Every year in Canada we would spend a week or two on the beach, so after being here for a year we were in need of our beach time!
To be honest we were a little nervous of where we would choose to spend our vacation, because we had heard some sketchy reports from some of our friends. Things like grimy accommodations and dirty beaches, so we made sure to do our research before heading out. Because of being a little paranoid, we decided on Salinas and were not disappointed, though I’m sure there are many other nice areas to vacation on the beach here in Ecuador as well.
We rented a condo in an area called Punta Centinela, 20 minutes outside of Salinas, and it was perfect. We decided to go in July which is the off season because things are less expensive that time of year, there are no bugs, and we had appointments in Guayaquil anyway. This was an excellent choice for us because it was not blistering hot, and we practically had the resort type condo area to ourselves.
The 3 bedroom 2 bath condo was $500 for the week. It came with a gorgeous view of the beach, full kitchen (with full sized appliances), washer and dryer, 4 beds (2 queens, 2 single), three TVs and 2 DVD players.
Punta Centinela is a gated area with Condos (some that the owners rent out, and some for sale), two Hotels, a spa, three pools, large meeting areas (perfect for weddings), petting zoo, private beach and a restaurant. The restaurant was a highlight for me because it’s right down by the beach, and they brought me whatever I wanted while I wiggled my toes in the sand. Our daughter loved the petting zoo, especially feeding the monkeys. She also enjoyed playing on the beach, making sandcastles, and of course swimming in the warm waters of the Pacific. I was happy because the water was clean and so was the sand, and the staff were helpful and friendly. We also didn’t have to cross any busy streets to get to the beach, just a quick walk through the parking lot, passed the hotel and the restaurant.
We really enjoyed our vacation, and I would definitely recommend Punta Centinela if you’re looking to relax on the beach. But just remember that if you rent a condo, you’ll need to bring groceries because there are none on site. You could suffer through eating at the wonderful restaurant for a day or two until you can arrange the 15min taxi ride to the supermarket. The condo staff will call a trusted driver for you, no worries.