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January 23, 2023

11 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is a popular destination for expats, retirees and snowbirds who appreciate its lower cost of living, beautiful beaches and close proximity to the United States and Canada. Below are some highlights from our article, 11 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic:

Can you survive in the Dominican Republic on $1,000 a month?

"If you live like a local you can do it. I like living like a local, but would still need another $500 - $1,000 for my sinful endeavors LOL. Seriously my fiance rents an apartment for 200 USD per month and it's a nice 2 bedroom place in San Isidro, Santo Domingo. But there's real money in the DR also. You can easily spend 5K per month. They have all the international corporations, Forever 21, Starbucks, Adidas, Nike, BMW, Mazarati, Honda etc. Santo Domingo can be very high end. But it all depends were you live and what your lifestyle is," wrote one member.

What is Healthcare in the Dominican Republic like?

In a report about healthcare and health insurance in Dominican Republic, one expat said, "Private hospitals differ one from the other. Most are good and some are excellent. You can get almost all kinds of care in private hospitals and good quality care in private clinics. There are many private facilities in Santo Domingo! You must purchase private insurance here. Public medical care is available but it is not the same, it is seriously inferior. Most [medicines] are available without a prescription with the exception of serious pain killers!"

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Where are the Best Places to Live in the Dominican Republic?

In our article, 8 Best Places to Live in the Dominican Republic, we highlight the 8 places that expats typically recommend to people moving to DR. Luperon is on the north coast and well know among boaters, because its bay serves as a safe haven during hurricanes. Santo Domingo is the largest city in the Caribbean with 3 million residents in the city and surrounding suburbs. If you going to be working in DR, chances are you'll be located in Santo Domingo. Sosua is a small town on the north coast of DR with a younger population, lots of water sports and nightlife. Barahona Province is for expats looking to live in undeveloped areas with unspoiled beaches. Casa de Campo is one of the most expensive places to live in DR. Located on the southeast coast, Casa de Campo has an upscale, country club feel," advised one member.

Should I Buy or Rent a Home in the Dominican Republic?

"I would not buy anything for at least two years, until you decide that you really like it and until you have seen the entire country. I live in a furnished rental. I would certainly say that this is the way for anyone to plan to come here first and stay for a year or so and see if they really like it. There are not a lot of expats yet in the neighborhood but I predict that there will be. It is the older elegant but sort of run down section of town, but one can walk to everything. It is a lot like NYC. Much lower," said one member living in DR.