3 Beach Buys on Ecuador’s Pacific Coast—$100,000 or Less

A pound of fresh shrimp—$2.50.

Someone to cook and clean for you—$20 per day.

Property tax of $200-$250 a year on the beach homes below…

It’s easy to see why Ecuador tops International Living‘s Retirement Index. It’s a top spot for those looking for a comfortable lifestyle that won’t break the bank.

And Ecuador rates as one of the best-value destinations on my beat, too. On the country’s unspoiled Pacific coast, in particular, you get a whole lot more for your dollar. And that applies to real estate as well as your cost of living.

If you dream of a home close to the beach…with ocean views or perhaps a nice swimming pool…but didn’t think you could afford it…you should put Ecuador’s Pacific coast top of your shortlist. You’ll pay 30%-40% less for a home here than in better-known expat havens like Panama and Costa Rica.

And you won’t have to sacrifice home comforts. In one established resort city, you can shop in modern supermarkets or a big produce and seafood market…go to the mall…catch a movie…and dine in restaurants and cafes. This city also boasts two yacht clubs, a big plus for fans of sport fishing and sailing.

One of the in-city beaches is a pretty stretch of soft sand. And just outside town, the beaches run for miles, dotted with little surf towns and fishing villages.

So it’s a real surprise to see what you can buy on a budget of $100,000 (or even less) on the Pacific Coast…

#1. A new condo, two short blocks from a quiet beach

The building is a five-minute walk from a supermarket and a 10-minute drive to a lively resort city. Amenities include a swimming pool. The price for this three-bedroom condo? Only $80,000.

#2. A villa three blocks from the beach in a nice neighborhood

It’s a short walk to stores, restaurants, cafes and bars. The villa has a living/dining area, a kitchen with a breakfast nook, three bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, and two separate half-bathrooms. A patio area at the back of the home leads to a carport and a guest apartment. The villa would make a nice home or a small B&B. Price: $98,000.

#3. A town home very close to a pretty beach in an upscale community

On the ground floor there’s an open-plan living area that opens to a front porch overlooking the swimming pool. The master bedroom boasts ocean and beach views. Price: $100,000.

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