There is no doubt that Montañita is a special place. People come for a few weeks, and stay for months or even years!. This is due to both its unique feel and atmosphere and excellent diving and surfing. It is THE place to hang out on the coast. It is an excellent place to learn Spanish, meet other travellers and yet also practise your Spanish with local Ecuadorians (90% of the population are local Ecuadorians, and speak Spanish!) .
Pavement culture thrives in Montañita village and the two main roads are lined with outdoor cafes in which to sit, and experience the uniqueness. The food is delicious, and cheap!, a great choice of pancakes and tropical fruit for breakfast and fantastic fresh seafood for the rest of the day.
But it you feel like trying some new things there is a lot to do! Why not try scuba (it is the best location in Ecuador, and definitely world class). With the fantastic 'El Pelado' just offshore and many other dive sitesincluding the equally famous Isla Del Paltathe famous Isla Del Plata not far away. We mentioned Isla del Plata for a good reason. Almost all the guide books call it the 'poor mans Galapogas' and this is exactly what it is. Stemming with wild life, at a fraction of the cost! Then there is Agua Blanca - an extremely important and interesting archaeological site. Playa Frailes is known as the most beautiful beach in Ecuador, and perhaps on the planet! But there are many stunning beaches close by...to walk, swim or horse ride! Puerto Lopez is a great traditional fishing port and of course the this part of the coast is world famous for its whale watching. And of course there is the Galapagos islands offshore - what a magical way to finish your time in Ecuador.