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The small fishing village of Ayangue has one of the most sheltered bays in the Santa Elena province. The water is calm and exceptionally warm, with no currents, which makes it very safe and kid friendly. That’s why it is a popular weekend destination for locals.
Ayangue beach is pretty flat and deep, so there is plenty of space for tents. Even on busy weekends it does not feel crowded. Parking is available in the village, and directly in behind the beach. The top end of the beach is lined with about 20 Cevicherias and kiosks, most of them cooking on wood fires. You can get an excellent variety of sea food at good prices ($3.50-$5.00 per plate for standard fish dishes such as Corvina, rice and salad).
Unfortunately, there are too few trash cans on the beach, and careless visitors seem to leave quite a lot of litter behind. Inevitably some of it ends up in the ocean. Each time I have been there I was a little disappointed by the amount of plastic bags, and fishing related debris such as bits of rope and string, I found floating in the ocean. Nevertheless, the bay is beautiful and the beach is very pleasant.
Ayangue is located at the end of a paved road 3 km from the Ruta Del Spondylus at marker Km 39 (El Cruce de Ayangue). There are no buses going directly into the village, so you need a car, or a taxi to get from the bus stop at El Cruce de Ayangue on the highway to the beach, or if you get to the turn-off by bus, you can walk or hitch a ride!
Along the right side of the road down to the village, there is a huge area surrounding a small hill, planned for housing development featuring luxury homes.
Beach activities include:
|Type of beach||Golden sand|
|Length of beach||0.4 mi / 0.7 km|
|Wind Direction||Light On-Shore|
|Restaurants and Cafes||Lots on the beach|
|Distance to Salinas||33 mi / 54 km|
|Distance to Guayaquil||99 mi / 160 km|
|Distance to Manta||95 mi / 153 km|
|Distance to Quito||342 mi / 552 km|
At Islote El Pelado there is a submerged statue of Christ at about 10 meters depth. It was donated by a Colombian businessman and put in place in December 2011 folllowing a mass and pilgrimage by boat to the island.
Snorkeling: For non divers, there is are some snorkeling options, around the rocks, and near the point of Cumbres de Ayangue, where there is a small reef. But its important to wary of the ocean conditions, as it is not so calm outside the bay.
Paragliding: Close to Ayangue is the community of San Pedro, where you can do Paragliding from a bluff near the ocean. If you have experience, you can do it solo, if not you can take a tandem ride with a licensed instructor.
Canopy Zipline: About 25 minutes from Ayangue there are locations setup for this. You can fly through the air hanging from a steel wire suspended over the forest or across a canyon and get an incredible adrenaline rush.
Hiking: There are several hiking trails on both sides of the Ayangue bay, some of them lead you to secluded beaches at the bottom of the cliff.
Hiking: Archeology: In Valdivia, the next town, there is a small archeological museum which is managed by the local community. You will find archeological remains from the Valdivia culture dating back to 3500-1800BC.
Hotels and Hostals around Ayangue Beach
|Cabañas Familiares Sumpa||Cabañas|
|Hostal Los 5 Hermanos||Hostal|
|Hostería Apetahi Bungalows||Hosteria|
|Hotel Sol y Mar||Hotel||$10-20|
|La Rica Ruca||Cabañas||$15-25|
|Ayangue Sun Beach||Hotel||$15-25|
|Muyuyo Lodge||Eco Lodge||$25-50|
|Cumbres de Ayangue||Hotel||$50-100|