Known for surfing and relaxation, newly renovated Casa Blanca in Puerto Cayo can be your home away from home while exploring the beautiful coast of Ecuador. Fully furnished with amenities you've come to expect such as WIFI, Casa Blanca has two guest bedrooms with queen beds and their own private bathrooms. Lounge in the courtyard or relax in your own private pool while listening to a Bob Marley CD or your own IPod tunes on the outdoor speakers. Swing open the many french doors to let the party flow inside or out while you prepare the day's catch in your fully stocked kitchen. Later, enjoy a movie on the plasma TV selected from the library of available DVDs. There is plenty of covered outside seating along with multiple hammocks, and several levels to view the ocean and the fantastic sunsets. Comfortable air conditioning if needed is provided throughout.
We are a semi-retired American couple who first visited Ecuador in April and again in June of 2010 with our three sons, buying the run-down property in August of the same year. The house was in bad shape, vacant for over 15 years and in dire need of rescuing. Renovation began in September and the house was completed in June of 2011. In January of 2011 the owners also bought the run-down resort hotel, Luz de Luna, 3 kilometers north of town. The name was changed to Los Suenos del Mar and it continues to be updated and renovated as funds permit. Thoroughly committed to the Puerto Cayo area, the owners in January of 2012 also provided the financing for the Las Palmas neighborhood project located next to the hotel. Some of the new lot owners stay in long-term rental units at the hotel while overseeing the building of their new homes in the neighborhood next door.
Puerto Cayo is a safe, tranquil fishing village on one of the longest and most beautiful beaches in all of Ecuador. Beachfront property here is abundant which makes the prices very reasonable, and the people are friendly and welcome newcomers with open arms and happy smiles. Conveniently, there are larger towns nearby, such as Puerto Lopez 20 minutes down the coast and Jipipapa 20 minutes inland, to shop for groceries and tourist trinkets and do some of the more commercial vacation activities, such as whale watching and snorkeling. Montanita, a little farther south, full of hotels, bars, night clubs, restaurants, and shops, is a great weekend adventure for the young at heart. A wild and fun place to visit, but not someplace we would want to live! We are always excited when arriving in Montanita and just as excited to get back home to Puerto Cayo. Manta, an hour north, is the largest seaport city in Ecuador, too big and busy for us, but it's our destination for that twice a month shopping experience at the mall and the larger grocery stores, or for trying out another nice restaurant, or for seeing an English-speaking movie. Canoa, a somewhat tamer version of Montanita, is a fun destination even further north of Manta.
The outside seating is a plus at Casa Blanca. The courtyard is completely private, and there are outside speakers for enjoying your favorite music while sitting enjoying the pool and sun. Fresh seafood and produce can be purchased locally at amazing prices. Extremely cheap moto-taxis are available for traveling all over Puerto Cayo or to Los Frailes, the beautiful white-sand public beach, or out to the Los Suenos hotel for maybe an America breakfast, or a cocktail at sunset before a nice evening meal at Breakers restaurant. The bus stop is less than a mile away for trips of greater distance.