The Ecuadorian village with approximately 5,000 habitants, is a three hours bus ride away from Guayaquil.
I spent two weeks in this lovely place with it’s unique vibe. I was here to improve my Spanish and surfing skills at the Montañita Spanish School and I was lucky to stay with one of the best host families. Señora Cecilia and Señor Manuel with their three children were there for me anytime.
With no doubt, Montañita is a party place for surfers and backpackers. There are many clubs, bars and even a cocktail alley. And believe me, I had a good party time here. 😉 However, this place has more to offer than parties until 6 am.
Montañita is the surf spot of Ecuador. I was here in October which is also a great time for beginners due to conditions. However, if you want to ride the big and nice waves at Montañita Point Break, I recommend a visit during the high surf season from December to April. The Montañita main beach offers nice beach breaks. There are several surf schools including rentals where you can learn the basics. If you like it a bit more quiet you can take a bus or a taxi to Olón. It is just a 10 minutes ride away from Montañita. There you find nice beginner waves (beach break) and it is less crowded.
As expected there are Yoga classes available in a city with many surfers. Several hostels, hotels and even the Montañita Spanish School offer Yoga classes. Relax your body and mind and do something for your health after drinking all night. 😉 Namaste!
3. BREAKFAST ALLEY
It seems like that there is an alley for everything. Make sure you do not miss Breakfast Alley. They serve great crepes, omelets, fruit salads, and smoothies. For only $2 to $3 you get a very rich breakfast or lunch. I really love this street.
📷 Delicious breakfast at Breakfast Alley.
4. EAT EMPANADAS OR CEVICHE
I am a vegetarian, maybe thats why I liked the Breakfast Alley so much 😉 However, there are also nice places to eat Empanadas in all variations. So delicious. An Empanada is a stuffed bread or pastry which can be baked or fried. For all those seafood lovers out there: You have to try Ceviche. Get it from one of the market stands. Ceviche is typically made from fresh raw fish, with lime juice and several spices. The dish is not cooked. So make sure it is prepared fresh to minimize the risk of food poisoning.
5. ENJOY THE SUNSET
I must admit I like sunsets. In Montañita the sun sets into the sea. Its a good time to do some Yoga on the beach or just enjoy this moment after surfing.
📷 Sunset at Playa Montañita.
6. LEARN SPANISH
Not many people speak English here and if they do, it is very poor. So learn some basics in Spanish and you will be fine. As I like to talk to people and get to know locals, I did a Spanish course for two weeks at the Montañita Spanish School. This is also a great way to get to know other travelers.
📷 Learning Spanish at Montañita Spanish School
7. MEET LOCALS
I had the opportunity to live with a local family. Cecilia, mother of three lovely children, cooked everyday super delicious vegetarian food. And she took a lot of time to talk to me in Spanish. That was a great way for me to improve my language skills and it was also interesting to see how they live. I got to know many things about Ecuador and their way of living. Many locals offer „habitaciones“. So if you want to see something different than backpackers from all over the world check-in in a homestay.