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Things to do: sightseeing, adventure, spas
A small, secluded coastal town with a laid-back atmosphere and a countercultural hippy vibe, Montanita has a reputation as a seaside getaway with a twist. Once nothing more than a few surf tents and rustic fishermen houses, the town still attracts surfers and other water sports enthusiasts, though these days Montanita tourism has diversified somewhat, with restaurants, shops, accommodations, and language schools opening up. Its cosmopolitan, new age, and coastal charm is perhaps the main attraction in Montanita, with backpackers galore, arts and crafts, vibrant nightlife, and impromptu reggae jams through the night. Make Montanita central to your Ecuador travel plans using our Ecuador trip itinerary maker.
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The laid-back, hippyish coastal town of Montanita once offered only a few fishermen huts and surfer tents, making staying here appeal only to young, in-the-know backpackers and water sports enthusiasts. Nowadays, though the town maintains its countercultural charm, a good set of accommodations has sprung up to make the destination suitable for a broader range of tourists. Large resort-style hotels and upmarket boutique hotels cling to the beach areas, while simpler high-rise hotels cluster around the main Ruta del Sol road. Budget hostels provide a good option for travelers wishing to tap into the rustic roots of the place, offering simple rooms in characterful lodgings. However, Montanita no longer sits on the list of "off-the-beaten-track" destinations, so advance reservations in this modestly proportioned town are a must.
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