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Salinas is a coastal city located in the Province of Santa Elena, Ecuador. It is the seat of the canton that bears its name. The westernmost city on mainland Ecuador, Salinas is an important tourist center. Salinas, Ecuador's largest coastal resort, offers one of the country's best real estate investment markets and most popular and most upscale beach lifestyle. Recently,[when?] Salinas was the center of controversy during the contentious "more fun, less sun," debate.[clarification needed] It was the site of the ISA World Junior Surfing Games Ecuador in 2009. There are two major yacht clubs in Salinas, the first is Salinas Yacht Club, which is a good bit smaller than the Puerto Lucia Yacht Club, in Santa Elena, in an area known as 'La Libertad' which, in Spanish means; 'The Freedom Town'. Puerto Lucia boasts a hotel, several restaurants to eat, a private beach and apartment block buildings, as well as the large marina and port.

Salinas beach
Salinas beach
Salinas is located in Ecuador
Location in Ecuador
Coordinates: 2°13′00.12″S 80°57′00.24″W / 2.2167000°S 80.9500667°W / -2.2167000; -80.9500667Coordinates: 2°13′00.12″S 80°57′00.24″W / 2.2167000°S 80.9500667°W / -2.2167000; -80.9500667
Country Ecuador
ProvinceSanta Elena
 • Mayor/AlcaldeDaniel Oswaldo Cisneros Soria
 • City27 km2 (10 sq mi)
 • Metro
73.5 km2 (28.4 sq mi)
 • City50,000
 • Density1,900/km2 (4,800/sq mi)
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC-5 (ECT)

It was a small fishing village until the June 30, 1929, when it was established as a rural parish of Santa Elena. On December 22, 1937, an official decree was signed by the Commander in Chief, General Alberto Enriquez Gallo and published in Official Gazette No. 52 of December 27 of that year, that elevated the parish to the rank of canton. Its cantonal head is the town of Salinas, and is composed of the rural parishes Ancon, and Jose Luis Tamayo Anconcito (Muey).

Part of map of the coast of Ecuador in the eighteenth century
The beach at Salinas Ecuador

Political divisionEdit

Salinas is divided into four urban parishes. They are:

  • Alberto Enriquez Gallo
  • Carlos Espinoza Larrea
  • Santa Rosa
  • Vicente Rocafuerte
Photo of the beach in Salinas
Sun setting in Salinas

Economy and attractionsEdit

Salinas Museum 21st CenturyEdit

The museum is located in the canton street Salinas Guayas and Quil Pier and is known as "The Museum of the Great Peninsula". It has an archaeological room, a temporary exhibition hall, a lounge and a naval parade.

The Archaeological room has a complete sample of the cultures that settled in this great peninsula, composed of the Valdivia and Machalilla Engoroy (CV) cultures of the Formative period (4200 BC - 500 BC), as well as the Jambelí Guangala Regional Development period (500 BC - 500) and maintenance-Integration Guancavilca period (500-1530), which include human and animal figurines, ceremonial and utilitarian vessels, bottles, whistle, stone axes, beads necklaces Spondylus, horns and whistles and a variety of both cylindrical and flat seals.

On displays is a model of a raft-Guancavilca Manteña reproduced according to the description of Samano 1526. The Guancavilcas large rafts were in their black-colored vessels, hands and stone metate for grinding grains, spherical stone weights for nets and pointed to the divers who were also used to hit and release Spondylus shells attached to rocks ; copper objects such as axes and hatchets handle coins and Spondylus shell accounts, circular and rectangular shapes that were marketed along with the copper material, in Mexico and Peru, are evidence of the last thousand years of navigation our country. A model that reproduces the galleon Jesus Maria de la Limpia Concepcion known as "The Captain" takes us back to colonial times and the exhibit showcases the salvage in that galleon wrecked in 1654 off the coast of Chanduy.

Coins of 1, 2, 4 and 8 reales cobs or crushed calls were made in silver and transported on ships to Panama and from there to the Caribbean to be transported to Europe, fragments of silver cutlery and plates and pottery known as majolica bars, tin, silver, cannonballs both bronze and iron and lead for muskets.

A gold cross with Latin inscriptions, an earring with pearl bases, burner and silver candelabra, a buckle, metal earrings agate and correspond to the material used for personal use by the passengers on this ship and ran aground off the coast of the town of El Real.

Punta Carnero BeachEdit

People travel from all over the world because the Surfing in Ecuador offers ideal climate all year round. Punta Carnero is a beach located approximately ten minutes south of Salinas. Its name, “Ram Point” in English, stems from the rocky headland located at the southeast end of the beach. Punta Carnero Beach has been chosen many times to be the venue of not just national surf competitions, but also at an international level.

The beach extends for approximately 1.6 miles (2.57 km) and is relatively wide, with white to gray sand, medium waves and a prevalent inland breeze.

Many who travel to Punta Carnero also take a visit to other famous beaches are found just off the coast of Ecuador by 972 km is known the world over, the Galápagos Islands an area of volcanic islands distributed around the equator in the Pacific Ocean.

Other attractionsEdit

Other attractions of popular activities include:

  • The diving on the island of Peel in Ayangue
  • Deep sea fishing
  • La Chocolatera, a large cliff that is the most salient point of the Peninsula of Santa Elena where the north and south moving currents collide, giving the waters a rich brown color
  • Central Church of Our Lady of Mercy
  • Main Salinas Malecon and Chipipe
  • San Lorenzo Park Civic
  • Paseo Artesanal Los Cedros
  • Malecón de Santa Rosa
  • Park and Central Church of José Luis Tamayo
  • Pacific Mall
  • Anconcito Malecon
  • Whale Museum
  • Whale watching
  • Parasailing



Salinas has a warm and dry desert climate with abundant sunshine all year around. The city is located in a tropical zone near the Equator, the weather closely resembles a subtropical climate, being comfortable and dry rather than hot, humid, and rainy. This is due to the Humboldt Current, which lower temperatures to a moderate climate for most of the year, except in the summer months, when the temperature rises.

Climate data for Salinas
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 28.0
Average low °C (°F) 23.1
Average precipitation mm (inches) 16


  1. ^ "Climate: Salinas".