A sleepy village with a heart of gold, Canoa has a lovely stretch of beach framed by picturesque cliffs to the north and a disappearing horizon to the south. Despite its growing popularity with sunseekers and surfers, the village remains a low-key place, where kids frolic on the sandy lanes at dusk and fishers head out to sea in the early hours before dawn. In the evenings, the beachfront bars and guesthouses come to life as backpackers swap travel tales over rum cocktails. Not as noisy as Atacames, but on weekends you still might need earplugs at the beachfront hotels.
International surf competitions come in the high season (January to March), when waves reach over 2m and accommodation becomes hard to find. A once 'secret' beach break 6 miles north of Canoa can now be accessed by a dirt road.
Canoa's comeback from the 2016 earthquake, as of mid-2018, is still a work in progress.