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Do you find the idea of spending your luxurious holidays at the westernmost point of South America thrilling? Search for cheap air tickets to Salinas, the coastal gem of Ecuador and enjoy your time in the most famous summer resort of the country. Forget all about the run-down buildings and shabby neighbourhoods that make up some of Ecuador’s parts; their place are now taken by luxurious resorts and hotels in Salinas, wide avenues and sunny, golden-sanded beaches. Wind-surfers will find their home and nature-lovers will have the unique opportunity to witness landscapes of immaculate natural beauty, watch whales in their natural habitat and join a.. bird-watching marathon at the famous salt ponds of Salinas. Book ahead to find the cheapest fares and be sure to explore every nook and cranny of this marvellous destination!
Salinas and the Santa Elena Peninsula encompass the southernmost point of La Ruta del Sol, the beautiful coastal road known as “The Route of the Sun”, and cross the southern Pacific coastline of Ecuador, through picturesque quaint fishing villages and idyllic coastal towns.
Salinas ranks among the top summer travel destinations in Ecuador. With a great variety of large 5-star hotels, casinos, luxurious apartments and yachts, Salinas targets primarily at attracting up-scale visitors, or those of us who cherish some moments of luxury in our lives.
The best time to visit Salinas is definitely from December to April, but be prepared; the whole region is flooded with tourists at this time of the year, as it comes in a relatively budget-friendly price for travellers coming from the USA and Europe.
Whether it’s nature, luxury, relaxation or adrenaline you seek, book your holidays in Salinas and you’ve got it!
The airport of Salinas (Aeropuerto General Ulpiano Paez) is located 3 kilometres from the city centre and is accessible by taxi services.
Getting around Salinas
You can get around Salinas by bus and taxi. Fares start from 0.15 USD and a typical taxi-ride within the cost shouldn’t cost more than 0.40 USD.
Life in Salinas is centred on the beach, water sports and every possible activities related to nature and the sea - and so do holidays in Salinas!
The most beautiful beach in Salinas, the most photographed and featured in the majority of covers and tourist leaflets about Salinas, is the Playa Chipipe. This dreamy golden-sanded beach stretches from the Salinas Yacht Club to the west, crossing the Salinas Malecón, passing by the largest and most luxurious hotels and resorts.
A must-see destination, whether you are a water-sports fan or not, is definitely La Chocolatera, the peninsula forming the westernmost point of South America.
Named after the chocolate colour the sea gets due to the large waves that dominate the peninsula, La Chocolatera is the number one destination for surfers and holds a magnificent location.
During your break from all the fantastic beaches of Salinas, you could head to the city centre and visit two of its best museums:
- The Museo de Ballenas is a small museum dedicated to the natural history and biology of whales and dolphins. Collections are fascinating, with highlight being a complete skeleton of a 12-metre-long humpback whale.
- The Museo Salinas Siglo XXI consists of two sections; the first one focuses on archaeological findings that are related to the pre-Columbian cultures from the wider region of Salinas and the second one presents the maritime history of Salinas.
Finally, head to Ecuasal for a sight of great beauty and importance; the salt ponds of Ecuasal are a splendid location that is also the home of over 130 bird species, including some rare species of migratory birds. The official language of Salinas is Spanish, but Quicha, Shuar and ten more native languages are widely spoken in Ecuador.
To enter Ecuador, you need to have a valid passport, with validity until at least 6 months after your travel dates. Greek citizens do not need a Visa, for a maximum stay of 90 days.
When to Go
Salinas is located in the equator, thus enjoys a marine subtropical climate with temperatures not exceeding 21º C and not falling below 8º C all year round.
Salinas has two distinctive seasons, the dry (June-September) and the wet one (October-May) and, while you can visit Salinas during both of them, the best time to travel to Salinas and be able to enjoy the city and the beach at its best is the dry period, from June to September.