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 Sua. To help you make friends with Sua before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Sua is a quiet beach town on the coast of Ecuador. Its often considered the baby cousin to nearby Atacames, which is much busier and more crowded than Sua. Sua is a great place to come if you prefer to have the beach to yourself! It’s also nestled under some cliffs and has a distinctive rock feature/bird colony called Suicide Rock at the south end of the beach, which makes the setting all the more dramatic.
You can get here by either taking a bus from Quito to Esmeraldas or Atacames and then a bus to Sua. It’s a small enough town that you won’t need any transport to get around. Sua gets busy around Carnival, when Atacames tourism spills over and the town fills up, so make sure you book your hostel in advance. You can see Atacames from the Sua beach, and its possible to walk between the two, but don’t do it at night.
The rest of the year, Sua is laid back and quiet; you won’t find much in the way of parties here but there are a few bars along the beach to relax at. If you want to brush up on your Spanish, there are a few Spanish schools here that are adjacent to accommodation. There are very few hostels in town, so you’re probably better off searching for a homestay if you want to stay long-term (or more than a few days). The hostels and rest of the accommodation are mainly along the main beach road. Alternately, you could choose a hostel in Atacames and walk down here for a day.
As mentioned above, Sua is small and quiet. If you’re here from July to September you can go whale watching off the coast, when the humpback whales migrate north. It takes about 40 minutes to get to the whales feeding grounds but its a refreshing trip through chilly water.
Written by local enthusiast for Sua hostelsJakob Lombardi