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Pros and Cons of Living in Manta

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 06, 2023

Summary: The pros of living in Manta, Ecuador include its beautiful beaches, warm climate, and low cost of living. Additionally, the city is home to a vibrant culture and a wide variety of activities and attractions. The cons of living in Manta include the lack of public transportation, limited job opportunities, and the occasional presence of crime. Additionally, the city is prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes and flooding.

What are the pros and cons of living in Manta?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Manta responded:

"Beautiful country. Generally likable and welcoming communities. Spectacular and plentiful fresh food available. 12 hour days all year long, with warm weather all year. An enormous variety of activities, places, and natural wonders to explore. The OCEAN," remarked another expat in Manta.

"Would like more entertainment options. Friendly expats and welcoming locals. The city has good transportation options, country and international bus connections and airlines. Can buy anything needed without going to large city yet small enough that it is easy to get around and can walk to essential places for shopping and doing business," explained one expat in Manta.

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What do expats in Manta appreciate most about the local culture?

"Expats in Manta appreciate the laid-back atmosphere and the slower pace of life. They enjoy the festive atmosphere of the city, with its numerous parades and celebrations throughout the year. Expats appreciate the wonderful, friendly locals and their warm hospitality. They also appreciate the variety of delicious, fresh food available in markets, restaurants, and cafes around the city. Additionally, the stunning beauty of the lush rainforest and coastline of Manta is a major draw for expats, who often take advantage of the many outdoor activities available," explained one expat living in Manta, Ecuador.

"The warmth and easy going friendliness of Ecuadorians. Common courtesy and good manners. That youth and age or treated with kindness. Respect for the environment. People are valued at least as much as economic gain. Hard work: people are willing to hustle for income, even if it's on a different time frame than US companies might expect," said another expat in Manta.

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What do expats find most challenging?

"One of the most challenging aspects of living in Manta that expats often face is navigating the different norms and customs of the local culture. While the people of Manta are friendly and welcoming to new visitors, they may expect different behaviors than what a person is accustomed to, so an expat often needs to adapt and learn the local customs. Additionally, the language barrier can be difficult to overcome, as Spanish is the official language of Manta; this can complicate interactions with locals and the ability to access certain services. Finally, the local infrastructure and public transportation can seem very different to those used to living in more developed countries, which may require some getting used to in order to get around town and complete daily tasks," replied an expat in Manta, Ecuador.

"Expats in Manta can find adapting to the local culture to be quite challenging because the opportunities to integrate with the local Ecuadorian population may be limited. In addition, many expats find that there may be linguistic and cultural differences which can become barriers to communication, as English is not widely spoken in Manta. Additionally, while traditional local customs and norms may vary compared to many other countries, expats may find that the availability of certain items they are used to having at home can also be an issue," remarked another in Manta, Ecuador.

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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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