Ecuador: Discover the World's Best-Value Beachfront
The Costa de Oro (Gold Coast) offers miles of sandy beach and bargain properties
If you're dreaming of a sunny bolt hole overseas...but you didn't think you could afford it, here's some news you'll like.
One country on our radar can give you that beach lifestyle you dream of...at a price you can afford. Think California in the 1950s, before prices got out of hand.
This low-cost paradise is on Ecuador's South Pacific coast. Ecuador is the place to go to make your retirement dollars stretch even further...and this applies not just to lifestyle, but to real estate values, too. This is where you'll find some of the world’s cheapest beachfront... where you can still afford that rare opportunity to live just a couple of steps from the sand.
A boardwalk condo just across the street from the beach costs $90,000...a brand-new oceanfront town home with great views comes with a low price tag of only $87,000...
Until now, this country's coast...with miles of unspoiled, pristine beaches, and undervalued property...was overlooked. But that's changing...
Rustic beach bars serve tasty (and cheap) lunches and snacks
Some of the World's Most Affordable Beachfront
The sea here is a deep Pacific blue, sparkling sapphire in the sun...curling around soft, sandy beaches that run for miles. Some beaches offer calm waters for swimming...others challenge you to surf. Sunrise beckons you to kick off your shoes and walk barefoot in the warm ocean, with the silky touch of an ocean breeze on your skin. Sunset calls for the gentle sway of a hammock, as the scarlet sun sinks slowly beneath the ocean waves.
The beach towns are simple and rustic. Tiny bars and restaurants with thatched roofs tempt you with the aroma of fresh-cooked fish, and the refreshing chill of an ice-cold beer. Your beach lunch will likely set you back $2.50. And the beer? That'll add $1 to the tab. You can live comfortably here for $1500 a month.
And you won't have to sacrifice home comforts in this affordable paradise.
Having spent many months exploring the length of this country's Pacific coast, we identified a number of small towns and beach resorts on this stretch, known as the Costa de Oro (Gold Coast) which offer the best values...including sophisticated Salinas with its exclusive marinas, sandy beaches and incredibly low-priced properties.
We'd like to offer you the chance to discover this stretch of coast for yourself...focusing on the bargain buys and hidden gems...at unbeatable prices.But more on that in a moment...
Ecuador's coast reminds us of parts of the Pacific coast in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, before the real estate boom in those countries, triggered by an influx of foreign buyers.
Ecuador's coast is now on the radar of an increasing number of overseas property shoppers. Faced with economic uncertainty in the US, they're exploring more alternatives. They want a lower cost of living, and a lower-priced home. They want to cut costs without cutting their standard of living. Ecuador's coast fits the bill.
Right now, you can find some of the world's best-value beachfront here. Undervalued beachfront in one of the world's lowest-cost retirement havens... you can guess that won't be overlooked for too long...
About 90 miles from Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city, Salinas has long been a vacation home destination for Ecuadorians. This is Ecuador's "in" playground...perfect for sunbathing, boating, surfing, and sport fishing. Residents and visitors enjoy the sun and water sports during the day. The evening is for enjoying fine dining and the vibrant nightlife.
A jetty divides the beach almost perfectly in half, close to the docks of Salinas Yacht Club. The sandy half-moon bay on the north side, where most of the action takes place, is Salinas Beach, lined with upscale high-rise apartments, hotels, restaurants, and shops. To the south is Chipipe Beach, quieter and more family oriented.
Despite the yacht clubs, and the sophistication you'll find in Salinas, though, it may be one of the world's least-expensive beach resorts.
You can own a condo with an exclusive yacht club and sandy beach just steps from your front door...for $79,797...just over $107 a square foot.
The Puerto Lucia yacht club attracts an international crowd of sailors and sport fishers...and well-heeled Ecuadorians, seeking a quiet, upscale neighborhood to raise their families. A beachfront development here, Spondylus II, is minutes from grocery stores, a shopping mall, a country club, restaurants, and medical clinics. Only a handful of units remain. One ocean-view condo is available for $79,797, for a 742-square foot unit.
Re-sale properties on the market include:
A Five-Bed Home
This spacious home is located just a few blocks from a grocery store and restaurants. It’s only a quarter mile from the beach and around 5 minutes by car to the Malecón of Salinas and the shopping mall. The ground floor has a living room, dining room, kitchen, one bedroom and one bathroom. Upstairs are four more bedrooms, two more bathrooms and a den. There is a small front patio, parking for one car and a small laundry area. The list price includes existing furnishings, but not appliances.
List Price: $65,000.
A Modern Villa
This attractive complex is brand new and has just six units total and is just a few short blocks off-beach. It features a modern style, pool, sauna, roof top terrace social area and parking. Units have nice finishings such as imported tile floors, custom cabinetry and granite counter tops. There is one ground floor unit still available, with a kitchen, living/dining area, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, laundry room, a total of 103 m2 listed at $82,400. Also available are two units on the 1st floor (2nd story), with a kitchen, living/dining area, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, laundry room, a total of 120 m2 listed at $118,500.
List Price: $82,400.
You can't beat the views from this high floor one bedroom suite in a luxury building just a short drive from Salinas. It has about 500 square feet of living space, including a kitchen with granite counter tops, a living area with floor to ceiling windows and a bedroom area with closet. The complex has full amenities.
List Price: $75,000.
Modern Oceanview Condo
This 117 m2 condo has 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, kitchen, living/dining area and a large terrace with jacuzzi. From its hilltop location it offers panoramic long distance ocean views. It is located in a quiet beachside community about 10 miles north of Salinas, a great location if you like a quiet atmosphere, within easy driving distance to entertainment and amenities. The complex has parking, a pool and social area. Furnishings included in list price.
List Price: $150,000.
See For Yourself...
To get an up-close look at some of the most exciting, best value properties in Ecuador's Southern Pacific, take a tour with Amy Pinoargote, one of the Spondylus developers.
Amy runs real estate tours in and around Salinas. She's an expat herself, originally from the US, but now living in Salinas with her husband Gerardo, who grew up here. (You'll hear first-hand from Gerardo about the growth and development of Salinas over the years.)
Amy uses her local knowledge and connections to find the best properties--at the best price. She won't give you a hard-sell sales pitch on your tour...instead, she'll help you uncover this amazing location, and give you the lowdown on what it's really like living here year-round.
Amy is running a tour this June 19-22, 2013. You’ll see the little fishing villages and quaint beach towns on the southern Pacific coast…take in the sights, soak up the atmosphere…and, of course, check out the best properties. Contact Amy here today to book your space.
The tour is priced at $549 per person and includes 4 nights’ accommodation, half board and all transport. If you book before May 15th, 2013, you’ll get a $50 discount, cutting the price per person to $499.
Currently overlooked, Ecuador's coastline is on the shortlist for many U.S. retirees and vacation home buyers. These low values won't remain low for much longer. I strongly urge you to check out this affordable stretch of coast sooner rather than later.
P.S. You can contact Amy here to find out more about more about the type of property you’ll see on the tour. The tour is strictly limited to 25 people. I’d hate for you to miss out. Contact Amy here to lock down your spot.
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