Last updated on Dec 04, 2023
Summary: Salinas, Ecuador is a beautiful beach town with a laid-back atmosphere. Expats love the relaxed lifestyle, the friendly locals, and the stunning beaches. The weather in Salinas is typically warm and sunny, with temperatures ranging from the mid-60s to the mid-80s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,500 to $2,000 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $400 to $600 per month, while a two bedroom apartment can cost anywhere from $500 to $800 per month. The population of Salinas is around 40,000 people.
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:
"Expat retirees should be aware that healthcare in Salinas can be limited and may not meet the standards of many Western countries. It may be useful to secure private health insurance. The local currency is the U.S. Dollar so exchanging foreign currency may not be necessary. Salinas is fairly remote, so public transportation is limited and having a car is highly recommended. As with most places in Ecuador, the climate is very warm and the sun is strong. Expats should be sure to use plenty of sunscreen and drink plenty of water to avoid heat-related illnesses," remarked one expat who made the move to Salinas, Ecuador.
"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," explained one expat living in Salinas, Ecuador.
What do I need to know before moving to Salinas?
About the Author
Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.
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