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Seeking Advice about life in DR

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yachts66
11/15/2014 00:28 EST

I've been living in the Philippines for going on 5 years now and its time to leave and try something new, so I'm giving a close look to the DR.

I build boats for fun, sometimes I do some commercial fishing (usually hire locals for that) and I have an Ag background, so I like being in the countryside. Please do tell me about the DR , where I should look, not look, do, not do, etc.

Thank You Very Much!

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CelesteP
11/15/2014 06:31 EST

Hi,

Sounds la Cabarete may be a good place for you.

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yachts66
11/15/2014 09:25 EST

Thank you for your response.
I looked at Google Earth, and it seems Cabarete is very close to Sosua which I've been told is a place to avoid, but is it far enough away to be ok?

Thanks again.

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yachts66
11/15/2014 09:27 EST

Also, if you don't mind, why did you recommend Cabarete?

Thanks

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clopezlopez
11/15/2014 09:40 EST

Good Morning,
my wife is Dominican, and I am Puerto rican!! best of these 2 ..we live in Miami florida..I go to D.R. at lease 3 times a year, any way..if you need some advice..contact

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CelesteP
11/15/2014 15:43 EST

Hi. Yes, it is very cose to Sosua and far away to have a different energy. If you want to learn more about the countryside where not many people know about yet and another beach area that is totally free of tourist so far contact me at and I will speak to you more about these areas that are not well known yet.

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CelesteP
11/15/2014 15:45 EST

Basically I recommend Cabarete because I know a few people that live there and are very happy. Also because of the type of business you are in.

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yachts66
11/15/2014 19:08 EST

Many thanks for all the responses, I've emailed each of you. Looking forward to hearing more.

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paladino
12/8/2014 21:33 EST

Hi, first don't take my input as countering anyone or any other place. You shared so stuff about yourself but know your age nor Spanish abilities. Spanish will not be optional if you get away from the expat or tourist enclaves using Sosua and Caberete as examples.

If you desire to be involve in boats is also related to being able to make some money you may want to expose yourself to some of the various yachting enclaves using that word loosely. I am no expert but some of the one's to be aware of are the marinas at Casa del Campo, the river port at La Romana, Cap Cana, Boca Chica, Luperon Bay, You an goolge Yachting Communities of DR and find other info. Now all that said.. if you are guy who likes to cut your own cane and make it your own way.. a hidden, undeveloped part of DR that is still very cheap and open to someone who like cutting their own trail is Barahona, not the pueblo but the region. Lot's of available options in DR so take some time buy a motorcycle or car/truck and visit them in person is my advice.

Last thing I would add about the DR, it's is not available in the DR it probably is next door and if necessary you can be in several USA cities from five different internation airports inside the DR within a half a day. Not many islands that can boast island life with so many easy to execute escape hatches. Turks and Caicos is sixty miles off the N coast, Puerto Rico is 25 miles off the E coast, Cuba is boat ride to the W if you feel the urge...

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richardalaird
12/9/2014 06:26 EST

Yachts66; I have lived in Casa de Campo 5-6 months per year for the past 4 years and visited C de C for the past 30 years. I support the comments of Paladino but would add the following: Sosua and Cabarete have a young population, into parasailing, water sports etc. Because of being on the north coast of the island, the winds and sea are colder the stronger than the south part of the island. Three other areas in the north to consider are the resort towns of las Terranes and Puerto Plata (a larger place) and Samana. Look also north of Samana at La Galeras. On the east coast you find many, many all inclusive hotels with a lot of tourists, private, but beautiful beaches, but not a lot of residential opportunities. On the south coast, Casa de Campo is a wonderful location, but probably one of the most expensive places (exception may be in the city of La Romana) and finally, Barahona. This is an undeveloped area with probably one of the few virgin beaches in the the area. My guess it will be developed over the next ten years and be ripe for opportunity. So, it depends on the environment you want to live in: young/sporty or a developing area. Do take time to visit before you make a final decision.

XPCV

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craigenglund
12/10/2014 07:54 EST

Come to Luperon. Great gringo community. Come to JR's Ask for Lin

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yachts66
12/10/2014 14:49 EST

Thank you, that was a great response. I have been old the North Coast is preferable to the South coast because the North coast does not get near so many hurricanes as the south coast does. Is that true?

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craigenglund
12/10/2014 20:41 EST

Come to Luperon. It has an extremely well protected natural harbor. Hurricane hole

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StevenBarr
12/11/2014 06:15 EST

I lived in Luperon for several years I loved it still visit it must of been How Hemingway lived in Cuba 100 years ago, lots of boating even boat building, great bunch of boaters who r swalling the anchor and moving ashore, even the great Bruice Van Saint (not dead yet) loves it and returns often, it will make a place in ur heart

steve in dr

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boater
12/17/2014 16:58 EST

I'd second, or third, the suggestion of Luperon. I've lived here six years and from your description of your preferences, I think it might be a good fit, assuming you like a laid back and "Dominicanized" atmosphere. It has been for me. Luperon is different from some of the other destinations mentioned in that many of the expats are sailboat cruisers or former cruisers that have moved ashore here. An interesting crew, I've found. The town is primarily an agricultural center and fishing port, with some tourism mixed in. (Our all-inclusive beach resort is currently closed but rumor has it that it might reopen in a year or so.) Village population is about 6,000 and expat community is probably 200 plus. Hard to tell because expats live all over town and in the surrounding campo, as well as on boats in the harbor. I suggest you check it out as one good possibility.

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