Hostels in Canoa, Ecuador

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Get to know Canoa (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Canoa. To help you make friends with Canoa before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Canoa is a small fishing town, popular with surfers, artists, ex-pats, and backpackers who flock to Canoa hostels to laze on the sands of its sun—kissed beach, sip beers from one of its numerous beach bars, or take to the skies with the hugely popular parapenting, the latest popular craze entertaining the tourists, which is a very reasonably priced, professional outfit which can be easily arranged from the popular ex-pat pub, The Surf Shack pub.

The beach is lined with ceviche bars, cocktail shacks, fruit stalls, and seafood cafes, many of which are closed during the day but come to life in the evenings, weekends, and during festivals, when the town is transformed from sleepy fishing village to raucous party town with an influx of campesinos coming for day trips down from the mountains or escaping to Canoa hostels from the capital city, Quito, to soak up the sea air and hot sun.

There is a host of Canoa hostels and boutique hotels catering to every budget, including a number of basic campsites, home to the many traveling hippies who sell their jewelry from morning until night along the main road fronting the beach. The vacant rooms quickly fill up at weekends and during festivals when the prices rise steeply. Canoa hostels are mainly to be found fronting the beach, or lining the two streets behind. The main thoroughfare perpendicular to the beach is home to a number of small grocery shops and souvenir shops and is the pick-up point for the buses heading either South to Bahia or North to Pedernales, the connection for Quito.

FAQ about Canoa Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Canoa. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Canoa. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right? shows all 5 Hostels in Canoa. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Rio Muchacho is the best hostel in Canoa for families. compares prices for 5 hostels in Canoa, Ecuador. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Canoa such as
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Hostel Coco Loco is the best rated hostel for partying in Canoa.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Canoa

Your Packing List for Canoa

Pack smart, not hard


Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Canoa and Ecuador.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Canoa Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Canoa, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
5 Total number of hostels
$12 Average dorm price
$10 Cheapest hostel in Canoa
Rio Muchacho is the cheapest
2 Party hostels in Canoa
Hostel Coco Loco is the best rated
8.6 Average rating of all hostels

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Alausi (95 Km / 59 mi.)
Pallatanga (107 Km / 66 mi.)
Santo Domingo (109 Km / 68 mi.)

Travel Tips for Canoa - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Canoa. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Canoa. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

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