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Dave & Miriam Living In Ecuador

 Miriam and I have been on an adventure living in Ecuador and we’re excited to share our story. Hopefully you’ll find what we have to share informative and helpful and in the process make your decision on moving here easier.

Our promise to you: We promise to be as truthful and straightforward as we possibly can in sharing our experiences. We’ll give you the Clint Eastwood version…The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly.

Ugly you ask? Yes, there are some ugly aspects of living here just as there are anywhere on this planet.  Don’t get me wrong, living in Ecuador is awesome but we won’t ask you to look through rose colored glasses and overlook some of the challenges here.

Living in Ecuador

So, how the heck did we end up living in Ecuador? Well, Miriam and I are relative newlyweds who will soon celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary together and our goal was to retire oversees, somewhere, somehow. I come from a background of Real Estate, Sales Management and being a business owner. Miriam has a background in Sales, Interior Design, and has also owned several small businesses as well.  Together we owned and operated a very successful home improvement company in Charlotte, NC. I say successful, but that was before the crash of ’08. More on that later.

Escape To Ecuador

When we closed our business in ’08, Miriam went back to work for a year and I retired at 61. I don’t think I could have gotten a job if I wanted to because of the economy. Instead, my job was to research the possibilities of living abroad. I did a lot of research, talked to a lot of people, and we vacationed in a lot of the places we were considering. Mexico, Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rico and Ecuador were all possibilities. Ecuador kept coming up on the top of the list every time so we decided to bite the bullet and take the plunge. We arrived in Ecuador on January 4th, 2011 and haven’t looked back!

Stay tuned for more…We’ll continue to post and hopefully we’ll help you feel good about your move to Ecuador & steps you need to take to make living in Ecuador a reality (even if your relatives think you are crazy!).

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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  1. John says:

    I want to rent long term if you can help )
    Tx John

  2. lisa says:

    I am SO glad to have met both of you and look forward to seeing you when I drop into Bahia. Lisa/Z

  3. Chris Loveless says:

    Contact as I am considering moving to Ecuador, I have been living in Venezuela the last couple of years, but is time to leave Venezuela just has gotten out of control and now I have a 1 year old daughter so looking for help in purchasing property in Ecuador.

  4. Garry Dyck says:

    Am looking at travelling there in the next 2 months. Our schedule is flexible. Would like a furnished condo to rent for either 2 months to a year. Would like it to be in Bahia or similar.

    Thank you
    Garry Dyck

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Hi Gary,
      I have several condos that could work for you! Did you purchase your tickets yet? mI will email you privately also, to follow up with this. Miriam

  5. Deborah says:

    Hello, I am here in Ecuador, however I am in a situation and need help finding my own place. I came here Oct 22nd with many promises however none of them seem to be true. I am a retired widow woman and want to find a condo for rent all inclusive for about 500 per month Can you help me ?

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Hi Deborah, yes, I believe I can help you! Where are you located right now in Ecuador? I will send you an email also.. I need to ask you a few questions. Miriam

  6. frank barrie says:

    I am interested in Ecuador as the place to finally stop. I am currently working in colombia and am looking to come there and look around for a place. simple..2 bed private.. beach.. simplicity at its best.

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Hi Frank, please call me when you know your arrival date…give or take. I hope I can make a connection for you for a rental. Miriam

  7. Daniel Crisp says:

    My wife and I are looking for a nice condo on the beach for Feb 2014. Looking for something very nice not to exceed 2,000 USD for full month.

    Kind Regards

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Hi Daniel, nice to “meet” you! I;m sure I can help you out with a rental. I will send you an email with several possibilities. Where is home for you? I am asking because Feb is during our “lush” season. We have some rain but also the most sunshine during that season…highs in the 90’s F. Check for my email coming to you soon….Miriam

  8. Ed Freels says:


    Wife and I are going to be visiting coast in March. First time visit. Possible to meet up for viewing of possible long term rental?


    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Sure Ed! Would love to meet up with you and your wife. I will send you an email so we can talk further. Miriam

  9. Cathy Potvin says:

    Please send info on location entertainment cost of living we plan on coming down jan 2015 for 1month then next year 5 months s

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Hi Cathy, sounds like a good plan! I suggest you “subscribe” to our site….look on the right hand side for this option. Loads of good reading about daily living here in Ecuador! And please contact us closer to your exploratory trip date.

  10. david meland says:

    Please send me info and stay in contact… Thanks

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Hi David…..I invite you to subscribe to our weekly newsletter. Just click on the “subscribe” button on the right hand side.

  11. Dean Riede says:

    My wife and I are researching where we will retire. We are about 8 years away from retiring but want to start the process now. We plan on travelling to Ecuador at least once this year, maybe as soon as April. We are planning on staying a week there. We are not sure what part of Ecuador we would like to retire to. We are looking to have someone lined up in advance that can take us to many areas of Ecuador and tell/show us the GOOD, BAD, AND UGLY. We would like to look at housing as well. Once we determine where we want to light in Ecuador we would probably purchase a house in advance and have a property management company take care of renting it for us and maintaining until we move there. Do you two offer anything like this as well? When we come to visit Ecuador we want to DO AS THE LOCALS DO!! Not really what all the tourists may do. Thoughts and how can you two maybe assist us. Thank You,

  12. jack and janet says:

    Hey guys we are ready to make a move geet in touch and let’s start this going

  13. jack and janet says:

    Hey guys we are ready to make a move let’s get this thing started

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Hey guys back at you! This is a welcome blast from the past from Charlotte NC! Send us your Skype name, OK? We can talk all 4 of us…and it’s free! Dave has been saying for a long time…2014 is the “wake up” year for many folks! Check out flights in to Guayaquil (GYE). When can you see yourselves making an exploratory trip to Ecuador? You should try to come for 2 weeks if possible…or longer if you can. Hugs!


    Hi Dave & Miriam,
    I so enjoyed your e-mail and all the great information it contained. AND, I am so on the same page with you about the “foul” odor that is hanging over me! I am planning a trip to Ecuador in September. I was told this is the least busiest time of the year. I hope you will be able to find myself and my friend, Rose, a place to rent for a week or 10 days. I am interested in purchasing property now, but may have to wait for the “leap” in a year or 18 months. Am looking forward to talking to you both soon! Happy Easter!

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Carol & Rose, that is wonderful! Contact us again when you have your travel dates…we would love to get your update around Sept. Happy Easte to you!

  15. Dan & Becky says:

    Greetings Dave & Miram
    Looking at traveling to Ecuador late 2014 or early 2015, 30 to 60 month stay. We would like to investigate as much as possible relative to permanent move (Especially Beach Communities). What due you recommend regarding traveling (airports – ground transportation, etc.) . Looking at monthly rentals, 1 bedroom.

    Dan & Becky

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Hi Dan & Becky….loved hearing from you! For your initial “information gathering” trip I recommend checking out the coast by flying into Guayaquil (GYE) I can recommend some places to stay as most flight get in late at night. If you are comfortable, rent a car and head north at a pace that suits you. Most folks want to check out Salinas, Olon & Mantanita(party cenrtal), Puerto Lopez (whale watching) and manta before coming to Bahia de Caraquez. I will send you an email also…Miriam

  16. greg langford says:

    Hello, My wife and i are retiring by the end of summer and are very interested in relocation to Ecuador. We have visited the country many years ago and have dreamed of it since. We are looking for something close to a beach or with in a short walk that is pet friendly as we have 1 small dog and one mid size dog. our rent budget is about 800.00 $. Thank You Greg

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Goodmorning! That is so cool that you have already visited…what year was that? Just to clarify…will you be looking for something to rent…or to buy? I ask because of the dogs…most rentals will j=not allow dogs. Miriam

      • greg langford says:

        We spent 3 weeks starting in Quito then up to the cloud forest. we flew from Quito to Galapagos with a stop in Guyaquil on the way. We loved the people and country. We have sold our business and are spending this summer at our cottage in Northern Minnesota. Planning on leaving to come down in September. Evidently pet friendly rentals are hard to find? Look forward to talking with you as we are busy moving now
        Thanks Greg L

  17. Billy says:

    Hi Dave&Miriam, Iam 70 years old, in good health,only taking blood pressure meds. Iam a single white straight male from Calif. looking for a furnished 1 bedroom apt to rent long term as long as it is legally possible. I just want to be safe and enjoy beach living, and to purchase medical insurance. I receive Soc. Sec. In the amount of $1791.00 per month. Is this possible for me? Thank you in advance, Sincerely, Billy

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Yes,Billy, it is! You can have a great life here in Ecuador! Many couples live here on less, including Dave & me. Please contact me about rentals here on the beach when you are ready…..I have several that are longer term…and we can talk.

      • Bill Woolery says:

        Hi again Miriam, I am thinking about moving in Sept. 2014. I only need a nice 1 bedroom apt. or condo. I check for e-mails regularly, not always by my cell phone. I am the type of guy that just wants to feel safe and welcome. I don’t bother other people, being rude etc. I love to live and let live. I would just try and blend in quietly. Are there any costs attached to these rents? Maintenance-homeowners etc.? Thank you again for your fast response. Sincerely, Bill Woolery

        • Dave & Miriam says:

          Hi again Bill,
          My management fees are built in…in other words, there is no extra cost. The maintenance fees are the responsibility of the owners, so no hidden cost there either. It’s straight forward…everything is included for the listed price. I will email you so we can talk more easily. I hope we can work together. Miriam

  18. Hello , My wife and i are retiring by the end june 2014 and are very interested in relocation to Ecuador. We going to visited the city of Quito , Manta , Cuanca , for. The area of Manabi We are looking for something close to a beach or with in a short walk to beach rent budget is about 800.00 $. Thank You Michael

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Michael, Your name sounds familiar….maybe we chatted previously? Any way I will email you. Miriam

  19. Pamela Boehme says:

    We want to visit Ecuador to decide if we will move there for a minimum of 4 years. I will retire is less than 2 years and as foster parents we adopted a little girl who is now 4 years old. I have been following the real estate market and prices seen to have steadily grown. We live in Taylors, SC near the big BMW plant. We are looking to visit beach areas with our visit probably in the Fall. I’m a planner, so if we decide from the visit to move there we will start immediate Spanish classes.
    I hope you can help. Thanks, Pam

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Hi Pam, We have sure enjoyed living here since Jan of 2011! We lived for 6 months in Cotacachi, in the Andes, but found it a bit too cold for us. We have been in Bahia de Caraquez a little over three years now…love it! I will email you, so we can converse more easily….and we can plan to get together. Miriam

      • Pamela Boehme says:

        I have tried to Skype you several times with no luck. I did want to talk to you before I bought our plane tickets.


        • Dave & Miriam says:

          Hi Pam, yes Skype would be great….I sent you a message on Skype just now. And of course we are connected via email….my last email to you was May 27th. Hope to see you sooner rather than later.

  20. Dennis Dahnert says:

    Dave and Miriam, great information – thank you for sharing. My wife Ana (from Guayllabamba) and I are planning on retiring along the coast of Ecuador. We are currently living and working in Maryland. We will be visiting her family August 1 -15, and will be spending a week in and around the San Clemente / Manta area looking at beach properties. We would love to meet you and hopefully schedule some time for you to show us a few properties. We look forward to meeting you. Dennis

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Hi Dennis & Anna, that sounds great! Are you staying in Vistazule in San Clemente? We would love to meet you….
      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 if you purchase a property through us.

      • Dennis Dahnert says:

        Good afternoon. Yes, we will be staying in Vistazule. We will be in San Clemente Aug 5 – 12. Please let me know the best way to contact you once we arrive. Thank you for the quick reply. Dennis

  21. Gina Milum says:

    I am planning on taking a leave from my job and traveling to Ecuador for 3 months in early 2015. I’ve been looking at your properties and would love to stay beach front from around Jan. 15 through to April 15 at least.

    I’ve noticed that most of your listing show availability until Dec 2014 but then nothing after. Do you have anything available during my time frame?

    Looking forward to hearing from you,

    Gina MIlum

  22. Mark Hubbard says:

    We are trying to get a trip planned in mid July. How big of an area do you cover and how can we arrange a specific date to get together for a property tour? When could we talk by Skype?

    Looking forward to hearing from you soon and very excited about our upcoming trip.

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Hi Mark, I believe Dave and you just had a conversation! Looking forward to meeting you! Let us know when you have your travel dates.

  23. Gary Fenton says:

    Hi Dave and Miriam,
    My wife and I, along with her brother, are planning a trip to Bahia in Sept. or Oct 2014 to investigate the possibility of making this our new home, away from home. We are planning on staying two to three weeks and are looking for a Hotel, B&B or apartment/condo that you may recommend. Also, what airport would you recommend flying into from the U.S.? Appreciate your feedback…

    Best regards,

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Hi Gary, that sounds great! I will email you about recommended places to stay…..it’s easier to send links. I recommend you fly into Guayaquil (GYE for airport search) I think it is easier for coastal exploration. I can send a private driver to pick you up $140-$150…you can take a cab to Bahia for $120…or you can take the bus for about $8 a person. Bus will take 5 hours “mas or menos”. Miriam

  24. Mark Wardner says:

    I am 64, and was recently forced into early retirement due to budget issues that eliminated my job position. I live in Ft. Lauderdale, FL., and with only $1050/mo. SS retirement coming in now, I am not “living”, I’m merely “existing”, and I don’t intend to spend the rest of my life just “existing”. I’ve been researching different countries, and Equador is one of the few countries that permits a retirement visa for someone of my economic means. The city of Cuenca was the first to spike my interest, as there is so much information available about the attractiveness for expats. I kept going back to the various sites on Cuenca, night after night, and everything sounded great with the exception of the weather and climate at that elevation. It seems its quite cool and cloudy most of the time. And where’s the water? Other than a river running through the city? When I lived in New Hampshire most of my life, I lived in Laconia, right on beautiful Lake Winnipisauke, and since moving to Ft. Lauderdale 15 yrs. ago to get year-round warm weather, I have lived within a mile of the beach. So I guess I’m a “water person”. I accidentally discovered a site on Bahia, and the more I researched it, the more I liked it. I love bicycling, and there seems to be plenty of areas to explore, without crazy traffic to deal with other than “high time” and holidays. I am single, child-free, and adventurous, and will be looking for a short-term rental initially, and then looking for a long term rental or a “Cheap fixer-upper” to buy. I am good with tools and very creative and inventive. So I am looking to build a new life in a society that is a little less high-tech, expensive, and stressful. I have a few questions to ask you. It seems from everything I’ve read, that there are certain items that are inferior or much more expensive in Equador, such as electronics, clothing, etc. My first question: Is there a cost-effective way to have your belongings of importance shipped from the usa to ecuador via ship container or other means, to Manta or Guayaquil? Are there taxes or tariffs involved? Next: Once living in Ecuador, why not buy things on line, and have it shipped to Equador? Are there import taxes involved that make this impractical? Can’t I have the stuff from LLBean, and Amazon, and others, shipped to me in Equador? I am sure this is practical information that many potential expats would like to know, because so far, I have not seen any information regarding the actual cost and mechanics of importing items from usa or other countries. Hopefully, I will get to meet you guys, when I get down there. I am a multi-faceted individual, with many diverse talents, and maybe we’ll be able to establish a friendship, as well as a possible business relationship of some sorts,in the future.. Thanks for your assistance, Uncle Mark

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Good morning Mark, great to hear from you! We understand your plight… we talk to so many people in a similar situation. You raise some really good questions…so let’s talk! I will send you an email…to set up a phone call. Do you Skype?

  25. lori says:

    I came upon your web page and found out a great deal of information. I’m trying to reach you to discuss becoming a long term resident.
    I hope to hear from you soon.

    thank you,

  26. Diane says:

    Hi Dave & Miriam! Been reading your blog. My husband and I also live in Charlotte, NC (actually Lake Wylie area-River Hills)! What was the name of your company; we may recognize it? My sister and her husband are also from Charlotte and moved to Oklahoma several years ago and they have just purchased an ocean front home in Ecuador. Not sure where…am trying to find out from her now. It is not a permanent place for them though…just a vacation spot. Maybe one day we can also retire in Ecuador, although it will be in 11 more years! Would hate to leave our families though; how do you manage that? We would like to know what the average cost for round-trip airfare from Charlotte to where you are is? Looked it up on line and was about $1,400 per passenger. Is this correct or can we find a way to get it cheaper? Thanks!

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Hi Diuane, I hope you get to come to Ecuador sooner rather than later! Would love to know where your sister owns property here….we are in Bahia de Caraquez. I’m not sure what airfare runs…but that sounds a tad high. Miriam

  27. greg Black says:

    Hello again, getting tired of me yet? LOL I like the “help” section so HELP! Coming down April 19th, what is the best place to stay, rent a car? eat? Coming down to figure where we want to live and to look at homes we will fall in love with and can afford. So far I see two very interesting homes you have listed.
    Do you still list land in the US? I have 7 acres in Dunlap Tennessee I would love to sell as well and mountain property in the Catskills of NY. Lets talk

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Hi again Greg….lol! Your comments are always welcome! Email us about where you will be flying in….Quito or Guayaquil. I have drivers in both cities that can bring you to Bahia. You can rent a car at the airport if you choose to drive, but it will take 8 hours(or more) to drive from Quito to the coast….4-5 hours from Guayaquil And, you are used to some crazy Latin American driving? There is also non-stop buses…nice and clean…cost is probably under $15. Dave enjoyed chatting with you yesterday via skype. Let us know if we can help you further. Miriam

  28. James says:

    Hi guys,

    My parents own a farm in the road Chone-Bahia. We are looking to sell it.
    I wanted to know if you can help us.


    James Viteri

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Hi James, Yes, that sounds interesting. My hubby Dave Causey will reply to you via email also. He is under the weather right now, so give him a few days, ok? Thanks so much!

  29. Rick & Myla says:

    Hi Miriam! Hope you are feeling better! What places do you have available this november thru april 2016? We just need a 1 bedroom if possible on the ocean side.

    Tks Rick & Myla

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Hi Rick & Myla…great to hear from you again! I replied via email too….right now I don’t have anything solid I can promise you. Most of the condos are owned by wealthy folks from Quito…and they vacatipon here over Christmas and New years.

  30. Bruce says:

    I am doing research on possible places to retire, so I can hire full time care givers.
    I am a 54 year old disabled male, from USA, I have ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ) that has left me quadriplegic, and require full time care givers to help me with every day living. I have a disability income of $3,000 a month. I just cant afford the help I need in the US.
    Would Ecuador be a good place for me? Can I find good care giver help there?
    Can you recommend help with finding accommodations for the disabled, where in Ecuador is good location to live for disabled?
    Thank you

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Hi Bruce…I think it would be better to have a chat with you….so many variables in your scenario. If you Skype, please send your Skype name. If not send your phone number and we’ll call you. Depending on your health care requirements….you may need a bigger city. Miriam

  31. Bobbi says:

    Was so happy to have found you! For a couple years now have been looking around, much like others who are interested in being Expats, I checked out many places and keep coming back to Ecuador and Bahia looks to be just right. I am single and ready to retire. Though family protests that I should be so far away, with the current situation in the US, there are many reasons why I keep looking outside of the country. Since I want to retire SOON, this current market is eating away at the retirement I do have. And, with folks in my circle of friends passing (too young) I keep thinking, “what are you waiting for?” You look like a great couple and how wonderful it is you share your experiences and knowledge. Seeing the current posting for the condo, furnished, even makes it, in my mind, easier to abandon the “stuff” one accumulates after 21 years in the same home. Am ready for a change, done with mowing, snow shoveling, gutter cleaning on my own. Has just become too much. Guess I don’t know, what I don’t know about it all to ask the right questions. Felt I need to start somewhere and found it quite fortuitous to come across and review your site. I wish you all the best in 2016 and whatever “first steps” you can give me would be much appreciated. I understand if I want to buy, it’s all or nothing. Perhaps renting is in order for the time being and as stated, Bahia, out of all the places I have looked at, seems to fit me the best. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Hi Bobbie, if possible plan trip to visit Ecuador for a month or so …to see if it will work for you. Come and let me show you around our little town!

  32. Jeff Kirkpatrick says:

    Dave and Miriam,

    I am considering moving to Bahia and was wondering about the Climate. I understand that it is cloudy a lot during the rainy season, does the sun pop out very much. Also I read where the high most days is around 85 but does it feel hotter than this due to the humidity? Thanks.

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Hi Jeff, the main reason we live on the coast is because of the near perfect weather year around…in my little opinion! Many days are overcast which is a blessing because it keeps us from getting up in the mid 90’s F. We have had almost a year of sunshine this last year….because of impending el nino. Much warmer/sunnier than normal. Yes, humidity always make it feel hotter…but remember the rainy/humid season is primarily Jan-April, not the entire year. It is amazingly cool, breezy with no bugs for about 9 months every year!

  33. Lloyd says:

    I am looking to semi retire. What is the possibility of working part time in Ecuador? I am a licensed electrician in Ontario Canada.

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Hi Lloyd, that is a great question and kinda complicated to reply thoroughly in this format. Please send me an email address so I can give you further info. Miriam

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