Montañita is a small coastal town located in the Parrish of Manglaralto in the province of Santa Elena about 180 kilometers northwest of Guayaquil. Translated as "little hill", it became famous very slowly, decades ago, as a place only for surfing, with only a few rustic fishermen houses and one or two surfers tent on summer time. In 1960, Montañita was the place where many foreign people linked with the hippie movement became enamored and decided to settle permanently. A popular destination for surfers from around the World and considered one of the best beaches in Ecuador's south coast, Montañita is a town located on the Peninsula of Santa Elena.
Montañita's climate is consistent with that of a tropical, coastal city. Its average temperature is 28°C (82°F), and it undergoes a rainy season December to May. However, rainfall is low and typically in the evening and overnight. Water temperatures range from 13-20°C (56-68°F). The warm weather and rideable waves draw swimmers and surfers despite drizzly weather.
Surfing in Montañita:
Surfing in Montañita offers strong, consistent waves and good tubes make it a great place for accomplished surfers and challenging for newer surfers. Montañita is an increasingly popular destination on the international surfing circuit. In the summer months wave heights range from 0.3 to 1 meter. In the late fall and winter waves can be as large as 1.5 meters. On occasion, from January to March, waves as large as 2 meters can be seen. Each February during Carnival, Montañita hosts an international surfing competition.