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What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Manta

How long have you lived there?

5 years

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

Manta International Social Club and/or contact Linda Flierl Hooks at

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

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.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

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.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

For the most part the expats are retired or semi retired. Socializing tends to be a front runner for many. Because Manta is on the coast we have many close beaches, great mini trips and its very easy to use as a main base to visit and explore other parts.

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

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.

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Ecuadorrelady
Nov 14, 2010 11:49

Manta is going to be our retirement location as well. We have rented an apartment at Brias Del Mar. We are so excited. We have hired a local attorney who I met in September to handle all the documents for processing our Visa's. His name is Roberto Moreno. He works with International Living. We really like him.

guest
Jul 26, 2011 21:09

There is a new, informative website on Manta - mantaexpatsonline.com Check it out. We have lived in Manta a year now and love it there.

guest
Feb 21, 2012 21:45

This is a helpful report. Thanks. I would like to visit Manta for 1 or more months. Are there cottages, houses or apartments available for rent for such a period of time? Thanks for your help and prompt response.

guest
Apr 17, 2012 16:27

Very good. Thanks for the insight

guest
May 15, 2012 12:35

We have moved to Manta from California and we have been living here for 6 months. We have enjoyed ourselves so far. But i have heard that it is hard to find a hairstylist and since this is what I did for work back home i decided to find a place to work out of. Im working on Friday and Saturday only at the Los Almendros Hotel on Calle 17 and Ave 22. My cell number is 084273439. The salon is a nice one and the prices seem reasonable. They provide all kinds of services. I do haircuts and color as well as perms. The owner speaks a little English and i speak a little Spanish, but it seems to be working out. It would be great to meet others who are expats living here in Manta

guest
Jul 16, 2012 12:48

While much of what this poster says is true, I will vehemently disagree with him/her on the weather. It is extremely humid but that is also coming from a person who spent most of their life on the west coast. If you're from the east coast of the US you probably won't notice a difference. However, if you are sensitive to any temperature changes and don't like humidity, you will not like it here. Like all coastal towns, this one is very laid back, but is also quite a dirty town. From my condo on the beach, I can smell the awful stench of the city on a daily basis which is quite appalling. I would not recommend Manta and prefer the mountains myself. I have lived here for a year.

guest
Jul 27, 2012 16:55

Manta is currently in aphase of strong development, both of the economy and in real estate. There are some large projects (the largest refinery in the country, an extension of the port to receive larger container ships, more cruise ships etc, the international airport, together with a significant number of kilometers of new 4-lane roads) which are positively impacting the local people. More foreigners arriving with these projects, and huge numbers of houses and condos going up. Manta real estate remains a little higher than other coastal areas, or Cuenca for example, but is well worth while!

guest
Aug 1, 2012 20:14

We are Americans thinking of moving to Ecuador. We have a 9 year old daughter. Does anyone know of any good English speaking schools with similar curriculums as USA? Any input appreciated. Thank You, TSP

guest
Sep 3, 2012 15:14

Thank you for the report and to all who have made comments. Last year my wife and I purchased a beach front lot in a relatively new deveopment called Jama Campay located in Jama approx. 2 hours North of Manta. We also use Roberto Moreno as our attorney; he and his staff are excellent! We are traveling to Ecuador later this month to spend more time expolring the Pacific Coastal communities from Manta to Jama and we would like to meet with some Expats while we are there. What are the best ways to make contact with Expats/Gringos within this region of Ecuador? Appreciate any feedback.

guest
May 29, 2013 12:20

My partner & I are planning to visit Manta in October for a week to explore the possibility to retire in Manta. We would like to reach out to American citizen to share with us their experience and answer the many questions that we have. We are a gay couple and we are 62 years old. Below is my email address Regards

guest
Aug 6, 2013 11:40

We are arriving in Ecuador August 20, preparing for a move in 2 months. We want to explore Salinas up to Manta, spending our arrival night in Guayaquil, 2 nights in Salinas, one in Ballenita, 1 in Puerto Lopez and 3 in Manta. Can we do this by bus transportation? Anyone in those areas you would recommend we contact to look for rentals or information? Would like to rent for a minimum of 6 months, unless we find someplace we love. Any and all information greatly appreciated. Contact us at

dogwooddungeon
Dec 11, 2018 14:07

We are seriously considering Manta for our retirement. Can you comment on the health care facilities available in the area?

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Dec 11, 2018 14:07

We are seriously considering Manta for our retirement. Can you comment on the health care facilities available in the area?

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