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Moving to Canoa, Ecuador

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 11, 2023

Summary: Moving to Canoa, Ecuador: Expats, retirees and digital nomads talk about everything you need to know before moving to Canoa.

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What do I need to know before moving to Canoa?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Canoa, they said:

"Canoa is a small beach town located in the Manabi Province, known for its relaxed atmosphere and beautiful beaches. Before moving to Canoa, expats should know that Spanish is the official language of Ecuador, so it would be beneficial to learn some basic Spanish phrases. The cost of living in Canoa is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but it's important to budget for unexpected expenses. The climate in Canoa is tropical, with a wet and dry season, so expats should pack accordingly. Healthcare in Canoa is basic, with more comprehensive medical facilities available in larger cities like Quito or Guayaquil. Expats should be aware that while Canoa is generally safe, petty crime such as pickpocketing can occur, so it's important to take precautions. Public transportation in Canoa is limited, so many expats choose to rent or buy a car for convenience. The pace of life in Canoa is slower than in many Western countries, which can be a big adjustment for some expats. Expats should also be aware that while Canoa has a growing expat community, it is still a small town and may not offer all the amenities and services they are used to. Finally, it's important for expats to understand and respect the local culture and customs to integrate well into the community," commented one expat who made the move to Canoa.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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