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Living in Manta.

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Living in Manta.

I will be travelling to Manta in January to live in this seaside city for 6 months. Trying to find apartment costs near beach. Can anyone advise me? Thanks, Mike. I will be alone.

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you have to be very careful in Manta it is a vary high crime

town (they kill for few dollars) and there is very little to do

do to a very depressed economy.

Corruption is rampant like all over Ecuador, my advice is to look for an expensive apartment in the better part of town (near the Oro Verde hotel).

Just a curiosity what will you be doing there for 6 months?

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I have some family that lives in Manta, Ecuador. I have visited twice in three years. Each time I go I stay for 5 weeks. I love everything about it. The crime rate is not as high as everyone thinks. If you are the flashy type, you attract negative attention whereever you. There is plenty to do, the nightlife is pretty good and the beach is just beautiful. As they say when in Rome, do as the Romans. If you are interested in more of my comments, please email at aascone@kirkland.com. I will be more than happy to enlighten you further and hopefully give you more helpful information.

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Hey Mike,

I moved to Ecuador right after I graduated high school. It was my first time away from home and first time to fly. Ecuador is not that dangerous. Just watch for the FARC, they are drug lords from Columbia that like to kidnap American's. I was a perfect target, a young blonde female, but I usually felt safe. Anyways back to your question it's hard to explain were we lived, but it was near the beach. (w/in walking distance) When you get there find the cemetary that has a white cement wall around it and by the fire hydrant there are foot prints in the sidewalk (someone walked through the cement before it was dry). Anyways it is just about 2 blocks from that corner. After you go about 2 block turn right and there is a black iron gate that leads into the area where we lived. It's pretty safe, although the gate guards only have 1 or 2 bullets for their guns. But, we lived in our landlords pool house the rent was pretty high for no more than we had ($350). But when they see an American they raise the prices cause they think we have lots of money. Let me give you a little advise.... Never pay more than $1 or $2 for a cab ride, and remember that EVERYTHING there is negotiable. If they shoot you a high price just laugh them and offer them half as much as they orginally asked, if they dont come down just start to walk away... they will come down then. Also never buy anything from the people at the beach. They will bug the crap out of you, they shake chicklets in you face and say, "chicklet, chicklet". If you buy from them once they will never leave you alone, but if you never buy from them they will eventually stop asking. Be careful where you eat at on the beach. The food is good but some of the places will make you sick for weeks. If you can become buddies with the American firefighters there. If you run into any of them let me know and I'll tell them to help you out. Well, I can give you more advise if you want it. Just let me know what you want to know about.

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Not only am I female but I was only 19 yrs old when I moved there, right out of high school, first time away from home, and first time to fly. I lived in Ecuador for 4 months. My boyfriend worked there so I moved there with him. We lived in a gated community in a tiny pool house. Manta is not really that dangerous. I went out many times by myself and never had a problem. Just use common sense. (i.e.-never go out by your self at night, ect.) Anyways back to your question it's kind of hard to explain where we lived but I'll try. It was between the Howard Johnson and the Ora Verda. It was within walking distance from the beach. In order to get into the business district we had to walk by a cemetary that was surrounded by a white cement wall (there are footprints in the cement by the corner where someone walked through the cement before it was dry). Well, I'm not sure how to explain where exactly it was at. I dont remeber the road names, but I will try to look through some things that I have from there and find out. If you dont mind me asking... who is your family there? Do they happen to run the local pharmacies there?

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Hi I am moving to manta this summer with a friend who will be firefighting. I need to know what is the deal with the visas. Do I need to go through all the long process that people take to become american. If you would let me know i would appreciate it. Also do i need to learn spanish and be fluent in it or should i be ok with the bits and pieces i have. thanks.

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Hi are you in manta already, let me know if you need any help with accomodation, i work for a big real estate company.

Kind Regards


e. mail:; fernanda@manta.ecua.net.ec

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san diego california
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I have been in Manta countless times and have never experienced a problem crime wise.I walk on hte ocean from Lajolla condos all the way past HoJos and to the main beach .I learned that you must stay away from the north part of town and do not go out at nite to the bars on the north side. The military have had bad experiences only bacause they go to the bars on the N. side. Carry you wallet and purse close to you no different than in Europe.

We stayed in a seaside furnished apartment that goes for around 700/month on southside. very low crime area. It is called Lajolla Condominiums. Very safe. It is walking distance to howard Johnsons and a small shopping centers. Once the port is finished being developed( I understand that it is in process and will take about 3 yrs with new hotels and duty free shopping going in), crime will drop as unemployment will go down on the north side).

Manta is moving south all new developments and very nice there.

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Hi guys,

I am from Manta and I lived most of my life there, I have read some of your comments and I agree that Manta is not as dangerous as most people say, you have to use common sense and everything will be fine.

Manta is quite small town, where everybody knows each other, every new person going out to the "normal" night clubs will be making friends easily as the Ecuadorian people is very warm and friendly.

The best places to live are between/around the 5 starts hotels, Oro Verde and Howard Johnson, Barrio Umina, Murcielago, Barbarquillo are good areas and depending what you are looking for you can find a good deal, try to bargain in prices because people normally is trying to get more money from foreigners.

The food in Manta is amazing and very cheap compared with other countries, I highly recommend Palmeiras (best grill octopus ever), Beach Comber for a typical rice, beans and pork chops, Jireh in the beach for seafood and a nice beer in from of the ocean.

The night life is great but after a couple of week you could feel feed up because is the same all the time, anyway I never get bored because once you have your group of friends you can go for dinner, movies, casinos or just chill out in somebody's house and have some drinks.

The beach is beautiful and from January to April the weather is perfect to get a perfect tan, from July to November is pretty cold and you will need a jacquet for night time.

The location of the city is also perfect and give you the opportunity to visit other parts of the country either driving or flying from the local airport, a must to go is la ruta del sol which is the way between Manta and Salinas driving by the ocean, it will take you 3-4 hours and is an amazing experience.

I think that is enough for now, if someone has any question, please feel free to contact me anytime.

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