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Jan 20, 2017 - Salinas Beach Weekend

We headed to the Pacific coast of Ecuador to show Fred what beach living is like here. My friends Kathy and Ken Corrigan are snowbirds from Windsor, Ontario. They are renting a beachfront condo in Salinas this year. We had friends to show us around and a casual air-conditioned beachfront hotel with a balcony bar. I snagged a great price on our rooms for $21 per night. www.chescoshostel.com

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Feb 4, 2016 - Pubs of Salinas

It took me a week but I managed to find two bars in Salinas catering to gringos. Each had specials on various nights including all-you-can-eat fish and chips and two-for-one burgers. We met a few expats who have settled in Salinas and many snowbirds mostly from Canada.

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2016 Ecuador

Feb 3, 2016 - Ecuasal Salt Wells Bird Sanctuary

A billboard invited the public to the Ecuasal Bird Sanctuary, just down the road from our condo. The Salinas salt deposits have been mined for generations. While Ecuasal is a commercial operation, there are also small artesanal family plots on adjacent land producing salt. The salt lakes cover 1300 hectares (3200 acres) and are the largest artificial wetlands in Ecuador. About 120 species of migratory birds from the northern and southern hemispheres rest at the sanctuary at various times of the year. Our guide pointed out gulls, terns,...

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2016 Ecuador

Jan 23, 2016 - Aloha Bar Fundraiser

We joined Amy Prisco of Remax Pioneer Realty at a 60s theme fundraiser for a Salinas student who has a scholarship to the university in Guayaquil. The event raised funds for his room and board and was well-attended by the expats in the area. Dinner was served by Aloha Bar and we danced to oldies all evening. www.amy-prisco.squarespace.com

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Jan 20, 2016 - Karin and Johan

We had the pleasure of meeting Vancouver friends of Jim Madsen and North Johnson who were also visiting Salinas. Karin and Johan Schjelderup, originally from Norway, rented a condo a block away from us. Together we visited La Chocolatera on the westernmost point in Ecuador where the waves churn up the Pacific Ocean and the water is chocolate in color. Nearby were sea lions sunning themselves on the rocks.

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Jan 13, 2016 - Games

This was the only rainy day during the whole month we were in Salinas. Many predicted El Nino would be fierce this year and threaten the entire Ecuador Pacific coast. Not so. We enjoyed good weather and spent just one day indoors playing Scrabble, cribbage, gin rummy, canasta, and putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Is this what retired people do with their time?

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Jan 8, 2016 - Salinas, Ecuador

Salinas is the westernmost city on mainland Ecuador, part of the 937 miles of Pacific coastline in this country. The population of Salinas is 40000 and many expats have settled here. Since I wanted to experience life on the coast, I rented a condo one block from the beach for the month of January with Jerry Dunn. We traveled by bus to Guayaquil and on to Salinas today. The condominium is modern, small but comfortable, and has a rooftop pool. The weather is warm but breezy and I know we're going to enjoy this place.

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Feb 6, 2015 - On to Salinas

We check into Coco's Boutique Hostal where rooms were $56 per night. We were situated on the malecon and the street was lined with bars and restaurants. We enjoyed Cafe Jazz for one-dollar omelets for breakfast, Lovin' in the Oven for ceviche, and Smokin' BarBQ for happy hour and dinner. I managed to make contact with my friend Amy Prisco who owns ReMax Pioneer Realty. www.remax.com.ec Coco's Malecon y Fidon Tomala Salinas

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Dec 22, 2009 - Salinas, just Salinas

Finally, a day that is not go..go..go. We are actually hanging out around Salinas today. We got an unexpected treat this morning. It is the anniversary of the town and they have an annual parade, right in front of our Condo. It started at 10:30 and wasn’t over until 1:30. All the schools from Salinas and all the surrounding towns send representatives. Some were just walking, but many of the schools had bands and baton troups. After we had watched as much as we could, we went back in for breakfast. Mery had fixed fresh Mango, bananas, fried...

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Dec 20, 2009 - Salinas

Gary got up early and walked with Chalo to the market to pick up breakfast items. Other than Mery, I was the next to get up…yes hard to believe, but I am actually an early riser among this group. Mery made a few grilled sandwiches that were basically thin ham and mozzarella cheese for breakfast. We also had fresh mangos, bananas, and cereal. Nothing tastes the same here, milk is different, the mozzarella cheese isn’t what I am used to and my description of the grilled sandwiches is really loose, but its all good. Chalo decided we should go...

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Feb 21, 2009 - Salinas- Yacht Clubs, Beaches and Regattas

Our first night in Salinas couldn't be a dull one so we headed over to Jose's friend Felipe's beach house for some drinks and to meet some of his peeps who he hadn't seen in over a year. I was increasingly tired from my day o travel hell so we headed off around 3 am, leaving a happy Cachete partying there. YAY!!! Jose and I woke up to a sunny day in Salinas and were eager to get started. We drove all over the city looking for bread and coffee for breakfast (we only managed to get the bread and some juice), ate on Jorge's patio and then...

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Apr 24, 2007 - Ecuador - Salinas

My missing luggage came into the Guayaquil airport late Monday night and by then I was ready to get out of the big city, so Tuesday morning I caught a $3.00 bus ride to Salinas out of the bus terminal, headed west of Guayaquil, on to a penninsula that juts out to the west, on the southern coastal end of Ecuador. Seems here it costs about a dollar per hour for a bus ride wherever you want to go. After getting here, I paid $30 for two nights at a nice clean hotel right on the Malecon- with the nice, clean tourist beach right across the...

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