Ayangue

Area Description

See and Do

Beach and bay

The biggest attraction of Ayangue is its clean, white-sand beach. Because Ayangue is located in a sheltered horseshoe bay, there are no big waves or riptides, making it safe and perfect for families with children. Other activities than swimming are snorkeling, scuba diving, and paddleboarding.

There is a new entrance to the beach with shops and bars.

The beach can be busy during the weekends, but it's reasonably quiet midweek.

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The beach of Ayangue.

Whale-watching

During Ecuador's whale-watching season (from June to September), it's possible to take sea tours to watch whales.

El Pelado islet

From Ayaungue, it's possible to make scuba diving and snorkeling tours to the rocky El Pelado islet, which is located in a marine reserve.

Climate

Climate

Ayangue has two seasons: a wet season and a dry season.

The wet season runs from December through June. Almost all days have abundant sunshine in the morning and the afternoon. When it rains, the rain usually falls during the evening and night hours. The temperatures are about 30°C (86°) during the day. Because of the high humidity, it may feel hotter than the actual temperature is.

The dry season starts in June and runs through November. July still has sunny days, but from August to November, almost all days are grey. Having a sunny day is a matter of luck. The temperatures are between 20 and 24°C (68-75°F), and the humidity is lower. For many people, the dry season is more comfortable than the wet season.

Environment

Noise pollution

Some beach bars sometimes cause noise pollution by playing loud music.

Eating and Drinking

Ayangue has a lot of seafood restaurants along the beach. The town is especially known for its fresh lobsters, which you can also buy cooked or fresh to take home.

Entertainment and Nightlife

There is no real night life in Ayangue, but there are beach bars and cocktail bars on the main strip that leads to the beach.

Shopping

Ayangue has a couple of tiendas, but there is no real grocery store.The nearest grocery store is Mi Comisariato in Ballenita. You will find other grocery stores in La Libertad and in Salinas.

Housing

Oceanside houses are occasionally offered but are pretty expensive.

North of Ayangue, three luxury resorts are under construction. Numerous building plots with ocean views are available here.

Examples

Expats and Remote Workers

Ayangue doesn't have a real expat community, but there live some expats in Ayangue.

Utilities

Water

Ayangue is on water rationing for about seven months per year. During these seven months, water is usually available for three to four hours every other day.

Electricity

Electricity in is provided by CNEL. Power outages do occur, but not as often as they used to.

Money and Tax

There are no ATMs and banks in Ayangue.

Crime and Safety

Ayangue is a safe town.

Medical Care

Emergencies

In case of a medical emergency, you can go to Hospital Básico Manglaralto, which is about 19 km from Ayangue. This small hospital is open 24 hours per day.

Hospitals

The nearest hospital is the small Hospital Básico Manglaralto. Larger hospitals and clinics can be found in La Libertad and Santa Elena, about 43 km south of Ayangue.

How to travel to Ayangue

From Guayaquil (by bus)

To arrive in Ayangue you first have to take a bus from the Guayaquil Bus Terminal to the Santa Elena Bus Terminal in Santa Elena. Several bus companies (CLP, Costa Azul CICA, Liberpesa) offer frequent services (about every 20 minutes) between these terminals. The duration of the trip is two hours, and the price is about $4.30. You can buy your ticket at windows 86 to 88 on the ground floor of the Guayaquil Bus Terminal. In the Santa Elena Bus Terminal you can buy a ticket for a local bus to the bus stop of Ayangue. Bus services are offered about every 20 minutes by bus companies TransManglaralto and CITUP. The price for a ticket is about $2,00. The duration is approximately one hour. The last bus to Ayangue usually leaves at 8 PM from the Santa Elena Bus Terminal. Ayangue is 3 kilometers (1.9 mi) off the bus stop along the Ruta del Spondylus. Near the Ayangue bus stop, taxis usually wait to take you to Ayangue ($1.50).

From Guayaquil (by car)

Most parts of the road between Guayaquil and Ayangue are in a good state. Be aware that there are almost every day speed checks on the Vía a la Costa, the road between Guayaquil and Santa Elena. There is one toll booth west of Guayaquil ($1,50). Some villages along the coast have thresholds that are difficult to see in the dark.

From Salinas, La Libertad, Ballenita (by bus)

From the Santa Elena Bus Terminal, you can take a local TransManglaralto or CITUP bus to the bus stop of Ayangue along the Ruta del Spondylus. Frequency: about every 20 minutes. Last departure: 8 PM. Ayangue is 3 kilometers (1.9 mi) off the bus stop along the Ruta del Spondylus. Near the Ayangue bus stop, taxis usually wait to take you to Ayangue ($1.50).