San Clemente, Ecuador
Last updated on Jul 11, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in San Clemente, Ecuador: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in San Clemente?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to San Clemente, they said:
"San Clemente is a small fishing village located on the Pacific coast of Ecuador, known for its beautiful beaches and relaxed lifestyle. Before retiring there, expats should know that the cost of living is significantly lower than in many Western countries, making it an attractive option for retirees on a budget. The official language in Ecuador is Spanish, so it would be beneficial to learn the language or at least basic phrases to communicate with locals. However, English is also spoken in many areas frequented by tourists and expats. The healthcare system in Ecuador is generally good, with both public and private options available. Expats should consider getting a private health insurance plan to cover any potential medical needs. San Clemente has a tropical climate, with warm temperatures year-round. However, it can get quite humid, and there is a rainy season from December to April. The local cuisine is heavily based on seafood, given its coastal location. There are also plenty of fruits and vegetables available, and many expats enjoy the fresh, local produce. Public transportation in Ecuador is affordable and widely available, but it may not always be reliable or punctual. Many expats choose to buy a car for convenience, but this is not necessary if you live close to amenities. Ecuador uses the US dollar as its official currency, which can make financial transactions easier for American retirees. However, it's important to note that credit cards are not widely accepted in smaller towns and rural areas, so it's a good idea to always have some cash on hand. Ecuador has a relatively high crime rate compared to some other countries, but most crimes are petty thefts. Expats should take standard precautions to protect their personal safety and belongings. Finally, it's important to understand the visa and residency requirements before moving to Ecuador. The country offers several types of visas for retirees, and it's recommended to consult with an immigration lawyer to choose the best option for your situation," wrote one member in San Clemente.
What do I need to know before moving to San Clemente?
About the Author
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.
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