Montañita is a small coastal town located in the Parrish of Manglaralto in the province of Santa Elena about 180 kilometers northwest ofGuayaquil. Translated as "little hill", itbecame 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 manyforeign 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 inEcuador'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 itundergoes a rainy season from December to May. However, rainfall is low and typically in the evening and overnigh
Montañita's economy is based in tourism, mainly with respect to food service,surfing, and craft sales.High season for tourism peaks in January and hits its low in June. Each February Carnival is held in Montañita.
SURFING IN MONTAÑITA
Many people from all over the world travelto Montañita and enjoy surfing. 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 anincreasingly popular destination on the international surfing circuit
The commune is one of the few beaches in Ecuador in which women frequently go topless, especially European tourists. The mainmeans of transportation are bicycles, pedicabs and the occasional truck, although the streets are mostly pedestrian. In some cases, barter or exchange accepted as a means of payment.
Montañita is theonly place where marijuana is smoked freely in Ecuador. It is common to hear reggae music on street corners, tropical and hippie, with banners of peace symbols, or the portrait of Che Guevara, John...
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