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Ayampe or Olon?

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Ayampe or Olon?

We will be spending a few nights in March on Ecuadorian coast. We don't care about partying and going out at night. What we want is tranquility and beauty.

After doing some research, I came up with two places that seem to fulfill these requisites. But I still don't know where I should stay: Olon beach or Ayampe? Olon seems to have a nice, not too expensive hotel called the Sea Garden. Ayampe has a few good budget options as well like Orixas hostal for example.

Any final advice for me? ;)

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1. Re: Ayampe or Olon?

Dear tigerlily68,

I have been around the beach you mentioned few months ago, Olon is far from what you are looking for, Ayample could be a good option, but not good for swim, sea tides are strong and some parts of the beach like a swamp.

I rather suggest you Puerto Cayo beach, long beach, peaceful, never crowd; at the beach town you find little stones but thru boca de cayo beach it is NICE !, it is ideal because is secluded, ,never crowd, peace, quiet and long beach, I am going to stay there again on may at Sanctuary lodge, check the comment on TA about Puerto Cayo. I hope my comment helped you! good luck!

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2. Re: Ayampe or Olon?

In my opinion, Pto Cayo is dirty, filled with litter, the town is dusty and no decent place to eat or sleep.

Olón in the last few years has developed into a prime tourist destination, but only the beach very close to the town is ever crowded, There is 8km of beach with plenty of unspoiled woods, river, wetlands and more.

But the best thing is, the sand is clean, white, wide and the ocean is peaceful and gradually goes deeper, so you can enjoy it to the fullest!

Edited: 03 February 2018, 04:53
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3. Re: Ayampe or Olon?

Ayampe is a Jewel and you'll love it Olon is fun and nice to but different Food in both towns is over the top But Ayampe is just down right cute/quant and low key

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4. Re: Ayampe or Olon?

There is no one answer to Olon or Ayampe. And, luckily, they are close enough to each other that if you don't like the one, you can pick up and go to the other in about 1/2 an hour's taxi ride. I don't remember how much we paid for taxis between the two, but it couldn't have been much more than $5 each way.

I haven't stayed overnight in Olon, but it is a lovely quiet little town with a marvelous beach and a couple of good restaurants. There is a large rock outcropping, topped by El Santuario Blanca Estrella del Mar, that cuts Olon off from the noise and partying of Montañita, but again they are close enough to each other that if you want to dip your toes into the wild-life of that surfer town, you can. Montañita is also the closest ATM, has a ton of restaurants and some shops.

I have stayed overnight in Ayampe, though, and my only hesitation in recommending it is that I hesitate to tell too many people about the good things there. But my wishes to see the locals prosper outweigh my desire to keep it all to myself. I've only stayed in one place, Casa Surf, but that has converted into long term stays for yoga and surfing enthusiasts, but the hosts are most welcoming, and any traveler with more than a week to spend would be welcome there.

I have eaten in and chatted with the owners/managers of several of the other spots in Ayampe--most have restaurants or cafés--and can recommend them highly. Keith & Marilyn at La Buena Vida get my highest recommendation. In our trips to Ayampe, theirs is the spot we visit most often. Los Orishas and Punta Finca Ayampe are also quite good. You can't beat the views at Punta Finca Ayampe, and Los Orishas not only has the best dinner restaurant (in my opinion) in town, the rooms are nice and while close enough to the beach to lull you to sleep with the crashing waves, the cabanas are set off in a little compound for privacy. We also walked past and stopped in to visit the owners of Las Cabañas de la Iguana, too. Right on the beach, yet still private--there really isn't much of a nightlife scene in Ayampe, thank goodness!

Saying all of this, I've still meant to stay a few nights in Olon--just haven't managed to do it yet. We have friends who run an eco-lodge just south of there outside Manglaralto. But day trips to Olon have been quite nice.

Edited: 15 April 2018, 18:20
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