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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Montañita

Ecuador

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Aproximadamente

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Latitude: 1° 49.169' S
Longitude: 80° 45.444' W

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Plane to Guayaquil, bus to Santa Elena, and taxi or bus to Manglar Alto- Montanita. Anywhere you can find a taxi, bus ask them and they will tell you, or if you are lucky they'll take you.
Best way is from the main bus terminal in Gauyaquil. The CLP luxury bus runs DIRECT to Montanita three times per day - 5 am, 1 pm, 4.30 pm and takes from 2.5 to 3.5 hours depending on traffic.

English (Translate this text in English): Plane to Guayaquil, bus to Santa Elena, and taxi or bus to Manglar Alto- Montanita. Anywhere you can find a taxi, bus ask them and they will tell you, or if you are lucky they'll take you.
Best way is from the main bus terminal in Gauyaquil. The CLP luxury bus runs DIRECT to Montanita three times per day - 5 am, 1 pm, 4.30 pm and takes from 2.5 to 3.5 hours depending on traffic.

English (Translate this text in English): Plane to Guayaquil, bus to Santa Elena, and taxi or bus to Manglar Alto- Montanita. Anywhere you can find a taxi, bus ask them and they will tell you, or if you are lucky they'll take you.
Best way is from the main bus terminal in Gauyaquil. The CLP luxury bus runs DIRECT to Montanita three times per day - 5 am, 1 pm, 4.30 pm and takes from 2.5 to 3.5 hours depending on traffic.

English (Translate this text in English): Plane to Guayaquil, bus to Santa Elena, and taxi or bus to Manglar Alto- Montanita. Anywhere you can find a taxi, bus ask them and they will tell you, or if you are lucky they'll take you.
Best way is from the main bus terminal in Gauyaquil. The CLP luxury bus runs DIRECT to Montanita three times per day - 5 am, 1 pm, 4.30 pm and takes from 2.5 to 3.5 hours depending on traffic.

DistanceSurf trip

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special access4x4

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypePoint-break

DirectionRight

BottomSandy with rock

Power

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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 Additional Information

Two distinct peaks, inside (southern) peak is preferred, longer and cleaner rides. On big NW it can all line up. Low tide can offer ledgy barrells on all swells. Higher tide the wave turns into a performance wall.

English (Translate this text in English): Two distinct peaks, inside (southern) peak is preferred, longer and cleaner rides. On big NW it can all line up. Low tide can offer ledgy barrells on all swells. Higher tide the wave turns into a performance wall.

English (Translate this text in English): Two distinct peaks, inside (southern) peak is preferred, longer and cleaner rides. On big NW it can all line up. Low tide can offer ledgy barrells on all swells. Higher tide the wave turns into a performance wall.

English (Translate this text in English): Two distinct peaks, inside (southern) peak is preferred, longer and cleaner rides. On big NW it can all line up. Low tide can offer ledgy barrells on all swells. Higher tide the wave turns into a performance wall.

Atmosphere

Cool little town...though has become very crowded with hippies and travelers in recent years. A real scene on weekends when locals from all over the country converge on the point. The town to the south has fewer gringos and some good food.

English (Translate this text in English): Cool little town...though has become very crowded with hippies and travelers in recent years. A real scene on weekends when locals from all over the country converge on the point. The town to the south has fewer gringos and some good food.

English (Translate this text in English): Cool little town...though has become very crowded with hippies and travelers in recent years. A real scene on weekends when locals from all over the country converge on the point. The town to the south has fewer gringos and some good food.

English (Translate this text in English): Cool little town...though has become very crowded with hippies and travelers in recent years. A real scene on weekends when locals from all over the country converge on the point. The town to the south has fewer gringos and some good food.

General

The town is cheap, I mean very cheap, Lots of hippies (woodstock kind of hippies) all night long bars live music (doors-zeppelin-floyd-etc.)
Lots of foreign people, but 90% of people speak only Spanish. ie you can hang out with the gringos if you wish and think everyone speaks English, or learn some Spanish and actually meet people! There is a good Spanish school in town that is very surfer friendly.

English (Translate this text in English): The town is cheap, I mean very cheap, Lots of hippies (woodstock kind of hippies) all night long bars live music (doors-zeppelin-floyd-etc.)<br />Lots of foreign people, but 90% of people speak only Spanish. ie you can hang out with the gringos if you wish and think everyone speaks English, or learn some Spanish and actually meet people! There is a good Spanish school in town that is very surfer friendly.

English (Translate this text in English): The town is cheap, I mean very cheap, Lots of hippies (woodstock kind of hippies) all night long bars live music (doors-zeppelin-floyd-etc.)&lt;br &#47;&gt;Lots of foreign people, but 90% of people speak only Spanish. ie you can hang out with the gringos if you wish and think everyone speaks English, or learn some Spanish and actually meet people! There is a good Spanish school in town that is very surfer friendly.

English (Translate this text in English): The town is cheap, I mean very cheap, Lots of hippies (woodstock kind of hippies) all night long bars live music (doors-zeppelin-floyd-etc.)&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Lots of foreign people, but 90% of people speak only Spanish. ie you can hang out with the gringos if you wish and think everyone speaks English, or learn some Spanish and actually meet people! There is a good Spanish school in town that is very surfer friendly.

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Montañita
Por Doctor Gonzo
2 nov 2009
- Great session today. The weather sucked as usual but that didnt stop us from going in. After a few hours the sun even came out. Nice, powerful waves. Even in between the sets you could still surf smaller ones. We came out when it got dark and were
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By คNDЯعIค , 13-07-2010

คNDЯعIค - BUENO YO SOY VENEZOLANA ME VOY A MONTAÑITA ESTE FERIADO DE AGOSTO 13, 14, Y 15 (ECUADOR)...LA VERDA ES QUE SOMOS TRES PERSONAS CONOCIENDO ECUADOR Y NOS GUSTARIA AHI JUNTARNOS CON GENTE EXTRANJERA PARA HACER AHI UN GRUPO NO IMPORTA MEJOR SI SON MOCHILEROS ....... BUENO CUALQUIER COSA ESCRIBANME AL MAIL andrea_201986@hotmail.com

By Anonymous , 16-06-2010

localism - the locals are regulating the point now, if carlos or danillo, or a few other of the locals are in the water, don't paddle deeper than them or on their wave, i've seen that guy break a gringos nose before even saying a word...be careful, if you drop in on someone here or even paddle around the wrong guy, you better be prepared for a fight. it's the 3rd world, the cops will just laugh at you

By Britney , 25-03-2010

Montanita is awesome - I've been going back and forth to Ecuador beaches.. its amazing! You do have to be carefull it is a 3rd world country.
Avoid weekends ("locals" not really, Guayaquilenos come from the city to the beaches to catch a wave. very territorial even though they are not from Montanita).

Every full moon there are tons of parties and raves called 'Fiesta de la Luna', but if you are not into the raves there are tons of bars, lots of Bob Marley, always good for the soul.

Galapagos are great if you want to explore a little bit more of Ecuador. Better surf there too.

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