"Beaches and Bananas" Provincia del Guayas by namastedc

Provincia del Guayas Travel Guide: 259 reviews and 931 photos

Most tourists who come to Guayaquil are on their way to the Galapagos and they either don't leave the airports or they don't leave their hotel.

Those that do step out into the city see something much different than the city's reputation would lead them to expect - great parks, friendly people, modern architecture, fine museams.

And those who venture outside the city, into the Province of Guayas, will truly be surprised at the natural beauty of the place. Whether it be the tropical beaches or expansive banana plantations, you can't go wrong!


Away from the hustle and bustte of Salinas is quiet Ballanita - a small community on the beach. This town has only one hotel, with only 6 or 7 rooms, so you are assured a wide space to play on the beach anytime you go.

The ceviche stands, just a short walk up the beach from Ballanita, are reputed to be the best in the country. I definately do not dispute these claims, and have eaten there enough to know it is not a fluke!!


If you like beaches that are packed with people, restaurants, activites, and bars, then Salinas is your best option from Guayaquil.

Only 1.5 hours ride from the city, Salinas offers a full range of hotels and restaurants. And there is just about every watersport to be found - scuba, whale watching, deep sea fishing, paragliding, jetskis - the list goes on.

The best time to go to any of Ecuador's southern beaches is during the 'temporada' which lasts from December until early May. During the other months, the beaches are cool (55-70 Fahrenheit) and the water is downright cold.

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