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An Expat Talks about Living in Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador

One expat dreamed of moving to Ecuador and living in the country. After arriving, she quickly learned that it was dangerous for a single woman to live by herself out in the country. She ended up in the small town of Bahia de Caraquez and is very happy there!

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

Bahia de Caraquez

Describe how you "dreamed" expat life would be before you moved overseas. Please provide as much detail as possible.

I thought I would be hanging out on the beach, surfing and scuba diving all the time. I thought I would be living out in the country, growing all of my own food and raising chickens.

How has your expat experience met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad?

I learned very quickly that it was dangerous for a single woman to live by herself out in the country. Instead, I chose to live in an apartment on an upper floor in a small town, Bahia de Caraquez. I am able to buy excellent fruits and vegetables, chicken, eggs and everything I need at very reasonable prices in the beautiful market every day. I am able to walk everywhere I need to go in this town, which has everything I need, so I don't need a car. When I go to other cities I am able to take a taxi for a few dollars. The people are warm and friendly and I have made many new Ecuadorian friends. I avoid most ex-pats because all they seem to do is gossip about each other.

How has your expat experience NOT met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad?

I was disappointed that I could not live out in the country like I dreamed about, but I am very happy in this small town. I am disappointed that the ex-pats here gossip so much. This city is also very noisy during the holidays.

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Feb 27, 2013 02:37

I live in Bahia with my girlfriend who is Ecuadorian. I came from the United States and I love the things that make Ecuador different. I agree with the poster about other expats and their gossip.

Mar 25, 2013 11:34

So correct about the gossiping! We tend to stay away from too many ex-pats for just that reason. And there is a certain hostel we stay away from for that reason as well. Sort of keep to ourselves, which is fine with us. We manage to get about Bahia and shop even though our Spanish is limited. Have you looked at Cuenca? We recently spent several days there and fell in love with it. The people, the city, the weather is awesome.

Apr 9, 2013 14:06

I really liked Canoa.........found it to be probably the nicest beach town on the coast.........but didnt really get a chance to check out Bahia........a local Ecuadorian surf dude did tell me that there was a good left point break on the Bahia side........any chance you cud inform me on this subject........I am thinking bout moving to Ecuador from Panama..............mainly cuz of the garbage problem here, and the police state mentality.............thnx, aloha.............dumluk

Apr 12, 2013 13:05

My wife and I have lived here in Bahia for two years, and I haven't found that the expats here gossip about each other. We have at least a couple of dozen expat friends, both from our church and from a group that gets together for dinner. Most of the conversation is not about whoever is "outside the circle" but about shopping, visa cedula process, other cities we have visited etc. I think I know who you are, and if I am right, we miss you. We will be at Arena Bar tonight. Come join us,

Apr 17, 2013 14:56

Can u tell us a bit more about living in Bahia de Caraquez? Why there and not Canoa? I spent a few daze in Canoa and found it really appealing. Clean, friendly and fairly far as surf goes, a local told me there is a pointbreak in u know of this wave? How does Bahia rank in the cleanliness dept?

May 3, 2013 11:23

We finally made our move to Ecuador after visiting in December. We chose Bahia to live because it is a wonderful little city that is clean and friendly. We also wanted to be at the beach and we love it at Bahia. The market is wonderful, the streets are clean, and the garbage is picked up. Our plan is to learn the language, make friends with the locals and expats. I don't believe that every expat is going to gossip and think that there are people that you like and others that you may not like as much. That is for any people anywhere. We are here for the less stressful life and to enjoy the country and the people. If you don't spread gossip there is nothing for others to spread. Sit back and enjoy!

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