Bungalows La Buena Vida Surf & Stay Ecuador
Ecuador: Guayas and Manabi
New and beautiful beachfront surf camp where virgin jungle meets tropical waters
LowPressure's Stormrider Surf Guide says
Ecuador has long been popular with surfers looking for a warm water fix after enduring the cold Humboldt Current that pervades along the South American pacific coast. Travelers concentrated on the Montañita area in the south but rumours of a perfect left set-up in Mompiche have attracted the more adventurous to the “green province” of Esmeraldas. The northernmost coastal province enjoys lush vegetation, from tropical rainforest to mangroves while estuaries cut the land into remote territories only accessible by boat.
Find more general info about when to go and statistics on the Low Pressure’s Stormrider Guide’s website.
Condition descriptions provided by the Operator
An exposed beach break breaking right and left depending on the swell, this wave offers a wide variety of options for all levels of surfers. If a dominant North swell is showing our beach lights up like a point break with rights peeling on the outside for about 200 yards then to an inside section that barrels hard. If you catch a South or West swell the conditions will vary depending on tides with many empty left and right peaks to ride but never the less the waves are rarely flat. If you are learning with our surf school we will most likely take you out when the tide is low in the surf close to shore and judge your ability. However, if you are an advanced surfer incoming tides always bring bigger surf with an outside peak just a short paddle away. The best part about our beach is the lack of crowds due to our remote location in a very large mountain range... You will surf alone.
Swell & consistency
Our beach breaks year round with little to no crowds. The main season is late November-May and is the best time to visit with consistent surf, really sunny days and warm water. However, our property is open in the off season too. Average wave size is 3-6 feet daily with 1 to 2 big swells a month with the bigger days running anywhere from 6-12 feet with great form. Out of 365 days per year i would have to say Ayampe and the surrounding area have waves 300 of those days.
Unlike Central America, Ecuador does not suffer from mid-day harsh offshore winds. We do get offshore winds but, they are light in the morning if not non-existent. Early in the morning you will find no winds with perfect glassy conditions guaranteed. In the off season the winds will pick up light onshore but the waves still hold up because of the strong southern swells.
Ayampe has 1 reef break about a 15 minute boat ride away that is a hollow grinding right hander and breaks over shallow rocks (Advanced surfers recommended). The 2nd break is a rock point that sits in a bay and is a nice mellow left hander that can get up to 12 feet and break 200 yards easily with a nice tube section on the inside (Med-Adv surfers recommended). And the 3rd is a remote left hand rock break that is about a 20 minute car ride away then either a hike on foot for 15 minutes or a 25 minute boat ride from the bay (Med-Adv surfers recommended). All 3 spots are consistent and pick up swells from most directions. Ask about transportation or a guide to these areas for an extra cost.