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Ecuador Pacific Real Estate

Ecuador Pacific real estate may provide the lowest cost sun and sea without losing beauty or convenience


Here are Ecuador Living subscribers visiting Ecuador’s pacific coast on one of our Ecuador beach tours.

Here is our 2009 Ecuador beach tour schedule.

Jan 24-27 $499 Reserve here $749 For two

March 16-19 $499 Reserve here $749 For two

May 16-19, $499 Reserve here $749 For two

June 18-21 $499 Reserve here $749 For two

July 10-13 $499 Reserve here $749 For two

Sept 25-28 $499 Reserve here $749 For two

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How is this for an Ecuador “on – the – beach” front yard?


Would you like this type of sunset view on Ecuador ’s coast from your front room?


Would a one minute amble, if this were your local Ecuador beach property restaurant, do good for your heart…and soul?


What if the food came fresh from these fishermen who set out to sea?


to bring back seafood like these shrimp so large that two make a meal…for just a dollar?


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 . There are no hurricanes on the equator and much less worry about coastal erosion.

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you’ll want to attend one of our 2009 Ecuador Coastal real estate tours. All of these pictures were taken from Palmazul Spa in San Clemente, the central departure point of our Ecuador Coastal Property Tours.

Merri and I have 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 …but have not forgotten the beautiful Pacific. We have a house in the moutains and our apartment here in the sea.

Our apartment is top floor, left here at Palmazul Spa.


The Spa is also the clubhouse for the Vistazul condos. Merri and I purchased some of these condos as well. Immense value in my opinion. Here is a picture taken from Palmazul Spa at one of our real estate tours. Delegates are visiting the first Vistazul condos as they were being finished.


These are 1,200 square feet, two bedroom, two bathroom condos selling at $84,000 including clubhouse membership for tour delegates.


Here is one of our groups taking a closer look. These are just one of many properties we’ll view on our tours.

We’ll see some more of the Ecuador beach real estate our previous tours have seen in a moment.

First, let’s look at some basic truths about Ecuador ’s Pacific coast.

Prices have risen since we first started taking groups to the coast over a decade ago and … there are risks. On our tours we check properties… in advance to make sure you don’t end up spending a whole day to end up viewing something that is not really for sale…that is not priced too high or is not in a bad area..

More on the tour 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.

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 old, 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.”

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. 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 have heard 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.

Frankly…I do not care if you buy Ecuador coastal property or not. We are publishers and we sell information, contacts and tours. 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!

There are some great towns and cities we see as well. In fact we start in Manta, a large city where there are numerous luxury hotels including this Howard Johnson.


You will love this tour! We specialize in a stretch from Manta to 50 or 60 miles north at Bahia. This is a coast line with almost unlimited beauty and opportunity. There is no more safe and efficient way to see as much real estate on a whirlwind trip than with our tour.

Our first stop after Manta, which is the major city where you will see condos houses, theaters, shopping malls etc., is Crucita. Here is one of our previous groups overlooking Crucita.


We first brought groups here more than a deacde ago and they bought thes lots below for $2,500. Yes $2,500…not $25,000. These lots are not even $25,000 yet!

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Now the lots are more…but prices still low. This kitchen is in a nice two bedroom luxury condo right on the beach with a $77,000 asking price.


Here is one of our tours looking at a very nice beach house next to these condos.


We fly from Quito to Manta but do not stay in Manta long. We’ll immediately head north to San Clemente where our friend of a decade Kjetil Haugan and his wife Jessica have developed a small, luxury Palmazul Spa and Vistazul residential development.

We travel from Manta by luxury bus. Here is our group loading up after looking at a house for sale.


Do not delay signing up because our bus and hotel accommodations limit the number we can take each tour. We often sell out!

Kjetil is a Norwegian who moved to Ecuador after being the administrator of Atlanta’s Olympic Village. He has become a prominent businessman, owning the largest Spanish school in the country along with several Galapagos cruise ships.

Kjetil and Jessica have taken good care of our groups many times and we have always been pleased.

We’ll look at land next door to the spa where Kjetil is building 63 condos. Delegates purchased about 2/3rds of them last year. The first residents have begun to move in!

The owners of the houses here will enjoy the spa as their community center…all the spa facilities will be available to home owners. Nice…living in a spa on a beach, Palmazul. Tennis court, pool, beach, fine dining, exercise room and all.


Here is a shot taken from one of the Vistazul condo rooftops.


and a picture taken from the top of the condos at sunset. Imagine this view!


We look at all types of property for sale in this area.

Here is one of our tours looking at condos offered for $30,000


Here they are looking at a $25,000 house.


This is the house.


Plus we view these cute little, three bedroom houses just off the beach that are $18,000.

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We look at the top side of the market also. This house our group viewed had a $475,000 asking price.


It was furnished, has 23 acres on the beach, three cabanas, a guest house, a beach side pool, 600 palm trees and this view.


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 the center of Bahia,


The Bahia Yacht club


Bahia’s promenade.


Condos on this promenade.


With their own palm thatch cafes overlooking the sea.

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We’ll stop by La Piedre, a wonderful hotel on the sea in Bahia, for a cuppa.


We cram in as many properties as we can without neglecting time for fun. Many of us hit the surf in front of Palmazul each morn. Here I am. Come on in. The water is warm!


We also take walks on the empty San Clemente beach.

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or a dip in the pool.


What specific properties will we see? I do not know. We research the tour 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 goal will be to find a cross section of property…land like this lot we saw on a previous tour.

In the end you enjoy are three days of travel with like minded souls led by experienced travelers and real estate buyers (Merri, me and/or 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 cannot guarantee you will find a property you will love. Even if you do, I’ll probably try to talk you out of rushing in. What I can guarantee is a savings of time…trouble and many miles and many properties to see on wonderful surf and sand.

The tour fee includes the course, all bus travel, plus pickup and return to Quito airport if required.

The fee does not cover internal travel or round trip air fare from Quito to Manta, accommodations or food. Quito Manta round trip fares are $98 at time of this writing. Palmazul is $90 per night (plus 22% service and tax) including a full breakfast and dinner). A typical lunch is $5.

2009 Ecuador Beach Tours.


Join us and our hound Ma on the beach…

Jan 24-27 $499 Reserve here $749 For two

March 16-19 $499 Reserve here $749 For two

May 16-19, $499 Reserve here $749 For two

June 18-21 $499 Reserve here $749 For two

July 10-13 $499 Reserve here $749 For two

Sept 25-28 $499 Reserve here $749 For two

Nov 12-15 $499 Reserve here $749 For two

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