The Hidden Secrets of Salinas, Ecuador in the Low Season

The Hidden Secrets of Salinas, Ecuador in the Low Season

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July 5, 2016

When you think of Salinas, on the southwestern Pacific Coast of Ecuador, you picture big crowds and lots of water activity under a hot summer sun. But this is not the only side of Salinas. It is one of the most popular beach destinations for Ecuadorians and an increasing number of North American “snow birds”, but us year-round residents get to experience something wonderful—Low Season!

Video Tour of Coastal Ecuador

Video Tour of Coastal Ecuador

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December 1, 2014

Punta Blanca is a beautiful, exclusive area on Ecuador's southern Pacific coast. Only about a four-hour drive from colonial Cuenca, where I live, Punta Blanca has a super-convenient location 30 minutes north of Salinas, the country's most developed resort area, and 30 minutes south of the always happening party town of Montanita. Because Punta Blanca is residential, you need a vehicle to get there and to get around, as there are no stores or restaurants within walking distance. Rentals are available, and visitors are treated to a gorgeous and isolated beachfront experience with lots of activities and amenities nearby.

Cuenca, Ecuador: A Low-Cost University Town Buzzing With Activity

Cuenca, Ecuador: A Low-Cost University Town Buzzing With Activity

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November 7, 2014

Expats have flocked to Cuenca, Ecuador in recent years for its great weather, low cost of living, and excellent health care. But most people aren’t aware until they arrive here that my hometown boasts five universities. And because Cuencanos speak what is recognized as the purest Spanish outside of Spain, we also have many Spanish language schools attracting study abroad students from all over the world. Great university towns are known as cultural hubs and artistic centers with a fun, vibrant atmosphere, and Cuenca is no exception. No, you won’t find wild tailgating parties happening during the fall—they play that “other kind” of football here.

The Top 5 Cultural Experiences in Ecuador

The Top 5 Cultural Experiences in Ecuador

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September 22, 2014

Travelers flock to Ecuador each year to enjoy the country’s diverse regions, exotic wildlife, and of course the famed Galapagos Islands. Some visitors become so enthralled with Ecuador that their vacation becomes a permanent stay. But whether you’re a passer through or a smitten expat, don’t miss out on Ecuador’s vast cultural options.

Video Postcard: Puerto Lopez—A Quaint Fishing Village in Coastal Ecuador

Video Postcard: Puerto Lopez—A Quaint Fishing Village in Coastal Ecuador

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May 27, 2011

Ninety minutes south of Manta on Ecuador's Pacific Coast is the fishing village of Puerto Lopez. With the exception of a new gas station and a couple of new banks, not much has changed in Puerto Lopez since I first visited here 10 years ago with my wife Suzan Haskins.