FAQ #48 – What About BOATS In Ecuador?

Boats in Ecuador are very common along the Pacific coast and in the Amazonian rivers. However, there aren’t very many large lakes or reservoirs in Ecuador so lake boating isn’t as common as in the U.S.

You’ll find several marinas and yacht clubs along Ecuador’s coast, including Salinas, Aungue, Puerto Lopez, Puerto Cayo, San Mateo, Manta, etc.

The marinas we’ve seen do not have fancy slips to moor your boat and you’re not allowed to stow it on the beach. Instead, you’ll tie it to a buoy or anchor it, and rely on water taxis to transport you from the dock to your boat.

You will need to register your boat with the municipality and possibly the Navy port authority. License fees vary based on the size of the boat, but they’re much lower than you’re used to paying in the U.S.

If you plan to bring your boat to Ecuador, there are several restrictions so be sure to check with a qualified shipping agent. If you would like to drive your boat here along the coast of Central and South America, please be very cautious because pirates (yes, really, PIRATES!) operate off the coast of Colombia, Ecuador and other countries along the Pacific coast.


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