Best Places to Own Premium Water Views for Less than $150,000

In Mexico, Ecuador and Costa Rica properties with stunning views can be bought for as little as $119,000, according to a new report by

“A great view usually translates into a premium price tag. But if a buyer knows the right places to look, he can find properties with world-class vistas for much, much less than you’d expect,” reports’s property correspondent, Margaret Summerfield.

The west-coast destination of Vallarta, Mexico, hit the headlines in 1963 when John Huston filmed part of Night of the Iguana there. The world’s press descended on the town to follow the romance between Richard Burton, a star in the movie, and Elizabeth Taylor.

Tourists and expats started to flock to this little fishing village. Today, around 50,000 North Americans live in Vallarta or own property in this sophisticated city with top-notch amenities, including golf, marinas and shopping.

A one-bedroom, one-bathroom condo is listed just south of town for $119,000. It boasts spectacular views of the ocean, beach and jungle-covered hills. It’s in a beachfront complex with a heated swimming pool, tennis courts, a large sun deck, a gym and a heated Jacuzzi.

On Ecuador’s Pacific coast, Salinas is a lively resort city, which offers great value for money when it comes to beachfront or oceanview real estate.

“More expats and retirees are moving to Salinas, seduced by its warm, dry climate, pretty beaches and low cost of living. A couple could live very comfortably here—and enjoy an active beach lifestyle—for about $1,700 a month,” says Summerfield.

“And the same good value is reflected in property prices. Your real estate dollar goes a long way in Salinas.”

The resort city has many amenities—restaurants, cafés, bars and a buzzing nightlife. There are malls, modern supermarkets and a movie theater.

A two-bedroom, two-bathroom, fully-furnished condo is listed for $145,000. It’s got marina and ocean views and a full 1,291 square feet of living space.

“That’s a great price for a setting like this,” Summerfield reports.

You can read the full report from, here: Properties with Premium Views for Less than $150,000.

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