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About Mercy Carlson
After years of managing rentals in my home country of the Philippines I met my husband and decided to move to Canoa, Ecuador. Best decision ever, can't imagine living anywhere else. It's truly paradise here.
Mercy Carlson purchased this Condo in 2012
Why Mercy Carlson chose Canoa
It's all about the nice secluded beach where you can wake up and see nothing but sand and surf. You can take surfing lessons, kayak to caves, horseback riding, or for a real thrill go tandem paragliding high above the beach.
What makes this Condo unique
Sitting on your private terrace enjoying a cup of coffee with the surf at your doorstep. The infinity pool, quiet beach, fully air conditioned rooms with a direct view of the surf. Miles of sandy beach to hunt for sea shells and a totally laid back atmosphere. Brand new modern shopping mall nearby.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
La estadia estuvo bien, Mercy y bRent fueron muy amables, solamente tendrian que tener mas cuidado en la limpieza del baño y la cocina.
Sorry Carmen. This was not our condo. This was another owners condo that let you stay there since we were fully booked. Nex time try to make your reservation earlier on the busy holidays so you will be able to get our nice second floor condo.
Paradise in Canoa
Our stay was the best! The condo is exactly as described, very clean and the view is amazing. The beach was quiet and perfect for long walks. Afterwards the fresh water pool helped to cool us off! Boogie boarding in the ocean was such fun too and best done at low tide when the waves were bigger. We especially enjoyed being able to relax in the morning on the balcony overlooking the beach with our fresh brewed coffee.
The managers spoke English, were very helpful and informative about the towns near by and where to purchase groceries, fresh shrimps and fish. We will definitely be back and next time stay longer!
Great, relaxing vacation
We really enjoyed our vacation in this apartment. It is clean, safe, and well maintained. The pool is always clean, the ocean is right next to pool and condo. The views are beautiful and you can walk on the beach for a long time. It was a calm and relaxing vacation, we will definitely return.
Just Like Clockwork--Sunrises and Sunsets--Equator at its Best.
We enjoyed our time in the apartment on the beach just south of Canoa. The sound of the surf was so near and strong that we needed to close the screened patio door at night so we could sleep better--and I grew up on the Oregon coast!
Beauty on the Beach
We spent a fabulous month from mid-November to mid-December. The condo is just as described, clean safe and friendly. The property is well maintained, the pool is beautiful with lounger, chairs and tables. You are steps to the beautiful beach where you can take a quiet walk without seeing another person. This was our first trip to Ecuador and it was great to have owners that lived on site. Everyone was so helpful and you feel like you are part of a family rather then a visitor. We had afternoons at the pool, dinner BBQ's and morning walks on the beach.
Buses run regularly past the condo and you are a short and safe ride to Canoa, San Vincente or Bahia. A taxi can be easily arranged for a longer ride to Manta or a tour of the area. Bring lots of small bills $1's, $5's and $10's. Shopping at the local markets for fresh fruit, veggies and seafood is so much fun and you can't believe the variety available.
We need to make a special thank you to Brent and Elsa for all their help and patience answering our questions and sharing their knowledge of Ecuador. We miss all our new friends and can't wait to return.
Just to be clear, I own one of the rental units here (3B), with the hardwood floors. I love the unit, and the location. We have all our light fixtures, etc. and the condo is fully equipped with pretty much everything you can think of, including beach towels.
We have been there in January (wet season, but it mostly rains at night, hard), March (still rains quite a bit at night, but not hard), and November (dry season). January and March are about 28 - 35C, but with the breeze off the sea, we only needed the AC when it rained hard, forcing us to close the bedroom door.
It's an hour stroll to Canoa on the beach, very pleasant walk, which we have done several times (yes, you can walk to Canoa). And the buses really do pass by about every 15-20 minutes, in both directions. We have a nice bus stop set up outside the compound, so you can sit protected from sun or rain while you wait. The bus drivers are used to stopping there for passengers, it's not a problem.
The sea fence is a wire construction, so the view is basically unimpeded. The grounds were planted back in January 2012, and are now looking beautiful. The entire compound is fenced, with locked gates, and covered parking inside the compound, so your vehicle is completely secure. There is a daytime grounds keeper, but he speaks only Spanish. The builders, Brent and Elsa, both live onsite, so if you speak no Spanish they are happy to help you out. They are both very friendly and helpful.
The list of activities described really is available, and the location is as described. The cost of the activities is quite reasonable, particularly if you are there in the off-season. The ocean is very fun to play in, with lots of surf. Typical surf heights range from about 5 feet to 15 feet, so you can get some good bodysurfing in, if you want. We picked up a couple of boogie boards and left them there for the use of anyone staying at Playa Dorada. It's pretty amazing when you actually catch a wave right.
We did the parapente (parachute flying) when we were there, it's also amazing. If you want to check out the sea and sky from the roof at night, you will need to shut off the beach security light, which is mounted up there. The switch is not there, so ask Brent where it is located.
I love this location, and plan to retire there. I am sure that most people will truly enjoy their stay.
About our area Manta to Jama, let's start with Manta. Here you will find almost everything a person could be looking for, with direct flights from Quito for $100 dollars round trip and car rentals right at the airport. Manta is a large industrial city with a shipping port and fishing fleet. It has shopping malls and butcher shops like Casa de Carne owned by an American who raises his own beef. It's a favorite stop for many expats to stock up on beef & pork. East of Manta about 1/2 hour is Puerto Viejo, the capital of Manabi Province, that also has large shopping malls including a Kywi hardware store much like a Home Depot where you can find many items to meet most of your household needs. Both Manta and Puerto Viejo can be reached by a 1 hour and 15 minute drive from our area. From Manta, driving north, you will pass through some in land low lying mountains, and then back to the coast again will you will find the beach towns of San Jacinto and San Clemente. San Clemente has a small expat community but not much infrastructure for shopping or entertainment. North from San Clemente will take you away from the beach again till you come to Bahia de Caraquez that has a brand new El Paseo shopping Mall that has many of the amenities that were once only available in Manta. This has been a blessing to all the expats who live in this area of the coast Also in Ecuador propane is subsidized by the government so 15 gallons of propane only costs $2 dollars $5 dollars delivered. So most people use on demand hot water heaters, gas ovens and gas dryers. This makes a huge savings in the cost of electricity. Also gasoline and diesel are subsidized, so gasoline is only $1.59 per gallon and diesel is only $1.03 per gallon. However, new Cars can be expensive here. Our new 9 passenger Hyundai van cost $33,000, but with an economical diesel engine in time you make up the difference in that extra government import tax. Still with the price of gas so low the taxi fares in Ecuador are affordable and many expats choose to not have a car and go by bus and taxi. Anyway, driving north from Bahia to Canoa you will cross the new longest bridge in Ecuador. Playa Azul is just 13 KM north of San Vicente and 3 Km south of the popular surfing town of Canoa. Playa Azul has over 200 foot of beachfront at your doorsteps. we have a 3 meter wall on three sides and a high quality beach fence that gives everyone privacy and security. All condos have a straight-on view of the ocean with spectacular sunsets. During the warm sunny winter months of November to June we have temps from 85 to 90 then summer arrives in July and the weather cools down and the humidity drops dramatically. This is what makes the coast of Ecuador such a wonderful place to live. We have seasons of nice warm winters then cool summers. After living in the Caribbean under the constant heat and humidity 365 days a year, I find the coast of Ecuador far superior over Central America or the Caribbean.
Canoa is just a 5 minute drive to the north. Here you will find a popular tourist town with many hotels and restaurants right on the beach. Canoa is very popular with Ecuadorians and foreigners alike. There are quite a few hostels with restaurants owned by North Americans, so there is no lack of American style food from hamburgers with onion rings to pizza. But the best bargains are the Ecuadorian lunches for only $3.00 that includes meat or seafood, fresh juice and soup. North from Canoa to Jama you will be driving inland again till you come to the town of Jama and the fishing village of El Matal. This drive takes about 45 minutes and here you will see a true unspoiled fishing village that doesn't see a lot of tourists.