Whenever our team are travelling around South America we always make sure that Montanita in Ecuador is part of our plans – in fact it’s usually somewhere we stop off for an extended period of time to kick back, relax and recharge.
But what’s the draw of Montanita, what keeps us coming back for more?
Well here’s why we’ve fallen in love with this bustling costal town and why we think you will too…
The Ecuadorians are a massively friendly nationality and Montanita is no exception. Whenever we return we’re greeted by familiar faces who welcome us in like family and there’s no shortage of new people to meet and get to know.
Whether you end up staying there a week, a month or even longer you’ll soon find yourself part of the community – enjoying home cooked meals with local families and chatting to everyone you cross paths with.
And of course if you really want to get to know the locals there’s no better way to start than to join one of our Montanita Homestay Experiences!
Without a doubt the biggest draw of Montanita is the beach…or more importantly the surf!
For the beginners there are plenty of spots to learn (surf lessons are included in all our Learn Spanish in Montanita Experiences) and for the more experienced wave riders spots like the famous “Point” offer up some amazing right handers!
Whether you surf or not, the culture of the sport is engrained in the towns vibe and we’re sure you’ll spend a few evenings relaxing with a sunset beer on the beach watching the locals do their thing!
If you want to let off some steam after a hard day on the beach Montanita has a really fun nightlife that you’ll quickly get caught up in!
Whether it’s a quite beer on the beach or some cocktails and dancing in the street in the famous “Cocktail Alley” you’ll find plenty of people who want to salsa dance the nights away – both locals and other travellers…so get involved!
When it comes to food Montanita has every taste catered for – quite literally! If you want to get stuck into the local dishes you’ll find a vast array of plantain and fish on offer, keep an eye out for the bargain lunch time meal deals dotted around the town and also the range of street vendors serving up all manner of tasty treats.
And if you have a craving for something a bit more familiar there are also spots that offer pizza, pasta and burgers too – not that you’ll really fancy that too much!
If you’re heading to Montanita or Ecuador anytime soon check out our range of Learn Spanish Experiences – including homestays and travelling classroom options!
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