Crucita Condo Update: The 8th and final story has been poured!

The Crucita condo building, Arena, Sol y Mar II has just had its 8th and final floor poured as of February 4, 2010. Construction on this beachfront property continues to proceed according to budget and is currently ahead of schedule. The completion date of the building is November 2010.

Don’t miss out on this spectacular opportunity to own your beachfront condo at a discounted preconstruction price! For all the details, floorplans and photos take a look at our Ecuador Beachfront Condos page.

Average Temperatures of Coastal Ecuador

Brrr…it sure gets cold on the coast in Ecuador. Just kidding.

The coldest month is August with an average low temperature of 67 degrees F and a high of 77 degrees F. The warmest month is March with a low of 72 and a high of 82. Not bad.

To look at average temperature trends for the city of Manta you can follow this link:

http://www.wunderground.com/NORMS/DisplayIntlNORMS.asp?CityCode=84117&Units=english

Escape the cold and head to Ecuador!

Visit Bahia and Stay at CasaGrande

Bahia de Caraquez is a charming place to visit while you are on the Ecuador coast. Known as Ecuador’s “Eco-City,” Bahia (pronounced “Bah-EE-ah”) is the closest major city to Canoa (the location of our beautiful Lots 8 and 9).
Bahia sits on a narrow peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and a large estuarine bay

What to Do in Bahia


Bahia has many diverse attractions, including the city museum containing well-displayed Pre-Incan artifacts that were discovered locally. Museum guides offer tours in both Spanish and English.
Be sure to visit the “Cross”, literally a cross-shaped structure with a staircase inside that leads to a fantastic viewing platform offering a 360 degree view of Bahia, the bay, and surrounding landscapes.

Another must-visit is Chirije, an impressive Eco-Lodge and Archaelogical Museum that is set in a breathtaking and tranquil oceanfront location (lots more, including photos on visiting Chirije in the next blog to come).

There are also tours of the nearby mangrove island Isla Corazon that serves as the nesting grounds for thousands of magnificent frigatebirds amongst other charismatic bird species. A must for bird and nature lovers, Tours are guided by knowledgeable local fishermen who practice sustainable fishing techniques that support the long-term survival of this endangered and vital ecosystem.

Male magnificent frigatebird attempting to attract the lady birds with his red neck pouch


There are also 1-3 day tours of the wonderful Rio Muchacho organic farm where you discover how to prepare your own coffee and chocolate straight from the plants! Visit: http://www.riomuchacho.com for more information.

Where to Stay in Bahia


So while you are checking out all that the Bahia area has to offer, we highly recommend you consider staying at CasaGrande. English-speaking Patricio Tamariz and his mother Flor Maria (who incidentally own the Chirije eco-lodge mentioned above and also created the first organic shrimp farm in Ecuador) offer superb accommodations at their lovely little ocean view guest house.
CasaGrande offers six accomodations that vary in cost between $61 and $98 for 2 people (price includes tax). Additional guests cost $20 each. Amenities include pool, private bath with hot water (sometimes hard to find in hotels along the coast!), air-conditioning, Wi-Fi internet, cable t.v., and breakfast. The suite accommodation comes equipped with a jacuzzi.
Beautiful ocean views from CasaGrande


Looking towards the pool at CasaGrande


One of the rooms at CasaGrande

One of the bathrooms at CasaGrande

CasaGrande can help you arrange your Bahia activities:
  • Tour to Isla Corazon (~$20/person)
  • Day viisit to Chirije Eco-Lodge and Archaeological Museum, including lunch (~$30/person)
  • Surf lessons with a bilingual instructor (~$20/person)
  • Hiking in the Cerro Seco dry forest
For more information and photos, visit CasaGrande online: http://www.casagrandebahia.com/
For reservations and questions, please contact Patricio: tamariz at gmail dot com

Be sure to tell Patricio that you heard about CasaGrande from Ecuador Beachfront Property to receive a 5% discount.

Crucita Condo Testimonial

We wanted to share a testimonial we received from Bob Faske who purchased a condo in Crucita in November. Here’s what Bob had to say about his experience:

“In October 2009 I was lucky enough to find Tom’s website (www.ecuadorbeachfrontproperty.com). I begged a few days leave from work to see Crucita and Arena,Sol y Mar firsthand in early Nov.

The town is well off the “beaten path” but the continual roadwork up the coast from Manta will change this soon. The town is a small fishing village with a wide sweep of beach, and popular with locals on weekends. My large room at Hostal Velodores was clean, convenient and reasonably priced (didn’t hurt that it was off-season)with free washer,(fitfull)computer access,and a near-empty courtyard pool.

While exploring the condo site next door,I not only met the friendly yet diligent construction crew, busy forming the 6th-floor columns, but was able to meet the owner/engineer Sr. Raphael Andrade, who was most gracious in explaining the floor plan, construction technique,and purchasing process; we spent several hours together in Portoviejo with the notario completing the promesa de compre vende,securing me a phone chip,and admiring Mercedes engineering. He also contacted me later to note a math error that would give me a slightly lower price!

Sr. Carlos Fuentes, the project’s architect is on site daily; Sr. Andrade visits as often as possible (weekly) from his home in Quito–his family will enjoy the top-floor penthouse, a fact that reassures me strongly about the quality of consruction and amenities.

I must commend Sr. Eduardo Iglesias and his wife Paola for their hospitality and knowledge of the area, and thanks to Tom again for long-distance guidance in finding this wonderful spot. I’m looking forward to spending many fine days in Crucita at Arena,Sol Y Mar II!”

Bob Faske
West Palm Beach
bobeff@bellsouth.net