggest attraction is the Chocolatera, it is located in the Base of the FAE, tourists are allowed to come in but they have to ask for permission at the gate, because many people have died here. La chocolatera is a beach, but that you can only see it from above, and the nice thing about this beach are the biggest waves and the very dangerous that the water is in this place. The Punta Carnero Beach is 2,500 meters long and is 10 Minutes from Salinas and is a international spot for surfing.
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, there are 1 to 5 stars hotels. The more expensive Hotel are located in the principal street known as the Malecon.
Hotel Sun Beach, Phone: (001)(5934)2930193. This is a hotel for the people that want to be a little bit separate from the crowd and relax, not a luxury hotel, but very comfortable. It is located the Principal Av one block from Rubira school.
Hotel Mediterraneo,Phone: (001)(5934)2771778. A 4 stars very comfortable hotel,ubicated in the 9th av between streets 20 & 21. Its counts with 40 rooms, and is a very affordable hotel for any tourist, and visitor.
Hotel El Marinero, (001)(5934)2773966. A brand new Hotel open this last summer, very luxury, especially for tourists looking for the combination between, luxury and comfortability. It counts with 10 rooms, and it is located in Chipipe av 12 of Ocotber & street Humberto Graces.
Hotel Salinas, Phone: (001)(5934)2772993. Not a luxury Hotel, but this is a traditional hotel. that will make you feel very close to the Salinenses culture. It is located in Av General Enrique Gallo & Street 27.
Barcelo Colon Miramar,Phone: (001)(5934) 2771610. The best Hotel in Salinas, this is a 5 stars hotel, it is 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. It is located in the Malecon a perfect location, between streets 38 &40.