I want to live waterfront. I don’t care what kind of water. Just “The Water”.
Are you with me so far?
Waterfront and on the beach has always been my first choice. Can you hear the waves crashing and feel that sand between your toes? I can. And that taste and smell of salty moist air… I’m getting all excited again.
How about living on a lake… with that little private dock where I sit with my feet in the water and watch the sunset every evening. My small boat smacks the side of the dock every once in a while letting me know that it’s there for me, anytime I want it.
Maybe a slow moving river is best…. sitting on the shore, eyes are closed, and all I can hear is the sound of the river passing by…
Oh my god, I am loving this story so far.
I have always dreamed of living on the water. In fact, I currently live on a small creek. It is so beautiful to sit near and let the stress melt away. The dogs love it too.
So… what about Waterfront Living on the Beach in Ecuador?
Are you young at heart? Try Montanita on for size. It is a charming little surfing village of thatched huts, inexpensive hostels, with a party all night attitude. Want to get some sleep, forget it. Like to party and dance and stumble around high on cheap rum and marijuana… this is the place. Want to drink the tap water, no way. Are you an old wrinkled hippy? Is Bob Marley your hero and you can’t get enough of the reggae music? You will love this place. Are you a same sex couple? This is probably the only place in Ecuador that you can hold hands in public. Need a real hospital for that little heart problem you have….don’t look here for one. For me, this place would be fun to visit, but not to live full time.
Like the excitement and activity of a tourist destination but don’t want to live in a thatched hut. Maybe you are looking for Atacames. Population is about 15,000. More modern than Montanita, and considered a small city instead of a village. Busy night life because the weather during the day is extremely hot and humid. Oops, thats all I need to hear. I am not going to live out my final years with a heat rash down in my nether regions… another beach town to visit but not live.
Now Manta looks interesting. Cruise ships dock here so I already know tourists are welcome. A quarter of a million people live here too. Looks like the temperature is 85 degrees during the day and at night it is 71 degrees. Oops, that darn humidity again. Looks like the entire coast of Ecuador is pretty hot and humid. But this place has some great hospitals, and other amenities that the small and medium sized cities don’t. Like an airport! Manta also has an international film festival every year and its own soccer team. Now we are talking. A nice air conditioner could be all that is needed. We shall see. Yet to find suitable and affordable waterfront housing…
As for Lakeside Living, there are so many choices and the same parameters could be used on finding a comfortable lakeside home. A higher elevation would lend itself to cooler weather and less humidity. With so many lakes in Ecuador to pick from, I will bet that cool, calm waterfront home is available in many different locations. But it will also need to be close enough to shopping and medical facilities. I will start looking now and report back.
Finally, on the idea of Living on a River, I have already found my dream area…. a balcony overlooking the Tomebamba in Cuenca would suit me just fine. I know there are many more rivers in Ecuador but I love the idea of being in a big city and also on the river. So far, as river front living goes, this sounds pretty good. Living in Cuenca and living on the water. Close to shopping, to medical care, to the symphony, to wonderful parks…. Cuenca is still number one on my short list for waterfront living but I’m not done with my research yet.
We will visit Manta in August of this year and I will report back on how livable this coastal city is. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the weather is comfortable.
Maybe a cure for this oceanfront / waterfront fantasy is renting a place for a month each year on a big lake or at one of these coastal cities. Less hassle, less responsibility, no maintenance, just arrive, mix a cold lemonade, and relax…
Full time living in Cuenca with a month at the beach or lake… I think maybe I am really close to figuring this whole thing out……..
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