replied to the thread How long can I stay?
on the Dominican Republic forum on December 05, 2013:
I'm an American who has now been living in Costa Rica and Nicaragua for 5 plus years. I plan on coming to the D.R. soon and need to know how long my original entry permits me to stay. Here in Nic., I must only bus to Costa Rica once every 6 mos., spend one night and return to Nic. and then I am good for another 6 mo. here. How's it work there? Thanks, Tim.
replied on December 05, 2013 with:
Hi Mike. Thanks for your help. I've been in Nicaragua about 5 plus years now. 1 in Costa Rica antes. I' real glad to hear that Santiago is in the mntns., I don't much like the heat and live in the mountains here: Estili, Nicaragua. I was, after Costa Rica, about a year in Masaya, Nic., then a little over a year in Leon,Nic., (BRUTAL heat) and have been here in Esteli for I guess 3 yrs. When you enter Nic you're good for 90 days, then buy for $71 a 90 day extension and when that expires, you gott go to Costa Rica , only for one night, re-enter Nic and then repeat the above. Thanks for your kind help, Tim
hi tim, I hadn't looked at the info from you before and just did and found you are an American living in costa rica and nica for the last five years. DR is definitely cheaper than costa rica. nica may be cheaper than here, don't know. if you come to DR head for the north cost for cheaper living. Santiago is on the north coast but in the mountains. you can rent in sousa for $350/mo. sousa is on the beach and is east of the Puerto plata airport about 6 or 7 miles. there are only 2 international airports in DR, the other in santo domingo on the south coast. if you don't like city life stay out of PP and SD.
posted Holiday Events & Expat Gatherings in Dominican Republic
on the Dominican Republic forum on December 04, 2013:
posted Question on prosthetic arm
on the Dominican Republic forum on November 27, 2013:
I'm writng this post to new expats looking to move to the Dominican Republic. I nevr once took in consideration the concept of all inclusive resorts before I moved to the Dominican Republic in November 2012. I thought to myself that the people who selected the resorts just came for the beach and privacy. Now after 5 months of living in Santo Domingo, I understand why the all inclusive resorts have walls surrounding the resort and the common folk are on the other side. In the city, every house and apartment has bars covering the doors , windows, and patio's. God forbid a fire breaks out and the person with the key has left the building. I even noticed highrise buildind with bars across the windows and patio ten flights in the air. I say to myself, " what thief is going to scale a wall ten stories in the sky to burglarize you"? The houses not only have bars on windows, doors, and patio's, they have a six foot wall surrounding the house as well. Then I go into the community and I see armed guards with shotguns at gas stations, banks (atm's), supermarkets, and an assortment of other stores and business's. Suddenly I start to think back to the all inclusive resort with the walls. I start getting the image in my mind of the movie KING KONG, where there was a giant wall to seperate the native people from the creatures behind the wall from killing and eating them. And that my friends sums up this Americans experience of 5 months living in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Now there are many true events that I can share with you to ad to my assesment of the Dominican Republic. If you can deal with this stuff, then I welcome you. If you are faint of heart, then stay home my friends.
replied on November 25, 2013 with:
I'd like to provide a different perspective on this issue. Yes, many people in the DR have bars on their windows, especially in urban areas and especially if they are well off compared to the average. (Six-foot walls are the exception.) But this is true in most large cities everywhere in the world and in most less developed countries and should not come as a big surprise. Crime rates have risen as the country has big cities have grown. (Santo Domingo, the capital now has almost three million people and Santiago, the second biggest city, has about one million.) But crime is still less of a problem than in many other countries in the Caribbean, Central America and South America. If you live here you will get a more balanced picture as you find most Dominicans are among the most friendly people in the world. This is often missed by the people visiting the all-inclusive resorts.
replied on November 19, 2013 with:
I would appreciate more info from your point of view. You seem to have a realistic view.
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on the Dominican Republic forum on November 24, 2013:
replied to the thread Getting in and out
on the Dominican Republic forum:
Hi there, I'm just new to this forum and have a question about getting in and out of the Dominican Republic. I'm coming from Halifax, N.S., Canada and want to explore both the Caribbean and Mexico. My question: Is there air service or other service to other islands, cruise ships perhaps. Are there flights to and from Mexico, Aruba etc?
I think you are saying you will be in santo domingo on 12/10/13. is that correct. when I get to PP on 12/13/13 I will be too busy for a week or so and want to be there for the holidays, both.and when I come to SD I will want to spend a little time there to make the trip worthwhile and explore a little. also want to meet a lady that started the " expatblog". so let's keep in touch. better by email, mine is firstname.lastname@example.org. see ya.
Also, rixpix, there are direct flights to Havana, Cuba, from SD twice a week. Company is called Cubana, not very expensive.
replied to the thread boca chica expats
on the Dominican Republic forum:
are there any expats in the area. I am going to Puerto plata dec. 13. when I get there I want to travel around and would like to communicate with expats before I arrive, thanks
boca chica expats:
If you come to Santiago let me know.
senor mike, Boca Chica is a little faded and not so chic anymore. Still has a beautiful beach and a coup;e of passable hotels. Lots of underage ladies and sankie pankies, but worth looking at after all. Just be aware before you go.
replied to the thread Real Estate
on the Dominican Republic forum:
I'm considering business options in the DR but I would appreciate any information/ opinions about the current market.
How is the tourist trade being effected also.
Sorry, what kind of business options? Opening a business or investing in real estate? Real estate really depends on the area. Some places are doing quite well, some are struggling. Do a lot of research before you invest, of course. And something to remember, not all developers and lawyers can be trusted.