Good Morning Bahia de Caraquez Ecuador!
For those of you considering Retiring in Ecuador, I thought I would share with you a typical morning in our day to day living here on the coast of Bahia de Caraquez Ecuador. Sometimes I forget how special it can be living on the coast! In 2011 we moved to Ecuador and rented a pent house condo in Cotacachi. We quickly realized we wanted to be in a warmer climate instead of spending our evenings wrapped up in blankets and wearing long wool socks. I will try to paint some nice pictures so you can consider various options.
A Walk on the Beach
Miriam and I almost always begin our day with a barefoot walk on the beach, that is, if the tide is right. At high tide early in the morning you’ll find us walking on the malecon by the ocean and the river. If you are not familiar with that term, it’s like the “boardwalk” on the coast in the US. We live in a condo overlooking the point, where the Pacific Ocean and the Chone River meet. Our daily walks gives us quite time to just reflect, see what’s going on, and spend quality one on one time together. My favorite activity of the day!
Nature at its Best in Bahia de Caraquez Ecuador
The first thing you’ll notice about the beach here in Bahia is the color of the sand. It’s not white, like most US beaches; it’s a golden tan, sort of caramel color. That’s because of the tides here; we have high, high tides and low, low tides. The sand never really dries out. You’ll also notice that the beach is raw and natural, not a manicured and coiffed beach say like Cancun or any of the Caribbean beaches. Instead you’ll find scattered pieces of driftwood or some vegetation that just floated down the river at high tide. You might even find a dead fish or crab washed ashore. It’s completely natural and the scene changes daily. This morning I found a star fish that had washed ashore. Many mornings become a treasure hunt looking for shells that just washed ashore.
What’s the Weather Like?
The weather here for 9 months out of the year is perfect, not too cool, not too hot…. just right! The temperature for most of the year varies from a high between 72 & 84 degrees and a low between 62 to 68 degrees. It does get hot and humid around January and February but nothing like the southern United States. Homes in Bahia de Caraquez Ecuador don’t have heating; you just don’t need it. Some homes and condos have AC units but you’ll only use them a few months or nights out of the year. We usually have a nice constant Ocean breeze, and when necessary we use a floor fan. We don’t have AC in our condo.
Where is Everyone?
We may only pass a few other couples or individuals strolling by. Why is that? Well, most of the high rise condos here are owned by wealthy Ecuadorians from Quito and they only come here three or four times a year! If you ask Ecuadorans, Bahia de Caraquez is THE beach destination town, so it always amazes me is that we have this incredible beach virtually to ourselves. The rest of the time it’s all ours; a large stretch of beach in a good size town virtually empty. Incredible! It’s like going to Myrtle Beach and hardly anyone else showed up. Trust me, you’ll get used to it.
The Waves, the Beautiful Waves
The ocean is this incredibly powerful organism that gives off energy that is palpable. You can feel it! Sometimes the sea is more calm and other times the waves come roaring and crashing in! On those days you can see a dozen or more local surfer boys sitting on their boards waiting to catch the next big one. It’s always fun watching these guys as they all are quite good. The water during Jan/Feb/March is as warm as bath water too, perfect for an early morning swim!
As we are strolling along Bahia de Caraquez Ecuador, the frigate birds are circling overhead. The pelicans are busy diving in the water catching fish. During certain seasons we see dolphins swimming right in front of our condo, with their gentle rolling style if swimming in the surf. We wave to the local fishermen as they pilot their boats into the Chone River bringing in their prized catches. They have been out all night fishing. When we sit on our balcony at night we can see their lights bobbing on the horizon. If we’re lucky we get to see the harbor captains’ boat guide a sailboat into the marina.
There is a Zoomba class going on every morning at the skate board park next to the Malecon and its well attended. The loud music and heavy Latin beat has everyone jumping! On the beach you’ll find Gina and her disciples. She teaches Yoga on the beach every morning Mon-Fri. If you’re looking for hardcore exercise, we’ve got just the ticket. Henry, a retired fireman from California leads a group of devotees in a rigorous workout every morning and it’s free! Donations to the local fire depart accepted.
What Are You Waiting for?
It’s so easy to fall into a daily routine and overlook how special this place really is. I encourage you to make Bahia de Caraquez Ecuador a must see on your vacation to Ecuador. Miriam and I have property for sale in Ecuador and we would love to meet you and answer any questions you may have about Bahia and Ecuador. Just give us a call. Come on down, you just might fall in love! (We did!)
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