These Are the Best Places in the World To Live on the Beach for a Bargain
Zlatni Rat, Croatia
Located on an island in the Adriatic Sea called Brač, this tiny coastal town is renowned for its unusually shaped beach that juts into the cobalt sea (and changes depending on the currents). The clear, calm waters make it a hot spot for scuba divers and paddle boarders, and Croatia’s affordability (compared to other European neighbors) make it attractive for deal hunters.
Dominical Beach, Costa Rica
Costa Rica has gained a rep as a hot spot for surfers and yogis. And while that may be true, it’s also heaven for anyone looking for a quiet, chill, and extremely affordable place to call home (property taxes are just one-fourth of 1% annually). While many beach towns in the country are wallet-friendly, this former fishing village is renowned for its surf spots and gorgeous palm-fringed beaches.
Myrtos Beach, Greece
This stunning spot on Kefalonia Island is prized for its dramatic beauty—rugged mountains descend down into waters the colors of turquoise and sapphire. But it’s also heaven for those just looking for a little R&R. The no-watersports-allowed beach is made for flopping down on a towel with a book before heading home to the nearby town of Divarta, where the Mediterranean food is said to be stellar.
Those looking for a spot closer to home—and perhaps familiar if you’ve ever done the spring break excursion to the Mayan ruins—should look no further than Tulum. The ancient town of 18,000 residents is a popular spot for expats thanks to its gorgeous beaches, lively bar and restaurant scene, and affordability (you can find luxury condos for less than $100,000). And bonus: Because of its popularity among tourists, many of the locals speak both English and Spanish.
Port Dickson, Malaysia
Just over 50 miles south of Kuala Lumpur, this beach resort town is beloved for its warm beaches and calm seas. Once a fishing village, Port Dickson is now home to luxe resorts with overwater bungalows and many expats from around the world, particularly the UK.
Praia da Rocha, Portugal
This vacation hot spot on the southern coast of Portugal offers “3,000 hours of sun a year, golden beaches backed by cliffs, [and] unique conditions for watersports and golf courses,” Ricardo Costa, CEO of Luximo’s Christie’s International Real Estate in Portugal told Realtor.com. It’s also very friendly for expats—ranked fifth best in the nation by InterNations.org, and has one of the most liberal policies when it comes to buying property.
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Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
With a name like this, we can already see the attraction. Built in the ‘50s as a playground for the Soviet-era elite, this picturesque beach town is now an escape for expats, often those who have flexibility with work schedules or the freedom to work remotely. It’s also a steal to live there, with one of the lowest costs of living in Europe.
An Bang Beach, Vietnam
Vietnam is home to some pretty amazing beaches, which makes it a mecca for travelers looking to save a few bucks. And according to research, more travelers are opting to stay for a lifetime instead of a week. An Bang Beach, with its soft white sand and swaying palms, particularly attracts expat homebuyers, thanks to its charming alleyways, ancient teahouses, and amazing restaurants.
As Ecuador’s largest coastal resort town, this treasure along the Pacific coast is rich with gorgeous beaches as well as plenty to do on dry land. And roaming around will cost you barely a thing: Cab rides are usually between $2-$3, and lunch out ranges from $3-$5.
La Concha Beach, Spain
One doesn’t need to focus exclusively on off-the-beaten-path locations when searching for affordability; this Spanish resort town offers beachside luxury with a dose of urban bustle. Multiple rankings put the gorgeous beaches among the world’s best (rightfully so). And the size of the city means virtually everything you need is at your fingertips. Homes come in at a variety of price points, but one of the city’s many condos can be fetched for a reasonable amount.