Salinas is a town in the far west of the newly established in November 2007, Province of Santa Elena on the Pacific coast of Ecuador, about 145 km west of Guayaquil. It is capital of the Canton Salinas since 1937. Salinas and the neighboring towns of La Libertad and Santa Elena are now almost grown together. Annually with its approximately 50,000 inhabitants (2001 census to 49.752) and 1 million visitors, the city is the most touristy place in Ecuador’s coastal and recreational area for many residents of the 144 km from Guayaquil. In and around Salinas, there are numerous beaches that can be visited because of the constant warm climate all year round. The most famous of the beaches is the Playa de Chipipe.
Salinas was originally a small fishing village in 1929 rural parish of the canton of Santa Elena was raised to 1937 has been one canton to own. The town lived in the first half of the 20th Century, especially the fishing and the extraction of salt, Salinas was also an important port in Ecuador. From 1936 to 1949 was between Guayaquil and Salinas, a railway connection. Salinas is an important base of the Ecuadorian Navy and the Airport General Ulpiano Paez held (SNC), the University of the Ecuadorian Air Force, in the pre-selection and training of the pilots of the Ecuadorian Air Force.