Bienvenidos a Montanita!
Located 2 1/2 hours southwest of Guayaquil, Montanita has become a must-stop on the west coast of South America. This small town has become famous for its beach, surf, and laid-back atmosphere, attracting international tourists who have come to share in the magic and undeniable energy of this place. With a diverse population of people from all over the world, varied nightlife, and delicious food, there is something for everyone!
The town of Montanita is an interesting place still trying to decide which direction it wants to go. Considered to be “an off-the-beaten-path” destination, the majority of tourism still comes from South America. This is the town that surfs by day and enjoys their parties by night. There is a plethora of delicious restaurants and some really great people-watching to be found in the midst of it all! 😉
The village of Montanita is quite simple and consists of a few offshoot streets all lined with funky restaurants, hostels, internet cafes, and shops. Artisans sell jewelry and handicrafts, street vendors sell warm Arepas and cool Ceviche, and there is always something happening on la calle de cocteles. It is one of the most interesting villages in South America, with residents and tourists mixing with the local community. Because of this, most travelers find its incredible, natural ambiance difficult to leave!
Attractions near Montanita
Not only the town is interesting. You can also do trips to some of the best tourist attractions of Ecuador which are close to Montanita:
- Whale watching on the coast. (May to September)
- Visit the Isla de la Plata and snorkel at Isla Salango.
- Visit the nearby waterfall in Dos Mangas on horseback
- See the beautiful beach of Los Frailes, located in the National Park Machalilla.
There is no better place to learn Spanish in South America. Beach, sun, waves, food, amazing people, and even more amazing sunsets! Life is good in Montanita!