Salinas (Ecuador)

- 2.2166666666667 - 80.95Koordinaten: 2 ° 13 ' S, 80 ° 57 ' W

Salinas is a town in the far west of the November 2007 newly established province of Santa Elena on the Pacific coast of Ecuador, about 145 kilometers west of Guayaquil. It is since 1937 capital of the Canton Salinas. Salinas and the neighboring towns of La Libertad and Santa Elena are now virtually grown together.

With its population of 50,000 ( 49.752 according to the 2001 census ) and 1 million visitors a year, the city is the most touristy place in Ecuador's coast and recreational area for many residents of the 144 km distant Guayaquil. In and around Salinas, there are numerous beaches that can be due to the constant warm climate throughout the year visited over. The most famous of the beaches is the Playa de Chipipe.

Salinas was originally a small fishing village, which was raised in 1929 to the rural parish of the canton of Santa Elena, and in 1937 became a separate canton. The place lived in the first half of the 20th century, mainly from fishing and the extraction of salt; Salinas was also an important port of Ecuador. From 1936 to 1949 there was a railway link between Salinas and Guayaquil.

In Salinas, there is an important base of the Ecuadorian Navy as well as at the airport General Ulpiano Paez (SNC ), the University of the Ecuadorian Air Force, taking place in the pre-selection and training of pilots of the Ecuadorian Air Force.