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Retire in Salinas, Ecuador

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 13, 2023

Summary: What is it like to retire in Salinas, Ecuador? Retirees share their experiences living in Salinas.

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What advice do overseas retirees have for others considering retiring abroad?

"Overseas retirees advise others considering retiring abroad to research the legal ramifications and tax implications of relocating to the desired country. They recommend learning the language of the country and learning about the culture before moving. Many suggest spending time in the destination country prior to retiring there in order to thoroughly explore the area and get a good feel for the area. Other recommendations include developing a budget, ensuring there is good healthcare, and finding contacts and resources at the new location before making the move. Finally, it is important to have an emergency plan and back-up resources in case of an unexpected event," explained a retiree in Salinas.

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What are healthcare services like in Salinas?

We asked retirees if they have access to good medical care in Salinas. They wrote:

"Salinas offers a full range of healthcare services, including primary and specialty care from experienced healthcare professionals. The city is home to two major hospitals, Natividad Medical Center and Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, as well as other smaller health centers. Within the hospitals, patients have access to a variety of services, such as cardiology, orthopedics, neurology, and oncology services. In addition, there are a number of private practices in Salinas, offering a variety of medical services. Additionally, the area is served by a number of pharmacies and senior care facilities," said another retiree in Salinas.

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How do I meet people in Salinas?

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

"There are many ways to meet people in Salinas. Joining local clubs, gyms, or Meetup groups is a great way to meet people with similar interests or hobbies. Attending local events like festivals or music concerts is another way to meet people in Salinas. Additionally, going to local bars or restaurants can be an excellent way to meet people and make friends in the city," added another person in Salinas.

"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," remarked another retiree in Salinas.

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What is life like in Salinas?

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

"Living as an expat in the area can provide a wonderful opportunity to experience a new culture and lifestyle. The level of cultural awareness and understanding among the locals is typically very high, making it relatively easy to make friends and feel part of the community. Expats have access to a range of housing options, from luxury villas to smaller apartments, ensuring that everyone can find something suitable to their needs and budget. The area also offers excellent facilities and services, such as well-equipped healthcare facilities, good transport options, and a range of leisure activities. Overall, life as an expat in the area is a unique experience, with plenty of opportunities to explore and make the most of," said another retiree in living in Salinas, Ecuador.

"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)," explained a retiree in Salinas.

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What do I need to know before retiring in Salinas?

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

"Before retiring in Salinas, it is important to know that the cost of living in the area is slightly higher than average for California. Salinas is located in California's Central Coast region and the city experiences moderate temperatures throughout the year. Many activities and attractions are available in Salinas, from its beaches to its golf courses and its wineries. Additionally, it is important to be aware of the local crime rate when considering retirement in Salinas, as it is slightly higher than average. Finally, healthcare options in the area are plentiful and affordable, with numerous doctors and hospitals in the area," explained a retiree in Salinas.

"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 retiree living in Salinas.

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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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