Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador
Last updated on Jan 17, 2023
Summary: The population of Bahia de Caraquez is around 50,000 people. Bahia de Caraquez is a small, friendly, and laid-back beach town. Expats love the relaxed atmosphere, the friendly locals, and the beautiful beaches. The weather in Bahia de Caraquez is generally warm and humid, with temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-90s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,000 to $1,500 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $400 to $600 per month, and a two bedroom apartment is around $500 to $800 per month.
What is life like in Bahia de Caraquez?
When we asked people living in Bahia de Caraquez what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:
"This is a tourist town that only has tourists occasionally. Most people do menial jobs," remarked another in Bahia de Caraquez.
What do expats in Bahia de Caraquez appreciate most about the local culture?
"The lovely slower pace of life. People here take time to enjoy family and friends. They work to live which then gives them a better outlook. We feel very fortunate to have found Ecuador and love Bahia. We can go to Manta or Quito or Guayaquil if we need a fix of modernization. Along with it goes more stress and a more hectic pace of life although they still know how to take time for family and friends," said another person in Bahia de Caraquez.
"Still working on that one as I do not care for this town I am living in and is much more primitive than cities," remarked another expat in Bahia de Caraquez.
What do expats find most challenging?
"We are struggling with the language but that is getting better on a daily basis. Sometimes you think of what you were planning to say but it is later than you wanted to say it. People still talk to you like you understand, but they are patient and they don't get angry because you cannot speak their language," remarked another expat in Bahia de Caraquez.
"Not knowing the language and the fact that especially in this part of Ecuador, they talk extremely FAST!," explained one expat living in Bahia de Caraquez.
Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Bahia de Caraquez accepting of differences?
"Most people here are mestizo. They are very accepting of any race but do not inter-marry with blacks," explained one expat.
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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