The Sun Index of Ecuador: Town by Town Comparison

Where can I find the most sun in Ecuador?

My answer. The Dominican Republic. No…well, Ecuador has sun, just not as much as it’s Caribbean neighbors. And life in Ecuador has it’s definite advantages over the Caribbean, like costs, mild weather, amazing food, nice people, good business opportunity and more.

In fact, Ecuador has many micro-climates, all with their own distinct weather patterns. Some with sun, and some without.

Much of the coast has crystal-clear blue-bird days from late December to early April. From there, the rest of the year most days are often overcast.

In the Andes, just about every day has an interesting mix of blue skies, sun, rain, clouds, and the occasional hail. Many locals in the Highlands mention how all 4 seasons can often be seen in the same day.

In the Amazon, the climate reminds me of when I lived in Hawaii, where on any given day you will probably see some sun, and a few moments of torrential down-pore.

Below is a Town by Town comparison of the sun in Ecuador based on my personal experience:

1-10, 1 is NO SUN, 10 is All day , almost everyday, pack the SPF 100

Ambato 6
Atacames 5
Ayampe 4
Bahia de Caraquez 4
Banos 6
Canoa 4
Cotacachi 7
Crucita 6
Cuenca 6
Esmeraldas 5
Guayaquil 8
Loja 4
Machala 7
Manta 6
Montanita 4
Olon 4
Otavalo 6
Pedernales 5
Playas 4
Puerto Lopez 4
Puyo 7
Salinas 6
San Clemente 8
Vilcabamba 7
Quito 7
Zamora 8

What do you think?

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4 Responses to “The Sun Index of Ecuador: Town by Town Comparison”

  1. Will Morningsun says:

    Mike, Interesting how Manta and Salinas are 6’s while between them on basically the same longitude Puerto Lopez,Olan and Montanita are 4’s. Do you have any idea why? Will

  2. admin says:

    yes, it is strange, but there are many micro-climates in Ecuador, Olon for example is quite different than Montanita, right next door…domenick

  3. ERVIN BELCHER says:

    i AM A RETIRING USA DENTIST, ON A LIMITED BUDGET DUE TO CATASROPHIC HEALTH PROBLEMS IN MY FAMILY (I AM HEALTHY). i AM STRONGLY CONSIDERING RETIRING TO ECUADOR, COSTA RICA, OR PANAMA IN THE COMING WEEKS. i HAVE BEEN TO CUENCA, LOVELY CITY, BUT IT DID NOT GEL WITH ME. i NOTICED IN ONE OF THE NEWSLETTERS A HOUSE IN PUNTA BLANCA, 2 BLOCKS FROM THE BEACH. I KNOW NOTHING OF THIS AREA. I DO NOT LIKE HIGH HEAT OR HIGH HUMIDITY. THE AD SAYS THE HOUSE IS NEAR SALINAS.
    DO YOU HAVE ANY OPINION OF THIS AREA? I HAVE MOSTLY CONSIDERED COTACACHI (?) DUE TO ITS ALTITUDE AND COOLER TEMPERATURES. lIKE EVERYONE, i STILL LOVE THE OCEAN, BUT NOT THE HUMIDITY AND SALT SPRAY. I NOTICED THIS HOUSE HAS BEEN ON THE MARKET FOR MONTHS, EVEN WITH A POOL AND COMPLETELY FURNISHED. IT IS 130K AND WOULD BE AT LEAST 500K IN USA. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR ANY INSIGHT YOU CAN SHARE. ERVIN BELCHER

  4. admin says:

    Hey Ervin, what did you not like about Cuenca, maybe if I know that I can help…Punta Blanca is nice because the weather is mild and there is not so much humidity…you may like Manta…

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