Destination guide

Visit Salinas, Santa Elena, Ecuador

Salinas in Ecuador is an incredible city with sandy beaches, sparkling ocean waves, a vibrant city center, and plenty of attractions for all kinds of people to enjoy. Spend your day at the beach relaxing or surfing the waves, or hit the town and visit their specialty shops and high-end restaurants. Salinas will keep you busy, so you need a comfortable place to rest in between your Ecuadorian adventures. Book a Salinas vacation rental to experience the true home away from home feeling during your trip, and embrace all Salinas has to offer.

Things to do

See the best of Salinas

Spending all your time at the beach can be tempting, but Salinas has a lot more to offer when you venture into the city itself. Check out The Museum of the Great Peninsula for an extraordinary look into the history of the area. The Archaeological room showcases cultures who settled the Salinas region throughout history as far back as history goes. You can also find the Museo de las Ballenas which offers fascinating insight into one of nature’s most magnificent creatures—the whale. Just make sure you call ahead to make an appointment.

Activities

Shopping and Surfing in Salinas

Start off your Salinas journey with a tour of the area. You can choose from quick tours to full day tours, showcasing everything Salinas has to offer. Once you have a lay of the land, you can hit the beaches. Go for a swim or grab your board and ride the waves. Salinas beaches are one of the most popular surfing spots in the world, so prepare yourself for perfect waves all year long. The fun doesn’t end at the beach, though. Take a walk through the city and you’ll find numerous specialty shops and even some nightclubs.

Weather

Enjoy the Salinas sun all year round

Salinas is known worldwide for being a great surfing spot. Not only are the waves pristine, but the temperature is always just right. Even in the winter months, Salinas enjoys warm weather with average lows of 67.8 degrees. The summer can get hot, but still tolerable with an average high of 84.2 degrees during the hottest month. Don’t worry about rain unless you visit in late summer, where you might experience just under two inches. Outside of summer, Salinas experiences virtually no rain whatsoever, so don’t forget to pack your sunscreen.

Natural features

Salinas’ sandy beaches and scenic overlooks

Sandy beaches line the shores of this gorgeous city. Within the clear ocean waves, you can find a variety of fish and other sea creatures. Further out from the shore, you can even spot whales frequently surfacing to catch a breath of fresh air. Before you leave Salinas, take the time to visit La Chocolatera, the most important lookout point in Santa Elena. Gaze out into the ocean from this scenic overlook and you’ll see the point where the north and south currents collide, painting the water a rich brown. La Chocolatera also offers an incredible view of Salinas itself.

Where to stay around Salinas?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 59 vacation rentals near Salinas. From 18 Houses to 36 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Salinas for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Salinas?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Salinas. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Salinas Beach: 78 vacation rentals
  • Punta Blanca Beach: 85 vacation rentals
  • Ballenita Park: 81 vacation rentals
  • Punta Blanca Chapel: 85 vacation rentals
  • Valdivia Aquarium: 89 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Salinas listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Salinas?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 18 Houses in Salinas. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Salinas include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 36 rentals available
  • Studios: 23 rentals available
  • Guest houses: 2 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bed & breakfasts and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Salinas?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 21 vacation rentals with pool available in Salinas. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.