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Do you want to learn how to surf? La Buena Vida Surf School has qualified instructors who have been teaching for more than 20 years. The instructors are true professionals, bilingual, friendly, dedicated, and passionate about teaching others how to surf. The lessons are private, never more than three guests per instructor. La Buena Vida does not like to do large group lessons as the instructors prefer you get plenty of attention and improve quickly. Your satisfaction and safety are the main concern.
La Buena Vida is a family-owned boutique hotel and surf school in the beautiful town of Ayampe, Ecuador. The hotel's sunny lounge room has a pool table, board games, and darts. The hotel also has a small book exchange, paints, brushes, and driftwood if you want to leave some of your art behind. Free Wi-Fi is available in all common areas and most of the rooms (bring your own laptop). Here at La Buena Vida Hotel, there are seven spacious rooms that face the Pacific Ocean and sit above sea level with refreshing sea breezes and local views.
Anyone who has visited this quiet, sleepy, surfer town will tell you what a magical place it is and all of the people who live here are committed to keeping it that way for future generations. Some of La Buena Vida Hotel's sustainability efforts include supporting local projects that promote the sustainable development of the community. All guests are asked to donate 1 USD from the stay to help the community’s sustainable growth.
La Buena Vida Hotel hires and trains 100 percent of the staff from the surrounding area, includes native plants that provide food and shelter for the local animal population in the garden design, treats 50 percent of wastewater without using chemicals, and reuses the water for irrigating the hotel’s lush tropical gardens. The hotel also uses all-natural soap, shampoo, and lotion products by Amazon Aroma, recycles the hotel’s plastic and glass waste, composts raw food waste from the restaurant and salad bar to make organic fertilizer for the gardens, and organizes periodic beach cleanups to keep the beaches clean and free of waste.
This surf camp is recommended for complete beginner students or if you have taken one or two lessons before and need to refresh on some basic techniques.
Beginners will learn how to stretch, stand on a board, paddle, surf etiquette, and ocean awareness and safety. Beginner classes are 90 minutes long. 30 minutes are spent on learning about the ocean and challenges and one hour is in the water riding the white waves.
Originally from Virginia Beach, Keith started surfing at age nine and rapidly gained the interest of local surf sponsors as the years passed. Keith spent most of his time in the water, practicing for competitions as well as many years of competing locally. Finally, landing a few local sponsorships like Volcom, he continued his quest to advance further in the surf industry. After only a few short years of competition, he knew the best thing for himself would be to build his own surf camp. His undeniable love and knowledge about the sport make it impossible for you not to enjoy yourself.
Located in the Baja Manabi region of Ecuador, Ayampe can be found in the middle of the Ecuadorian coast at 86 kilometers along the famous Route of the Sun (Ruta del Sol). Ayampe is the last humid tropical forest remaining next to the sea in South America. Home to the widest variety of birds and amazing flora, Ayampe is the perfect place to relax and sightsee.
This part of the Ecuadorian coastline has outstanding landscapes and an undisturbed tranquility. Ayampe is known for the infamous rock formation “Los Ahorcados” which hosts some of the most beautiful sunsets in the Pacific Ocean. Ayampe’s biodiversity is heaven for those searching for serenity and rest.
La Buena Vida Hotel is located just off the main road (Ruta del Spondylus). Although it is not on the beachfront, the hotel is only a short three-minute walk through natural landscapes and unpaved roads to the beach. Only 25 minutes away from La Buena Vida Hotel is the Machalilla National Park. It is a dry forest with beautiful white sand beaches and a nearby archaeological site.
At La Buena Vida Hotel's cafeteria, you can join other travelers and locals and enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast during the mornings. Create-your-own salad in the afternoon and enjoy mixed drinks or beer at night. The cafeteria is always busy with people wanting to eat the famous pancakes, French toast, home fries, and more.
Come visit La Buena Vida Hotel and create your own salad at the freshly prepared salad bar with delicious crisp products. Choose your lettuce, mixed greens, pasta, or baby spinach and then select from an extensive array of toppings ranging from vegetable items to quinoa, raisins, walnuts, et cetera, then top it off with your choice of dressing (many homemade).
José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport
Eloy Alfaro International Airport
From Guayaquil, take the CLP bus at the Terminal Terrestre into Montañita (20 minutes away from La Buena Vida Hotel). From there, take a taxi. The travel time is three and a half hours.
From Quito, take the Reina del Camino Bus at the Terminal Terrestre into Puerto Lopez. The travel time is 12 hours.
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