Book Your Surf Trip to Ecuador
If you’re planning a surf trip to Ecuador, you’ve come to the right place.
Ecuador is a great destination for a surf vacation.
With comfortable weather, year-round waves, and nearly 1,400 miles of beautiful coastline, there’s something for just about everyone in Ecuador.
Whether you’re going solo, with a friend, or with your family, you’re sure to have a memorable trip.
You’re sure to find some good waves for surfers of all levels – from beginner to expert.
This page is your guide to planning the best surf trips in Ecuador. You’ll find information about where to stay, where to surf, best times to go, and more!
What are you waiting for? Book your trip!
Top Destinations for an Ecuador Surf Vacation
If you’re not sure exactly where you want to stay and surf in Ecuador, some of the best destinations for a fun surf trip include:
Surfing in Ecuador: What to Expect
Here’s what you need to know about the surfing in Ecuador.
Ecuador is home to a huge variety of different types of breaks.
Given the variety of the coastline, some spots cater more towards north swells, some for south, and others work well on combo swells.
Many breaks will require some exploring or local knowledge to find.
Additionally, Ecuador’s ~7 foot tidal swing can have a large effect on many spots.
Ecuador’s surfing regions can be divided into:
- Northern from Bahia de Caraquez to Mompiche. Some of the best surf destinations here include:
- Mompiche, one of the country’s best left points.
- Canoa river mouths.
- Bahia de Caraquez.
- Central from Manta to San Lorenzo Cape and Baja Manabi.
- Southern zone around Las Salinas and Montanita.
- Galapagos Islands.
Best Seasons for Surfing in Ecuador
The best surf in Ecuador is found during October to April when you’ll experience NW swells as well as combo swells hitting the region.
Winds are typically calm or offshore during these months and surf can be found all over.
From May to November onshore winds will be more prevalent, but you can still find some calmer days or windows of glassy conditions.
Do you need a wetsuit to surf in Ecuador?
Ecuador enjoys warm tropical weather all year long.
Water temperature on the mainland typically ranges from the low to high 70s °F.
You’ll probably be good with boardshorts and a rash guard or wetsuit top, but it won’t hurt to pack a spring suit just in case.
Montanita Surf Vacations
Montanita, located in the South region of Ecuador’s surf area, is one of the most popular destinations for your Ecuador surf trip.
Where to Stay in Montanita
There is no shortage of places to stay in the Montanita area. Some great options include:
- Rincon d’Olon hotel.
- Casa del Sol hotel.
- Selina Surf Club in Montanita.
- Balsa Surf Camp.
- La Rinco Bungalows.
Where to Surf in Montanita
Montanita is Ecuador’s most popular surf destinations with plenty of different breaks that draw a variety of swell direction and plenty of surf camps and lessons for beginners.
You’ll find a mix of point breaks, reefs, jetties, and beachbreaks in this region.
Waves found here are suitable for all levels of surfers from total beginner to advanced.
Airports in Ecuador
The international airports you can use to travel to and from Ecuador include:
- Mariscal Sucre Airport (UIO) located in Quito.
- Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport in Guayaquil.
If you’re flying with surfboards, be sure to compare the airline baggage fees before you book.
Travel Insurance for your Ecuador Surf Trip
It’s always a smart choice to get insurance before any surf trip.
Depending on the package and coverage you choose, you can be covered for things like:
- Major and minor injuries.
- Transportation to the hospital.
- Emergency services.
Check the full description and disclosures of your travel insurance policy to make sure you get the right coverage for you and your trip.
Tips for Having the Best Surf Trip to Ecuador
Making sure your have the best surf trip no matter where you go or what the conditions are like when you get there comes down to some simple planning and preparation. Use these tips to make the most of your Ecuador surf trip:
- If you’re flying with your own surfboards, make sure you pack them securely in a good surfboard travel bag.
- Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from when you’re traveling, and that you’ve satisfied any visa requirements that Ecuador may have for travelers from your country of origin well before you leave for your trip.
- Where a decent surfing sunscreen no mater where you go and use extra sun protection like surf hats, wetsuit tops, or rash guards if you’re visiting a warm water destination that won’t require a wetsuit.
- If you’re uncertain about a wave or conditions you encounter, don’t risk a serious injury by surfing well beyond your abilities. Ask a local or find a wave more suited to your skills.
- Be respectful of the local community, other surfers you meet, and the local environment.
- Be mindful of the environmental and cultural impacts your travel may have on the places you visits. Consider how you can make your surf travel more sustainable.