Whether you enjoy outdoor recreation, beachside lounging, or wine tasting while gazing spectacular vineyard views, here are some of the most sought after (and affordable!) summer home locations to consider.

1. Lake Tahoe, United States

Nestled in the majestic Sierra Nevadas lies Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America. Lake Tahoe’s pristine waters and sweeping mountain views are what make this one of the most grandiose and beautiful places in the country for a summer residence. Tahoe offers a variety of recreational activities for residents and visitors alike, especially in the warmer months. Summer outdoor adventurers enjoy hiking, biking, and a variety of watersports.

If you choose to call Lake Tahoe home for the season, be sure to obtain your boating license online and maximize your time on the water.

2. Puglia, Italy

Ever dreamed of spending your summer days wandering the beautiful cobblestone streets of Italy, weaving through the lively mercato, while enjoying a refreshing gelato? If so, Puglia, Italy is the perfect place to live “la dolce vita."

Housing prices are significantly lower in comparison to the popular regions of Tuscany and Umbria, and small towns surrounding the area are known to have a low crime rate, low unemployment rate, and a strong sense of community. Puglia has a long coastline and many options for seaside real estate, and with its Mediterranean climate, summers are long and annual rainfall is scarce—making it an ideal getaway all around.

3. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The Pacific Northwest is one of the most beautiful regions of North America, with its multifaceted terrain of mountain ranges, island archipelagos, beautiful coastlines, and lush flora. Vancouver, BC, is a great city for a summer home, and has been consistently voted the most livable city in the world, due to its high ranking in overall quality of life.

The area has many housing options, whether you fancy a condo in the city’s downtown or a craftsman home in a more rural setting. In Vancouver you get the best of both worlds—experience the cultural excitement of the city while still enjoying easy access to nature, outdoor recreation, and adventure.

4. Mendoza, Argentina

If you are a wine enthusiast and have always dreamed of owning a vineyard, Mendoza, Argentina may be the perfect place for you. The vineyard prices in Mendoza are significantly less than other popular wine regions, like Napa. Situated in the desert, the region experiences little rainfall, though a highly-efficient irrigation system developed during the pre-Hispanic era keeps the region surprisingly green.

The Latin culture is colorful and vibrant, yet a laid-back lifestyle is embraced by all.

5. Dominican Republic

Find your island oasis at a bargain price in the Dominican Republic. The island nation is becoming increasingly popular among retirees and second-home owners, due to its accessibility and affordability. Some of the more popular vacation home destinations include the areas of Punta Cana, Puerto Plata, and the Samana Peninsula—all are incredibly safe, well-developed, coastal locations.