I have lived in Cuenca for 9 years now and I am ready to move to the beach. However, the earthquake had destroyed not only Manta but has had aftershocks in Esmeraldes. I can only see two options open for me and that is Salinas and the northern coast of Peru. What do you have open in those areas and can you call me. I have a Claro phone number of 0981194075
I wouldn't say Manta is the absolute best in Ecuador. It absolutely depends on what YOU want. Salinas is nice and also has a small airport - no different than Manta. Salinas has shopping and a mercado just like Manta. Salinas, however, was not affected by the earthquake. We opted for the small fishing village of Puerto Cayo, some 45 minutes south of Manta. We have the luxury of shopping Manta, Jipijapa, Puerto Lopez and they are all close. We are beach front property and generally find ourselves the only one on the beach. It is quiet, no pollution, no traffic, no high rises, and no stress.... Our house is ON THE BEACH and for sale! 0969768173
I would suggest you rethink your options, I have been in Ecuador since 1970 and for me Manta is the best of all Ecuador, Salinas is nice, but nothing compared to Manta,which has much more to offer, such as airport, business, large shopping centers, and all around a solid infrastructure. You will find the part of Peru which you mentioned is nice, but still it lacks a lot in comparison to Manta.
Manta is far from being destroyed and will return even better in the future I believe.
In the past after an earth quake sometimes it can be years before experiencing another.
So reconsider staying and enjoy Manta the beach, the local people, and there is a
large expat community if that interests you.
Congrats Guys! Thanks a lot for promoting and for all you have done for My Home Town Manta!!
My wife and I have been in Ecuador for visits four of the last five years. We decided we liked Manta best of all and bought a condo at the Poseidon two years ago. Even with the earth quake we are happy with our choice. Very little serious damage at the Poseidon and the city is still a positive place to be. New large mall opening in around a year and a new golf course with in a short drive. I would recommend Manta to anyone who wants what a nice sized city has to offer. We are from Des Moines a similar sized city and like what this offers. Look Manta over before you settle anywhere else in Ecuador if you like the beach and city life.
I want to have a condo and a hot Spanish busty Ecuadorian cooking and sulking my did everyday.