Walking down the streets of Olón, you are met with smiles from the friendly inhabitants and before you know it, you are on the most beautiful beach that stretches as far as you can see in both directions. The beach is one of few that still have much of its natural vegetation.
The calm atmosphere, the wonderful beach and the natural vegetation are what make Olón a perfect spot for relaxation!
Olón is inhabited by around 3000 people and has a handful of small restaurants, cafés, and fruit and vegetable stands. Olón is super close to the parties, clubs and bars of Montañita, so it’s pretty easy to enjoy the buzz there and then go to sleep in quiet Olón.
The waves are what make Olon beach the perfect spot for surfing. If you have never surfed before, it´s the perfect beach for beginners because of the flat surface, the long waves and the smooth sand bottom.
The nearby hiking trails are ideal to see wildlife in the evergreen mountains. For example, you might see many of the nearly 400 types of beautiful and exotic birds that live here.
There are tons of things to see and do in and around Olón.
The beach itself is a pretty unique spot, but let´s not forget about everything else that´s here!
Hiking trails, museums, exotic beach spots, biking, horse riding and much more.
We have listed the best activities for you!
It can be tricky to find great accommodation, especially if you are looking for alternatives with sustainability tourism in mind! Sustainable tourism accommodations care about Olón as the clean, peaceful and friendly place that it is now and want to keep it that way.
Here are our top picks for you!
Located on the first line of the beach, The Sea Garden House offers you accommodation, a big evergreen garden and many balconies open to the fresh sea breeze with great views of the beach.
Maria and Rodolfo are your warm and welcoming hosts. They are both bilingual and love to have a chat or share a meal with you. They are also helpful if you have any kinds of questions. It´s a unique and ideal place for families or anyone who looks for a nice place to relax!
With the sound of the ocean waves in your ears and great views from the terraces, it´s easy to enjoy peaceful Olón, and then within minutes, be in nearby Montañita for the higher energy and parties.
The mission of the Sea Garden House is to be a place shared and enjoyed by visitors while contributing to the practice of environmentally friendly and sustainable tourism in Olón, the Santa Elena Province and Ecuador.Book now!
Welcome to your second home!
La Casa Naranja is like coming to your own home away from home. It´s a nice house and has a living room where you can kick your shoes off and watch some TV. The house also has a cozy kitchen with everything you need to cook your food. The comfortable rooms add to the feeling of being at home. The house is within a short walking distance from the beautiful beach of Olón.
Jaimie and Francisco are the hosts of this neat, little Bed and Breakfast and are fluent in English and Spanish. Francisco started building the house around 20 years ago and nowadays it´s a pretty, clean, well-organized and tidy guesthouse. At the house, you are offered breakfast, facilities to do your laundry or to just hang out on the balcony.
Activities offered include surfing, hiking, and mountain biking. So why not scratch surfing off your bucket list or take a trail or two! The trails are great to walk on, with possibilities to catch a glimpse of animals like birds, monkeys and deer.Book now!
The Finca-Hosteria El Retiro is a huge and beautiful estate located 1.5km from the main road of Olón.
Its first class hotel sits very nicely on top of a hill and has a gorgeous view all the way to the ocean! In addition to a swimming pool and really comfortable rooms, there are activities such as horseback riding, llama greeting, and zip lining. There are also many beautiful walking trails to enjoy.
The mission of El Retiro is to offer customers a moment of relaxation in touch with nature without sacrificing comfort or quality of service.
Check out the video on the left! It says more than words can.Read more!
Hosteria Barlovento B&B is located in Oloncito, a small, quiet and safe adjunct to the town of Olón. The beach is about 50 meters from the lodge.
The Oloncito Ecological Park is next to Barlovento B&B and has a 250 meters oval track for safe walking. Rooms are comfortable, well-lit and equipped with air conditioning, ceiling fan, private bathroom and towels. There is a common area where you can watch movies or cable TV.
Every morning, the friendly staff at Barlovento serves fresh coffee with a delicious continental breakfast that is included in the price. Staying in touch with friends and family is not a problem. The whole area is covered by a strong Wi-Fi signal to facilitate communications.Book now!
Ocean Blue is another pretty and unique spot in Olón. You are struck straight away by the beauty of the house and its family atmosphere. With a communal kitchen, hangout area similar to a living room and the very friendly host and personnel, a stay here is something to remember. Ocean Blue feels much more like living in a home than staying at a hotel!
Ocean Blue “Casa de Hospedaje” is a rustic house that is a part of its surroundings. Local aspects were taken into consideration during the construction of the house and local trees were used for its construction.
There are a lot of activities offered by Ocean Blue Lodge. Don´t miss Elizabeth´s (the owner) rich knowledge of what there is to see and do around the area!
La Casa del Árbol is a truly wonderful hospedería. The idea is to “rent it all” including communal areas and so on. With details stemming from the ocean and different kinds of boat interiors, you almost feel as if you are really inside a boat! Apart from that, there is a beautiful tree (árbol) in front of the house that blends into the structure, and is built into the balcony.
Ask Gustavo (one of the owners) about his connection to surfing, and he will tell you some fantastic stories! He also has some really special boards in the house.
Bookings and reservations are made by phone:
+593 (0) 997 019 877
Hostal Oloncito is an interesting place. Upon entering its garden you are greeted by a giant snake sculpture and then the path makes its way through green leaves, waterfalls, and even more interesting sculptural art. Just the garden itself makes you want to stay a while!
The restaurant is constructed from bamboo, trees and bricks. The tables keep the trees original rounded shape. One of the tables is over 4 meters long, almost 1 meter wide, and can sit up to 8 people. There is also a rustic brick oven that is used to bake organic bread. Lunch and dinners are sometimes offered.Read more!
Hostal Olón Surf is right by the main road when you come to Olón- so it´s easy to just drop by and check in! As the name implies, this is a hostel for those interested in surfing. They offer surf board rentals. Apart from that, there´s a bar with a pool table, a big yard inside and even a secret little spot on top of the roof with a great beach view!
Olón Surf is hosted by Richard, Keyko, and Rocio, who will make you feel at home in no time. They offer Free breakfast, laundry service, a full bar and more!
LA CORONA HOTEL BOUTIQUE
La Corona Hotel Boutique is a big, modern house right next to the ocean. It has a restaurant and bar on the bottom floor, rooms on the second floor and a terrace on the roof. La Corona has a nice garden inside, full of beautiful and artistic details such as sculptures and little hearts hanging from the leaf covered roofs in the garden. There is also a communal kitchen in the garden.
Corona offers different kinds of high quality rooms equipped with all you need to feel comfortable.Book now!
Hosteria Isramar is a calm oasis in the already calm center of Olón. With just a few minutes walking distance to the beach, you are in the right spot to relax and hang out in a hammock or to check out the great food and juices in the bar/restaurant area. Isramar has been a hosteria for eight years and continues to draw guests from both Ecuador and other countries all over the world.
Isramar is the project of Marcelo and Doris, who were influenced by the beauty of Israel when they decided to name the hosteria “Isramar”. They say that the best thing about Olón is the quietness.
The tours offered are a highlight of this hosteria. They even have their own transport company to be able to take you to different places at your own convenience. Examples of tours are Isla de La Plata, Los Frailes, the hot springs of Baños de San Vicente, and the Chocolatera and Loberia in Salinas.Visit site
The N & J Hosteria is a great alternative if you´re looking for a personal atmosphere. It´s perfect for families and more. It was built in 1997 and has nice sculptures and art installations to enjoy. As many other hosts in Olón, N&J offers their guests different tour activities such as going to Isla de la Plata. Jaqueline Layana, the owner, is always friendly and welcoming.Visit homepage
Different nationalities stay at this beautiful hostel for its stunning bamboo constructions and balconies facing the ocean. It sits in the center of the village of Olón, and is just a short one minute walk from the beach.
The hostel is perfect for families, or for other people who want to have a calm and silent place to stay. Some guests choose to stay in the calmness of La Mariposa, head over to Montañita for the more energetic night life and then come back for a quiet night of sleep.Book now!
Los Frailes, located in the Machalilla National Park, 12 miles from Puerto Lopez, is one of the most beautiful beaches in Ecuador and characterized by its natural environment, the transparency of its waters, and its stunning scenery and rock formations.
On the 800 m long Los Frailes Beach, you can enjoy a warm bath, swim, walk or simply relax, while appreciating the soft white sand, the cliffs and the cove. It’s known for its variety of animal species including from the Rastreras family, Botch, Pechiche, Marine Muyu, Myrtle or Realito Manzanillo, Purslane Sea, Tuna, and so much more!
If you are in a hiking mood you can trek 3.2 km and get to the darker sand beach which offers good snorkeling.
The easiest way to get there is by bus or taxi from Puerto Lopez. In town, there are a lot of tourist offices if you want to join a guided tour. You will have to pay an entrance fee when you enter the park.
Isla de la Plata, also called “Poor Man’s Galapagos” is about a one hour boat ride from Puerto Lopez. You could go there on a tour or ask a local fisherman if he could take you.
It’s located in the National Park of Machalilla so you need to pay an entrance fee. If you go between June and September, you will most likely see one or two Humpback Whales on your way out!
On the island, there is a large diversity of animal species. For example, several species of Booby, including the Blue-Footed Booby, Red-Footed Booby, Waved Albatross, and the Nazca Booby are found here. Another species found here is The South American Sea Lion. Dolphins, like the Pantropical spotted Dolphin can be found in the water near the island.
There are several hiking trails to choose from on the island.
Machalilla National Park consists of 60.000 hectares of beautiful coastal park. Of these, 20.000 hectares are ocean and incorporate many islands.
These islands are important feeding areas for many birds, like Frigate birds, Pelicans, Albatrosses and Boobies! In the park you can find tropical dry forest, fog forest, coastal scrub, beaches, and island and islets in the ocean. The ocean in the park contains a coral reef.
Between June and September, Humpback whales breed inside the park area. It’s also possible to spot Howler Monkeys, Collared Peccaries, and a variety of Poison Arrow Frogs and Vipers that can only be found in Ecuador.
In the park there are quite a few endangered animals, including the Brocket Deer and the White/Tailed Deer. Deforestation is occurring at a rapid rate due to commercial charcoal and timber production. This causes many problems like erosion for the land itself and for all the creatures that live on it.
The marine environment is also suffering because of commercial fishing and the destruction of the Sea Turtle habitat that is used mainly for nesting.
The Machalilla Park is an important archeological site, representing the Chorrera and Salango cultures.
Inside the park, you can visit a pristine beach called Los Frailes, or the island Isla de la Plata also known as “Poor Man’s Galapagos.”
You can also find the small Agua Blanca Museum which holds a variety of local finds.
After the museum you can have a dip in the Laguna which is fed by volcanic springs.
If you are visiting Ecuador between June and September, you almost have to go to Puerto Lopez, jump on a boat and head out to be amazed by the gorgeous Humpback whales!
Humpback whales usually move in small groups of about ten individuals. Adults can weigh over forty tons and grow to lengths of fifteen to sixteen meters. They rely on sound to communicate and their songs fill the ocean during courtship.
Here in these waters, visitors will often be able to see these spectacular mammals rising gracefully out of the water, almost looking weightless during their mating dances. Mating dances and rituals last for a few weeks.
A year later, the waters around Ecuador come alive with the birth of their young. Due to the mass slaughter of whales worldwide in past centuries,
Ecuadorians are proud to provide a safe and protected home to Humpback whales and the scores of curious dolphins that follow their migration.
The small Agua Blanca museum holds a variety of local findings. It represents the Chorrera and Salango cultures. These cultures date back to 1500-500BC and 3000 BC.
Their ancient settlement sites can be found at Rio Buenavista and Agua Blanca. Once you’ve explored the historical aspect of Agua Blanca, you can take a swim in the Laguna, which is fed by volcanic springs, or try making a sulfuric mud-pack from the nearby mud.
If you still have some energy left, there are plenty of paths to choose from if you want to go for a hike.
Many divers overlook Puerto Lopez because Isla de la Plata is so close. However, Puerto Lopez offers outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling.
Dive boat operators can take divers to the local reefs near the town or to Machalilla National Park, where visitors can spot a variety of tropical fish, Sea Turtles, Stingrays, and Sea Cucumbers.
Divers will often hear Humpback Whales singing underwater during the whale watching months of June through September.
Ayangue is the new scuba diving mecca of southern Ecuador.
A small fishing town located in the province of Santa Elena, Ayangue has a horseshoe-shaped bay with tranquil waters.
People from all over Ecuador and the world come to this serene coastal village to see the Sagrado Corazón de Jesús de Las Aguas (the underwater Christ statue), or to plunge underwater and explore the colorful coral and marine creatures nearby.
The best place to dive is called Islote El Pelado, approximately 20 minutes from the coast. Here you will be able to observe marine turtles, lobsters, octopus, reef Sharks, manta rays, puffer fish, parrotfish and unique coral.
Ayangue is a diving spot for both experienced and beginner divers.
Olón has a very broad, long sandy beach and great surf conditions with both left and right beach breaks. In the high season, between January and March, the area for surfing can be crowded but the rest of the year it´s almost empty!
There are several places in Olón that offer surf lessons with or without accommodation. If you stay in a Hostel it’s common for them to lend out their surf boards, otherwise you could always rent one in town.
Olón has surf instructors who speak both Spanish and English. You can hire an instructor from any hostel on this site, or from one of the several schools on the beach. Some of the instructors are also bilingual.
The sanctuary is located on top of the small mountain that divides Olón and Montañita.
The church is built on the same wall that drops to the ocean.
It’s a great spot to admire the view of Olón, the mountains, the beach and the ocean. You should go; it’s a nice, short walk from town! Simply follow the main road from Olón to Montañita, and then turn right on top of the mountain.
If you would like to volunteer in Olón, there is the Fundación Santa Maria de la Esperanza that hosts around 50 children and young adults who would like some of your time, love or donations.
The community of Dos Mangas is located about 20 min from Olón.
It’s well known for its artisanal handmade crafts including Panama hats, zapan and tagua ( ” vegetable ivory”).
There are two different beautiful hikes to choose from if you feel like hiking. One goes to the waterfall and the other takes you to Las Pozas.
The last hike is recommended for more experienced hikers. On both of these hikes, you can enjoy the characteristic flora and fauna of the area. If you want, you could even join a tour and travel through the jungle on horseback!
VISIT OLON is a project to share information for visitors about beautiful Olón, with sustainable tourism in focus.
The project was initiated by 12 hostels, hotels, hosterias and B&Bs in Olón, who all work with the aim of keeping Olón as beautiful, tranquil and clean as it is today. From our perspective, tourism is all about working in harmony with nature. As entrepreneurs, we want to be good examples of that kind of sustainability.
Sustainability for us means to keep the beach, the ocean and the river clean and free from rubbish and noise while also allowing tourism to continue to develop in Olón. Driving a car on the beach is not only illegal; it causes chemical pollution, compacts the sand and destroys the vegetation and local fauna. Olón beach is special because the sea turtles come to lay their eggs here! Please consider this when you choose to visit us.
In our opinion, the use of drugs, the excessive consumption of alcohol in public places and the unreasonably loud music, negatively alter the tranquil atmosphere in Olón.
The beach is a public space and must be preserved for future generations. We must learn to share it with nature and other humans.
We also believe that is necessary to innovate and improve our services in order to maintain the number of visitors we have and also increase that number in a planned and organized way.
The main goal of this site is to collect simple and practical information for tourists visiting or wishing to visit Olón.
At the same time, our goal is to focus on sustainable tourism, and to encourage visitors to make informed decisions while travelling.
Visitolon.com is a good start to making good travelling decisions!
As we do care about environmental sustainability, working together with the whole community is also one of our aims.
Another important goal for us is to connect the project with more local entrepreneurs, who also care about sustainability.
This webpage is free and open to anyone who provides tourist services, shares our values and operates according to the laws and regulations.