Ecuador Surf Tours
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.
Surf & Seasons
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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5 Night Inclusive Ecuador Surf Tour Package Includes:
- 5-Nights Accommodations Baja Montanita Hotel
- Private surf guide with all transportation
- Round trip airport transfers from Guayaquil
- Local taxes
Not Included: airfare, beverages other than specified above, equipment, tips