A few more posts on Ecuador - This one on hotels.
Of the different hotels we stayed in, we had two favorites that deserve mention in a blog post. The first was Cantaelmar(A) near Puerto Lopez along the coast and the second hotel was the Canoa Beach Hotel (B), just outside of Canoa, north of Bahia de Caraquez, also on the coast.
Cantaelmar - used to be the called the Andaluz and recently changed its name under new owners. It is an eco-hotel with excellent food prepared from their farm at Cantalepiedra, which is located inland near the National Park Machalilla.
|View from the balcony|
|The gardens surrounding the hotel buildings|
|The garden area near the pool|
Canoa Beach Hotel
We visited the Canoa Beach Hotel three different times for short stays.The owner, Greg, treated us and all the other hotel guests like old friends. He is from Tennessee and has that classic southern hospitality. Greg lives and works as an architect in Quito. His hotel manager, Maureen, also made us feel very welcome and provided advice on places to eat and things to do. We hope she hasn't had any more surfing accidents. She had cut her head surfing before we came and had been forbidden by her doctor to get back in the water until the stitches had healed.
No, we didn't take any surfing lessons. It looked a bit rough, not like the best place for beginners.
|Kyle leaping from the rum pot.|
|Kyle and some new friends - Greg's kids|
|Garden, pool, and beach|
|Another view of the pool|
|View looking south along the beach|
|The light house|
|Birds on the beach - we didn't see a lot, unfortunately|