Salinas and Around

Salinas

Author: Johan Klok | Last update: November 14, 2021
Salinas

Overview

Resort town
Ecuador's second largest expat community
Lots of highrises
Busy during the weekends
Cloudy during about 7 months
Around 40,000 inhabitants

See & Do

Climate & Environment

Salinas is located in a semi-arid zone. From December through June, most days are sunny. From July through November, most days have overcast skies. Throughout the whole year, it's warm. See Salinas and Around - Climate for a more extensive description of the climate.

Insects

Mosquitoes and ants can be a nuisance.

Noise

Shops & Markets

Accommodations

Utilities

Water

Potable water is available in most areas. Aguapen is the local water utility company.

Electricity

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

Be aware that using air conditioning during the six hottest months can result in high energy bills (think about $300 per month).

Health & Medical

Emergencies

In case of a medical emergency, you can go to Hospital Básico ESMA in Salinas. This small hospital is open 24 hours per day.

Hospitals

Larger hospitals and clinics can be found in La Libertad and Santa Elena.

How to travel to Salinas

From Cuenca (by bus)

CLP operates direct buses between the Cuenca Bus Terminal in Cuenca and the Santa Elena Bus Terminal in Santa Elena ($14, about 6 hours). From the Santa Elena Bus Terminal you can take a taxi (about $5.00) or a city bus to Salinas.

From Guayaquil (by bus)

To arrive in Salinas 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. From the Santa Elena Bus Terminal you can take a taxi (about $5.00) or a city bus to Salinas.

From Guayaquil (by car)

Most parts of the road between Guayaquil and Salinas 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).

From Ayangue, Manglaralto, Montañita, Olón (by bus)

If you want to travel to Salinas from one of the coastal towns north of Salinas, you can first take a regional bus to the Santa Elena Bus Terminal. These bus services are offered by TransManglaralto and CITUP. From the Santa Elena Bus Terminal you can take a taxi (about $5.00) or a city bus to Salinas.

How to get around Salinas

Bus

You can use urban buses to travel in the urban area of La Libertad, Santa Elena, Ballenita, and Salinas. The price for a single ride is $.036, which you can pay when you enter your bus.

Sports & Leisure

Dog walking

On the following beaches you are allowed to walk with your dog: Mar Bravo, Punta Carnero, and La Milina. You have to carry a plastic bag with you to dispose of your dog's feces.

Golf

The Salinas Golf & Tenis Club has a sand golf course. You can find more decent golf courses in Guayaquil and Manta.

Swimming

The Salinas Golf & Tenis Club and several hotels have swimming pools.

Tennis

The Salinas Golf & Tenis Club has new, decent tennis courts.

Government

Local authority: Municipality of Salinas.