Whats it really like living in Olon, Ecuador? – 1 expat response

24 February 2014

Ahhh, Olon, Ecuador, one of my favorite beaches on the coast of Ecuador, and certainly a growing ‘expat hot spot’. Olon is a few kilometers north of Montanita, about an hour north of Salinas (which has the nearest airport), an hour south of Puerto Lopez, and about 3 hours south of Manta. For me, with […]

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An Ecuadorian Real Estate Tale of Woe

21 February 2014

I got this email this week from a subscriber in distress… A definition of “woe” is “things that cause sorrow or distress; troubles.” The suggestions that I am about to share are what my husband and I learned from our personal tale of woe as it relates to buying an apartment on the Ecuador coast. Here are […]

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Where to bank (safely) in Ecuador

16 February 2014

  Do you want the long or the short answer? The short answer is … no where. Keep your money in your home country except for what you need.  Remember, this is a country where from one day to the next a bank could close shop, put a lock on the door and say “adios” with […]

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How to bring your pet to Ecuador hassle-free

09 February 2014

I know. I get it. Its not your dog, it’s your hairy kid. Leave ‘em behind for your big move to Ecuador. No way. So how do you bring ‘em? Do you just put ‘em on a plane like a human? Nope. The process is more involved, but not as challenging as people think. First, […]

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How to get your Ecuador drivers license (without taking courses)

02 February 2014

After securing my residency visa and cedula this past month the natural progression is to focus on getting my Ecuador drivers license. Now, Ive lived in Ecuador for two and a half years now without owning a car, or driving even once. But more impressively, in that time Ive never even felt like I needed […]

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The unknown under-belly of Montanita: Manglaralto, the top rental opp on the coast?

The unknown under-belly of Montanita: Manglaralto, the top rental opp on the coast?

26 January 2014

Manglaralto Beach, Ecuador Everyone loves Montanita. But nobody actually wants to live there.  Unless you’re a 20 year old hippy. It’s a neat mix of a traditional bohemian-Ecuadorian surf village turned mega-tourist attraction. And its a great place to meet people, eat, drink or party. But to live, for most, it’s just too noisy, too […]

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Got mine, now how to get your Ecuador Cedula

22 January 2014

After you get your permanent residency visa to live in Ecuador, doesn’t matter which type, could be the investors visa, the pensioners visa, or even the professionals visa… …you’ll then have 30 days to get your mandatory Ecuadorian “Cedula”, or official ID card. The visa, or what is stamped in your passport, is the more […]

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The Myth about Ecuador Border Runs: How to stay longer than 90 days in Ecuador as a tourist

13 January 2014

  Last week, we covered arguably the easiest way to get a residency visa in Ecuador, and how I got one. The 9-V Professionals Visa, based off your university degree. No investment, no pension required. Believe me, compared to most countries in the world, thats easy! For instance my brother actually married a Thai girl and […]

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Ecuador residency visa: No investment, no pension… no problem

12 January 2014

I can’t think of how else to put this. But sometimes I really think Ecuador is kind of like your friends slutty sister. She may look good from a distance, but the more you get to know her, the less you trust her and although you may have a casual fling with her, chances of […]

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Sample itineraries for the coast of Ecuador

07 January 2014

  Here you go, my picks for where to go as you plan your next big trip to the Ecuador coast in 2014. THE SWIMMERS CIRCUIT: Beaches with flat ocean great for swimming, snorkeling, floating. Fly into Guayaquil, then take the bus to Salinas.  Spend 2 days , 2 nights in Salinas and enjoy the long beach […]

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My 2014 Ecuador bucket list: 48 Must dos off the beaten path

04 January 2014

Hard to find such variety in a country the size of Nevada. Yet most travelers to Ecuador get it wrong by going to lame, overpriced places like the Otavalo market. Below is my personal Ecuador bucket list for 2014. Things I just got to do just in case this is my last year in Ecuador […]

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Sold! How I sold my beach lot in Ecuador. Part 10 Property search series

02 January 2014

  I know what you’re thinking. Where’s part 1-9 of this series? Well, they were released about this time last year and tell the story from step one of how I found an undervalued beachfront lot near Salinas, Ecuador, legalized and resold it. Well, about a year later, it’s now sold. First, the specifics…  In […]

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The forgotten beach party town in Ecuador

25 December 2013

Even if you don’t like to party, party towns are good places to base yourself as you explore the nearby areas of the Ecuador coast. There’s more places to eat. A larger variety of places to stay at a much lower average cost. It’s easier to meet more people. And you have access to services […]

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Property holding costs in Ecuador: Not what you’d expect

24 December 2013

I get it all the time… “Well nowadays I can also buy a $40,000 property in Waco, Texas, what’the big deal about Ecuador?” OK, well, one thing is the holding costs. Lets take a look at my 4 bedroom, 3 bath house on the coast near Montanita. I currently rent it out. I pay… $0 […]

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Cocoa farms in Ecuador: An inside look into the Biz

22 December 2013

Forget about exporting handicrafts a minute. Ecuador has some VERY rich people, but they export different things, for instance, the product I’m going to mention today is one of Ecuador’s chief exports… cacao (or cocoa, the seed chocolate is made from). As the breeze off the plantation whisked past my forehead I sat in a […]

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The Galapagos: off-limits to retirees, or is there a loophole?

19 December 2013

There’s only one place in Ecuador with Caribbean-like, snow-white sand beaches and emerald green water…it’s a little bit of the South Pacific, and a little bit of Ecuador…. … and it’s the only place in Ecuador that attracts the high-rollers… …you know, the ones that spend $10,000 for a week-long cruise. And you’ve never heard […]

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Pay off your next flight to Ecuador with micro-importing

16 December 2013

I know you’ve probably heard how Ecuador is cheap, cheap, cheap. Actually, for many things, it’s not. In fact, many things in Ecuador are way more expensive than in North America. It’s due to the ever tighter restrictions on importing many consumer goods. And with the current administration, its only getting worse. But of course […]

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USA to Ecuador flights for $322, how much did you pay?

13 December 2013

Winter is coming up north. And expats are on the move. In fact, most expats in Ecuador like the freedom of flying on one-way tickets. You know, not being locked into a return date. I know I do. Even though on the government sites it says you need a round trip ticket to enter Ecuador, […]

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Hookers unveil truth about cause of coastal Ecuador title issues

09 December 2013

“Man, I haven’t done that since I was a 20 year old in college in Waikiki with nothing to do.” I responded as my friend and I walked the dark streets outside a bar we just visited in Quito. You see, in the US, for a 20 year old, there isn’t much to do at […]

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High-season’s coming: Leaving money on the table on the coast of Ecuador

07 November 2013

As we enter November here in Ecuador. And all the leaves on the trees are exactly the same color as they were the rest of the year… As the owner of vacation rentals on the coast of Ecuador I’m being constantly reminded of one fact as the email requests start to flood in. That the […]

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