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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 11, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Puerto Cayo, Ecuador: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

What do I need to know about living in Puerto Cayo?

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

"Before retiring in Puerto Cayo, expats should know that the cost of living is significantly lower than in many Western countries, making it an attractive option for retirees. The official language is Spanish, so learning the language will make daily life and integration easier. The healthcare system in Ecuador is quite good, but it's advisable to have a comprehensive health insurance plan. Puerto Cayo is a small fishing village, so it offers a slower pace of life which can be a significant change for those from bustling cities. The climate is tropical and the weather is warm year-round, which can be a draw for those looking to escape colder climates. The local cuisine is seafood-based due to its coastal location. Expats should also be aware that while the locals are friendly and welcoming, there is a different culture and customs that they should respect and adapt to. Property prices are relatively low in Puerto Cayo, making it possible to buy a beachfront property at a fraction of the cost compared to other countries. However, it's important to understand the property laws and possibly hire a local attorney when buying property. Public transportation is not as developed, so owning a car can be beneficial. Lastly, while Ecuador uses the U.S. dollar as its official currency, banking can be a challenge for expats, so it's recommended to maintain a bank account in your home country," remarked one expat who made the move to Puerto Cayo.

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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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