Seaside Serenity and City Convenience: Real Estate in Manta, Ecuador
One of the main appeals of a second home or retirement home in Ecuador is the opportunity to live in a place of great natural beauty on a very small budget. Many expatriates are drawn to Ecuador's beautiful Pacific beaches. A seaside lifestyle is especially appealing to expatriates from northern countries where beachfront real estate is prohibitively expensive, and many find themselves buying real estate in Ecuador for this reason.
However, many of the rural beachfront areas of Ecuador are lacking in some of the modern conveniences, such as paved streets, air conditioning, or speedy internet connections, that North Americans and Europeans are accustomed to. As with any rural area, moving to one of the smaller beachfront communities in Ecuador has the potential to leave expatriates feeling a little isolated. What are the options, then, for a prospective second homeowner or retiree? Many find that Manta, Ecuador real estate strikes a great compromise.
A small city of around 200,000 people, Manta is one of the nation's most important port cities. Its history dates back to pre-Columbian times, and the local indigenous people have a reputation as skilled shipwrights. Today, Manta is a major economic center for the fishing industry as well as the manufacturing industry. Much "Chilean" sea bass is actually caught near Manta, as is a large amount of tuna. Montecristi, a nearby town, is also the home of traditionally-made Panama hats – yes, the name is a misnomer! Manta also a tourism hub, with large cruise liners taking advantage of the deep-water port and the beautiful beaches near the city.