MiamiMiami and Miami Beach have a bit of a reputation — thanks in part to the celebrities that have second (or third, or fourth) homes in the area — of being where you go for luxury beach living.

And luxury, as we all know, doesn’t come cheap. But for this week’s Splurge Vs. Steal, we’re heading to Miami Beach, the city connected only by bridges to mainland Miami, where the prices vary as widely as the beaches, and the southern end — South Beach — is nearly synonymous with models and celebrities.

We have a gorgeous beachfront condo with luxurious amenities thanks to its affiliation with a luxury hotel, and a more modest option that is much lower in price point, but ripe for becoming that blank slate ready for your modern touches. Which one will you pick? (more…)

Mexico is often an affordable place to buy if you’re looking for a beach property without a ton of competition. The Pacific coast of Mexico is just as gorgeous as the more popular tourist destinations without all of the crowds. There’s surfing and seafood, and wonderful culture!

Honestly, I am in love with Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca. This area feels so lovely and secluded without denying you access from some of the things that make Mexico great — food, shopping, and nightlife.

Here are a few luxurious beach properties that would be a fantastic retreat for anyone looking for beach time!

1) Casa de la Playa

Casa De La Paz

2) Casa Emily

Casa Emily

3) Casa Conchita Cumana

Conchita Cumana

4) Casa Miguel

Casa Miguel

5) Casa Costanza

Casa Costanza