Bird and whales sighting is one of its main attractions

Ecuador ➝ Manab ➝ Ayampe

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Surfing Skill Level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Nestled in Ayampe, a picturesque enclave within the province of Manabí and renowned for its idyllic location on the famous Route of the Ecuadorian Sun, La Buena Vida Surf School stands as a beacon of surfing excellence. Ayampe itself is a haven, representing the last vestiges of humid tropical forest embracing the South American coastline. With its captivating birdlife and occasional whale sightings, Ayampe offers a unique natural spectacle.

At La Buena Vida Surf School, an intimate and personalized approach defines their teaching philosophy. Classes are intentionally limited to a maximum of three students per instructor, ensuring unparalleled attention and guidance. The bilingual instructors, known for their friendliness and genuine passion for surfing, bring extensive teaching experience to the forefront. Beginners are meticulously introduced to the fundamentals, encompassing stretching, standing up on the board, paddling, surf etiquettes, and vital ocean awareness and safety.

For intermediate and advanced surfers, the school provides an opportunity to experiment with diverse surfboard types, refine wave-reading skills, master wave selection, and perfect takeoff timing. Each session includes video analysis, allowing for constructive feedback, and concludes with a rejuvenating post-surf massage. 

La Buena Vida Hotel offers a range of accommodations, including double, matrimonial, and family rooms, making it an ideal retreat for those seeking tranquility and relaxation in the paradisiacal setting of Ayampe.If you are looking for a peaceful, green jungle-looking and cozy type of stay, you are in the right spot. That doesn’t mean they are isolated in the mountains though. La Buena Vida is only a 2-minute walk from town, and a 3-minutes walk to the beach.


Their packages of 7 nights inlcude:

  • Roundtrip airport transfer (from Guayaquil or Manta)
  • Surfboard and Surf Equipment during your entire stay
  • Early pre-surf snack. Includes: Yogurt, fruit, coffee, water
  • Freshly prepared full breakfast
  • Delicious home-made lunch
  • Open kitchen for those who want to cook their own dinner