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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 Sep 17, 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?

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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," explained one expat living in Salinas, Ecuador.

"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," said another expat in 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," added another expat who made the move to Salinas.

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What do I need to know before moving to Salinas?

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

"This is not for everyone so take your time and pick the place you love don't settle. Bring as many of your current household items to make it feel like home and not a beach rental. It will make all the difference in the world. Ask questions to everyone you meet in the area. They will give you honest answers on the pro and cons of the area," commented one expat who made the move to Salinas.

How do I find a place to live in Salinas?

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We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"We came to Ecuador 4 times and fell in love with Salinas. We had a realtor help us find our new condo," added another expat in Salinas.

What is the average cost of housing in Salinas?

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If you are thinking about moving to Salinas, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"They are much lower. The average cost is hard to say because the range is so broad depending on what you want. I will say the property taxes are 1% of the purchase price per year," added another expat in Salinas.

How do I meet people in Salinas?

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When we asked people living in Salinas about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"We don't seem to have anything like this in Salinas but personally would like to start a sport fishing club as there are so many different types of fishing down here and no one really has tried to make this available to Ex-pats throughout all of Ecuador. So if any one is interested in sport fishing in Ecuador please make contact so as trying to get as many people with a similar interest together and see if we can go out and have some fun and get out. Pus get out and see what this country has to offer for all us outdoor types," added another expat in Salinas.

"Hanging out around Score sports Bar owned by American Will Taylor also Rapa Nui Chilean bar on the front Malecon, Shopping center coffee areas, Gyms & sometimes Yacht clubs are the best place for Ex-Pats from my 5 years based here, even just walking on the main front, malecon one meets many foreigners and some nice locals," remarked another expat who made the move to Salinas.

"Hang around the "cevicherias" where most tourists end up sooner or later. Also the Coldwell Banker Salinas office, where expats are welcomed by the manager, a charming lady who speaks English, Italian and Spanish, and is always ready to give good advice on different subjects," explained one expat living in Salinas, Ecuador.

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What should I bring when moving to Salinas?

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People living in Salinas were asked what three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They wrote:

"Three things I wish I had brought were tools, paper products and body wash. Three things I wish I had left at home were many of my shoes, blankets, and hair products (not necessary to do anything but a pony tail)," said another expat in Salinas.

Will I be able to find a job in Salinas?

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When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in Salinas, they reponded:

"Not many jobs down here as this is a tourist town. Now once the international airport does open, and know one seems to know when that is or will be. Think things will begin to open up then. Tourism and fishing is what they have here in Salinas. Not many job openings down here plus no one wants to pay anyone anything. Hopefully that will change in time," remarked another expat living in Salinas, Ecuador.

"Tourism, fishing, sport and yacht clubs, ex-pats either open up their own clubs, shops, bars, restaurants, tour guides, internet based work or find imports attractive to import to Ecuador or have retired," added another expat in Salinas.

What is life like in Salinas?

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When we asked people living in Salinas what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"Salinas is a really nice place. Is like being in Guayaquil, but with a beach nearby, You will find supermarkets, banks, schools, hospitals and many more things than other ecuadorian beach. And a big plus is that is near Guayaquil (the biggest city in Ecuador and main commercial city of the country)," remarked another expat living in Salinas, Ecuador.

"My view is the Malecon in Salinas is where most people hang out at the restaurants and bars down there. That is not my thing. Maybe go down once a week for a meal or go down and listen to some live music, which they have down here on occasions. But it gets a little crazy for my taste on the weekends, particularly in the high season," added another expat in Salinas.

"Varied, work to family with strong family values, socializing from Casions, to fine cuisine to dancing Salas in the Barcelo 5 star and other locations on the main malecon. Also nice sports clubs, gyms are available, There are also nice drives to different coastal locations within 1 hour of Salinas and closer such as Montanita, Ayangue, and even closer such as Farallon Dillons in Ballenita resort," remarked another expat who made the move to Salinas.

"The life is around the gorgeous beaches of Salinas itself, Chipipe and to a lesser extend Punta Carnero, as it is a dangerous beach because of riptides," explained one expat living in Salinas, Ecuador.

What do expats in Salinas appreciate most about the local culture?

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"More relaxed generally, people are very friendly and helpful. More tranquil way of life. Fresher food," said another expat in Salinas.

What do expats find most challenging?

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"Parties start early and go on all day long. People feel free to just drop by to say hello - nice idea, but very different from what I'm used to, so it still throws me a bit. Anything to do with government or banking is mired in red tape and moves slowly. Banks are particularly frustrating because they act as if they really don't care if they have your business or not," added another expat who made the move to Salinas.

Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Salinas accepting of differences?

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"Think you will see people from all across the globe, but having lived in Montinita for four months, where you had all sorts of young people, backpackers and surfers filter through on a daily basis. That you will not see here. Pretty quiet during the week but the weekends can be a little crazy. So we live at the other end of town where it is quite peaceful and hardly much activity, even during the weekends. We like it. As far as the locals they seem to accept us here and some are very friendly and nice. Just like the states you"ll find all kinds down here," added another expat in Salinas.

"Very wide berth to all cultures and races living in peace here and all skin types and belief systems," remarked another expat who made the move to Salinas.

"The people are most diverse and respectful of other's beliefs. You find all colors of skin mixing with absolute harmony," explained one expat living in Salinas, Ecuador.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Salinas?

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Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Salinas responded:

"Cost of living , beach, much more reliable internet make Salinas my last stop on the planet," said one expat living in Salinas.

About the Author

Joshua Wood 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.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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