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My husband was a mountaineer guide for years and fell in love with Ecuador in the late 60’s- 70’s. He was convinced this is where he wanted to retire.  In Feb 2013, we attended a conference in Quito with International Living. We then traveled for 2 weeks, spending time in Cuenca, and then the coast. It took us four years of searching the internet and we found our place in Ecuador.

San Clemente was not our first choice, but it only took a short time for us to call it home. Tom and Lynn at Ecuador Beachfront Property without a doubt, were the reason this is our happy place. The level of professionalism mixed with “treating us like family”, is what sold us on Ensenada del Pacifico. The construction and attention to detail, made it an easy choice.

We would highly recommend Ecuador if you are looking for a slower paced lifestyle, filled with endless possibilities for travel, or just staying at home enjoying the endless beach here in San Clemente.

Jim and Ellen Wagner (December 2020)

Longmont, CO USA

After finally deciding we were going to move to Ecuador,  we found a few houses that we were interested in and contacted Tom with Ecuador Beachfront Property.  Tom was very helpful and since we have never been here, steered us away from some houses that would have been regrettable.  The house we bought was actually on House Hunters International,  and lucky for us, not the house chosen! The whole purchase process was pretty easy and arriving here we were met by Jemma who walked us through the house and even had some new pillows and a shower curtain so we could sleep and take showers, which was so thoughtful! 

Once we decided to move ahead with renovations on the house,  Jemma lined up a professional crew and in no time, we had a beautiful place! Jemma was always very responsive to any questions we had. I highly recommend this team if you are planning on a move to Ecuador,  you won't regret it!

Mike and Penny Jones (October 2021)
My first visit to Ecuador was in May of 2011. The trip was a 40th birthday gift from my parents. My father had visited many times in the past because of family who live there and also my grandfather was born there. I had always heard the stories of his travels there and someday wanted to travel there myself. After that first amazing visit, I knew right away that I wanted to someday have a vacation home there and eventually retire there. My girlfriend Janet and I traveled there in March in 2016. She immediately fell in love with the country as well and we both agreed how great it would be to have a home there someday. 
Fast forward to 2018, we were ready financially to pull the trigger on a property.
Read more: Graf Balda and Janet Barr

Hello to all who may be considering buying property and moving to Ecuador. Hopefully my story will
help you in that decision.

Prior to finding Ecuador Beachfront Property I spent hundreds – literally hundreds of hours on the
internet scouring every imaginable country – you name it, I researched it. I finally landed on,

saw one of their listings which looked promising from the great pictures on their
site, but also had a video link to Home and Garden’s show of Beachfront Bargain Hunt. That video “tour” is

Read more: Bruce Haines

We met Tom online in 2012, while looking for a property on the coast of Ecuador.  At the time, he was the agent for a nice little condo on the beach in Crucita.  When we found that condo too small for what we wanted, he introduced us to his Ensenada del Pacifico project in San Clemente.  We loved the location and layout options, and bought in immediately.

 When we visited in the summer of 2013, Tom gave us a tour of the property and area.  His enthousiasm and excitement about the project were contagious.  Construction started in the summer of 2014, during our second visit to Ecuador.  It was fascinating to watch.  Tom and Lynn kept all their buyers in the loop during the construction with pictures and videos.

 We were set to take possession of our unit in June of 2016 and had our third trip to Ecuador booked for the summer.  But the earthquake in April of that year changed that.  The buildings suffered cosmetic, but no structural damage.  I was going to say fortunately, but in reality, it was because of the quality of the construction.  When Tom first showed us the plans for the project, he bragged that it would be built to earthquake standards exceeding California’s.  A 7.8 magnitude quake

Read more: Rob and Diane Lamontagne

Tom Saunders and Ecuador Beachfront Property; My game changer.

I have been looking all over Latin American for the perfect ocean front home. My dream has always been to own my own little palm tree paradise and wake to the sound of ocean waves and the smell of fresh salt air. However, I was on a pretty tight budget and I needed help.  It is a scary, difficult process looking and purchasing a home in a foreign country. Tom made the process fun and exciting. Tom’s knowledge of Ecuador’s real estate market, construction experience, and his friendly nature put me at ease right away. With Tom I was in good hands.

For anyone looking to find their dream home by the sea, Tom Saunders is the man to know.

Read more: Scott Mazur

Dear Lynn and Tom, this is just a note to say how very pleased with have been with the way all of our business dealings with you have been over the years.  I am not sure I have ever told you but we actually interviewed three other real estate companies in Equador prior to choosing you and you have never disappointed us.  Your professionalism and personal touch and care for us and our property has given us total peace with not only our purchase but in deciding to have you manage our property as well.

Thank you for always being there and meeting all our needs whenever they arise.  Please feel free to use us as a reference or this as a testimonial as you have earned it!
All our best,
Alan and Karen Bennett (June 2019)
Pahrump, Nevada

When doing our research on Ecuador as a place to start a business and make a life change we came across Ecuador Beachfront Property. Connecting with Tom and Lynn and having some phone conversations it felt like we had found a great starting point for our exploration of Ecuador. They were friendly, well informed, and had an easy going, no-pressure attitude to helping us discover the possibilities. The Ecuador guide they have developed was extremely informative and helped set some expectations and understanding for our trip. 

Once on the ground we started to look at properties/options, Tom and Lynn are very professional, this combined with their style made it a fun adventure to review and develop a feel for properties and the area.  We knew Ecuador was at the top of our list of countries to look at and meeting them took some of the guesswork out of a starting point for our search. Tom listened and understood our needs/parameters and lined up a handful of well-targeted properties that fit our criteria. 

Read more: Carol Whittaker and Andrew Sweeny

Sometimes the Cosmos bends in your direction.  That's how Gwen and I felt in January, 2019, when we sat with Tom in his office thinking we were opting - at least for the moment - not to purchase real estate in Ecuador.  We were near the end of a three week stay at Tom and Lynn's signature oceanfront development called Ensenada del Pacifico, in the village of San Clemente.  "A little piece of paradise" is surely an over-used phrase, but Ensenada del Pacifico merits the distinction, from its unobstructed ocean viewto the meticulous landscaping to the modern amenities and the eco-friendly best practices (seriously, is there a resort anywhere else in the world where a Ph.D. geochemist ponders the intricacies of swimming pool pH?).  

Ensenada del Pacifico, though, was a sold-out property

Read more: Bob and Gwen Sholar

Tom and Lynn Saunders of Ecuador Beachfront Property have been so knowledgeable and professional throughout the process of purchasing our beautiful beachfront condo at Ensenada del Pacifico. We are so excited to begin our ‘next life’ on the coast of Ecuador in the town of San Clemente.

Lynn, Tom, and their amazing assistant, Jemma, did a lot of ‘hand holding’ throughout our journey. International questions, travel, timing of processes, financial obligations and even decor decisions were answered in a timely and reassuring way. We highly recommend Ecuador Beachfront Property for any of your buying or renting needs. Can’t wait to spend time on the coast with our new friends.

Brian and Marni Mount (March 2021)

Bradenton, FL USA

I first heard about the beautiful coast of Ecuador from watching House Hunters International. I was surprised how reasonable beachfront property was and decided to learn more. I found Tom and Lynn’s Ecuador Beachfront Property website and learned a lot from their blog alone, even before speaking with them. I sent an email to Tom and he was kind enough to speak with me on the phone. He called me and spent 45 minutes answering all my questions (I had a lot!!!)

From that point on, we established a great relationship, and we decided to work with them to find property for my husband and I on the coast. Choosing their new property, Ensenada del Pacifico in San Clemente was a no-brainer, and they guided us through each step of the purchasing process with ease. Being from the US, we were not familiar with Ecuador laws and regulations and Tom and Lynn provided us with answers and arranged for a power of attorney to assist with the purchasing process while we were in the States, guiding (and translating when necessary) us through every step. This process was easier than I would have imagined with

Read more: Alice Gandelman and Bill Freedman

Our Permanent Vacation

We met Tom and Lynn of "Ecuador Beachfront Property" in April of 2015.  Our goal was to find a place to lease on the beach in Ecuador somewhere near Manta.  Although retirement and starting our “permanent vacation” was still two years away, we were anxious to narrow our search down so we contacted Thom and Lynn at Ecuador Beachfront Properties. In truth, we had been in contact with several websites and had been an avid House Hunters International watcher since 2014 .

Since our first contact with Tom and Lynn, we had been very clear that we would resist the desire to buy and wanted to lease a place on the beach for at least year before we made any decisions about location, buying and quite frankly Ecuador.  They listened and were understanding.

Tom gave me a tour of several properties in Crucita, San Jacinto and San Clemente including some properties under development. There was no pressure but there was a great

Read more: Geoff and Mac

We felt as though we won the lottery when we stumbled on Tom And Lynn Saunders' website in late 2013. We met early in 2014 and recently purchased a beautiful condo in Crucita with their help and expertise. Our experience with Ecuador Beachfront Property has been 5 star all the way!! Tom and Lynn go above and beyond their obligations as realtors and have assisted us in so many ways. They are always there to provide advice and also offer help with day to day needs, such as arranging drivers, repairs, restaurant and shopping recommendations.

We were honoured to spend New Years Eve with them this year and hope that it will be the start of a new tradition
Their, honesty, integrity and professionalism has been evident in all our dealings with them.
We highly recommend this wonderful young couple for any real estate transaction, please feel free to contact us.

Peter and Linda Wartski (April 2015)

Thornhill, Ontario
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Our experience working with Tom and Lynn at Ecuador Beachfront Property was absolutely wonderful. From the very first email and phone call both of them were friendly, knowledgeable and willing to go above and beyond normal expectations to help us feel comfortable and informed. In fact, we felt so good about the situation that we bought our beach home before we even traveled to Ecuador or saw the actual property. Tom introduced us to a wonderful bilingual attorney nearby who was able to assist us with a POA to complete the purchase from our home. When we arrived to see the area and home we had no surprises the property was just as we had expected and we could not have been more pleased.

Tom and Lynn’s excellent service to us did not stop after the purchase was made, they continued to be available to answer all our questions each step along the way. When we traveled to visit our home for the first time, Tom made arrangements to have a driver pick us up at the airport and take us straight to our home, this was a great blessing to us with this being our first time in Ecuador, not speaking the language and being very unfamiliar with the area and us arriving late in the evening. Tom was waiting for us at the

Read more: Matt and Aimee Garrett

Having a beachfront home in a tropical region had always been a dream of ours. My wife Danielle lived in Montreal all her life until moving to NJ in 2010. As a young child she knew someday she would be living on a beautiful beach in the tropics, NJ was that first step south to her dream.

I grew up in NY and lived for the summer going to Nathan’s in Coney Island and playing on the beach until the sun went down. When my children were young it was time to leave NY and head south (50 miles to the Jersey Shore). It wasn’t a big move but it was one step closer to the real south and eternal summer of my dreams.

In 2008 Danielle and I met, you guessed it, on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. In 2012 Danielle and I married and immediately started thinking how we could make our dreams a reality. We started reading many books and magazines about retiring in the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Panama or Ecuador. Neither of us had ever been to Ecuador so it was time for a fact-finding visit. By 2014 we had done a lot of research but really felt like it was a shot in the dark picking the right place and where do we start. That is when we came across Lynn and Tom. Right from our first correspondence we felt we had made friends. Tom made arrangements for a taxi to meet us at the airport (who ended up waiting about an hour for us); the driver was so nice he even apologized to us for our flight being delayed. About 10 minutes after arriving in our room Lynn was there to give us a warm greeting with her son in her arms. We would spend the next 10 days having a few meals together in the local restaurants with them and their 2 sons.  When Tom was not

Read more: Vic and Danielle Cresci

We always dreamed of owning a beachfront property and opening a guesthouse, after years of traveling to destinations around the world we decided on Ecuador.  We surfed through numerous websites and found , printed out listings and returned to Ecuador to explore and determine if the properties were truly as beautiful as portrayed on the internet. Much to our delight – they were very nice! 

We contacted Tom Saunders as our real estate agent and scheduled several showings, after contemplating our budget and reviewing prices on existing homes plus renovation costs we decided to buy a parcel of land and build with Tom.  This was our first build and Tom graciously accommodated our requests, we handed over a rough sketch of our dream home and Tom took it from there employing an architect to complete blue prints and site design. Tom introduced us to our attorney:  Vicente Ruperto Palma Garcia, who coordinated the necessary legal work for purchasing the property and ensuring a clear title/survey and permits to build.  Tom communicated with us via Skype and email keeping us informed of the progress that was being made on our property while we were wrapping things up in the states. 

Tom’s wife Lynn was very helpful in recommending accommodations, drivers and day trips during the numerous visits that we made while the work was in progress.  Tom and Lynn Saunders have exceeded our expectations! 

The guesthouse is open and we are very happy with our new lifestyle. We highly recommend in fact, friends of ours have recently invested in a condominium project that the Saunders family is building.  Thank you Tom and Lynn, it has been a pleasure doing business with you and developing our friendship along the way – Saludos!

Please share our information with potential clients, we’ll be glad to answer their questions and accommodate them at our guesthouse when they visit Ecuador!

Marty Williams & Jim Franks (February 2015)

Casa WF, San Jacinto, Manabi - Ecuador


Our new house is located in a tiny town on the coast of Ecuador, on the beach, and was built by Tom Saunders in 4 months flat. For anyone who's attempted such a feat, that's a shocking accomplishment. Especially if it's built to North American standards. In retrospect their knowledge, experience, and savvy made our first (and probably only) built home a very satisfying experience overall.
Again, thank you Tom for accommodating, facilitating, and expediting our dream.

Stephen and Kerri Sweeney (September 2012)
Snohomish,  Washington


The greatest thing that we can say about buying land with the guidance of Tom Saunders is that there were really no surprises and we were well prepped for what to expect throughout the process.  I think the most difficult part of any deal in life is matching expectations to reality.  Although sales is important, solid servicing separates the Saunders from the rest of the herd.  In this light, they have a history of providing us with timely suggestions, observations and general information re: activities which may be influencing the value of our purchase.  Their personal experiences as successful land owners and facilitators for sellers and buyers has served them well.  We have joined the ranks of satisfied customers and are looking forward to working with them through the construction phase on our property.

Mike and Linda Dexter (February 2013)

Olympia, WA

We would like to recommend Tom Saunders without any reservations based on his services to us with both the purchase and sale of beachfront properties in Ecuador. We met Tom and Lynn in 2010 while searching for our retirement destination. They provided us with a gamut of options from completed homes to bare lots and gave us a very honest and realistic representation of what would be involved in purchasing existing construction versus building a custom home. They guided us through each step of the purchase process of our beachfront lot. When our retirement plans changed for personal reasons, Tom enabled us to resell our lot through them from the US. We have been impressed by Tom's transparency and integrity throughout our business dealings and for making us feel very much at home in Ecuador with their warmth and kindness.

Bob and Claudia Dutkiewicz (April 2013)
Phoenix,  Arizona

On a 0 to 100 percent scale I would rate Tom and Lynn Saunders performance in enabling my wife and I to live in Ecuador for 6 months in two excellent locations along the coast as 101%. They both went the extra mile to insure we were thoroughly informed, prepared, and ready to begin an exciting new venture.
They are a fine couple and complement each other perfectly. They are to us so much more than real estate agents, Tom and Lynn are friends who we treasure for who they are, as they are excellently suited for what they do.  Without proper preparation, U.S. citizens can experience shock when departing the friendly, safe and comfortable living enjoyed in the U.S. and this is where Tom and Lynn can make the difference between an adventure of a lifetime or a nightmare.  They do so much more than just renting one a place to live. They insure your arrival is planned with a dependable taxi driver who knows you by name. Their web site is an abundant source of valuable information availabe nowhere else online. Both Tom and Lynn are available to answer any and all questions one may have and more importantly, they will give you information on topics and cultural variances that you may not even be aware of. And lastly, they will not desert you after you sign a lease. It is at that time they go the extra mile, after the lease is signed.

Richard and Elizabeth Rohrbacher (December 2012)
Palm Desert, California

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