There are two up-and-coming areas in Ecuador that we think are positioned to grow in popularity with expats over the next few years.
Crucita is a beach town located just 30 minutes north of Manta and 30 minutes west of Portoviejo. It has a variety of expat housing options, from condos to single family homes to gated housing communities.
It is already popular with expats, but we expect it to become even more popular as the town continues making infrastructure improvements, such as paving roads, updating the water and sewer systems, and adding bike lanes.
The weather and beach in Crucita is also very nice, and its proximity to the Manta airport makes it an ideal destination for expats looking for a more tranquilo beach town that’s close to the amenities of a major city.
Playas is located about an hour from Guayaquil on Ecuador’s southern coast. It has a new malecon with a wide 8 mile beach and lots of amenities like healthcare services, a shopping mall and a variety of housing options.
We think Playas will become very popular with expats over the next 5 years, especially if Marriott Hotel Resort opens on schedule in 2024. The only downside we saw was a lack of restaurant variety; it was mainly surf-n-turf and pizza. If Playas wants to appeal to the expat audience, it needs to offer more dining options.
It’s proximity to Guayaquil’s modern hospitals, shopping malls and international airport make it a great option for expats seeking the tranquilo beach life that’s just an hour away from a major city.
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