About the property
- House3500 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay10 nights
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Note: This house is not for everyone. Crucita is not a resort; it is a small working fishing village with a popular beach. There are restaraunts, a bank and even private taxis; however, it does not offer the many amenities available in larger cities. Please read this description carefully and I will be happy to answer any of your questions.
A modern house that was created from an abandoned pyramid structure. New tile floors, new private baths (modern), four rooftop decks, and a private courtyard. The private home is a unique structure overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Furnishings are very sparse in keeping with the clean modern interior design but both bedrooms are equipped with a great king sized bed.
The house is on a hill overlooking the town also. Its a short walk to the beach, and to great restaurants serving fresh seafood and local vegetables.
The neighborhood is in a gated preserve of about 15 exclusive homes and a restaurant and paragliding facilities.
Crucita says of the neighborhood - 'The conditions here are quite favorable for Paragliding which is a very popular past time in Crucita. The constant weather conditions make for excellent flying. There is a very nice launch site available which includes a restaurant/bar. A platform on the cliff side makes for nice viewing if you decide not to try flying yourself. Tandem rides are available and are very affordable. The scenery over the ocean and inland is spectacular and gliders are often joined by seabirds that are enjoying the warm thermals keeping them effortlessly in the air.'
Note: There is DirecTV but you also have great views of the ocean, the beaches of Crucita, the city of Manta to the South, the town of Crucita of course, and Bahia to the North.
Cooking is by induction cooktops which can be placed on the center island of the kitchen or left on their cart to be wheeled out to cook on one of the terraces. A little disconcerting for some, but it is the wave of the future in terms of safety, ecology, and quickness.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 03, 2018
Why Owner/Property Manager chose Crucita
I came to Ecuador, like many people, trying to gain an understanding of what Ecuador is and what did it have to offer. I had a clear vision in my head that I wanted a simple, but elegant house steps away from the water and a wide clean beach. I started looking in southern Ecuador and rented a house on the beach that had all that I wanted. Well, it was August and storms drenched the house. The humidity was so high that I had salt water running down the inside of the windows and salt crusting up everywhere. All my clothes felt sticky wet and everything in the house was wet.... books, pots pans, etc. Living right on the edge of the mighty Pacific was ok most of the year, but the salt water destroyed and made high maintenance in every house on the beach. I decided to see what other options were out there. I hired a car and driver to drive me up the coast. He mentioned that I should see Crucita, one of the three best beaches in Ecuador. When I arrived in Crucita, I was more than a little under whelmed. The road into Crucita was under construction ( now completed ) and most streets were not paved. It was, and still is, a quaint little fishing village without pretense. I came to love Crucita and the people there. The Pyramid House was hidden under a pile of vines and was occupied by birds, small animals, and who knows what else. It was an unfinished shell of a pyramid that had been abandoned years before. But it had great features... The floor that is now the master BR and bath, is a platform supported by columns underneath and the floor was 4 feet away from the walls on two sides! So from the lowest level, you could look up 2 stories to the top of the Pyramid! With a lot of love and support, the Pyramid House is now a lovely modern home that has great acoustics for music and great views from the decks. I can stand in the master shower and see the ocean and parasailors floating above the beach.
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Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Wonderful beach house in quiet Crucita, Ecuador .
Crucita, Ecuador is definitely a quiet & relaxing fishing village. Potential renters must understand the importance of renting a car while here and be comfortable that this beach house is in a small, quiet, non-resort community.
Can't beat the value of the home for the price you pay. Owner & house manager are very helpful and informative.
We very much enjoyed the month we stayed at this property.
Great relaxing place
I just stayed at this property last week, and had a great time! Yes the hill is steep, but I enjoyed the exercise. I did get a taxi (tuk-tuk) to give me a ride up the hill a couple of times, but not many will. If walking is not for you then you'll need a car, as the listing recommends. I also took the bus to Portoviejo, which only cost $1 each way, and was conveniently located at the bottom of the hill.
I walked the beach in the mornings, and ended the day relaxing in the hammock on the roof deck. I think the roof deck is the best part of the whole place! It gets a cool breeze in the early morning and at night, and has a great view of the ocean and the town. You can hear the waves at the beach in the distance- very soothing!
I was looking for a place to relax, and this is a great place for that. The town is not a resort- there are no fine restaurants, gift shops, etc. It's a fishing village, but it does have a beach that 's pretty popular. And to top it off, I found the Ecuadorians some of the most friendly people I've met.
There are private cars available but they require that you call them to make arrangements to pick you up, times, etc. These are not expensive as a renatl car would be.
Cannot Recommend Staying at this House
We spent three months at the “Pyramid House” which is a very unique property. We would not stay again nor could we recommend anyone else staying at this venue. The house is well constructed but has a lot of glass, no draperies or blinds, making it a concrete greenhouse. It is very hot and provides no privacy during the day or night. There is no breeze when the windows are opened because of the houses next to it and the outside surrounding walls, forcing the use of air conditioning.
The furniture is very low quality; there is not one piece of comfortable furniture! All the chairs are plastic with the exception of the dining room chairs which have plastic covers on the seat portion. Many of the plastic chairs are cracked and stained. We cannot stress enough how uncomfortable the furnishings are.
Only a handful of towels were provided and there were no wash clothes so we had to purchase our own. The same situation existed with the kitchen supplies.
The other reviewer called Crucita a “shanty town”; more accurately it is simply a fishing village, nothing more or less. No real amenities. The beach has muddy brown sand, more mud than sand. The Beach Street or “Malecon” has many restaurants but only a few felt safe for dining. The village families are very pleasant and friendly.
During our 3 month stay, we learned of two home break-ins and one armed robbery, yes with a gun, of ex-pats. Knowing this, we kept our doors and front gate locked; however, during a 5 day side trip to Quito, the property manager cut our lock and entered the house to turn off a few lights we had left on for safety reasons. We were very upset to say the least that someone entered our home without our authorization.
One of the greatest challenges with this location is that it is not an easy walk to the beach or town. The hilltop location gave a great view but made it an impossible pleasant stay without transportation. Be prepared to rent a car or budget for a private driver or taxi service at least $600 per month. There is a bus service available that comes with challenges; you still need to get to the bottom of the hill and back up again. In our three month stay we did not find a tuk-tuk driver that would drive up the hill.
Based upon the reasons stated above, we cannot in good conscience recommend this property.
I am disheartened in this review. Crucita is a fishing village in a third world country as it says in the description; it is not a resort and the amenities provided by the town are minimal. The description also says that a car is reccommended. The first two months of the rentors stay only resulted in positive feedback from them. They did not pre-arrange for a car, so I provided one for them at a minimal cost ( less than $350 a month for every other day usage). They were the only drivers during this time period. After the car was damaged (they were the only drivers, but we are unable to determine the cause), the car was in repair and unavailable during their last months rental. According to the on-site manager, "the washing machine started having problems and had to be removed for repair while the renters went to Quito. They insisted that the repair be done and the washing machine reinstalled before they returned. He thought that he was doing the lessor of two evils by gaining access to the house so that deliverymen could return the washer." I certainly understand that the renters were upset to find that someone had entered the house. This will be addressed with the manager.
This review also states that the house has minimal and cheap furniture. The description describes the house as starkly furnished. It is fair to say that many of the chairs and tables are plastic. That allows the guests to configure seating and dining on one of the many outdoor areas. Plastic was chosen to stand up to the salt air. The hammocks, and the two sofas are not plastic.
According to the manager, the crimes that they mentioned occurred almost four years ago in an area outside of Crucita. The Pyramid is in a gated area on a hill and the gate has an evening attendant to restrict traffic to the owners and guests of the owners.
These renters extended the original time that they wanted to stay in Crucita by another 10 days.
Again, Crucita is a small fishing village without lots of a tourist attractions. However, two top agencies list the beach in Crucita as one of the top three beaches in Ecuador.
My apologies to these guests; I'm sorry that they did not enjoy their stay. I will review their comments with the on-site manager to find ways to address their issues and communicate better about Pyramid House, Crucita, and Ecuador.
My wife and I decided that our honeymoon was going to be a romantic adventure. That is what we got! The house is very unique and we loved sitting outside on the top deck in the evening watching the sun set every night as well as lounging in the hammock listening to the ocean and enjoying the cool breeze.
Like it is stated on the description Crucita is a small fishing town. But seeing as we were exploring we enjoyed checking out the fisher's market on the beach and getting up early to get fresh baked pastries that you will not get back home unfortunately. The food at every resturant was delicious. These people know how to make shrimp/fish rice dishes that are making me hungry right now thinking about it. The only time we had a bad meal was when we switched it up and ordered a burger at a non mom/pop restaurant in another village.
The house is on top of a hill, which didn't bother us. I did have one tuk-tuk take me up the hill. There is a guard at night and the house is in a gated community and we never felt unsafe for a minute. Not many people spoke english but never the less were always helpful and friendly especially when we were learning the bus system to travel around.
We enjoyed riding the bus in Portoviejo and exploring the markets, you will see anything and everything. We then were able to travel up and down the coast for practically nothing in the foothills of the andes, truly beautiful.
Suffice it to say we did not regret staying at the pyramid house and would go back and have discussed going with a group of friends next time. One last thing the para sailing off the side of the cliff that is just above the house was awesome! Thrilling at first and then peaceful gliding in the air.
In a nutshell all the mom/pop restaurants were delicious, transportation was easy, cheap and efficient. The house is very unique and fun. The pacific coast in general from Crucita to Montinita was full of little surprises! People were ALWAYS friendly and helpful. We never felt unsafe. We have recommended this place already.
Nice house poorly furnished of cheap furniture
Nice home located on top of hill. No transportation facilities. Crucita is a shanty town. Bad restaurants, third world village, no taxis, bus to Potoviejo or Manta only. We cut short our stay by two months. I recommend a major review of vrbo web site.
The rentor did no research or ask any questions before coming to Crucita. He and his wife complained that the Ecuadorians were poor, lazy, and stupid. They complained loudly and to the citizens of Crucita. ... what a way to make yourself welcome in a town and country! He complained that he couldnt rent a car for $16 a day like he did in Las Vegas , Nevada. Crucita is a small fishing village without lots of features and resources found in large cities. It is full of small restaurants that feature fresh seafood and fresh locally grown vegetables. The citizens of Crucita were not sad to see him go. They did not appreciate his attitude.
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