Ayampe Reviews and Ratings
(Ecuador – Manabi)
Visitor reviews of Ayampe surf break
February 18, 2012
Wil stringer from United States
Ayampe is a closed out beach break not worth going to unless your a kook..I have never seen it clean..it's no Blacks Beach or Ocean Beach-sf...I would not spend any time in this area because wave sucks..it's consistently closed out..surf Monpiche for a real wave..
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Quality on a good day: 3.5
(1 star: Even when the swell and winds are optimum, the waves are poor quality, 5 stars: If conditions are right, the waves will be World Class).
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
(1: Ayampe is a fickle surf spot that only works a few times a year. 5: Reliable year-round spot).
Regional Rating: 2.0
(1: Ayampe is usually very poor quality compared to other spots in Ecuador - Manabi. 5: the best break in Ecuador - Manabi).
Difficulty Level: 3.0
(1: Suitable for Groms. 3: Intermediates. 5: Expert tow-in surfers only).
Onshore Wind: 2.0
(1: even a light onshore ruins the surf. 5: Ayampe can offer better rides with a light wind behind them).
Other Options: 3.0
(1: If wind or tide conditions are poor at Ayampe, it will be poor everywhere nearby. 5: other locations nearby provide a rich variety of wind and swell exposures).
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
(1: An unsuitable spot. 5: Wind and wave conditions at Ayampe are often excellent).
Water Quality: 4.0
(1: Known health risks from pollution. 5: Never any pollution).
(1: Often too crowded. 5: Ayampe is an isolated spot where you are unlikely to meet other surfers).
(1: Getting to Ayampe requires an overland expedition or chartering a boat. 3: A 30 minute walk from the nearest parking. 5: Park a vehicle right by the break).
(1: An ugly industrial backdrop. 5: A spectacular setting).
Local Attitude: 5.0
(1: Locals are hostile to visitors. 5: Either there are no locals who surf, or else they are accommodating and friendly).
(1: No convenient places to stay indoors. 5: A wide variety of accommodation near Ayampe for all budgets from hostels to luxury hotels).
(1: Camping at Ayampe is not possible. 3: Camping tolerated but no facilities. 5: A nearby camp ground has excellent facilities and a good vibe).
(1: Besides the surf and the solitude there is nothing to do when it is flat. 5: Ayampe is in such an interesting area to visit that getting wet is a bonus).
Equipment and Repairs: 2.0
(1: Nothing can be sourced, not even wax. 5: Quality surfing equipment can be purchased or hired. Major repairs can be fixed too).
(1: Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. 5: A wide variety of places to eat and drink at Ayampe, from fast food and cafes to fancy restaurants).
(1: Alcohol is not allowed in the country. 5: There is an excellent pub near Ayampe where you can stay or park a camper van overnight).
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August 10, 2010
Bungalows La Buena Vida Ayampe-Ecuador from Ecuador
Here in Ayampe-Ecuador the waves are consistent with warm water all year long and no crowds. When travelling here the only place with a real surfer atmosphere is Bungalows La Buena Vida. Here you will find other surfers and a small hotel that caters to the travelling surfer. Below is a small summary of what you can find here:
Here at Bungalows La Buena Vida we have created the true Ecuadorian ambiance for the laid back surfer or beginner looking for uncrowded surf in the beautiful Ecuador. We have 6 brand new modern/eco bungalows that are very spacious and comfortable. With Orthopedic memory foam beds to the private bathroom with hot water, our rooms will leave you feeling complete after your stay here in Ayampe.
This small resort was Ecuadorian hand crafted with local materials from the beach and surrounding jungle to enrich the look of our serene property.
Pick a hammock or the random seating somewhere on our property to kick back and enjoy your drink while looking up at one of the best views of the stars you will ever see. Maybe you might want to watch a surf movie or a sports game ?, no worries it is all your finger tips...
•6 Eco Bungalows
•accommodation only/ packages
•breakfast & bar
•3 min to beach/surf
THE AYAMPE WAVE
Being an exposed beach break breaking right and left depending on the swell, this wave offers a wide variety of options for all levels of surfers. If a dominant North swell is showing our beach lights up like a point break with rights peeling on the outside for about 200 yards then to an inside section that barrels hard. If you catch a South or West swell the conditions will vary depending on tides with many empty left and right peaks to ride but never the less the waves are rarely flat.
If you are learning with our surf school we will most likely take you out when the tide is low in the surf close to shore and judge your ability. However, if you are an advanced surfer incoming tides always bring bigger surf with an outside peak just a short paddle away.
The best part about our beach is the lack of crowds due to our remote location in a very large mountain range... You will surf alone !!!
SWELL & CONSISTENCY
Our beach breaks year round with little to no crowds. The main season is late November-May and is the best time to visit with consistent surf, really sunny days and warm water. However, our property is open in the off season too. Average wave size is 3-6 feet daily with 1 to 2 big swells a month with the bigger days running anywhere from 6-12 feet with great form. Out of 365 days per year i would have to say Ayampe and the surrounding area have waves 300 of those days.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BOOKING A SURF TRIP WITH US VISIT US AT: WWW.SURFLABUENAVIDA.COM