Ecuador’s many beaches have all different types of waves for surfers at any difficulty level, making it a go-to destination for surfers worldwide. In fact, Ecuador even hosts surfing world championships and other competitions, since the warm water on the coast creates very competitive waves and fantastic conditions for surfing.
Montañita has been a favorite area for native and international surfers to practice their sport since the beach has the perfect waves for practice and was even included in the World Network of Surf Cities in 2016 (WSCN). Just walking down the street you will see people of all ages carrying around their surfboards.
This town is so invested in the sport that in 2013, they hired Gustavo Vargas to create a monument to surfing. The project was very important to the community here. Aside from being a major surfing destination, Montañita is also famous for its nightlife, varied cuisine, and adventure tourism business.
Montañita has a population of approximately 4,500 inhabitants and the average temperature is 28 ºC, perfect for surfing.
For those looking for a more relaxed surfing environment, Canoa, known for its bohemian, warm, and relaxed style, is the perfect destination. Not only is the huge beach great for surfing, Canoa also offers a variety of other water sports such as paragliding, sky water, and more. The best season for visiting is between February – April. Difficulty level: Medium.
If you are looking for a place to surf in the Galapagos Islands, check out San Cristobal. The favorite beach for surfing on the island is Punta Carola, which is known for having large waves. While you can have an enjoyable visit here all year round, the best season is from December to April. Difficulty: Medium.
If you prefer surfing surrounded by beautiful scenery and extreme cute ocean life check out the white sand and turquoise waters of Tortuga Bay. Maybe you can even get a picture with a curious sea lion or some marine iguanas. Tortuga Bay is also located in the Galapagos on Santa Cruz Island.