La Chocolatera, the westernmost Point in Ecuador is located in Salinas
La Chocolatera, the westernmost Point in Ecuador is located in Salinas
La Chocolatera, the westernmost Point in Ecuador is located in Salinas

Salinas, Ecuador

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 09, 2022

Summary: With a population of approximately 50,000, Salinas, Ecuador is the westernmost city on mainland Ecuador (Galapagos is further west). Salinas is considered Ecuador's most upscale, beach resort area and a hot spot for real estate investors. Salinas enjoys year-round, beach-friendly weather with highs in the mid 80s and lows in the upper 60s. Tip: Newcomers tend to meet people by hanging out at restaurants and bars on the Malecon, a popular beachfront street.

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What do I need to know about living in Salinas?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Salinas, they said:

"I'd say if you are retired and wanting a nice beach area where the views are exceptional. Yes this maybe the place for you. But there are many cities along the coast that you may like better. One plus for us is we live very close to the main mall here, walking distance and we really like that as in the past it would take us all day of shopping when we lived in Montanita. P.S. Just lessons learned would only bring down only what you absolutely need. Shipping items to here is very expensive and a real pain in the butt. Would not recommend that unless you absolutely need to," said another expat in Salinas.

"Do not listen to anyone initially, feel the place out first and make sure you enjoy the area. When buying or renting a place such as apartments be careful of all Brokers, even the Licensed, who both I and our friends have seen on many occasions add 20% or more to the costs and who also try to get paid both sides, by in effect charging innocent foreigners much more, where as if you deal with owners directly you will pay less! Brokers means that they are more broke than you so be CAREFUL. I recommend either Tucasaecuador.com on line or their magazine you can buy in the main Shopping center or in Petrol stations. Personally we bought from the Best Tower in Town the PHOENIX LUXURY TOWER who were in this magazine in front of the Banco Pacifico on the second street in Salinas which has over 9 nationalities based there and found that in dealing with the OWNER we got the best and fairest deal and no broker crap trap! They have suites, medium and large apartments but are over 80% sold now," added another expat who made the move to Salinas.

"Get to know the place before you commit, as everywhere else, you have to like the place with its pros and cons. In getting a place for rent or purchase, stick to licensed real estate brokers as there are many "unofficial" brokers who will get you in trouble... guaranteed. I was a victim of one of them until I contacted the Coldwell Banker people. As far as I go, they are the only professionals I trust," explained one expat living in Salinas, Ecuador.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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