San Clemente fishermen in front of Palmazul at dusk.
We have ten mid Ecuador beach real estate tours from December 2009 to December 2010, each lasting 4 days including travel to and from Manta. You should arrive in Ecuador one day before the tour travel date.
How is this for an Ecuador beach view?
This is a view from houses built above Crucita. We bought condos just off the beach about three fourths of the way to the bluff in the distance.
Would you like this sunset view on Ecuador’s coast from your front room?
Our mid Ecuador coastal real estate tours cover a 60 miles stretch of beach from Manta to Bahia.
The tours focus a half day each on Manta, Crucita, San Clemente and Bahia.
Here is a house for sale in Crucita, front…
and back…asking $105,000.
Is this close enough to the beach? Remember that tides and high waves diminish as they grow closer to the equator and this beach is on the equator…in Ecuador. What a relief not to have the worry of hurricanes on the equator and much less worry about coastal erosion.
More on the tours in a moment…first some geography….and three warnings.
There are four Provinces on the coast, Esmeraldas, Manabi, Guayas and El Oro. Three main cities are Esmeraldas in the north. Manta (Manabi) in the middle and Salinas (Guayas) much further south on the coast.
Development radiates from each of these towns. There is much less developed property between each.
There is enormous growth potential in each of these areas…but let’s get down to the nitty-gritty, the three warnings, first.
Warning #1: Health
We rarely go south of Salinas into South Guayas or El Oro Province. The beach gives way to mangrove…conditions are more primitive and there are health concerns. For example one authoritative medical website wrote:
“5 persons have died so far in 2006 because of meningitis and hemorrhagic dengue, conditions that are affecting coastal areas in Ecuador , Dr. Ivan Zambrano, Ecuadorian Minister of Health, announced on Thursday, 09.02.2006. He pointed out that the main epidemics caused by the intense rainy season are classic dengue fever (561 confirmed cases) and hemorrhagic dengue fever (23 confirmed cases, including 3 deaths). He indicated that coastal provinces mostly affected by dengue fever are Guayas (310 cases) and El Oro (Peruvian Border, 118 cases). Dr. Zambrano stated that the sanitary situation in Ecuadorian coast is ‘worrisome’ because of the effects of heavy rainfalls.”
If you plan to go south on the coast, see a MD and get your vaccinations. Merri and I do not take shots so we generally avoid this part of the coast. Plus the water is not so good on Ecuador ’s coast. Unlike our high Andes hotel, El Meson de las Flores, where we drink water from the tap, we drink only bottled water…anywhere on Ecuador ’s coast. Over a decade ago, when we were exploring every inch of Ecuador, we went to this area and it was the only place that we were sick…and also found that this area did not hold our interest in any way.
Warning #2: The Shakes
There are also…like in California , earthquakes. The Andes and this region is a new geological location (in geological terms) so this area is more prone to the shakes than for example our home in our other home North Carolina’s Blue Ridge which is a very ancient, very settled geological formation. The equator is delightfully free of hurricanes and typhoons…but I guess anywhere there is a huge body of new mountains and large amounts of ocean there is some risk of natural disaster. Earthquakes are this regions nemesis…and yes, there is earthquake insurance.
Warning #3: Colombian Guerillas
Plus we avoid Esmeraldas…too close to the Colombian border. When you are in doubt about an area, a simple rule of thumb is …”follow the missionaries”. They are a fearless lot, going places where most people won’t. If missionaries won’t go somewhere, you probably should not either. The Latin America Missionary web site recently wrote about Esmeraldas:
“Miami (LAMNS)—New reported threats against Americans in Colombia are once again causing U.S. missionaries to be careful about their movements. Along Ecuador ’s coast near the city of Esmeraldas , Batchelor reported that missionaries have had to take caution.” Another thing that has caused us to not have interest in this area is that it had more humidity and heat…and although we love the sun, we do not like these qualities.
There you have it…three warnings. This may seem a strange way to invite you on a tour, but having taken thousands of people there…all, I might add, without a single mishap…I know that some people should not come to Ecuador’s coast at all. I hope I have weeded the more particular who only like their sand and surf, mopped, groomed, with casinos, shopping centers and lots of entertainment. If you love immaculate, sterile, cold, paved, polished, flashy or high rise…do not come on this tour! Stop reading here.
This may seem strange because you may not have heard this before from those who sell land on the coast. They may forget to mention these warnings because they want you to buy land on the coast. Selling that land is their job.
We are publishers and we sell information, contacts and tours. We offer tours all over Ecuador. We do not sell real estate. Our obligation is to you, our reader, and we never take commissions or any reward for the sale of land. Our staff is forbidden to accept real estate commissions. One developer in this area offered to give us a fully serviced lot with incredible ocean views. He appreciated that 16 of our tour delegates had purchased lots from him. We were polite but we refused to accept the gift.
We are looking after you our reader. We are not property sellers! In fact we will encourage you not to buy real estate on your first trip…though I have to admit we are often ignored.
Having said this…for the adventurers and even slight adventurers, if you would like to see mile upon mile of coastline that is empty, wild, wonderful, alive, beautiful paint peeled and a bit rough around the edges…then read on!
The Ecuador mid coast real estate inspections begin in Manta, which is the major city where you will see condos, houses, some theaters, shopping malls, etc. We visit many Manta condos like this, with…
views like this. They typically run about $100 a square foot. This is usually the most expensive price you’ll see… by far.
Another Manta condo has…
this view from condo balconies. This condo has a nice infinity pool with quite a view.
We look at Ecuador beach property in San Clemente also. This is where Merri and I have purchased. Our apartment is top floor, left here at Palmazul Spa.
These are 1,200 square feet, two bedroom, two bathroom condos selling as low as $79,000 including clubhouse membership.
Here is one of our groups taking a closer look from the roof garden of one Vistazul condo. These beach condos are just one of many properties we view on our tours.
Merri and I scoured Ecuador for 13 years and have driven its coast, top to bottom, again and again. We have taken thousands of people on real estate tours here. We finally settled in the high Andes and this part of the beautiful Pacific. We have a house in the mountains and our apartment and condos here on the sea.
The tour actually begins a day before the group starts looking at real estate when flying from Quito to Manta. Then travel from Manta by luxury bus and inspect real estate in Manta, Crucita and the next day north to Bahia and return to Quito on the fourth day.
We stay at Palmazul and see the Vistazul project where the spa facilities are available to home owners. Nice… living in a spa, on a beach, Palmazul. Tennis court, pool, beach, fine dining, exercise room and all. The hotel provides a nice discount to tour delegates by the way.. only $60 a night ($45 per person for double occupancy) plus 22% service & tax. This includes breakfast & dinner.
We look at all types of property for sale in this area. Here are more Palmazul shots. Here is the beach at Palmazul looking to north and…
We view condos offered for $30,000, $25,000… even some cute little, three bedroom houses just off the beach that are $21,000.
Then we’ll head north to Bahia, the nicest town on the coast, Bahia has 50,000 people and is Ecuador’s first Eco City. We view condos, houses and lots for sale along the way. Here is a Bahia beach condo.
Condos like this are often offered at $75,000 with views like this…
In Bahia, we’ll also stop by Casa Ceibo to see how an old houses like this…
This is an old B&B for sale at $60,000 (asking) near Vistazul.
Casa Ceibo was an old house transformed into…
a luxury, boutique hotel that…
our delegates enjoy visiting.
We cram in as many properties as we can without neglecting some time for fun and relaxation.
We also take walks on the empty San Clemente beach.
What specific properties will be shown? I do not know. The tour is researched just before we start, inspecting land and buildings that are for sale at that moment so we can maximize the efficiency of your trip. Our goals are to find a cross section of property.
In the end you enjoy four days of travel with like minded souls led by experienced travelers and real estate buyers and our trained staff, who know the area…who can provide you with all the important reliable contacts you need…attorneys…property inspectors… architects and brokers who can work with you… in English.
I guarantee that you’ll save time… and avoid trouble. You’ll gain safety, get to see many more properties on wonderful surf and sand.. than you would see on your own.
The tour fee includes the course, all bus travel, plus pickup and return to Quito airport if required.
The fee does not cover round trip air fare from Quito to Manta, accommodations or food. Quito/Manta round trip fares (our group price) are $98 at time of this writing. Palmazul is $60 per night ($45 per person for double occupancy) plus 22% service and tax including a full breakfast and dinner. A typical lunch is $5.
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