In our Kiteboarding
spot at Santa Marianita Beach we have ideal conditions for
the practice of kiteboarding at all levels. It is recognized
as the best beach in Ecuador for the sport.
Privileged with a long windy season that goes from May to
December, with an average of 14-25 knots. Riders at this spot
use 9m to 12m kites. Wind direction is side-onshore. This,
combined with an approx. 5 km sandy beach makes it a very
safe place for learning the sport.
wind generally starts around noon time and increases during
the first hours of the afternoon. The wind at this spot is
very consistent, no gusts, and most days lasts until 5:00pm.
Our spot is reached by south-west swells. Our waves spot
at the southernmost point of the beach provides waves of 1
- 2 meters - they are perfect for learning, strapless riding
or improving your wave skills. During the months of November
to January bigger waves come in. North swells hit our kite
spot and waves up to 3 meters can be found.
Santa Marianita, you can find some excellent seafood restaurants
and small stores for your basic needs during your stay at
the beach. Along the beach you find small "cabañas"
where locals offer lunches for a very economic price.
Other things to do:
Surf/long board in front of the house
Watch the small boats arriving with the days catch and perhaps
buy one for the afternoon BBQ!
Also near Manta, we have the small town of Montecristi where
the famous Panama hats are made. Streets filled with hand
made crafts make it a good place for your souvenier shopping!
Following the coast southwards we find many beaches were
you can surf... Whale watching is a popular activity from
June to October.
You can visit the town of Puerto Lopez (90Km from Manta)
where Machalilla National Park guides can take you on a long
day tour of whale watching, snorkeling and trecking on the
Isla de la Plata (poor mens Galapagos).
Since my first time kiteboarding in the late 90's in Ecuador,
the areas have got a little more modern, but the conditions
and the people are still as good as ever. Peru is right next
door to this excellent kite spot. When you arrive in the Ecuador
kiting spot Santa Marianita you see wide beaches, palapas,
waves up wind, calm areas out front and
the occasional spray of a whale.
Daily side shore winds and friendly people are the normal.
The area has something for ever kiter and non kiter.Long down
winders, waves to learn on and also to challenge even the
best pro. The culture of the area helps you unwind and remember
how simple things should be. My hosts Wvaladmir and Nicole
took us kiting in spots till our arms hurt and then lead us
on tours of history and tradition that you will
rarely find in the world. You will have many stories to tell
about your adventures once you leave Ecuador.
Aloha, Paul Menta
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What is the official site name?
What is the best time of the year to hit this spot?
High season is June through November
What is the best internet site to check the wind/conditions?
How do I get there (airport, driving, parking)?
Your can fly into Guyaquil airport and get a 3 hour ride to manta, but the better way is fly into Quito, then flight into manta. This year they should have flights from Miami to Manta. The kite house Ecuador picks you up at the airport.
What is the usual wind direction?
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What gear should I be sure to pack?
9m and 12 meter are the normal kites, 133-139 boards
(schools have surf boards) Shorties or neoprene tops, hoodies
and long sleeves for at night. Remember it's their winter,
so it's 80 in the day and high 60's at night, can feel cool.
What conditions should I avoid?
Point breaks and unmarked places. Humboldt Kites and the Kitehouse serve as guides in the area and you are better off with them. You save time and also know when and where to go.
What is the launch/landing like?
4 mile long beach that is very wide.
What are some of the best places to eat nearby (name a few, preferably from the local roadside stand to the special night out restaurant i.e. from very cheap to gourmet)?
At the beach there is Playa Bonita's and the Kitehouse does
pizza on the weekends. In town you want to go to Alcatraz
for unreal seafood and more. Los 3 platos
and fugos pizza and for chicken and beef, juventud on 24th
Who are the local schools and shops?
Humboldt Kites and the Kitehouse
Is there a local association?
One is being formed as we speak.
Where should I stay?
The only place to stay for kiters is the Kitehouse Ecuador
as you get breakfast there private beautiful rooms, dinner
if you choose or nightly socials. There is wireless internet,
bbq pit and more.
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is the nightlife like?
In town all open air bars and fun walking around, you can
party or hang out at the house and talking kiting, there are
lots of options for all.
else is there to do if I get skunked? Stand up paddle
board, surf, snorkel, day trips to Isla Plata (the poor man's
Galapagos), walking around Monte Cristi town and whale watching.
Is there anything else I need to know about riding
this spot? They have rules for each beach and spot
for the times of year, so check with Humboldt Kites.
Are there any safety issues or rules I need to know
about? The areas are very clean and safe. People
are friendly and can usally manage some English to guide you
along. The town is very modern, so you have all supplies you
need and pharmacies, the riding spots are more rural, so you
should bring what ever is needed. There are no mosquitos.
Are there any interesting bits of trivia about this spot?
- They use the US dollar
- Manta is the tuna capital of the world
- Panama Hats are hand made in Monte Cristi Ecuador, NOT
Panama, you have to see it
- Hump back whales are seen daily June - late August
- The Humboldt current causes the reaction there to have
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