6 Irresistible Countries Americans Dream of Owning A Vacation Home

Posted by Jamie Cain on May 31, 2018 7:30:00 AM

From South America to Canada, exotic vacation spots draw millions of destination travelers each year. But some of these vacationers want more than just a once a year visit, they are looking for a second home or a vacation home. Based on Internet searches in the United States, here are some of the top countries in Central America where travelers have put a vacation home on their Wish List:


Costa Rica – The country’s slogan is Pura Vida, which means “Simple Life or Pure Life”. Many Americans want to live the Pura Vida in this tropical paradise, seeking a home in luxury estates, ocean and beachfront properties, private jungle settings, countryside, or mountains.



Belize – Ranked by CNBC as a top picture-perfect location for retirement, this English-speaking nation makes it very easy for non-citizens to buy property, as there are no restrictions on foreigners owning property here. There are no capital gains taxes and property taxes are very low. Belize also boasts a low cost of living.



Panama – Foreign investors have targeted this nation as a prime destination for a vacation or second home. The main attraction is price. You will be able to find stunning properties for sale in Panama for two-thirds of what you might pay for a comparable property in the US. Buying property in Panama is easy and there are laws in the country that have been enacted to specifically protect foreign investors.



Honduras – The Bay Islands in Honduras are the country’s prime jewel for real estate, particularly well-developed Roatan, which is home to several thousand foreign residents. While ocean view real estate is on the climb, it’s still more affordable than other Caribbean Islands. A real estate agent and local lawyer are essential in purchasing property.


Ecuador- Home to the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador may be more removed from the US, but it offers some amazing real estate prices. In addition to having the opportunity to purchase affordable real estate in an incredibly beautiful country, buying a vacation home can give you the option of a new lifelong adventure.



Nicaragua – Nicaragua borders Costa Rica to the north and has many of the same natural highlights and pristine beaches, but the price is substantially less in Nicaragua.  Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast has miles of beachfront living and the legal and registration process is the same for foreigners as it is for locals. There are also less crowds and lower cost of living.


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ECI Development delivers affordable luxury residence and resort communities in Central America, providing our clients with various premier lifestyle options from the Caribbean to the Pacific. ECI delivers inspired residences for adventurous souls.

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Jamie Cain

Written by Jamie Cain

Jamie Cain started her real estate career in 2002 in Dallas, TX as an on-site condominium sales agent in the posh community of Turtle Creek Blvd. Her managers quickly recognized her talent and professionalism from the beginning. She received many awards during her career there, including being awarded “Associate of the Month” twice, being recognized and honored as “The Top Sales Person of the Year”, and awarded the prestigious “Two Million Dollar Club”. She then accepted a sales manager position to another popular community in the thriving area of Uptown Dallas, which sold out quickly as well. In 2012, Jamie started her own apartment locating business called “Jamie’s Places”. It was a boutique- style agency that she solely operated on repeat and referral business. In 2017 she joined the ECI Development Team as a Property Liaison for the Gran Pacifica community in Nicaragua. She lives on the East Coast with her husband and 2 white cats, but travels to Central America frequently. “I have a strong desire in helping everyone find their next perfect home whether it be for investment, retirement, vacation, or something in between. And it is my goal to provide the best service possible with integrity and commitment.” Jamie also has a Home Marketing Certificate in home staging and organizing, and her interests and hobbies include photography, yoga, cooking, and blogging.

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