Fabulous views from our beautiful 1 BR 1.5 Bath Condo.On the 6th floor of a newer 9 story building Directly across the street from a lovely, quiet sandy beach
The unit itself is fully furnished and comes equipped with linens and all kitchen utensils. The kitchen has a cooktop, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and toaster oven
The building has 24 hour security/doorman, A pool, 2 hot tubs (one near pool one on rooftop terrace), steam room, dry sauna and roof top terrace.
We are located a short (10 minute) walk from the main boardwalk area of Salinas..close enough to access everything but a little removed from the crowds and noise.Water sports are plentiful here...boating, jet skis, fishing charters, whale watching excursions, surfing, SUP, and diving are all available nearby. More leisurely pursuits of Beachcombing, bird watching and sunbathing are also favorite activities.
Excellent restaurants are all within walking distance, a mall with grocery and cinema is a short taxi ride away.
First rate buses as well as shuttle service run regularly to the international airport in Guayaquil (about 90 minutes by car 2 hours by bus). Local public transport is also readily available and taxis are quite affordable. A car is NOT necessary.
This is a wonderful corner of Ecuador-you can see migrating Humpback whales, and seabirds (including blue footed boobies), Relax at the beach and enjoy some wonderful water sports and great weather.
We had a great time here! Beth's place exceeded our expectations: gorgeous, comfortable, tastefully decorated, and very fully and thoughtfully supplied with everything we needed (and then some). We loved the wall-to-wall windows with peaceful unobstructed view of the ocean, in-suite wifi, the option of preparing meals in our lovely little kitchen with ocean view, and the quieter location just off the end of the Malecon. The building is like new, very well-maintained, and the 24-hr onsite security guys were friendly and helpful. The pool and rooftop terrace are really nice, but we only used them once because of the easy access across the street to a great stretch of beach that was never crowded and had such clean, soft sand, warm water, and good snorkeling off to one side. We found everything we needed right around the corner from the condo (convenience stores, bakery, ATM, pub, restaurants), and it was an easy 5-minute walk along either the beach or the street to the livelier part of the Malecon, with lots of restaurants, artisans and gift shops, tour guides, night life and water-sport, chair and beach tent/umbrella rentals. Beth was super to deal with. She answered all of our questions quickly and efficiently, managed to kindly accommodate our last-minute reservation, followed up to make sure that we were able to get the keys from the agent and settle into the suite okay, and sincerely cared that everything was going smoothly and that we were having a good time. Her "Welcome" booklet with info on the condo and things to do in and around Salinas was really helpful. We took a 25-cent city bus ride to the mall, where we did errands and saw a movie (they offer 3 in English, 3 in Spanish). We got to see 3 dolphins playing close to the main beach. The next day, we spent a half-day enjoying the lookouts and paths out at the Chocolatera park and even though it's late in the whale season, we got to see 2 huge whales breaching off the point. Another day we taxi'd from 'home' to the Santa Elena "mini-terminal" where we caught a bus headed up the coast (under $2), to spend a day in the crazy little surf town of Montanita--a must do. When we were all played out, we appreciated the in-suite wifi, cable tv and dvd player. The Malecon and beaches get much busier on the weekends, but there are miles of fantastic beach along Salinas and Chipipe, so we always found a great spot, never felt over-crowded, and always felt safe and comfortable here. This is a small condo but really well put together. There is no in-suite laundry, but there is a laundry sink and line, and laundry service nearby. Thanks again, Beth--we had a great stay and are happy to recommend this lovely unit for a single or couple who want to enjoy a peaceful and fun Salinas getaway.