LiveTheLifeinEcuador | May 27, 2015
About 26 miles south of Manta in Manabi Province, Ecuador is the coastal village of Puerto Cayo. Part of the canton of Jipijapa on Ecuador’s southwestern coast, this quaint fishing village is at the southern end of Ecuadorian State Route E15, more popularly known as Ruta Del Sol or Ruta Del Spondylus. This scenic highway connects many Ecuadorian beach communities.
Puerto Cayo’s blend of small-town charm and laidback oceanfront living has attracted many prospective residents and visitors who enjoy its warm climate, quiet beaches, and numerous opportunities for surfing and whale watching. South of Puerto Cayo lies Parque Nacional Machalilla, a protected area encompassing around 136,000 acres, including 98,000 acres of tropical dry forest and 31 miles of beaches. The park is home to more than 200 species of birds, as well as rare plants, and is considered one of the world’s most threatened tropical forests.
The Puerto Cayo Real Estate Market
Real estate options in Puerto Cayo are a diverse selection of single-family residences that range from cozy beach cottages and luxury villas in gated communities to bungalows and coastal mansions with a commanding view of the Pacific Ocean. Homes have distinct Spanish stucco-style and Mediterranean influences and the best are built with high-quality materials and furnishings. Many have top-of-the-line appliances and come with services like Internet and cable TV, particularly in the newer and more upscale developments like Delfin Villas.
A small beach home in Puerto Cayo with 3 bedrooms can start as low as $60,000 while estate properties near the ocean can go as high as $800,000, which is still considered affordable when you compare it to similar homes in the United States. Those who prefer to build their very own custom home can purchase vacant land and lots suitable for new construction, with many providing spectacular views of the ocean and direct access to the beaches. As always with beach communities, the closer your property is to the water, the higher its price, and Puerto Cayo real estate is no exception.