Miles of Unspoiled Beaches – and Bargain Beach Homes

Dear Reader,

We’re heading north along Ecuador’s Pacific coast. We’re leaving behind our rented boardwalk condo in the resort town of Salinas. A sandy beach is just steps from the front door of the condo. We’ve taken full advantage of it and spent a lot of time on the beach. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed it.

So why are we driving away – and looking for a beach?

The short answer is that it’s a holiday weekend and we know that the city beaches will get busy. We want a big, empty beach, a beach without a boardwalk or high rises or crowds.

We find this beach near the village of Olon and settle in for a few hours of swimming, strolling on the sand, and relaxing:


On Ecuador’s southern Pacific coast, you’ll find plenty of beaches like this one. On the way back to Salinas, we make a series of stops. We check out Montanita, a crazy surf town popular with twenty-something locals and foreigners. I buy a couple of souvenirs and grab a fruit smoothie.

At San Pablo beach, it’s time to eat. A string of rustic restaurants sits alongside the sand. The background music of the waves breaking on the beach and the fresh sea breeze whet our appetites. The friendly waitress recommends a local specialty, a seafood soup in a peanut sauce, cooked in an earthenware pot. Our meal, with beers thrown in, comes to less than $10.

Our final beach is Punta Carnero. We walk on the soft, creamy sand a while, and watch the sun sink into the ocean, before heading back to our boardwalk condo.

The best part about this coast isn’t the choice of beaches. It’s the price. Unlike many other Pacific beach areas, you can afford to own a beach home here. Take a look at these three picks:

#1. A brand-new condo a couple of blocks from the nicest city beach in Salinas. It’s a two-bed two-bath unit with granite counters and imported tile floors. The building, with only 6 units, features a social area, rooftop terrace and swimming pool. Price: $82,400.

#2. A townhome one lot back from the beach 10 minutes’ drive from Salinas. Set in an upscale community with direct beach access, the 3-bed 2.5-bath town home has ocean and beach views from the master bedroom. The front porch overlooks the communal swimming pool and social area. Price: $100,000.

#3. This beachfront home is just a few years old. It’s spacious, with three bedrooms and bathrooms, plus a powder room, an open-plan living area and an oceanfront balcony. The home comes with two almost-completed large apartments that require some finishing touches. You could rent these out separately to generate income. Price: $210,000.

So, if you’ve always wanted a beach lifestyle, you can still get your dream home on Ecuador’s Pacific coast, even on a tight budget. And there’s an easy way to see this location for yourself – and get the real skinny on the best real estate deals.

Reference: Summerfield, M. (2013, August 9). Miles of Unspoiled Beaches – and Bargain Beach Homes. Retrieved September, 30, 2013 from


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