Montanita, Ecuador
Montanita, Ecuador
Montanita, Ecuador

Retire in Ecuador

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: What is it like to retire in Ecuador? Retirees share their experiences living in Ecuador.

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What is it like to retire in Ecuador?

"Yes, all of the above. There are music, clubs, art, hiking, tours, horseback riding, and meet-ups," remarked another retiree in Cuenca.

"There are many cultural attractions, many concerts, many holidays, a very active expat community -- almost too much to do! Gringopost, Cuenca Hi Life all have many current announcements, as does expat exchange," said a retiree who moved to Cuenca, Ecuador.

"Life is relatively quiet in Bahia. There are restaurants and bars frequented by expats but a limited number. Most expats in this town know one another. There are local nightclubs but generally not used by most expats. There was a very good museum here until the earthquake," said another retiree in Bahia de Caraquez.

"Beach, beach, beach. We are near the surf capital of SA, Montanita which is a party town when the kids are out, but otherwise it's just a sleepy little village with some great food and drinks," commented one retiree living in Manglaralto, Ecuador.

"Many expat activities in Cuenca and great affordable restaurants. Beautiful scenery and lots of great places to visit in the Andes and the beaches," explained one retiree living in Cuenca.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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