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Salinas beach, Salinas in EcuadorA fishing village in its origins, by 1940 the town was already known as an excellent place for summer holidays because of its quiet waters and sunny days. Three neighbourhoods made up the town  of  Salinas:  San  Lorenzo,  at  the entrance, Salinas, in the middle, and Chipipe, to the end. However, the town was crowded and lively only during the summer.

The chilly winters witnessed just a few fishermen and one or two little stores offering food and fishing tools. In 1943 Salinas flourished. An enclave for the US Navy was established in the westernmost tip of Chipipe, during World War II.

The "Base Naval" was a new attraction for the tourists, especially young women. Each year the city seethed with more and more tourists but it didn't loose its seasonal trait while its neighbour La Libertad remained as a commercial and social enclave. The situation changed around a decade ago.

At that time, many managers and employees whose jobs were related to the shrimps business and located in the Peninsula de Santa Elena, began to move to Salinas and settled there with their families.

The city has been growing steadily since then and today near 50000 people live there year round.

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