This former fishing village has been transformed into a surfers´ hangout. It boasts a beautiful, long beach, turquoise water and good waves. The atmosfere is very laid-back and the town has kind of an alternative flair. You will have to choose between numerous hostels, all close to the beach and some reminding of hippie times. Relax on the beach or enjoy good surf. You can buy lots of crafts and jewellery in town. Around Carnaval the town is packed with people having a look at the international surf competition, at night there are parties on the beach.

Gringo Trail in Ecuador: Montañita