Playa Olon is part of a continuous stretch of white, powdery sand that;
stretches from the cliffs of the Santa Maria del Fiat Church and Orphanage, and goes north into the town of La Entrada, where the coastal mountains meet the sea, and the beach ends. It’s about miles and miles of great beach, and offers everyone the chance to walk it, jog on it, relax on it, well, you get the picture! It’s a slice of Paradise, and it’s waiting for you to claim your share!
You will see people enjoying the beach every day of the week here in Olon. During the High Season, or "la temporada alta," you’ll be part of a diverse crowd who come here to share in its beauty, and in the low season you’ll have the beach to yourself. It’s common to meet people here from as far away as Quito to the north, and from Vilcabamba to the south, hours away, who make Olon their first choice for a beautiful vacation.
Many of our visitors come here from Guayaquil, two hours to the southeast, because it’s the nicest beach on the coast! Even though there are other beaches to stop at that are closer, these natives come here to enjoy the sun, sand and great food, all great reasons to come to Olon.
Let me tell you about the incredible number of great restaurants in Olon. There are lots of small towns along La Costa, with sunny beaches, and friendly people, but none of them offer the variety of food that Olon and its beach can give you. If it’s Ecuadorean food you want, you’ll have so many options you’ll go hungry while trying to make your decision! But, if you’re on your game, you’ll sit down at any of the cabaña restaurants on the beach and just enjoy typical Ecuadorean food.
There are at least twenty cabanas serving food on the beach on weekends, with less during the week. Tucked in on the beach in front of the restaurants there are probably ten “Tiki bars” serving an assortment of fresh fruit juices and killer alcoholic beverages. But if you just want to drink some fresh coconut juice, then you can find that here, too, with several vendors who will chop the top off a recently-picked coconut and stick a straw in it for you. The simplicity and taste of a freshly cut coconut is terrific, and it’s extremely healthy for you.
For those of you not familiar with typical Ecuadorean food, and are wondering what that might involve, its plenty of fresh seafood, rice, salad, patacones (made from green plantains, a local staple). Olon has been a fishing village for many years; for centuries actually, so seafood from the boat to you is what you’re going to get. It doesn’t get much better than that.
The local pescadores, or fishermen, for the uninitiated, launch their rustic boats directly into the waves and head out to one of the offshore reefs, where they’ll spend the entire night casting and netting the local delights. Some nights you can see the lanterns shining from dozens of working boats. It’s amazing! Besides fish, the harvest may include squid, crabs, or spiny lobster, depending on the seasons and the water temperature. The Pacific Ocean and Pachamama (Mother Nature) are generous most nights, and we’re all very appreciative of her bounty.
Many of the people here are part of the local history. Their families have been here for centuries, plying the waters of the Pacific, and farming the lands nearby. Because of this, finding ancient artifacts is quite common. Buried treasures are everywhere, remnants of the previous civilizations that called this area home. In fact, the Olon Water Department has a museum of cultural significance, showcasing hundreds of historical pieces, including human skulls, they’ve found when digging new lines for water and sewer pipes. It’s definitely worth a visit when you’re here!
Olon is centered in a temperate micro-climate that has supported its population for a very long time. The weather here is mild year-round. In the offseason, June through December, the temperatures are generally in the mid-seventies during the day, and sometimes slip into the mid-sixties at night. During the summer period (January through May) the days are normally in the eighties, with a bit of cooling at night. Most residents will tell you that it’s a very comfortable place to live.