Near Olón, there are some nice little towns to visit or live in!

North of Olón, at the same beach as Olón, are the towns of:
Curía  Small Town with a nice restaurant-bar at the Beach
San José Plenty of Expats with Villas at the Beach and the Hills
Los Nuñez Villas lining the narrow Beach make up this Town
La Entrada Cake Shop 'Dulces de Benito' is a 7km beach walk!

The beach, the same one as Olón, is not so wide here and disappears at high tide.

A Bus from Olón to either of these towns should not cost more than $0.50 to $0.75.
A Taxi from Olón to these towns should cost between $1.50 and $2.50, day or night.

South of Olón, the lively hot-spot Montañita is just over the Hill!

On that Hill between Montañita and Olón is the Catholic Orphanage, School and Church of Santa María del Fiat. Passing the Hill, you'll find:

Montañita  Nightlife, Gastronomy & Beach for Backpackers & more!
Manglaralto  Regional Centre - Electric Company - Hardware Stores

Inland from Manglaralto are some Retreats and Hostels & the Towns of:

Dos Mangas  National Park with Tourist Office - River - Horseback Riding
Pajisa  Handicrafts & more

A Bus from Olón to Montañita or Manglaralto costs $0.50
A seat in an open Truck from Manglaralto to Dos Mangas costs $0.25

A Taxi from Olón to Montañita costs $1.50, day or night.
A Taxi from Olón to Manglaralto costs $2.00. A Taxi from Olón to Dos Mangas costs $2.50 to $3.00

Further South of Olón, there are many more towns to visit!

Cadeate - Where they make Fresh Bread from Wood-Ovens
Libertador Bolívar - With many Hammock- and Handicraft Stores
Valdivia - The Cradle of Culture in South America - Venus of Valdivia
Ayangue - A Sandy Horse-Shoe Bay, great for Diving and Snorkeling

A Bus from Olón to these towns should costs no more than $1.50.
A Taxi from the Bus Stop of Ayangue to the Town of Ayangue should cost no more than $1.00

A Taxi from Olón to either of these towns should cost between $4.00 and $14.00

Going even further South (1.5 to 2 hours of travel) you will find the following Cities:

Santa Elena - La Libertad - Salinas Three Cities in One with Shopping malls & more
Salinas has the Outmost Point of the Continent: La Chocolatera with Whales and Sea Lions!
(Bus: $1,80 (1.15 hours) Taxi: $30)

Passing La Entrada, you'll first find the last town of Santa Elena Province:
La Rinconada - Down at the Sea, with a rocky Beach - Lobsters!

Further North of Olón, in Manabí, you can find plenty of fun too!

Ayampe - Popular with the Alternative Tourist - Nature, Peace & Quiet
Salango - With a big Island just in front, ideal for Snorkeling & Tours
Puerto Lopez - Fishmarket - Whale Watching & Isla de la Plata Tours
Agua Blanca - Museum of Pre-Inca Cultures - Bird Watching & Mud Baths
Playa Los Frailes - Picturesque Bay in Dry Forest - Machalilla Park

A Bus from Olón to these towns should costs no more than $2.50.
A Taxi from the Bus Stop of Puerto Lopez to Agua Blanca or Los Frailes Beach should cost around $5

A Taxi from Olón to either of these towns should cost between $15 and $30

Going even further north (1.5 to 3.5 hours of travel) you will find the following Towns & the City

Machalilla - Puerto Cayo - Pile - Santa Marianita & more
Manta - The Capital of Tuna & Manabí Province
(Bus: $6 (3.5 hours) Taxi: $90)