"I'm kind of a social butterfly," says Linda Flierl Hooks, owner of The Donkey Den Cafe and Guesthouse in Santa Marianita, Ecuador. At 71 years old, Linda's life is socially active and satisfying.
It was a great feeling when my wife and I sold our car three years ago and got on the plane for a one-way flight to Salinas, Ecuador. Living without a car has been a wonderful experience, and it's one of the ways that expats are able to keep their living expenses so low.
Usually when people think about moving to the beach, it is to enjoy sunshine, surf, sand, and good weather. When my wife Rita and I moved to Salinas, Ecuador on the Pacific coast, great weather was at the top of our checklist.
If you've ever looked for beachfront property in the U.S., you've probably noticed that you pay a high premium for being "on the sand," and in most cases just being near the sand.
My wife and I have been living the “endless summer” lifestyle in Salinas Ecuador for three years now, and I have to say it has been pretty fantastic. We love how the waves are the last thing we hear as we fall asleep, and that they are the first sound we hear when we wake up.
If you’re someone who is looking for the conveniences of a good-sized city close to the beach and the mountains, I may have found the sweet spot for you. Especially if you are a trailblazer—someone who would enjoy the experience of immersing yourself in a new language and culture.
Just a few weeks ago, my wife and I were sitting in La Cabaña de Leo, enjoying lunch in the bamboo and thatch restaurant on a beautiful white-sand beach. The first course was a thick shrimp soup, made with crushed peanuts.
For many expats, renting may be a better option than buying when looking for your dream home in Ecuador. For example, you may not be sure about where to settle, and want the flexibility that renting affords.
Whenever you hear about the Pacific Ocean beaches of Ecuador, often the focus is mostly on the two more populated cities on the coast—the port city of Manta and the resort town of Salinas.
Friends and family are sometimes surprised to hear me say it, but the truth is that life in Salinas on the Pacific coast of southern Ecuador is not for everyone. “Aren’t you happy there?” they ask.