Salinas Ecuador

Salinas Ecuador is one of the country's best and most exclusive beach resorts. It's a great beach to truly relax during the day and party during the night.

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Located at the Westernmost tip of the Santa Elena Province, 140 Kilometers (88 miles) from the port city of Guayaquil. The most luxurious and modern accommodations are found on this beach.

Salinas Beach

Salinas Ecuador beach

Salinas (salt mine) got its name because salt used to be extracted from this region located on the Santa Elena peninsula, the furthest western point of Ecuador on the Pacific Ocean.

The boardwalk of Salinas is a safe place that offers lots of entertainment day and night.

The beach front is lined with high-rise apartment buildings, while the rest of the village spreads inland, with more typical coastal constructions.

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Salinas Ecuador has excellent restaurants and hotels, it is a resort for stylish sunbathing during the day and upscale disco-dancing at night. The water of the ocean is warm year-round.

The 15-Kilometer (9.5 miles) wide sandy beach, in a half-moon shape, is divided into two sections by the Salinas Yacht Club, the West side is nicer, while to the east there are water skiers and other people doing water sports like jet ski or wind surfing.

Jet skies and surfing equipment can be rented. The Salinas waterfront Malecon teams with classy seafood restaurants and ice cream parlors.

The road to Salinas Ecuador is lined by the tropical dry forest. First stop is at a small on-site museum of The Lovers of Sumpa, two embracing skeletons of a man and woman dating back to 7000 years ago.

This site of Las Vegas culture is the oldest well-documented pre-ceramic camp in Ecuador.

Salinas is surrounded by seemingly barren flatlands, with pools where sea water evaporates leaving tons of salt behind. These man-made lagoons are visited by many kinds of shorebirds.

Salinas Ecuador hosts world deep sea sport fishing competitions, mainly for Tuna, Blue Martin and Black Marlin, but sailfish is also popular. Some world records have been obtained here.

There is a vast diversity of restaurants and cafeterias. On the Malecon, just two blocks away from the Barceló Colon Miramar, you can visit the Naval Archaeological Museum.

This small museum displays the vast archaeological richness of the region with samples of the Ecuadorian pre-Hispanic history.

The abundance of these sculptures in the region remains a mystery, but its known that they represent fertility of the women and the land.

These figurines hold a close relationship to similar representations in other cultures of the time, such as the Maya or the far Egyptian culture.

On the highway from Guayaquil to Salinas you can find this museum managed by the community descendant of the Valdivia culture. This Museum is ideal to observe the functioning of archaeological investigations.

Pictures and illustrations show the geological and cultural history of the place. Next to the museum is a 100 year old house made of caña guadua (wooden cane).

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Salinas Ecuador and the Sun's Route

This route guides you through the nature, history, entertainment, water sports and excellent services of the coastal provinces of Guayas and Manabi.

Nature lovers have the opportunity to explore unique dry forests with their two contrasting seasons and their rare fauna and flora, to observe the gigantic whales in the wild during their mating season, to dive within coral reefs surrounded by exotic sea life, to admire the numerous bird species of the region and submerge in the most isolated and exotic beaches. Just like in the Galapagos Beaches

If you are a sport inclined, there are plenty of opportunities to fish, sail, surf and dive. There is also good entertainment for all ages in Salinas Ecuador.

In addition you can find vestiges of an amazingly rich history, since the most antique cultures of America settled on the Coasts of South America.

When you visit Ecuador, get ready to relax and comfortably enjoy the tropical sun on Ecuador's Beaches.

Recommended Reading

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)
With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading! There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands
Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers. Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World
Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in. Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands
If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier. But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you. Small, well-priced, and reliable!

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire
The 10th anniversary edition of this photographer's tour of the Galapagos Islands is a stunning book, worthy of anybody's coffee table. This is a perfect post-trip talking point -- a great way to remember what you've seen, and spread the word amongst your envious friends!


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