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Dominican Republic is a wonderful place to live for expats, a traditional destination among American, Canadian and European retirees looking for a Tropical Paradise to call home. There are so many things to love about the Dominican Republic: year-round warm weather, beautiful colonial city and beaches, as well as low costs of living.

 

Dominican Republic

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Dominican Republic Life

Regardless of the country you come from, traveling to the Dominican Republic will undeniably be an enriching experience. In fact, you are likely to discover a society which is very different from what you are used to. It is best to get an overview of what to expect and learn about what life in the country is all about before moving there.

Your stay in the Dominican Republic is very likely to be rich in emotions and experiences, not least of which will be seeing the level of poverty, the joy and friendliness of the people, the fabulous countryside and beaches, and the warm Caribbean weather.

 

Dominican Republic Style

The Dominican Republic is home to thousands of expats; attracted by the weather, scenery, and low cost of living. With 1,000 miles of coastline and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, it is easy to understand why.
Whether you come to live in the Dominican Republic full-time, or just come for the winter months, you will enjoy beaches and mountains, a tropical climate, good internet and cable TV, good healthcare, and you will be welcomed by a community of fun and friendly people.
Many people comment on the fact that due to the size of the Dominican Republic (about 19,000 square miles) it has a wide range of varying scenery from beaches, mountains, deserts, and rainforests. There are acres of sugar cane fields, beautiful lakes, stunning mountain views, the Caribbean Sea to the south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the north. You can go hiking, trekking, scuba diving, and snorkeling. There are a wide range of restaurants and places to eat, from freshly cooked whole fish on the beach, to barbecued suckling pig. There are restaurants from every nationality throughout the country, as well as the famous Dominican street food, including fried chicken and empanadas. Wherever you go you will hear music, which will normally be bachata, meringue, or salsa. There is music on the local buses, in the shops and supermarkets, and bars.

Cost of Living in the Dominican Republic

Cost of living
The average salary in the Dominican Republic is around 6,000 pesos, which is around US$120. As a foreigner, you might choose to live according to your own standards which will need significantly more income, with the minimum being around US$1,000 a month to allow for some eating out, entertainment, rent, along with internet and satellite television.

Climate

Climate
Being in the tropics, the Dominican Republic enjoys an excellent climate. In the summer, the maximum temperature revolves around 32°C at noon while the lowest is around 23°C in the morning. June, July, August, and September are known to be the hottest months. In winter, temperature falls to 19°C at night although, in the mountainous areas such as Jarabacoa and Constanza, temperatures can even go down to 5°C. The rainy season produces some spectacular storms and is from May to September, but the north coast also has a second rainy season from November to January, although not as severe.

Cuisine

Cuisine
Dominican cuisine focuses on rice and is not very hot or spicy. The main herbs used are oregano and cilantro. In addition, the plantain is the main vegetable and is eaten often with salami and onions. The main protein is chicken, cooked in a stew or fried. However, you can also find fast food such burgers, pizzas, etc., across the country and several international restaurants. Vegetarians should not be disappointed either as there is a wide variety of different vegetables ‘ some of which you may not have heard of before!

Currency

Currency
The Dominican peso (RD$) is the country’s local currency. A peso is divided into 100 centavos. Hence, you can have 1, 5, 10, and 25 pesos coins. You are also likely to handle 2,000, 1,000, 500, 200, 100, and 50 pesos banknotes.

Exchange & ATMs

Exchange and ATMs
The Dominican peso is linked to the American dollar with the exchange rate being around RD$48 to the dollar. Dollars are only widely accepted in tourist areas, but most prices are in pesos. Hence, you are required to exchange your foreign currency either before or when you are in the country. Exchanges can be made at Bureau de Change outlets, at banks, or at hotels. In addition, all ATMs will take foreign debit or credit cards as long as they are affiliated to Cirrus or Maestro. The money from the ATMs is always given in pesos. Credit cards are accepted in the country, but American Express is not widely accepted. As credit card fraud is not unheard of, if using a credit card you should check your statement regularly.

Electricity 

Electricity
The electricity in the Dominican Republic operates at 110 volts. The country is divided into four areas A, B, C, and D, and each receives a different amount of electricity per day. Circuits A operate 24 hours, but the D circuits only have around 8 hours of power a day. Even A circuits do have outages for maintenance, or during or after hurricanes, so it is vital to have an inverter or generator as a backup system.

Language

Language
Spanish is the Dominican Republic’s official language, and English is not widely spoken apart from in the tourist areas. If you are planning to make a long stay in the country, you should try and learn Spanish ‘ even a little will go a long way.

Social Conventions

Social conventions
Dominicans are very proud of the way they dress. Shorts and flip-flops are only meant for the beach, and they would never dream of wearing them outside the house in town. It is important to respect the local traditions, and when visiting churches, hospitals, or any government offices such as the Immigration office, you must have your shoulders covered and wear closed shoes, and men must have long trousers.

When in any business meeting, there is always some small talk that occurs before getting down to business, and you should always be courteous and polite in all situations, no matter how frustrated you might be.

Telecommunications

Telecommunications
There are three country codes, 809, 829, and 849, and these are preceded by the number 1 when dialling from overseas. Mobile phones are easily available, as are Sim cards for any unlocked phone purchased abroad. Internet, both fixed line and wifi, are also present throughout the country.

Routine

Routine
Dominicans lives seem to be perfectly balanced between work and relaxation. In fact, after a long and tiring day at work, they generally enjoy a pleasant and vibrant afternoon after office hours. Dance and music remain an essential part of the Dominican lifestyle. Lunchtime, for its part, is longer than what you are probably used to in your home country, and all Dominican eat at noon on the dot. Many shops, especially those in tourist areas, will close at noon until around 3 pm.

Sundays are for going to the beach or river, and for visiting family and friends. Bars and convenience stores are open until midnight during the week and until 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays, except during the Christmas period when the hours are extended. The drinks of choice are the local beer, Presidente, or local rum, Brugal or Barcelo, which can be mixed with Coca-Cola (a cuba libre) or Sprite (a santa libre).

Society

Society
In general, few Dominicans get legally married, apart from those in the upper and upper middle classes but they will live together which is considered to be the same as marriage. Given the lack of pensions, children are expected to support their parents; hence many have large families although this is slowly changing. Given the fact it is a Catholic country, abortion is illegal and there are several teen pregnancies.

Dance, party, and good humour are an essential part of the Dominican lifestyle, along with sharing everything they have, and they are very welcoming to foreigners to join them in family celebrations.

Finally, it is to be noted that Dominicans have preserved the tradition of living with extended families under the same roof, especially in the countryside and in the mountains, or each part of the family will have a home on the same plot of land. It is also common for grandparents to raise their grandchildren while the parents are at work or even while the parents go overseas to work. When a couple splits up it is usual for the woman to take care of the daughters, and the man to take the sons, who are usually given to the grandparents to raise.

Religion

Religion
Freedom of religion is a constitutional right in the country. 80% of the Dominican population is of Roman Catholic faith. Hence, you will have the opportunity to experience vibrant festivals such as the Virgin de las Mercedes which is celebrated on September 24th, and the Virgin of Altagracia, held on January 21st of each year. During Easter week, life in the Dominican Republic goes into slow motion with most of the Dominicans leaving the cities and going with their families to the beach.

Enjoy Retirement in the Dominican Republic

It’s no wonder why so many people are choosing the Dominican Republic as their retirement landing spot. It has everything you need and more, from the must-haves like a good infrastructure, affordability, healthcare, and safety, to the fun stuff like an interesting culture, a wide range of restaurants, friendly people from all over the world, and lots to do.

The Dominican Republic lifestyle is all about sunshine, rich cultural traditions, historical heritage, a slower pace of life and lower living costs. The Dominican Republic has been an expat magnet for decades.

The Dominican Republic is a wonderful place to live for expats, a traditional destination among American and Canadian retirees looking for a Paradise to call home. There are so many things to love about the Dominican Republic: year-round warm weather, beautiful city and beaches, as well as low costs of living.

You may wish to consider the Dominican Republic for your retirement home. In addition to unlimited water-born recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, and kayaking.

The Dominican Republic also provides modern infrastructure with a stable electrical grid and high-speed internet.

Lifestyle Highlights

  • Community  
  • Affordable Living    
  • Tropical Paradise
  • Health Care
  • Beach Lifestyle
  • Retirement Destination
  • Traditional Culture
  • Modern Amenities                                   
                   

Lifestyle Highlights

  • Community  
  • Affordable Living    
  • Tropical Paradise
  • Health Care 
  • Beach Lifestyle
  • Retirement Destination
  • Traditional Culture
  • Modern Amenities
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Health and Health Care

Last but not least; living in the Dominican Republic is healthier. Life is more relaxed and stress free. This has health benefits in itself. Also, fresh local fruit and vegetables, as well as seafood, is more readily available at a much better price. Year-round warm weather and pleasant climate makes it easier to be active outdoors. Excellent health-care is available at a fraction of U.S. costs. Being healthy becomes very easy, and affordable. Wouldn’t it be nice to “invest” in your health by saving money?

Health Care
Health care in the Dominican Republic is generally much less expensive than in the United States. However, first-rate care is limited to private hospitals in bigger cities such as Santo Domingo and Santiago de los Caballeros. Private clinics offering high-quality care are available in many of the popular expatriate and tourist centers, but these clinics do not provide the full range of medical services typically found in hospitals. Expatriates tend to avoid the publicly operated hospitals and clinics located around the country.

While doctor visits and other health care services are cheap in the Dominican Republic, most expatriates carry health insurance while living in the country. Monthly policy premiums range between $30 and $100 per month, according to expat.com, and policies are available from domestic and international insurers.

Real Estate Market in the Dominican Republic

CAN FOREIGNERS BUY PROPERTY IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC?

Yes, foreigners can buy property in the Dominican Republic and the Government welcomes investment from overseas buyers. There are no restrictions on foreign buyers acquiring real estate in the country and foreign buyers enjoy the same rights as Dominican citizens. Title can be held in the name of an individual or corporation. Property purchases must be registered for administrative purposes with the Title Registry Office.

Prices for real estate continue to hold for desirable properties overlooking the ocean and as further planned development takes place, the supply of land for dwelling houses and constructed homes is likely to increase in the years ahead.

Prices of realty in the Dominican Republic, as in all Caribbean destinations, have risen considerably over the last decade, although they still remain at very affordable levels when compared to ocean-side realty prices in the U.S. and Western Europe.

Land development continues to take place here as the economy prospers — brought about through government initiatives as well as domestic and foreign capital inflows — continues to rise.

The Dominican Republic offers a wide variety of property types to choose from. Realty developers have entered the market in earnest and this, coupled with other smaller as well as private investment projects has produced a local realty market that serves a broad range of interests and budgets including modest condos and casitas (little houses) mid range and luxury condos, apartments, suburban town homes as well as super luxurious properties on the beach or overlooking the sea.

Everything from bills and taxes to maintenance and renovation will be lower for a vacation or retirement property.

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Dominican Republic

Activities & Adventures

Activities for a Healthy Lifestyle

Your new life in the Dominican Republic is sure to consist of plenty of new activites, but how about adding a touch of adventure as well? For those who can’t shake that adrenaline bug, consider booking an exciting couples’ excursion, such as zip-lining through the jungle or setting sail on catamaran. Isn’t it time to make the most out of your new life?

Sun and Sand

Beach, Swimming & Sunbathing

Beaches

Over 200 beaches—many of which remain uncrowded and undeveloped—line the Caribbean and the Atlantic coastlines, ranging from a brilliant white to a handful of black sand beaches.

Swimming

Palm-studded, continuous diamond white beaches are synonymous with Punta Cana, but the Dominican Republic’s stunning beaches extend countrywide.

Sunbathing

Saona’s picture-perfect beaches attract more visitors than all of the DR’s national parks combined. A protected site and part of Cotubanamá National Park, the island is a dream tropical escape.

Romance

Weddings, Honeymoons & More 

Weddings

Celebrate your romance with a destination wedding in the Dominican Republic. Romantic weddings on a sand beach, rich sunsets and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are the perfect backdrop for your destination wedding.

Bachelor/ette

Your bachelorette/bachelor party can be the most fun you’ve had in years! With a bit of planning  beforehand, the Dominican Republic is the perfect spot to plan such an adventure.

Honeymoon

Your honeymoon is sure to consist of plenty of romance, and the Dominican Republic is the honeymoon destination. From quiet privacy to all out partying, the Dominican Republic has something for every honeymooner.

Renewal of Vows

A rededication to your marriage is an exciting thing – you can do it as often as you like. With vow renewals (or reaffirmations) you have the opportunity to have the ceremony you’ve always wanted.

On the Sea

SUP, Sea Kayak & Sailing

SUP

Paddle boarding is undoubtedly a great way to get in contact with the land and marine environment in the Dominican Republic. Easy to learn and a sure way to have great fun in the Caribbean Sea.

Sea Kayaking

Dominican Republic’s pristine fresh waterways and the tranquil Caribbean Sea make kayaking an ideal way to explore the Dominican Republic.

Sailing

Sea breezes and  the most beautiful beaches in the world. Dominican Republic is the perfect location for sailing and learning to sail. Bask in the sun and enjoy the unbelievable sunsets.

In the Sea

Snorkel & Scuba Diving

Snorkel

Considered one of the top islands for snorkeling in the world, the crystal-clear waters of the Dominican Republic offer an incredible experience for novice and expert alike.

Scuba

Explore the depths among the colorful coral reefs that are home to anemones, eels, giant stingrays, sharks and turtles.
If you bring the whole family, try snorkeling in shallow water perfect for the little ones.

Fishing the Sea

Deep Sea, Shore & Lake

Fishing

If you love sportfishing then we have the trip for you! Troll for sailfish, blue marlin, white marlin, wahoo and dorado in the teeming waters of the Caribbean Sea!

Deep Sea

Big attraction for anglers heading to the Dominican Republic is unquestionably saltwater fishing. Thanks to her fantastic deep waters surrounding the coastlines, sport fishing for highly sought after big game species is incredibly popular.

Shore

Surf fishing and fly fishing are great alternatives here too—cast your line from the beach and see what you can catch. This is an especially popular pastime early in the mornings and a great way to spend time with the family.

Family

Surf fishing and fly fishing are great alternatives here too—cast your line from the beach and see what you can catch. This is an especially popular pastime early in the mornings and a great way to spend time with the family.

Golf by the Sea

Golfing Experiences

Golf

Renowned for having the most magnificent golf courses in the Caribbean region, and Latin America, the Dominican Republic is the undisputed leader of golf in the tropics. Dominican Republic’s award-winning courses are on every golfer’s bucket list.

Golf

At least seven of the Dominican Republic’s courses have consistently topped Golf Week Magazine’s Top 50 courses in the Caribbean and Mexico, including Punta Espada in the top 10.

On Land

Horses, Hiking, Biking, ATV

On Horseback

Horseback riding is deeply entrenched in Dominican culture, going back centuries to colonial Spanish times. Ride horseback along the hills, and colorful villages of the Domincan Republic in any location countrywide.

Hiking & Biking

Mountain bike and hiking tours led by local guides—a great choice for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Ride and hike along scenic trails through forested areas, river beds and jungle trails.

Off Road

Rugged mountain terrain and hidden treasures, create the perfect setting for an off-road  adventure. Drive your own ATV through countryside full of surprises and new adventures.

Lifestyle

Live the Lifestyle

Living

Looking for Lifestyle Options? Considering the Dominican Republic as a place to live or retire, the knowledge we share will help you to create a plan, and we’ll connect you with useful lifestyle services and property choices.

Retire

Many consider the Dominican Republic for their retirement home. With recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking and a modern infrastructure, stable electrical grid and high-speed internet.

Lifestyle

Variety of lifestyles, from resorts, condos and other full-time housing—it’s a perfect place for those seeking an “always on vacation” lifestyle. Dominican Republic has everything you need and more, affordability, healthcare, safety, culture and cuisine.

Real Estate

Finding the Right Investment

Real Estate

Opportunities for real estate investment exist in the Dominican Republic for entrepreneurs. Beachfront and ocean view houses and private land that lie close to the attractive vistas that line the coastline.

Beach Houses

It is always a wonderful idea to set up villas, apartments and other residential units in the vicinity of a stunning ocean, pristine beaches, and picturesque lagoons. The attractiveness of the Dominican Republic has always been a magnet that attracts buyers and tenants at any time of the year.

Culture

Experience the Culture

Culture

In 1492, Christopher Columbus landed in the Dominican Republic and promptly claimed the island for the Spanish crown. A year later, Santo Domingo had become the first European settlement in the New World, and the Spanish influence that still dominates had begun.

Culture

 There is no better place to immerse yourself in authentic Caribbean culture. The Dominican people and their customs have predominately European cultural origins with both African and native Taíno influences.

Cuisine

Enjoy the Food & Drink 

Food & Drink

Dominican Republic is well known for its varieties of regional and national food and drink. From street food to exquisite culinary delights, paired with regional beverages, beer and rum with long histories and international reputations.

Mamajuana

The most popular Dominican drink – Mamajuana. Mamajuana is a potent drink native to the Dominican Republic that is purported to have strong medicinal qualities.

Beer

A handful of beers are made in the Dominican Republic, including craft beers found in a few places around the country. The most popular brand is the world famous Presidente beer, made by Cervecería Nacional Dominicana since 1935.

Rum

Dominican rum is produced by several big brands, the most popular two being Brugal and Barceló. Ron Bermúdez dates back to the 19th century, with white and golden premium varieties.

Where to Stay

Find the Right Resort

Resorts

If your idea of recreation is a healthy dose of relaxation, Dominican Republic offers world-class amenities with old Caribbean charm. Along with unlimited experiences on land, on the sea and in the sea, DR has you covered.

Resorts

As a traveler in Dominican Republic you can enjoy a full array of spa services, fine regional dining or sunning yourself at the beach or by the pool. Dolphin and whale watching expeditions are an extra special vacation treat not to miss.

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Romance

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Activities

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Magical, historic, cultural, intimate – these are but a few of the words that best describe the balmy and magical escape that is Dominican Republic.

 

 

Located in the Caribbean Sea. A lush, tropical environment welcomes you with open arms,

 

 

with her lush jungle hillsides making way for sandy beaches, a setting that just begs for outdoor adventures and lazy days by the ocean.

 

 

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