Salinas, Ecuador

Salinas, Ecuador

Salinas is a city located in Santa Elena, Ecuador, by the Pacific Ocean. It is the seat of Salinas Canton, the westernmost canton in Ecuador.

At the 2001 census there were 49,752 people living within canton limits. The city is an important tourist center.


Salinas is located on Ecuador's south-central coast, 120 kilometers from Guayaquil.

It was discovered in 1520.

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


The weather in Salinas has great temperatures all year round. It has an average temperature of 24°C (80°F), known for its beaches and weather all year round. The best time to hit the beaches is from December to May.


Salinas' beaches include San Lorenzo, Las Palmeras, Chipipe, Mar Bravo, and the nearby Punta Carnero. You can see a detailed description at


Salinas, is a small place offering the same services as a big city.

Salinas is the starting point to the 'Route of the Sun' and there are quite a few tourist resorts and attractions to be visited.

Salinas has one of the best developed tourism infrastructures on the coast of Ecuador and offers the modern comforts of a resort town.

There is a vast diversity of restaurants and cafes. On the Malecon, just two blocks away from the Barceló Colon Miramar, one can visit the Naval Archeological Museum. This small museum displays the vast archeological richness of the region with samples of the Ecuadorian pre-Hispanic history.


In Salinas you can find a big range of excellent restaurant like Amazon, Mar y Tierra, La cocina de Papa, La Perrada de Raul, El Capi, The Plazita, La Lojanita, and others.

This small city offers seafood plates like cebiche, cazuela, paella, arroz marinero, arroz con pescado, shrimp, and other seafood


In Salinas you can buy, fish and all types of seafood, shirts, necklaces and souvenirs.


Salinas Ecuador hosts world deep sea sport-fishing competitions, mainly for Tuna, Blue Martin and Black Marlin, and Sailfish is also popular.

Many world records have been obtained here.

The scenic bay is full of jet skiers, water skiers, wakeboarders, hang-gliders, sky divers and a plethora of various sized yachts anchored in the bay adjacent to the Salinas Yacht Club (


In Salinas you can find a big range of good Hotels like: Barcelo Colon Miramar, Cocos Hostal (, Diamond, Hotel Salinas, Las Conchas (, Oro del Mar, Riviera Inn (, and others.

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