San Clemente fishermen in front of Palmazul at dusk.
We have ten mid Ecuador beach real estate tours from December 2009 to December 2010, each lasting 4 days including travel to and from Manta. You should arrive in Ecuador one day before the tour travel date.
How is this for an Ecuador beach view?
This is a view from houses built above Crucita. We bought condos just off the beach about three fourths of the way to the bluff in the distance.
Would you like this sunset view on Ecuador’s coast from your front room?
Our mid Ecuador coastal real estate tours cover a 60 miles stretch of beach from Manta to Bahia.
The tours focus a half day each on Manta, Crucita, San Clemente and Bahia.
Here is a house for sale in Crucita, front…
and back…asking $105,000.
Is this close enough to the beach? Remember that tides and high waves diminish as they grow closer to the equator and this beach is on the equator…in Ecuador. What a relief not to have the worry of hurricanes on the equator and much less worry about coastal erosion.
More on the tours in a moment…first some geography….and three warnings.
There are four Provinces on the coast, Esmeraldas, Manabi, Guayas and El Oro. Three main cities are Esmeraldas in the north. Manta (Manabi) in the middle and Salinas (Guayas) much further south on the coast.
Development radiates from each of these towns. There is much less developed property between each.
There is enormous growth potential in each of these areas…but let’s get down to the nitty-gritty, the three warnings, first.
Warning #1: Health
We rarely go south of Salinas into South Guayas or El Oro Province. The beach gives way to mangrove…conditions are more primitive and there are health concerns. For example one authoritative medical website wrote:
“5 persons have died so far in 2006 because of meningitis and hemorrhagic dengue, conditions that are affecting coastal areas in Ecuador , Dr. Ivan Zambrano, Ecuadorian Minister of Health, announced on Thursday, 09.02.2006. He pointed out that the main epidemics caused by the intense rainy season are classic dengue fever (561 confirmed cases) and hemorrhagic dengue fever (23 confirmed cases, including 3 deaths). He indicated that coastal provinces mostly affected by dengue fever are Guayas (310 cases) and El Oro (Peruvian Border, 118 cases). Dr. Zambrano stated that the sanitary situation in Ecuadorian coast is ‘worrisome’ because of the effects of heavy rainfalls.”
If you plan to go south on the coast, see a MD and get your vaccinations. Merri and I do not take shots so we generally avoid this part of the coast. Plus the water is not so good on Ecuador ’s coast. Unlike our high Andes hotel, El Meson de las Flores, where we drink water from the tap, we drink only bottled water…anywhere on Ecuador ’s coast. Over a decade ago, when we were exploring every inch of Ecuador, we went to this area and it was the only place that we were sick…and also found that this area did not hold our interest in any way.
Warning #2: The Shakes
There are also…like in California , earthquakes. The Andes and this region is a new geological location (in geological terms) so this area is more prone to the shakes than for example our home in our other home North Carolina’s Blue Ridge which is a very ancient, very settled geological formation. The equator is delightfully free of hurricanes and typhoons…but I guess anywhere there is a huge body of new mountains and large amounts of ocean there is some risk of natural disaster. Earthquakes are this regions nemesis…and yes, there is earthquake insurance.
Warning #3: Colombian Guerillas
Plus we avoid Esmeraldas…too close to the Colombian border. When you are in doubt about an area, a simple rule of thumb is …”follow the missionaries”. They are a fearless lot, going places where most people won’t. If missionaries won’t go somewhere, you probably should not either. The Latin America Missionary web site recently wrote about Esmeraldas:
“Miami (LAMNS)—New reported threats against Americans in Colombia are once again causing U.S. missionaries to be careful about their movements. Along Ecuador ’s coast near the city of Esmeraldas , Batchelor reported that missionaries have had to take caution.” Another thing that has caused us to not have interest in this area is that it had more humidity and heat…and although we love the sun, we do not like these qualities.
There you have it…three warnings. This may seem a strange way to invite you on a tour, but having taken thousands of people there…all, I might add, without a single mishap…I know that some people should not come to Ecuador’s coast at all. I hope I have weeded the more particular who only like their sand and surf, mopped, groomed, with casinos, shopping centers and lots of entertainment. If you love immaculate, sterile, cold, paved, polished, flashy or high rise…do not come on this tour! Stop reading here.
This may seem strange because you may not have heard this before from those who sell land on the coast. They may forget to mention these warnings because they want you to buy land on the coast. Selling that land is their job.
We are publishers and we sell information, contacts and tours. We offer tours all over Ecuador. We do not sell real estate. Our obligation is to you, our reader, and we never take commissions or any reward for the sale of land. Our staff is forbidden to accept real estate commissions. One developer in this area offered to give us a fully serviced lot with incredible ocean views. He appreciated that 16 of our tour delegates had purchased lots from him. We were polite but we refused to accept the gift.
We are looking after you our reader. We are not property sellers! In fact we will encourage you not to buy real estate on your first trip…though I have to admit we are often ignored.
Having said this…for the adventurers and even slight adventurers, if you would like to see mile upon mile of coastline that is empty, wild, wonderful, alive, beautiful paint peeled and a bit rough around the edges…then read on!
The Ecuador mid coast real estate inspections begin in Manta, which is the major city where you will see condos, houses, some theaters, shopping malls, etc. We visit many Manta condos like this, with…
views like this. They typically run about $100 a square foot. This is usually the most expensive price you’ll see… by far.
Another Manta condo has…
this view from condo balconies. This condo has a nice infinity pool with quite a view.
We look at Ecuador beach property in San Clemente also. This is where Merri and I have purchased. Our apartment is top floor, left here at Palmazul Spa.
These are 1,200 square feet, two bedroom, two bathroom condos selling as low as $79,000 including clubhouse membership.
Here is one of our groups taking a closer look from the roof garden of one Vistazul condo. These beach condos are just one of many properties we view on our tours.
Merri and I scoured Ecuador for 13 years and have driven its coast, top to bottom, again and again. We have taken thousands of people on real estate tours here. We finally settled in the high Andes and this part of the beautiful Pacific. We have a house in the mountains and our apartment and condos here on the sea.
The tour actually begins a day before the group starts looking at real estate when flying from Quito to Manta. Then travel from Manta by luxury bus and inspect real estate in Manta, Crucita and the next day north to Bahia and return to Quito on the fourth day.
We stay at Palmazul and see the Vistazul project where the spa facilities are available to home owners. Nice… living in a spa, on a beach, Palmazul. Tennis court, pool, beach, fine dining, exercise room and all. The hotel provides a nice discount to tour delegates by the way.. only $60 a night ($45 per person for double occupancy) plus 22% service & tax. This includes breakfast & dinner.
We look at all types of property for sale in this area. Here are more Palmazul shots. Here is the beach at Palmazul looking to north and…
We view condos offered for $30,000, $25,000… even some cute little, three bedroom houses just off the beach that are $21,000.
Then we’ll head north to Bahia, the nicest town on the coast, Bahia has 50,000 people and is Ecuador’s first Eco City. We view condos, houses and lots for sale along the way. Here is a Bahia beach condo.
Condos like this are often offered at $75,000 with views like this…
In Bahia, we’ll also stop by Casa Ceibo to see how an old houses like this…
This is an old B&B for sale at $60,000 (asking) near Vistazul.
Casa Ceibo was an old house transformed into…
a luxury, boutique hotel that…
our delegates enjoy visiting.
We cram in as many properties as we can without neglecting some time for fun and relaxation.
We also take walks on the empty San Clemente beach.
What specific properties will be shown? I do not know. The tour is researched just before we start, inspecting land and buildings that are for sale at that moment so we can maximize the efficiency of your trip. Our goals are to find a cross section of property.
In the end you enjoy four days of travel with like minded souls led by experienced travelers and real estate buyers and our trained staff, who know the area…who can provide you with all the important reliable contacts you need…attorneys…property inspectors… architects and brokers who can work with you… in English.
I guarantee that you’ll save time… and avoid trouble. You’ll gain safety, get to see many more properties on wonderful surf and sand.. than you would see on your own.
The tour fee includes the course, all bus travel, plus pickup and return to Quito airport if required.
The fee does not cover round trip air fare from Quito to Manta, accommodations or food. Quito/Manta round trip fares (our group price) are $98 at time of this writing. Palmazul is $60 per night ($45 per person for double occupancy) plus 22% service and tax including a full breakfast and dinner. A typical lunch is $5.
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I was reminded of this once when I made a horrible mistake. Almost!
The supposed error? Letting my mind wander six decades back to an hour I spent with a girl.
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The girl was pretty and blond. Terry was her name. My imagination spanned decades returning to my Oregon roots seeing her as if she were there.
We were 11 or 12 and had known each other since we started Rockwood grade school. Just buddies, our non-romantic friendship lasted 12 years, from first grade till high school’s end. Then she went off to Pepperdine College in California. I started traveling the world. Never saw her again. I hope her life has gone well. But until that reflection I’d never thought much of Terry in so many years.
What could have been the tragic error was letting that memory touch my heart. Two kids, walking on a crisp, Pacific Northwest autumnal afternoon.
We walked down a sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt path. Huge, fat, green Douglas firs lined the road. Traffic was no problem, not many cars. Crossing Stark Street we turned left, hiking three blocks to 182nd. There we passed an old clapboard candy store. I can still hear the wooden sidewalk of that store slap beneath my feet, felt the soggy planks sag and smelled astringent pitch from the fir trees. Then we turned right, up 182nd for about a mile. There was Terry’s house.
I carried on, walking through a big field, waist high grass turned straw brown by an early frost. There were dozens of paths made by who knows what. Animals perhaps or countless generations of other kids walking home alone from school. I chose one following it to another wood of tall, rough-barked fir. Crossing one more field, I climbed a rock wall, struggled through a barbed wire fence (my Mom hated that fence ripping my jeans). I was home!
Sweet simplicity, that dream. Two kids holding hands, walking on a dirt trail under a crisp, but blue, sunny sky. Pure innocence.
My tragic error was looking back. I returned to Rockwood, Oregon with Merri and my kids to show them this part of their roots. Following the route, Terry and I had walked were the candy store, grange hall, old wooden buildings and their home spun honesty and charm.
Instead we found six lanes of fast, frantic traffic and road rage. McDonalds, KFC, strip shopping centers. The car radio blared warnings of local gangs and drive-by-shootings. Beauty, innocence, sweet simplicity, replaced by drive ins and drive bys. Gangs and drive-by shootings replacing a tender walk in the sun. Good bye memories, good bye.
How can our kids walk in places like this? How can we return to those old feeling of security and comfort?
How can any of us possibly keep pace in this world that’s moving so fast? Then something inside snapped. “There has to be an answer for honest, hard working folks to enjoy the wonderful opportunities of today and regain what we’ve lost over the past forty years”, I swore to myself.
How can we keep up, without having such a fast paced life we turn into machines? Where do we find time for God, family, charity, and our friends? How can we rediscover those sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt paths we want to walk?
“There has to be places that are still innocent and pure”, I thought. “There has to be a way of life that does not pound us with stress”.
This thinking led me to begin reviewing the thousands of economic and business experiences I have shared with readers over the decades. This started a search for a simpler way of life and a better place to earn and protect our wealth.
By digging, asking and observing, traveling and talking to investors and investment managers all over the world I found that there are true paths to real security in the here and now. That knowledge helped me develop courses on how to have natural health, everlasting wealth and purposeful investments.
This knowledge helped Merri and me invest in stocks and real estate all over the world. It helped us find and develop Merrily Farms into a sanctuary here on Little Horse Creek.
That almost error led us to create an entire portfolio of information on how to keep pace, get ahead, enjoy our modern society but, to enjoy life wherever you choose without having to move too fast.
I want to share this information with a special few in our summer course in the Blue Ridge Mountains where the air is dry, crisp, with a bright sparkling sun. Our North Carolina woods is a place where we can once again walk down sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt paths beneath huge, fat, green fir and hemlock.
We start the course with this question that can help us get our lives back.
“What would you think in the last 30 seconds of your life if you were the richest man in the world but were unhappy?”
This quote is from the opening slide of our Value Investing Seminar, “How to Secure Your Future With a Value Breakout Plan”. This a vital question because few investors think about the value of comfort and happiness. Yet the truth is, those who are comfortable and happy with their investments are likely to make good investment decisions. If not, no matter how much money an investors has, changes are, they’ll lose.
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Become an International Club member and join like-minded souls, who take a positive view and think outside the box for better health, greater income and safer, more profitable investments. Share ideas on how to add value to everything and make 2016 -2017 your best years yet.
In 2016 Merri’s, David’s and my mission is to share our 50 years of experience in international business, investing and living to make ourselves happier, healthier and wealthier.
To reach a wider audience we have shifted our seminars online including the seminar “How to Secure Your Future With a Value Breakout Plan”.
Here is a partial syllabus of this seminar.
- Three common sense ideas: Avoid lines. Go where you are a name not a number. Decide who you are and what matters to you.
- Why three economic trends that have make smart investors rich every 30 years are ready for cashing in now.
- How to look for short term problems that create long term value.
- Update on the best ten markets for safety and profit.
- How to diversify in value with Country ETFs.
- The value of time in investing and life.
- The economics in cyber wars. How to look back at the economics of war to see ahead.
- Great new innovations that will ignite a 16 year bull market from 2016 to 2032.
- The next great fuel.
- Timing long cycles, economic cycles and seasonality.
- Investing in Demographics.
- Trading Down, the biggest global trend ahead.
- Hidden Inflation .
- How to protect against pension loss.
- The Silver Dip 2016. When and how to invest in gold and silver . How to double your position with loans.
- How to spot currency distortions and borrow low to deposit high.
- How, Why When & Where to bank abroad.
Club membership is for an entire year and the recorded seminar is just one high point.
In 2016 and 2017 we are conducting online seminars about value investing, natural health and how to write to sell.
International Club members receive all the online seminars free.
In addition club membership includes:
- Personal investing Course (Pi), normally $297, FREE
- Self Fulfilled How to be a Self Publisher, normally $299, FREE
- Eventful Business, normally $349, FREE
- International Business Made EZ, normally $299, FREE
- Report “Three Economic Conditions for 50% or More Profit,” normally $29.95, FREE
- Report “Silver Dip 2015” normally $27, FREE
- Three online Value Investing Seminars, normally $477, FREE
- One online Natural Health Seminar, normally $119, FREE
- One online Writers Camp, normally $299, FREE
Merri and I have been organizing courses, seminars and newsletters about international and Super Thinking lifestyles for over 30 years. The importance of this sharing… by like minded souls… was reinforced when a delegate from a course sent an email that said:
My Dearest Merri and Gary, Thank you for your most gracious hospitality last weekend. I am just thrilled at being a part of your group. You and Gary were exactly as I imagined you to be, warm friendly, kind, considerate, genuine, helpful, fun, sincere, what else can I say……I felt so comfortable in your presence and learned so much in your course. I was sad to leave the farm that Sunday afternoon. You made us all feel so welcome and cared about. You were so kind to make arrangements for a ride with the other delegates from the Charlotte Airport. They were so nice to me and so helpful, by the time the weekend was over I felt like they were my long lost brothers. Monday morning we all had breakfast at the airport together and I was so sad to see them go, I was sad the weekend was over, perhaps sad is not the right word for how I was feeling perhaps Gratitude is a better way to describe it. Grateful for having the opportunity to share the weekend with such wonderful, like minded Human Beings, in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Thank you Merri and Gary. Thanks to you I now have new hope and a new direction to move forward in my life. I know by attending your classes and conferences that through education and due diligence I will make the right choices.
I invite you to be a member of the International Club.
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