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garcam123
7/28/2015 01:33 EST

I'm an old longboarder and would like to find a decent town to live in where there is a friendly right that I can get back into. I surfed Tijuana a few times last year, but didn't set the world on fire. Nothing big or specatacular, just fun and often, like daily, I used to do 2 sessions dawn and sundown, so I'm looking for a decent place to live. I hear the water is warmish and I like that! Recommendations please. TIA

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windshadow
7/28/2015 08:59 EST

Check out the north side of Esmereldas.

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OceanHideaway
7/28/2015 09:30 EST

Start from Salinas -- Mar Bravo side ...work your way from Acopulco Beach in Ancon through La Diablica (stop in for coffee, it's the beach where I live) then move up to Punta Carnero) then you have to drive through Salinas proper to get to the FAE beach where the seals are at Lobateria...the other side of that part of the peninsula is calm where the SUP boarders are in Chiyupe beach off Chipipe ut hang on and travel up the Ruta del Sol (aka Spondylus) til you pass Ayangue (take a look see i you like to snorkel and eat rock lobster) and then you come to Montanita (google that and you will know you found heaven :) ) ...and ifyou can tear yourself away...head further north to Canoa and on north to Atacames in Esmeraldas...

Of course you have Peru to the south with the worlds largest waves ...and well north is Colombia and Costa Rica ...

If you need a board, they are here... in fact I have a friend who is currently selling a 9ft long board...and the short boards are here -- including balsa...hand made of course :D

Come on in the waters fine...gets cold this time of year so bring a low gauge wet suit... and if its too cold...well...grab a beer and sit back and tell the kids about the "old days" -- and plenty of folks from the old days around Montanita who's young ones are carrying on the spirit and winning the prizes their parents and grandparents were winning back in the day.

I think you'll like it here.

Me? I like the surfers -- I am a friend and always have a room at my inn and a place to park the van -- and keep company for the folks who watch them in awe like me.

Susan

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figleyrich
7/29/2015 09:42 EST

I will be looking for a long term rental on the beach that you discribe. Can I find something for less than $500 per month?

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OceanHideaway
7/29/2015 13:38 EST

Sure ...but it won;t be luxurious -- it will be an efficiency -- and the road will be muddy when it rains.

And it will be raining a lot this year -- bring your rain boots ...

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garcam123
7/30/2015 01:00 EST

Hi there, I looked at your site and where you are and I saw your dog, I guess you have 2? I'm OK with that I love dogs. I'm OK with rough quarters, as long as it's secure and I can keep it clean and has a shower. Do you ever need air conditioning?
I looked at some videos on Mantanita, the surf looked fun, but it looked young and crowded and I'm not really in the group anymore and I remember the old guys hanging around thinking they were gonna get lucky, that's not me. I guess you have some friendly surf there where you are. I really need to get re-acclimated to the water, It's be real nice if I could do it local there. I like the look of Salinas. It looks like it might hold some interesting ladies worth meeting to show me the area and culture!
I am starting to plan a trip there, but my time frame is more like November or January to ensure that I have the resources to make the jump and find satisfactory quarters. Should I make an inquiry for a visa? I may want to stay longer than 90 days if it's nice, is the tourist visa convertible to the Retired with income visa while there? Sorry to ask all these quesions, and Yes, Mrs. Oceanhideway, lastly, what will you charge me for these spartan quarters? If it worked out I would stay for at least 90 days until my flight. Thank you for kind assistance!
Oh, I just realized that I may have something to offer to you! I live in Ensenada, Mex now in my RV and I'm parked next to the wall of an apartment house. Well the landlady told me I could put a mural on the wall and so I hired a Mexican artist to help me and I created a surfing mural that is my very FIRST art project and it turned out just fantastic! In fact, I go out there in the morning and sit and just look at it and it's like looking at a break in the morning! If you like I can send you a picture or two of it. It's so big I can't get it in one shot, but everybody says they love it and I do too! Anyway, Thanks again I have to so to sleep. Good night. I just re-read your original to me and thank you again for that it's just what I was looking for!

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MrBill1955
7/30/2015 09:41 EST

Hi garcam123.
Do not overlook Montanita. Yes the town itself can be loud and full of young people but you don't have to live in town. Manglaralto south of Montanita is a very quiet town away from the noise of Montanita but close enough to go to surf and to one of the many restaurants. You can surf in Manglaralto as well. Also to the North is Olon. A little more touristy than Manglaralto but more family oriented. I also know people that surf there every day.
The really nice thing about this area is that there is everything here that you need. Lots of tiendas for groceries, lots of variety in restaurants and Montanita is supposed to be the best surfing in Ecuador.

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Angelhair
7/31/2015 16:04 EST

Canoa is dangerous, but decent surf.
Montanita is best. Good people, lots of surfers and a fun area.
Puerto Lopez, good location, but more for beginners-intermediates
great place to hang and lots to do besides surf.

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kensate
7/31/2015 16:50 EST

What or where in Canoa is dangerous, the community or the ocean? Please be specific.
My kids & I have been going there at least once or twice a year, visiting friends, for nearly 10 years, since they were 7 & 9. Is there something we should be aware of?

Thanks

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garcam123
8/1/2015 09:37 EST

Thank you Angelhair! Puero Lopez deserves a look as I need to get re-acclimated to the water. How would ZZI locate a place to stay there do you think?

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