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The people are polite as a rule and accepting. They do have a strong belief in a class system here. The Catholic church is very strong in Ecuador and encourages all including the poor to have a lot of children which they can not afford.
Crime is mostly in certain areas and quite often revenge type crimes. The average tourist will find people helpful but do need to be aware that they will try and take advantage financially wise. I have no fear living in Manta but am aware that they do have crime.
My understanding is that fishing is the main industry here. The job situation here is very poor for all. The pay is low if you work for someone and if you start your own business the government changes the laws often. Most expats that are not retired are either in real estate, B&B or restaurants.
Make it a point to meet the local Gringo population, remember that if they do not have a marked price then barter is often necessary to keep from overpaying. Rent until you know the area and keep an open mind. Realize that on the coast tossing garbage on the side of the road and men publicly urinating is not unusual.
This is a super place to retire and Manta's location is dry and arrid. Makes it very healthy and with little rain its easy to plan many outdoor activities. One needs to smile a lot and its amazing how a positive outlook spreads.