Orientation If you’re interested in surfing, you’ve probably already heard of Puerto Engabao – a must-surf destination on the southern coast of Ecuador. However, most guide books and webpages in which it is featured don’t have much information on the community-run hostels and restaurants. If you want to surf Engabao, below are the most economical […]
If you’re interested in surfing, you’ve probably already heard of Puerto Engabao – a must-surf destination on the southern coast of Ecuador. However, most guide books and webpages in which it is featured don’t have much information on the community-run hostels and restaurants. If you want to surf Engabao, below are the most economical and authentic options for lodging and dining.
There are 18 community-based homestay options called ‘Casas de Surf‘ (Surf Houses). Staying at these gives you the authenticity of staying with a local family, without interfering with your privacy. You will get a simple room with a private bathroom and can arrange all your meals with the family. The quality and prices among the Casas de Surf are consistent, so just look for the signs (like the one on the left of this page).
Prices: $7 per person for lodging; $2 for breakfast or lunch; $3 for dinner
The following are solid, locally-run restaurants that won’t rip you off.
You will see this little spot just before and to the right of the lighthouse. She is open from about 9AM to 9PM and serves all three meals.
Breakfast: $1.75 for patacones, eggs, cheese, and coffee
Lunch or Dinner: $4.00 for a fish plate of whatever she bought fresh that morning or $5.00 for ceviche
Miguel has a big sign out front with a smiling picture of himself and some seafood. Look for it on the right as you approach the lighthouse from the main part of town. He is open about 7AM to 7PM and has all three meals.
Breakfast: $1.50 for patacones, eggs, cheese, and coffee.
Lunch or Dinner: $3.00-$4.00 for mixed seafood soup or a fish plate
We’re clearly not sure what this place is called, but it’s one of the only spots that serves something other than seafood, if you’re not feeling like fish. They do typical Ecuadorian lunch and dinner plates for $2.50-$3.00.
This is not a restaurant but a cool nightly occurrence to look out for. Every night (except Sundays), around 350 fisherman roll their boats on logs to the top of the beach, where merchants wait in trucks to bring the day’s catch to nearby cities. Families and locally-hired hands also greet the fisherman and help them remove almost everything from inside the boats to bring home for the night. Street vendors peddle fried food and fresh fruit and dogs and cats compete for dropped fish.
From Guayaquil Terminal Terrestre: Get you ticket at Coop. General Villamil. The ride is two hours and takes you to Playas. Once in Playas, take the green Engabao bus in front of the supermarket Super Tia. Get off at the last stop and start exploring!