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Bahia de Caraquez market place

The local mercado….love it!

Bahia de Caraquez Ecuador – Local Market

I go to the Bahia de Caraquez Ecuador local market  at least 3 times a week….sometimes every day! It seems I always need some fresh coconut or a dozen eggs or something. I love that I just walk 4 blocks to the market….actually it seems everything in Bahia is just 3-4 blocks away.  It’s a small “ walking town” and all the shops in El Centro are close by with the main attraction being the semi open air market. The Bahia de Caraquez Ecuador local market provides a large selection of fish and shrimp; meats such as beef, pork and chicken, with the largest area devoted to fruits and veggies. The main building is open every day, 365 day a year from about 6:30AM to noon or a bit later, especially on the big days like Saturday. The market area spills out over a city block with several stores dotted around the perimeter that stay open till around 5:00 PM in the afternoon. One of my favorites sells all the fruits and veggies as well as dry goods like toilet paper, spice, cheese and milk.  It makes for easy one stop shopping…and I can always grab a triciclo to carry me back to the condo when I am loaded down with bags of produce, a jug of coconut water and a watermelon! It costs 50 cents for a nice quiet ride and a little chat with the driver to practice some Spanish along the way.

Bahia de Caraquez Ecuador

Fresh dug potatoes!

The local market is one of the things I love best about living in Bahia de Caraquez Ecuador. Not all the produce is organic or chemical/spray free. Ecuador is experiencing the push of big agricultural companies to use sprays and chemicals to help increase yield etc, but I still think we are pretty much GMO free. The strawberries, even though they are greenhouse raised, give you a fabulous burst of flavor in your mouth! The beef I buy is grass fed. I have had that conversation with Roberto at the corner butcher shop where I buy beef and pork. We see cattle being raised in the valley just north of here and they are out grazing in the field, not in a feed lot being force fed grains and antibiotics. Generally, I feel the quality of meats is far superior because of it’s 1 day delivery to the market and also because of less processing. The carrots and potatoes still have dirt on them. The cauliflower is still wrapped in the big green leaves it grew in to protect it. The chickens were probably butchered early in the morning and they still have pin feathers here and there. I buy “Lomo Fino”  (fillet mignon) trim it and slice my own thick steaks…no plastic Styrofoam trays or plastic film wrapping….just the plastic bags to transport it home! Can you tell I love Bahia de Caraquez Ecuador? I am thriving living here on the coast. More on Ecuador coastal weather coming soon!

Dave & I help connect your dream to the reality of living in Ecuador by helping you find the perfect property for sale in Ecuador or Ecuador properties for rent.  Email us at info@EcuadorPropertyConsultants.com .  You can book an appointment to talk directly with us one on one, or call toll free from the US 804-858-4289. Within Ecuador Contact Dave at 098-285-6951 or Miriam at 098-289-6208.

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Dave & Miriam moved to Ecuador in January of 2011 & have been helping expats make the transition to living abroad as smooth as possible ever since. If you are looking to rent or buy in Ecuador be sure to contact us. We promise to tell it all...the good, the bad and the ugly! Call from the US 804-858-4289; from Ecuador 098-289-6208 for Miriam or 098-285-6951 for Dave. Email us at info@EcuadorPropertyConsultants.com.

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12 Responses to Bahia de Caraquez Ecuador Local Market-My Favorite!

  1. Linda Luna says:

    Hi there
    Not sure how I came to your website but glad I stumbled across it 🙂
    I am ready to leave Los Angeles California,I have been an expat here for 32 years(Im English) but with everything thats going on here Im outta here!
    Can you tell me if there is any Spanish schools in Bahia?
    Any yoga,dance,art classes?
    Thank you so much for your time

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Hi Linda, Yes, we have several people that teach Spanish here in Bahia. Also, have a fine young lady that is a yoga instructor, often teaching classes on the beach! We have several active artists, painters, water colorists etc with classes available. Come on down! Miriam

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  3. Could you tell me what sort of medial facilities are in this area, Bahia de Caraquez, and what are they like? Do the doctors speak English? We are thinking of going to Ecuador next spring if possible and are very interested in a coastal town. What is the crime like in this area? Also what is the temperature like during the year? Do you have to drink bottled water there or can you drink tap water?

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  5. kathleen says:

    Would you please let me know how the schools are in Bahia? We are in the preliminary stages of relocated to Ecuador from Missouri. How are the medical services?
    Thanks for any info.

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Hi Kathleen,
      There is a great school here in Bahia…see link http://genesisecuador.blogspot.com/
      We have severl Dr’s right here in Bahia, and a hospital just 5 min south in an area of Bahia called Leonidas Plaza that can handle most health issues. If you were having a heart attack or something major you would be sent to Guayaquil.

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