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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.

Kite HouseThe 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.

In 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).

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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.

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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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Kitehouse Ecuador FAQs

What is the official site name?
Santa Marianita

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?
www.humboldtkites.com & www.thekitehouse.com

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?
Southwest, sideshore

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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 street.

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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What 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.

What 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 constant winds

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Trips available June through October

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COURSES/PACKAGES OFFERED

Kite House

BRING A FRIEND AND GO TRIBAL!

All packages below can be shared with a friend for ONLY $75 more! That means you share the instructor and the room... Now thats a deal!

RIDERS - $299 for the WHOLE week

  • 6 days of riding
  • Transport from Manta airport
  • 7 nights of private room and bath
  • Extra kite size use (you must bring one kite, harness and board of your own-board rental available)
  • Surf boards
  • 3 meals per day
  • Social nights
  • Trips to different spots
  • Photos

THIS IS OUR BEGINNER COURSE

  • 5 days of 1 on 1 lessons
  • 6 nights of private room and bath
  • Airport pick up in Manta and drop off
  • Transportation to lessons
  • Breakfast
  • Social nights
  • Day trip

THIS IS OUR INTERMIDIATE COURSE*

  • 5 days of 1 on 1 lessons
  • 6 nights of private room and bath
  • Airport pick up in Manta and drop off
  • Transportation to lessons
  • Breakfast
  • Social nights
  • Day trip


    *Must have had previous lessons and learning to get on board

We have boards, stand up surf board, and kite rentals.

Discounts for extra persons in rooms, economy rooms with shared baths for kiters on budgets. Additional nights available.

On all of these trips you have a guide to take you and watch after you. You will experience a culture that is safe, windy and rich with history.

FLIGHT DETAILS

  • Fly to Guayaquil and then shuttle to Manta (shuttle is 3 hours)
  • Fly to Quito and then Manta (flight from Quito to Manta is 25 mins)
    • LAN Airlines has flights for $580 in May: Miami - Quito - but you arrive in Quito at 19:15 - need to stay in Quito that night.
    • LAN Airlines New York - Quito for $700-$800 (connects with the one in Miami) arriving 19:15.
    • COPA Airlines has a price of $560 in May: leaves Miami at 8am and gets into Quito at 13:45 (2 hours in Panama). Returning there is also one that leaves ai the afternoon so you could fly to Quito from Manta that same morning.
    • Avianca has one leaving Miami at 7:27am and arriving in Quito at 15:45 only with 2 hours in Bogota. We personally like Avianca the best....never had a delay or any problems with them; they have really good service. Prices are much higher then they use to be for some reason! $800- $900 but in the past I have found good offers to Miami from Avianca.
    • American Airlines has one that arrives in Quito at 18:35 thats the earliest one but its still too late to catch the one to Manta.
    • Airlines between Quito and Manta:

WHAT TO BRING

Its always a good idea to bring a rash guard, water shoes (booties) and sunscreen, plus a shorty or neoprene top. 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.

LOCATION

4 mile long beach that is very wide, ususally Southwest, sideshore winds.

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ACCOMODATIONS

The Kitehouse Ecuador as you get breakfast there private beautiful rooms, dinner if you choose or nightly socials and also transport to the spots every day. There is wireless internet, pool, bbq pit and more. Prices start at 20.00 a day. There are 2 dinner nights a week for the tribe, the other nights you have options for dinner at the house or to go out.

Discounts for extra persons in rooms, economy rooms with shared baths for kiters on budgets.

WEATHER DETAILS

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Other Activities
Stand up paddle board, surf, snorkel, day trips to Isla Plata (the poor man's Galapagos), walking around Monte Cristi town and whale watching.

Nightlife
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.

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