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 beaches of Ecuador

Sun Kissed White caps-our view!

My wife Miriam and I live in an 8th floor condo right on the Malecon (boardwalk) overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean in a town called Bahia de Caraquez.  In January of this year, 2015, we celebrated our fourth year in Ecuador.  Originally we flew into Quito and on the recommendation of our Ecuadorian Attorney, landed in Cotacachi where we lived for 6 months. It’s a great little town situated in a valley between two beautiful volcanoes and it has a large expat community. But at 8,000 + feet above sea level it was just a tad too cool for us. If you like brisk mornings, temperate daytime weather and cool nights, then the Sierra may be for you. The homes and condos there are normally less expensive than on the coast, because there is only so much Ocean!


I’m a water boy. I grew up in Virginia in a house on a bluff overlooking the James River. It’s here that my affinity for water took hold. As a child I spent every available hour playing on the water!   As an adult I had a home overlooking the same James River, but in another spot, a few miles upriver.  I could sit on my porch and watch the bald eagles and ospreys perch in the tall trees nearby as they watched and waited to catch a fish.  Waterfront living has always had a soothing effect on me so it was natural to want to be on the coast.


But where to land? That was the big question because the entire coastline from Esmeraldes up north and all the way south to the Salinas area have wonderful beaches. Each town, whether it be a large metropolitan city like Manta or a small surfing town like Canoa have their unique pluses and minuses. It really depends on your lifestyle and how dependent you are on everyday amenities. Some of the smaller fishing villages on the coast offer spectacular examples of beaches of Ecuador,  but they lack infrastructure like ATM’s and banks, stores and a choice of restaurants. You would need to travel to a larger city for a good selection of fresh fruits & veggies, groceries, restaurants, medical care, etc.


We had friends from Cotacachi who moved here a few weeks before us and they were raving about Bahia. After listening to their praise for this little town, we decided to check it

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Aerial View-Beaches of Bahia

out.Well, on the third day after we arrived we moved into our condo and have been here ever since!  We are not in vacation mode any more, we are talking year after year living. This is a small walking town and most everything we need is 4-5 blocks away.  Here I am able to find items that most smaller villages don’t stock.   It’s about the convenient life style we enjoy here. We like to travel and explore so we’ve been all up and down the coast and we know it very well. So far, for us, we haven’t found any place that beats Bahia de Caraquez for easy daily living!


Our little town has it all!  We’re on a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and the Chone River so there are great water views everywhere! We have everything right here within

walking distance of our condo. There is a semi open air market here that’s open 365 days per year offering fresh fruits and vegetables, a butcher shop, and a large seafood market. Just this past December of 2014, a new Paseo Shopping Mall opened.  Here you’ll find a large selection of stores offering everything you could want or need. They even have a KFC & a Carl’s Jr. in the food court if you need a fast food fix.  Restaurants are varied, plentiful and affordable here with lunches averaging $3.00 to $5.00 per person and dinners starting at around $6.00 per person.  We even have a couple of fine dining, by reservation only restaurants that can satisfy the most demanding palate and at ridiculously low, affordable prices. With all this available, we eat most meals at home simply because it’s so fresh, plentiful, and cheap, not to mention, my wife’s great cooking skills! If you visit our Facebook Page, Ecuador Living, you’ll see lots of colorful photos of my wife’s dishes. Perhaps one day she’ll publish an Ecuadorian Cookbook for Expats?


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Miriam heading out to the beach

I’ve only scratched the surface on all the good things that are available living here in Bahia and the surrounding beaches. Miriam and I know the coast very well and will be happy to share what we’ve learned and discovered living here… so call us! Our Magic Jack number is 804-858-4289 and it rings right her in our kitchen in Bahia. We’ll tell you what the beaches of Ecuador look like from our perspective and share the pros & cons of daily living here.  I’m convinced there is a spot just for you that meets your lifestyle needs. You just need to come take a look. If you’re thinking of moving to Ecuador, we’ll be happy to share our experiences and knowledge with you and as always, we tell it like it really is, The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly.  See you soon!

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.   Skype for Dave-dmcausey      Skype for Miriam-mmmweaver

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Dave & Miriam

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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2 Responses to Beaches of Ecuador! One Reason We Love Living Here!

  1. todd says:

    Love to here more on living in Ecuador… at this age, work is over and reserves are minimal, so I’m look for a cheaper way of life…is there much english spoken? how are gringos liked or excepted?

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Hi Todd….good for you! If you click on the tab at the top that says “Ecuador Living” …there are several similar posts that you might enjoy. Can you plan a trip to come visit for a few weeks?

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