When it comes to surfing in Ecuador and Northern Peru our man Roberto on the Ground knows every inch of the coast – from Manta and Monpiche for North swells to Playas and Salinas for South swells.
The rugged coastline of Ecuador offers nooks and crannies, points and beaches, reefs and river mouths facing directly into the Pacific Ocean. Many of these spots are open to swell from both northerly and southerly directions.
WaterWays guide, Roberto Baquerizo knows every inch of the coast from Manta and Monpiche on north swells to Playas and Salinas for south swells. Roberto and his experienced surf guides are all accomplished surfers who know all of the surf spots in Ecuador.
Getting good surf in Ecuador takes local knowledge of swell direction, winds, tide and which nook or cranny to hit on any given day. Roberto and his crew guide surfers utilizing hotel accommodations and one of their vehicles to access warm uncrowded surf.
After the surf, you can enjoy the tropical weather in addition to the Ecuadorian cuisine, the night life of Montanita and just a good vibe of surfing warm, perfect waves with just a few of your friends.
The main focus of this tour package is to get the best surf on each given day. The main hotel you would be based out of is the Baja Montanita hotel which is centrally located to give you the flexibility to find great surf during your stay in Ecuador. The Baja Montanita Hotel has everything you need on a surf trip: safety, cleanliness, comfortable beds and air-conditioning.
Combine modern conveniences, healthy food and comfort for a true South American ‘surfari’ experience.
The coast of Ecuador straddles the equator and bulges into the Pacific facing all directions from which swells can be generated. The south coast faces southwest, the central coast faces west and the north coast faces northwest.
Given the curvature of the coastline, southern Ecuador has mainly right points and northern Ecuador mainly left points. In between there is a healthy mix of beach breaks that offer miles of empty peaks.
Prime surf time for Ecuador is January to the end of May, when the weather is best and Ecuador’s coast gets energy from the central and north Pacific.
Mainland Ecuador divides into three surfing areas:
“South Coast” is 65 miles of southwest-facing beaches and points, between Faro de Chocotea in the northwest to Posorja in the southeast. In between there are 10 point breaks that range from beginner-friendly to expert slabs and many miles of open beach. In the middle of this coast, Playas has seven right points that are all connected and accessible by walking up the point at low tide from the town of Playas. Some of the points will have multiple tube sections depending on the swell angle, sand fill, and winds.
The “Central Coast” of mainland Ecuador is the 100+ miles of coastline from Salinas in the south to San Mateo in the north. In the middle of this is Montanita – the Surf City of Ecuador. This is a backpacker/surfer outpost with a Bohemian vibe in and out of the water.
Montanita is also home to one of the best right points in Ecuador. Montanita is by far the most consistent wave on the coast. It’s a barreling right-hander at low tide, and super fun hot dog wave at high tide. Best on north swells, but also works on south swells.
Due to its centralized location, Montanita, is a good place to use as a home base. There are a lot of surf spots and good beach breaks within close range of Montanita. The majority of the surf spots in this area handle both North and South swells and break at almost any size during both low and high tides.
Located at the northern edge of the Central Coast is the long left point at San Mateo known as the Chicama of Ecuador. One of the best waves on the continent, San Mateo takes north swells from medium to XXL.
From San Mateo heading to the “North Coast” toward the border with Colombia, the coastline makes a dramatic transition from dry desert to wet jungle. There are a few surf spots that are named, and others yet to be discovered. Close to Bahia de Caraquez, Canoa is a stretch of consistent beach breaks and La Bellaca is just another semi-world class left point.
In the far north, just below the city of Esmereldas, Mompiche is one of the best breaks in the country: A very good lefthander with a tubing takeoff over lava rocks and a jungle backdrop. This spot takes strong north swells and usually has good wind conditions.
Because Ecuador is directly on the equator, where most places have four seasons, Ecuador has two.
From December to May, the warm El Nino current dominates the colder Peruvian/Humboldt current. With the temperature differential equalized between land and sea, winds are favorable at this time with offshore morning winds turning to light and variable glassy afternoons.
From June through November, the Humboldt Current circulates chilled water up from the coast of Peru. At this time of year, the coast of Ecuador has colder water flowing along a warm mainland, creating overcast skies and onshore wind conditions.
Rainy season months of January through May have warmer air and water temperatures with generally sunny skies. Rainfall during these months occurs in heavy downpours in the late afternoons, evening and night. Surprisingly, Ecuador has better weather and surfing conditions during their rainy season.
North swell dominates December to March. South swell activity is present year round, but more dominant and consistent March through September.
December to May is prime time for Ecuador, with light crowds, warm water and favorable wind patterns.
Water temperatures are generally in the mid 70° range, although as you move south, you begin to feel the effect of the Humboldt Current that sometimes requires a spring-suit. Air temps will range from low 70’s to mid 80’s.
Not Included: airfare, beverages other than specified above, equipment, tips
|Occupancy||Package Price||Extra Night|
|1 Surfer||$ 1,964 per person||$ 393 per person|
|2 Surfers||$ 1,499 per person||$ 300 per person|
|3 Surfers||$ 1,103 per person||$ 221 per person|
|4 Surfers||$1,048 per person||$ 210 per person|
|5 Surfers||$ 992 per person||$ 198 per person|