Posted by: luisabaldwin | February 2, 2013

PUERTO LOPEZ, ECUADOR

Thinking about Ecuador?  Wondering if there's a beach scene to settle into?  Check out Puerto Lopez!

Thinking about Ecuador? Wondering if there’s a beach scene to settle into? Check out Puerto Lopez!

PUERTO LOPEZ, ECUADOR
Sea Level
 (And it’s not hot and sticky!)
Where you can buy a ½-acre ocean-view lot for $19,500

or a smaller 40 ft x 80ft lot for $6,900.00!

Steve Paskus
e-mail: ecuadored@yahoo.com
Real Estate office: http://www.ecuador-r-us.com
Phone from outside Ecuador: 593 983165 084
Phone in Ecuador: 0983165 084

Puerto Lopez is a sleepy little coastal fishing village where life goes lives out in tranquility

Puerto Lopez is a sleepy little coastal fishing village where life lives on tranquility

Adventurousliving has given our Ecuador readers articles on Cotacachi town at 10,000 feet and Vilcabamba at 5,000 feet.  (To access those articles just plug in Ecuador on the Website search parameter.)  Now we, and a friend of Adventurousliving, Steve Parkus would like to introduce you to sea level in Ecuador.  That’s right, sea level, and it’s not hot and sticky. Our friend Steve tells us you can buy a ½-acre ocean-view lot for $19,500!.

Steve stated, “It’s much easier to retire to Ecuador than Panama.  Ecuador requires only $800.00 a month pension to receive permanent residency here.  Or you can simply deposit $25,000.00 in a CD at a recognized bank.  Then you can get residency by buying real estate with a certified value of $25,000.00 or more.  That’s an overview, but by no means complete.”

With a population of 20,000 this colorful and authentic pueblo has all the goods and services to live a comfortable life-style.

With a population of 20,000 this colorful and authentic pueblo has all the goods and services to live a comfortable life-style.

Steve has opened up a real estate office there so he’s your go-to guy if you decide to explore this wonderful little fishing village with thoughts of settling into the life-style there.  As Steve says, “We are sooooooo busy doing listings its amazing everyone is coming out of the woodwork to sell. Sadly here in Puerto Lopez there is almost no beachfront available. There are other small villages, mostly with little or no amenities where there are beachfront at affordable prices. But even there in many villages the land is communal and I wont touch it.”

Puerto Lopez has a plethora of splendid beaches

Puerto Lopez has a plethora of splendid beaches

I guess the question that’s begging to be asked is would you rather be an Ecuador pioneer ex-pat kick your shoes off beach bum rather than a thin air mountain climber?  If the answer to that question is yes, Puerto Lopez just might be the answer for you.

If you’re searching for an authentic Ecuadorian pueblo, Puerto Lopez with a population of 20,000 and its ten gringo residents fits the bill.  Rentals are inexpensive, with a two bedroom furnished house running at around $230.00. Or buy inexpensive land and build because you’ll be in on the first wave.  A 1,000 square foot home can be built for under $50,000.00.

Puerto Lopez is developing into Ecuador's "model Tourism City" with numerous infastructure projects.  This is a huge 300 foot pier in construction.

Puerto Lopez is developing into Ecuador’s “model Tourism City” with numerous infastructure projects. This is a huge 300 foot pier in construction.

So, why is Puerto Lopez a good place to invest?  The Ecuadorian government is plowing a whole lot of infrastructure cash into this area in anticipation of making Puerto Lopez the “model Tourism City” of the coast.  They are building a huge 300 foot pier with a nice loading ramp in anticipation of bringing in cruise ships.  There is a brand new fishermans building done in a Santa Fe style with beautiful gardens.  There’s even a handicapped event building and a new market place for vegetables, fruits, and meats which is under construction at a cost of $700,000.00.  But by far the largest project is a 75,000,000.00 boardwalk on the drawing board.  These projects aren’t empty promises.  Most of them are already underway or almost completed. So the town is poised for growth and property values should escalate quickly.

Another project is the new market place for vegetables, fruits, and meats.  Happy shopping!

Another project is the new market place for vegetables, fruits, and meats. Happy shopping!

Puerto Lopez weather can be broken down into three seasons.  January –April is the summer and daytime temperatures range from the high 70’s – 80’s with plenty of sunshine and a constant sea breeze.  May – August is a mix of sunshine and clouds with temperatures ranging from high 60’s – 70’s.  Then September through December is mostly cloudy with intermittent sunshine.  Puerto Lopez has pharmacies, hardware stores, small grocery stores, and bakeries.  Tourist hotels, restaurants, and auxiliary services such as boat tours, fishing expeditions, scuba diving and excursions can also be found.

Puerto Lopez's subsistence comes from fishing and eco-tourism.

Puerto Lopez’s subsistence comes from fishing and eco-tourism.

Wikipedia describes  Puerto Lopez as follows: “Puerto López is a small fishing village set in an arched bay on the Pacific coast in the Ecuadorian Manabí Province. Puerto Lopéz is the Machalilla National Park headquarters. The main industries include fishing and ecotourism.” But it’s really a lot more than that.  Puerto Lopez is the jumping off point for some very interesting surrounding areas.

And here’s what Lonely Planet has to say about Puerto Lopez, “This sleepy little fishing village located in the center of Ecuador’s coastline is best known as a gateway to other attractions. A short ride to the north beautiful Los Frailes Beach in Machililla National Park and the indigenous community of Agua Blanca can be found.

In search of that deserted white-sand beach?  Check out Los-Frailes-Beach-Machalilla-National-Park

In search of that deserted white-sand beach? Check out Los-Frailes-Beach-Machalilla-National-Park

The Agua Blanca. residents of this communal village are all descendants of the Manteña Culture that inhabited the area from 800 AC to 1532 A.C. They provide personal tours of a small museum that houses a collection of artifacts dating back to 3500 B.C., all of which were discovered in archeological digs around the area. After the museum, a half-hour walk through brittle forests and a bone-dry riverbed leads to an unexpected sulfur lagoon, the last remnant of an eroded volcanic caldera where mud from the bottom of the spring can be spread on every square inch of exposed skin.

Need an instant face-lift? Agua-Blanca-Spring or the Sulfur Lagoon is good for the skin - all over!

Need an instant face-lift? Agua-Blanca-Spring or the Sulfur Lagoon is good for the skin – all over!

The slate-colored clay dries quickly in the sun and then a jump in the warm water will wash it all away.”  So good for the skin.

But there’s more.   One can go whale watching from June to September at Isla de la Plata in Parque Nacional Machalilla, the breeding grounds for the Humpback Whales.

Whale watching from June to September could provide you with a little more of an adventure than you wanted.  But you'll feel ALIVE!

Whale watching from June to September could provide you with a little more of an adventure than you wanted. But you’ll feel ALIVE!

The snorkeling here is excellent and a walk around the island will give you a chance to see the birds and views.  As in the Galapagos Islands, you can bet on catching up-close views of Albatros, Blue and Red Footed Boobys and Frigate birds, sea turtles, manta rays, and if you’re lucky, sea lions. Another passtime is a short ride to Los Frailes Beach, part of the greater Machalilla National Park. On the perpetual hunt for a powdery pristine white sand beach – you’ve found it!  Looking for an exquisite beach that you can have all to yourself?  Los Frailes Beach fulfills all those requirements.

Blue Footed Boobie

Blue Footed Boobie

After a pleasant boat ride back to Puerto Lopez, a cocktail on the beach while watching the sunset can be a pleasant way to start a relaxing evening.

If you're lucky, you'll find a good voice and a guitar to usher in the sunset.

If you’re lucky, you’ll find a good voice and a guitar to usher in the sunset.

I’m told that the BBQ garlic prawns at the Blue Dolphin are great and they also serve breakfast and lunch! But back at those lazy tropical evenings down on the beach where you might even get lucky and find someone with a good voice and guitar sitting by the fire as you sip down a few more cocktails.  So, if you’re looking for a big loud party, don’t go to Puerto Lopez because all you’re going to hear is the ocean waves and an occasional rooster crow.  But if you love tranquility, this is Ecador’s version for you.  That’s what you can expect from Puerto Lopez,  a nice slow-paced and relaxing lifestyle.  Personally speaking, I like to move slow;  smell the roses of life, sort of speak.  Heaven – I’m in heaven.

Here's how to find it.  Definitely worth checking out!

Here’s how to find it. Definitely worth checking out!

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Responses

  1. Where would you fly into and what type of housing is available?

    • Hello there. What you need to do is contact Steve from the article. He can give you all the details on getting there. Enjoy this sleepy little beach town.

  2. We are interested in renting a fully furnished 1 bedroom apartment in Puerto Lopez. Our budget is approximately $500-$700 month. We need fully equipped kitchen and laundry. Are you able to assist?

    Thanks
    Paul

    PS we will be in Puerto Lopez on Sunday

    • Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact Steve. His contact information is contained in the body of my article. He lives there and will help you.


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