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Good Morning Bahia de Caraquez Ecuador!

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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!

Everyday Scenes

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.

Exercise Anyone?

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!)

Click Homes For Sale In Ecuador for our complete property listings & be sure to get a free copy of our Expats guide to buying Real Estate in Ecuador by subscribing above!  Look forward to hearing from you

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

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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19 Responses to Good Morning Bahia De Caraquez Ecuador!

  1. […] walk out the front door of the condo building and the beach is at your feet! Located in the town of Bahia de Caraquez,  there is just enough infrastructure by way of stores & restaurants to make daily living […]

  2. […] sit and relax with your favorite beverage. This is in a quiet section of the “point” of Bahia de Caraquez. On weekends and Holidays there will be  more people around enjoying the beach, the music and the […]

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  7. […] are easy walking distance from the apartment. You don’t need a vehicle to enjoy the town of Bahia de Caraquez! Everything is here to relax and enjoy your stay…just bring your […]

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  10. HARRY says:

    MIRIA Thanks for talking with me this Morning .We look forward to working with Dave & yourself in my search for a new place to live.
    Natasha & Harry

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Hi Harry! Great to have a conversation with you this morning!
      For folks like you that are in the “gathering information” stage, we offer our time and complete attention to you to show you potential properties that fit your parameters. We let you pick our brains with whatever questions you have. We arrange the transportation and plan a day to view properties all along this part of the coast. We like to have a sit down conversation first where Dave gives you a market overview of the area. He has a very good feel for what a property should cost, whether it’s a house, a condo, a beachfront lot or a farm out in the valley. You won’t get this from anybody else. Dave can give you examples of comparables, return on investment and he what he sees the Real Estate market doing in the next few years here in Ecuador. The charge for this service is $20 an hour, and is fully refundable when you purchase a property through us. Miriam

  11. […] coffee on your own private balcony. You can take time to relax  and enjoy the sweet little town of Bahia de Caraquez.  It’s the  ”jewel” of the coast. Bahia is a few clicks up from most of the […]

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  15. Brian J. Helfrick says:

    Hello Miriam and Dave,
    Thank you for all the info you supply.
    I’ve looked at flights and where they land but don’t really see an airport close to Bahia De Caraquez.
    Can you enlighten me on the norm for getting there?

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Hi Brian, International airports are Quito (UIO) or Guayaquil (GYE) only. From Quito you can fly to Manta on the coast (45 min or less) and then take taxi to Bahia for $35 (1 hour 15 min.) From Guayaquil, take a taxi to Bahia in 4-5 hrs for $129. Buses are also available..and much less expensive. When are you planning to come and for how long? Hope we get to meet you! Miriam

  16. Rhonda says:

    I was wondering if you can highlight the pros and cons between, Bahia, San Vincente and Canoa. I am drawn to that area to live, but cant seem to determine the differences between these areas, other then price.

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Hi Rhonda, I got your message inquiring about rentals also and I sent you a reply. Regarding your question, Bahia has lots more infrastructure by way of banking/ATM’s, choice of restaurants, and shopping. We even have a small Paseo Shopping mall in Bahia! Canoa for instance is a surfing town, so the vibe is a bit “younger” than Bahia, lots of small funky restaurants, and more street venders. San Vicente is up and coming…I don’t know of any Expats that live there. Hope that helps. To read more about Bahia…clink our tab called Ecuador Living.

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