Top things to do

National Park in Salinas

La Chocolatera

The westernmost point of Ecuador has three main attractions:La Fae Beach, with a boarded walkway where you can watch a seal colony;El Morro (or little hill), with a lighthouse and incredibly spectacular views over S…
Ecuadorian in Playas

El Morro Restaurant

Look for this truly delicious eatery with no name on the 2nd floor (the 1st floor is a different restaurant) of the orange and white house at El Morro's pier. It's nothing to look at, just a handful of wooden tables…
Museum in Salinas

Whale Museum

Run by the passionate Ben Hasse, a pioneer of whale-watching in the area, this small and informative whale museum has several whale skeletons, including one fully assembled 11m humpback frame. Other interesting spec…
French in Salinas

Oui Chef

This new edition is one of the coolest hangout spots in town. A converted VW campervan food truck fronts onto a sleek patio with fairy lights and wooden tables, offering typical French dishes like crepes and beef bo…
Empanadas in Salinas

Pedro's Empanadas

Away from the main tourist drag, one block inland from Chipipe Beach, you'll find this inexpensive local empanada shop with plastic chairs, selling fine hand-baked patties made with plantain outer shells. Flavors in…
Beach in Salinas

San Lorenzo Beach

Salinas' main, and most crowded, beach sits on the malecón opposite dozens of restaurants and hotels. It has volleyball courts, a pier (from which you can take a boat ride or whale-watching trip) and plenty of water…
Beach in Salinas

Chipipe Beach

To the west of San Lorenzo Beach is Chipipe – equally well maintained, but with a fraction of its neighbor's crowds. If you're looking for a quieter beach experience, or more space to play beach games, this is the o…
Grill in Salinas

Casa Grill

With big glass windows and a shiny new porch overlooking the waterfront, Casa Grill is a carnivore's heaven. The best-value option is to order the grill plates to share. Parilla Casa Grill ($32) has two pork chops, …
Museum in Santa Elena Peninsula to Guayaquil

Los Amantes de Sumpa

Located a couple of blocks from the main road, on the west side of Santa Elena, this museum sits on an ancient cemetery of the indigenous Sumpa people. The main displays feature several 5000- to 8000-year-old skelet…
Seafood in Salinas

Lui e Lei

This simple spot does pancakes and continental breakfast in the morning; by night, it's all about seafood. Specials include Lui e Lei shells (shells with seafood sauce), cazuela de mariscos (seafood stew with smashe…