Described as a “party place with a surfing problem,” Montanita, Ecuador is famous for its mesmerizing beaches, streets full of energy, and delectable culinary options. A confluence of Argentinian, Peruvian, Ecuadorian and (interestingly) Israeli cultures has caused this town to form its own unique identity. Serious Rasta vibes will have you soaking up the sun while making jewelry, chilling on the beach, listening to live music, or dancing the night away. Surfers love this town for the fact that it’s less crowded than nearby Salinas and has some fun, challenging waves. If you can tear yourself away from the surf, there’s plenty of nearby adventure to be had. Scuba diving, fishing, whale watching, hiking and more provide endless entertainment for visitors to Montañita. Sleep to the sound of waves crashing into the shore, wake up with an energizing yoga class, and then hit the golden sand beaches: in Montañita, it’s no shirt, no shoes, no problem.


  • Playground: Restaurant-Bar 
  • Swimming pool
  • Free WIFI
  • Surf Club
  • CoWorking space
  • Yoga deck & lessons
  • Tours & transportation


With as many backpacker gringos as South American visitors, you’ll find your tribe at Selina Montanita – no matter who you choose to be. Skip Montanita, Ecuador hotels in favor our fun-loving Selina community. Selina Moñtanita has a whole lot of heart. Mix and mingle with a diverse, open-minded group of travelers and locals – even travelers who have ended up making Montañita their home. Selina’s community is one of the highlights of this surfer haven. Stop by The Playground for healthy, local dishes made with high-quality ingredients. Yoga Montanita is one of our specialties: take a class on our yoga deck or catch up on some R&R by the pool. We have comfortable, beautifully designed spaces for every budget: stay in our dorms, private rooms, or upgrade to the one-of-a-kind Rock Star Room! With plenty of activities on the social calendar each week, Selina is the place to be.


Soak up the bohemian vibes of Ecuador from the surf haven of Montanita. Join us for daily activities including surf lessons, yoga classes, whale watching, a hike up the mountains, scuba diving, and more. Get the best surfing in Montanita with the Selina Surf Club. Say hi to our friendly surf pros, rent a board, or join us for a class or guided surf session at some of our favorite nearby spots. We have surfing packages and lessons for all levels of experience. Need a break from the board? There are tons of other things to do in Montanita, where adventure is the name of the game – explore nearby Isla de la Plata, go on a fishing tour to Islote de los Ahorcados, or take a scuba diving course to get your certification. There are lots of nearby hiking options and bike trips that take you into the rugged wilderness of Ecuador. See if you can spot howler monkeys and exotic birds among the trees! Wrap up the day in Montañita with friends on our roof deck before waking up to do it all over again.

Getting here

From the airport

You can drive from Quito (10 hour drive) or you can come from the Quito airport, which is only a 40 min trip away. Taxis will charge you from $80 to $120 from Guayaquil airport or $250-$300 from Quito.

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Public Transportation

Take the bus to Guayaquil and then transfer to the Montañita bus in the big terminal.

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