Just 40 miles South of the equator on the estuary of the Rio Chone, Bahía de Caraquez is a quiet tourist town that primarily caters to the middle and upper class of Quito and Guayaquil.
Ecuador an inexpensive travel destination where the U.S. dollar is used as the official currency. It’s especially attractive for people on a limited budget or those who want to retire early and enjoy a peaceful life by the ocean.
The population of Bahia de Caraquez and the surrounding area is around 30,000. Don’t let the mid-rise condos fool you, the place has a small town feel. This area is almost completely undiscovered by the rest of the world.
The town has among the lowest crime rates in all of Ecuador, and may be the cleanest as well. You’ll feel safe and welcome walking the streets, and likely have people trying out their English as you visit.
The daily costs of living are modest. Thee prices at local restaurants are extremely affordable. You can order an almuerzo (set menu lunch) which includes soup, salad, rice, beans, with fish, beef, or chicken, and a fresh juice for $3.00. A large beer (600 ml) costs less than $2.00 in most places.
Bahia has a daily farmers market where travelers can find the fisherman’s daily catch, organic vegetables, farm fresh eggs as well as homemade cheese and peanut butter.