The Beachy Life for Me

This is the beachy lifestyle I like unfortunately we're moving around too much for me to even read a book!

This is the beachy lifestyle I like. Unfortunately we’ve been moving around too much for me to even read a book!

The beach at Canoa. Very hot and windy, but the wind and the shade made it just bearable.

The beach at Canoa. Very hot and windy, but the wind and the shade made it just bearable.

Some have asked for a map.  Here's my first ever attempt at something like this.

We’ve been on the Ecuadorian coast for over a week now.  Someone suggested I put a map on the blog.  This is my first ever attempt at doing something like this.  I wish I was more of a computer geek!

Lots of beach for walking or swimming.  The surf at Santa Marianita was so loud it kept me awake at night!

Lots of beach for walking or swimming. The surf at Santa Marianita was so loud it kept me awake at night!

Should we buy a beachfront condo at Chipe Beach?

Should we buy a beachfront condo at Chipipe Beach?

These are the motorized tricycle taxis that zip around Puerto Lopez.

Most of our accommodations have lots of beds.  That gives us more pillows!

Most of our accommodations have lots of beds. That gives us more pillows, but no place to put our suitcases except on the beds. There’s rarely a reading lamp or chair!

The freshest shrimp!

Delicious Garlic Shrimp!  I was tired of rice so I chose the French fries.  It came with a salad too for $8.50

We bought a castle on the beach!

We bought a castle on the beach!

This is a provincial specialty.  The owner sat down to watch me eat and told me what was in every bite!

This is a provincial specialty. The owner sat down to watch me eat and told me what was in every bite! I loved the bite of octopus.

Our first stop was in Bahia de Caraquez – a huge

disappointment!

The heat and humidity was a shock to our bodies. Swinging in the hammack chair, I let my foot scrape against the concrete to scratch the intense burning itch from mosquito bites clustered on the side of my foot.

But the seafood was the freshest I’ve eaten. So much good shrimp, fish, octopus. The prices are great for fresh seafood, but most entrees are double what were paying in Quito.

We took a day trip to Canoa where Steve rented the right to sit in a chaise in the shade under a beach tent and still got sunburned.

A young man at the restaurant where we ate lunch was anxious to talk with us and asked questions about wages and life in the USA. He said Ecuadorians work all day 10-12 hours for $25. The government provides health care.

I found a great beach house to rent for a month, but Steve wasn’t keen staying at the coast so we decided to travel and visit a few different places instead. I’ve done a lot of internet research looking for places to stay, and we’ve done more packing and moving. It’s been harder on the budget as well.

Santa Marianita is known for Kite Surfing – and that requires wind, but we felt real relief from the high humidity. The breezes and temperatures felt great! Our room at the Donkey Den Guesthouse, owned by an American woman, was the largest we’ve had, with the largest bathroom and the softest sheets and towels. This was a meeting place for the local gringos living in the area and we enjoyed hearing their stories. Most of the other guests were looking to buy property and two were in the process of building homes.

The area is quite arid and we were surprised to see cacti. The amount of garbage has been disturbing too.

Next we decided to check out Puerto Lopez, but it was a legitimate third world village. It’s also where we had our cheapest accommodations and the smallest bath towels. As we were greeting people while waiting to check in, one lady said she worked there washing the sheets – by hand! Coming from the bus terminal on one of the motorized tricycle taxis I had noticed a large covered outdoor facility where the washing was being done.

Our low spending record day was exactly $50. Nomadic Matt, author of How to Travel the World for $50 a Day would be so proud!

Most of our places have many beds in them, and nowhere to place our suitcases except on the extra beds. The rooms would be terribly crowded for 4-6 travelers. There’s always been hot water, but not usually at the sink.

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Yesterday we continued down the coast by bus to Salinas. As we got closer we could see high rises clustered out on a point in the distance and oil tankers out on the blue ocean. Some have likened Salinas to a smaller version of Miami, and known for noisy crowds on weekends and holidays. We are here mid-week and staying right on the Malecon overlooking a huge beach and a marina. The water is clear, calm and shallow – and buoyed off from boats and jet skis – perfect for swimming.

The search for good coffee continues and has not been very successful. In Puerto Lopez, just after Steve decided to drink a Coke, we stumbled upon a place selling Colombian coffee. Here in Salinas we were directed to Cafe Jazz in a cute garden setting run by a woman from Kazahkstan where we had coffee good enough coffee that we returned this morning.

Next stop Cuenca – and hopefully we stay put for a month!

5 responses to “The Beachy Life for Me

  1. I’m loving your blog as a great read and resource for us as we plan our trip to South America for 2016. We have mapped out a few months in Ecuador and on the list was studying Spanish in Canoa at a hotel on the beach as well as a month in Cuenca. The heat and mosquitoes make me a bit nervous about Canoa now. How hot is hot? Does it cool down enough to sleep at night?

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    • I am not an expert on this. First of all, it would depend on the month and where you’re coming from since hot and cold is all relative. I’d read some expat blogs (BobnRox) or ask on Facebook expat groups. Our hotel was hot and the ac didn’t work well. My husband burned his legs badly and he sat in the shade! Depending on when you go (not Over Carnaval or The holidays) reservations may not be necessary – maybe make a reservation for a few nights and if you like it stay longer. Even here in Cuenca the schools and hotels all have had availability. I like the flexibility!

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