Salinas, Ecuador Travel Guide

Last updated: 2021
All prices are listed in US dollars
Cost of living metrics are based on minimum living expenses for one person

 

Like Manta, Salinas is a popular beach resort city on Ecuador’s coast. In the high season, it gets very crowded (majority of people being Ecuadorian tourists)

POPULATION: 50,000

 

WEATHER IN SALINAS

17°C to 28°C. The high/popular season is from May to October.

 

SAFETY IN SALINAS

Salinas is a relatively safe city. The only things you’ll need to look out here is petty thieves and obnoxious drunks (in the high season). Don’t consume too much alcohol and don’t travel alone by foot long distances at night to avoid being a target.

 

MUST DO

The beach! Nearby beaches are decent for surfing.

 

RENT AN APARTMENT IN SALINAS

You can rent something basic in Salinas for $400/month.

If you want to rent an apartment for a short period of time — just to make sure the city is right for you before committing to a longterm apartment contract — we suggest using Airbnb.

 

COST OF LIVING IN SALINAS

You can get by in Salinas for $1200/month. We don’t recommend a budget of much less than this per month.

 

DATING IN SALINAS

Latin American Cupid allows you to talk with singles in Salinas and set up dates before you arrive in the country. For this reason, we recommend it.

 

LEARNING SPANISH IN SALINAS

If you want to meet women in Latin America, you will need to know a bit of Spanish. PickUp Spanish is an entertaining and informative course that teaches Latin American Spanish in a way that is geared toward meeting and dating latinas!

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN SALINAS

Not many. There is a small surfing scene here, so if you are a talented surfer, you may find work as an instructor.

 

IS THERE UBER IN SALINAS

No, UBER does not operate in Salinas.

 

IS SALINAS A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE?

Salinas may be a good choice for the expat looking for a smaller beach city than Manta. However, Salinas can get crazy busy in high season, and extremely quiet in the low season. It’s extreme in that sense. Although we don’t find this ideal for living, you may be OK with it. One benefit is that, if you buy property, you can make some money renting it out at a premium during the high season.