Name: Hostal Crucita
Location: Crucita, Ecuador
Address: Big white building south end of the beach/Malecon.
Review: Hostal Crucita is a lovely place to stay on the south end of the beach (past the end of the paved road) in the little fishing/resort village of Crucita. Many of the rooms have a balcony view of the water and there is also a terrace on the 2nd floor with beach chairs for lounging. The hostal has spacious and clean rooms (cold water only) as well as a pool and a restaurant. A friend and I recently paid $8 per person, per night for a spacious triple-bedded room (though there were only two of us).
Raul, the owner, is an expert paraglider/hanglider and he takes people for tandem rides as well as gives lessons on flying solo. Raul is extremely helpful and friendly and speaks very good English (though only if he can´t stand hearing any more terrible Spanish). The cost of a 15 minute flight is $20 though a little extra tip for Raul is appreciated as he drives you to the top of the cliff in his car. The best times to paraglide are between about 11 am and 1 pm so be sure to arrive around then for the best flights.
Also, be sure to check out Raul´s brother´s restaurant Marumbo about halfway down the beach. Both David and Raul have lived in the U.S. so speak good English and are knowledgeable people to ask about Crucita and surrounding areas.
Would I recommend this hostal: Yes, definitely.