Ecuador: Cost of Living in Salinas ...:
there are some prices of a few items on the blog - just search for mercado -
Salinas itself is not a very big town - things that are available in the true cities are just not here. Also, being only a peninsula - and part of it strictly military - land is at a premium so yards are small or nonexistent. Most are just concrete only. Salinas is desertlike - less rain than Las Vegas - under 5 inches a year. Not much in the way of gardens, fruit trees, etc. Another poster was looking forward to going to the farms here to get fresh produce - not likely! It's a vacation site so it is NOT quiet - neighbors or visitors can be noisy, at all hours. They are here on vacation and going to have a good time.
How did you come to decide Salinas might be right for you? I read your post of requirements and we don't seem to be a very good fit. Mind you, we love it here but:
"Streets are kept clean and tidy" - only the main portion of the Malecon basically. We have walked past the same dead rat one block back for 2 weeks now. And dog poop and pools of stagnant green smelly water. And urine.
"no dogs running around" - not overrun with them, but they are around - watch where you step always!
"reliable electricity service" not as bad as other places but when it rains the power goes out. someone told us the lines are old and cracked.
"neighbors are not noisy and obnoxious" - not all of them! your "Also, your neighbors will change often as most places here are vacation rentals - could be for a weekend, a week, month or holiday. And they are not here to be quiet - discos, bars, just the cars on the street - will have very loud music day and night. Latin America may be peaceful, but its not quiet.
"good trails for mountain biking" - not that I can think of - they are not allowed on the beach. There is a guy here who was biking many miles up the peninsula and said it was wonderful - maybe he will chime in.
Using the roads here may be challenging alright - a local told me the taxis and buses literally will nudge you.
There are homes available for a modest price but not much near the beach areas, more towards the mainland and there is not much in the way of land to build on near the beaches especially for cheap. Salinas is mostly built up or the military owns the land. And inland does not mean quiet here. Particularly in Salinas proper - the town is only a handful of blocks wide here -
Anyway, it's a great town for some, ourselves included, but you may want to have a look around before investing any more time if your list includes dealbreakers....
Joe and Nancy
Ecuador Welcome Forum: Best way to get around in the Coastal areas:
If you need a private car go to the Hotel Pacifico on the malecon to the desk and ask them to arrange for Hector to take you to Salinas. He is reliable a good careful driver and has been doing this for years. cheers, Joe and Nancy
Ecuador: Using US Embassy - Quito for Social Security items:
Anyone have any experience - good or bad - using The US Embassy in Ecuador for any social Security items? The site lists a lot of items they say they handle. Many thanks for any help on this. Joe and Nancy in Salinas
Ecuador: Travel from Cuenca to Salinas:
I hear a lot about that "New International Salinas Airport" on the internet - even the government website and certainly all those real estate ones. I have a view of the only airport in Salinas from my back balcony and see it often. I can tell you that it is not new, nor very international at present and the new terminal that they say is practically finished is actually practically ,well, I can't see it at all or anything being worked on. The airport in question is not new, its old. Very old. The US Air Force used it during World War 2 to look for enemy subs and actually left some panes that are still used today by the Ecuador military for pilot training - P38 Warhawks fly by my front balcony daily, sharkstooth painted grins and all. The entire end of the peninsula and nearly half of the rest is all military base plus they let EquaSal dry seawater in ponds for salt there. There are a total of 2 runways now that have been in existence at least since World War 2. They have done some work on them - there's lights and better paving now - might have even lengthened one of them - but its old. Its also Military primarily but they list it as joint commercial-military and previously during season here (Dec-Apr) you could get tickets at the Barcelo Hotel for flights to other Ecuador cities but haven't seen that this year. The regular traffic is pretty much all military - I am told you can charter a plane to come in or out that uses this airport but if you try AeroGal or VIP which they own that says they fly here, well not yet or not now. Also Salinas is not in good financial shape right now to say the least, so finishing the airport is probably not a real priority except to talk about how close they are to finishing it. Just sayin.
Joe in Salinas
Ecuador: Ballenita Crime Wave?:
My wife and I are headed to Farallon Dillon Hotel in Ballenita over Carnaval - the idea was to go somewhere relatively quiet and safe. In today's El Universo newspaper, there are 3 articles talking about the current crime wave sweeping Ballenita and Punta Blanca:
Anyone with knowledge care to comment? We're about to ask for our money back and make other plans! Many thanks. Joe and Nancy
Ecuador: Coastal_Ecuador ~ a new Yahoo Group:
What a joke. I quit that group a few months back because I thought, based on all the posts, that they needed to rename it the Cuenca BallRoom Dancing Group! They have their own agenda, and welcome to it! Joe and Nan
Ecuador: Ingredients for Christmas baking/cooking:
Thanks to both Vandtor and Susan for the reply - I searched Hipermart again last week myself and with one of the staff and found only the sprinkles that Susan talked about. I will go to Supermaxi and search again, maybe the food coloring is hiding behind the flavorings.
Ecuador: Locating Atty:
Dra. Gabriela Espinosa's cell is 091645924
hope this helps
Ecuador: humana ecuador:
anyone have any experience with Humana Ecuador health insurance and care to comment? Cheers, Joe in Salinas
Ecuador: Health Insurance with high blood pressure?:
just met with an insurance guy here in salinas who told me that NO insurance company doing business in Ecuador will insure ANYONE regardless of age if they have high blood pressure, controlled or not unless they lie about it on the application. I told him they probably don't insure many expats! Anyone have any suggestions - I'm 60 and in otherwise good health but have moderate high blood pressure controlled with atenolol and norvasc. Cheers, time for a beer and the beach! Joe and Nancy
Ecuador: FBAR Report:
There was a post a while ago about the FBAR reporting requirement to the IRS on this or a similar forum. I searched but couldn't find it so I will just do a new topic post on it.
The original post talked about the fact that, as a US citizen, you are required to file a yearly report if you have $10,000 or more in foreign bank accounts. Someone said that to avoid that, he keeps no more than $9,000 per account but has multiple accounts. I thought this was a good idea going forward to not have to file, but as
I am currently late-filing mine, the instructions clearly say if the
AGGREGATE value of these financial accounts exceeds $10,000
at any time during the calendar year then you must file. Cheers, Joe and Nancy now in Salinas
Ecuador: About Medical Exam for Visa:
Interesting post - this is the first we heard about medical exams and tests. We had a cursory exam when we got residency in Panama but nothing in Ecuador. We got our retirement visas and cedulas and censos a few months ago no problem and no medical items at all - no exams, no tests, nada. Joe and Nan now in Salinas
Ecuador: proper food preparation in Salinas - Ecuador:
We have been living in Salinas for over 2 months and living in Ecuador since March of this year. Before that we lived in a small town in Panama for almost 4 years. I have found first, most restaurants take great care to prepare and cook their foods properly. Salinas is a tourist town, the vendors need your business and cannot do anything to jeopardize their livelihoods. While looking for a place to lease we spent about a month in hotels eating out three meals a day this included vendors at the beach as well as the $2.50 lunch at Cevichelandia. Neither Joe or I had any problems with juice, fruit, veggies, fish or meats. We have been in our apartment purchasing and making our own foods for almost 2 months. Again have not had a problem. We go to the fish markets here and in Libratad and purchase fresh fish and shellfish each week. I have purchased chicken and beef from these markets, as well as the local supermarkets. Yes, I do have the veggie and fruit cleaners and with any that I will be eating without peeling I do use it - it is a simple soak for 15 minute procedure and let them dry naturally. I do not soak just wash in tap water those things I will be peeling like potatoes. We do have a 5 gal water container for coffee, tea, ice cubes and drinking water. But we wash our dishes in tap water and use it for cleaning counters etc.
The point is not to get too crazy about it - you will open your mouth in the shower without thinking, rinse your mouth of toothpaste from the tap, or eat something you think you shouldn't at one point or another. Mostly it will be okay. If not, the local pharmacist will take care of it. We eat fruit straight from the beach vendors all the time actually and have not had an issue. What you cannot put down the toilet, now that's another issue!
We live a few blocks from where you'll be staying. If you would like maybe we could chat off line if you have more specific questions (firstname.lastname@example.org) and when you arrive here we can get together. Nancy & Joe
Ecuador: Senior Discounts:
Nan and Warren - We did not find it that difficult to get our resident cards - we used an attorney from Quito who had us get our two documents (marriage certificate and Joe's Social Security letter) apostiled (sp) at the Ecuadorian Embassy in Washington, DC prior to our arrival. We gave her our passports, our two documents and in a bit over one month we had our residents cards and censos. I guess it depends upon the people you use. We did not have to do any of the things Nan is describing. Maybe things have changed since May but as of May 2010 it was a very simple procedure.
Ecuador: Thanks for the help:
Just a note to say thanks to all who have helped in our move here to Salinas.
Jack, for the mention of Jaime the realtor who found us a great place in our budget and went the extra mile in everything.
Susan, for the mention of Amy who is a wealth of knowledge about all things Salinas. And for the offer of letting us browse your books - we'll call for lunch once we are a bit more settled in.
Lynn for letting us know that Score will soon have a book exchange.
Many thanks to a great group and some really nice people. Now to go back to enjoying the view from our terrace!
Nancy and Joe, now in Salinas
Ecuador: Used English Paperback Bookstore near Salinas?:
We're looking for the nearest used bookstore for English language paperbacks
from Salinas. Guayaquil? Any suggestions short of ebooks? Thanks. We're new to
Salinas and loving it!
Nancy and Joe
Ecuador: Salinas area (Ballenita to Anconcito) realtor wanted:
We are a retired US couple with Ecuador residency now staying in a Salinas Malecon hotel looking for a small house at the beach to rent for a few years. WE love this area! Any realtor or other suggestions appreciated! Our spanish at this point is not so much... Nancy and Joe Levin
Ecuador: Moving to Salinas:
best of luck and many thanks for referring Jaime on this board. We are new residents staying in Lopez now enroute to Salinas this week and will use him to see if we can be neighbors! Joe and Nancy
Ecuador: Who Lives In Ecuador :) as of MARCH 2010 (Now Updated Monthly!):
The forum is very informative - thanks for making it happen. We are Joe y Nancy Levin, living on the Malecon in Salinas. Moved to Ecuador March 2010. Our days are filled enjoying the water, people and food.
I also have started a blog about our adventure: nanlevin.wordpress.com
Ecuador: Apartment for rent in Bahia:
Questions, but first: you and your husband are to be congratulated on your adventure and spirit. I am sure you will wind up where you are supposed to be. We've been living in Panama (we're US citizens) in a small town for 2 1/2 years and are just doing our paperwork with a Quito attorney to move to the Bahia area in Ecuador very soon. we always promised ourselves some time at the beach......
does the apartment have any "outside" areas? Any pics available? What is included for the $4000. What are the cats names! Many thanks for your time. Joe and Nancy Levin, Dolega, Chiriqui, Republica de Panama