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muzikboy
7/18/2017 09:16 EST

My wife and I are researching the DR as a place to retire to but many friends have warned about safety, poverty, and a high rate of traffic deaths. Would appreciate any and all comments. Thanks

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retired305
7/20/2017 00:17 EST

MY RECOMMENDATION - DR is ok but also dangerous

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barley998877
7/21/2017 16:35 EST

I think it depends where you are, just like any other country. Have you spent any time over there? We spent time in Las Terrenas and ended up buying a place there. I feel it was safer than expected. We never really felt threataned. They do drive like maniacs on their motorcycles but it's their life they are playing with, get something with 4 wheels and doors and you will be fine

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eriflores
7/21/2017 17:03 EST

Muzikboy: You asked for an opinion so I'll give you mine: rd sucks really bad! Of course, there beautiful places here and there and good people here and there like in all countries but overall rd is extremely dangerous, corruption is rampant, the police is VERY corrupt, prostitutes everywhere including child prostitutes (200,000 admitted by the government) plus 200,000 working overseas! Going out after 7 pm is not advised! If you have kids: rd school system is a complete fiasco, hospitals are no good at all, doctors are of very questionable quality, tourists are killed in a higher proportion than other countries. EVERYTHING I'm telling you comes directly from rd's own news media! I strongly recommend you to Google 'dominican watchdog', this web page tells you the reality of that country. Also, Youtube: 'poverty in rd', 'violence in rd', and 'prostitution in rd'. Wish you the best of lucks and be careful!!!

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boater
7/21/2017 23:34 EST

Ten years experience here and I have not found the extreme safety issues listed by the previous contributor. I do live in a relatively rural coastal area, not in a gated community, and I do visit major cities on occasion. Like any place, one must keep their wits about them, be aware of their surroundings and remember this is a Third World country. Security and safety are important, but if they are your highest priorities, this may not be the place for you. The people that do best here have a sense of adventure, common sense and willingness to adapt to local conditions. I think some knowledge of Spanish is a big help. Traffic fatalities are high due to a lack of enforcement of drunk driving laws and more motorcycles on the roads than cars. I would avoid driving at night and riding motorcycles except perhaps in rural areas. Public hospitals are free but very basic. However, there are some good private hospitals and clinics, almost all in the largest cities. The legal system can be treacherous so be sure you find and use a well-recommended and trustworthy law firm. Don't be penny wise and pound foolish on legal advice. Remember not all expats are trustworthy and don't suspend your better judgement just because you are a new environment. For me, this has been an interesting and amazing experience but if it was too easy, everybody would be here.

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Kiskeyanos
7/22/2017 10:27 EST

I don't understand expats who continually complain about the DR. Seriously, you don't have to live here.
Moving is stressful, you need at least a year to start to acclimate. Key is to embrace the culture, the people, don't act like a tourist and don't act like you are better than the locals. You are there in THEIR country.
Like anywhere else, be aware of your surroundings, trust your instincts. There is crime where ever you go in the world.

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Kiskeyanos
7/22/2017 10:27 EST

I don't understand expats who continually complain about the DR. Seriously, you don't have to live here.
Moving is stressful, you need at least a year to start to acclimate. Key is to embrace the culture, the people, don't act like a tourist and don't act like you are better than the locals. You are there in THEIR country.
Like anywhere else, be aware of your surroundings, trust your instincts. There is crime where ever you go in the world.

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mchrismsw
8/8/2017 21:22 EST

I have 5 year tenure in Santo Domingo. I have never felt unsafe living in the big city. The traffic is horrible and wouldn't ride a motorcycle in SD. I have never been a victim of crime and regularly out after dark stopping by the Barbe Que Chicken stands that are all over the city LOL. But life is not all rosy glasses. While staying with my girlfriend, her apartment building was robbed. I had another friend whose car was stolen. And from what I hear by the locals, don't wear flashy jewelary or you might get robbed (Grab and Run). I personally never had experienced these things but they do happen. I feel safer here than I do in many US cities for what that is worth. For the record, its a beautiful country and you should both be fine.

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scottindr
8/25/2017 17:36 EST

Wow reading some of the replies makes me wonder if I am in another country. I have been here for 20 + years and never have even been threatened. Yes there are prostitutes but they don't bother with me because I am NOT a customer. I have NEVER had a problem in any part of the country but of course I don't have any business in any slums or real poor areas. I have been all over the coutrysides on Dirt bikes and again NEVER had a problem. Yes there is corruption and I have been stopped by police and reminded Christmas is coming and I have replied, yes that make me happy also:)

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scottindr
8/25/2017 17:37 EST

Wow reading some of the replies makes me wonder if I am in another country. I have been here for 20 + years and never have even been threatened. Yes there are prostitutes but they don't bother with me because I am NOT a customer. I have NEVER had a problem in any part of the country but of course I don't have any business in any slums or real poor areas. I have been all over the coutrysides on Dirt bikes and again NEVER had a problem. Yes there is corruption and I have been stopped by police and reminded Christmas is coming and I have replied, yes that make me happy also:)

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scottindr
8/25/2017 17:37 EST

Wow reading some of the replies makes me wonder if I am in another country. I have been here for 20 + years and never have even been threatened. Yes there are prostitutes but they don't bother with me because I am NOT a customer. I have NEVER had a problem in any part of the country but of course I don't have any business in any slums or real poor areas. I have been all over the coutrysides on Dirt bikes and again NEVER had a problem. Yes there is corruption and I have been stopped by police and reminded Christmas is coming and I have replied, yes that make me happy also:)

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scottindr
8/25/2017 17:37 EST

Wow reading some of the replies makes me wonder if I am in another country. I have been here for 20 + years and never have even been threatened. Yes there are prostitutes but they don't bother with me because I am NOT a customer. I have NEVER had a problem in any part of the country but of course I don't have any business in any slums or real poor areas. I have been all over the coutrysides on Dirt bikes and again NEVER had a problem. Yes there is corruption and I have been stopped by police and reminded Christmas is coming and I have replied, yes that make me happy also:)

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muzikboy
8/26/2017 08:59 EST

Thanks - I have gotten an overwhelming number of negative replies to my post. Just wondering - what part of the DR do you live in? AND are you in a gated community?? How is health care in the DR?

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Newlandssalescon
8/26/2017 13:10 EST

Greetings.....my wife and I bought 2years ago in Alto de Cofresi , just outside POP. We are from NYC and lived in NJ for a number of years before moving down. Don't listen to the "losers" who badmouth DR. Very simple : focus when you drive as the motoconchos (motorcycle taxis) drive aggressively. Most driving deaths are these guys ; don't walk the downtown streets at night. We are from NYC and would not do it there or in Newark or Trenton ; don't wear alot of bling or drive a Ferrari ....you would be a target , like in any major city ANYWHERE ; cops get paid poorly , so when they stop you , ask if they are hungry and slip them 100 pesos ( $2) and you are good to go. Yes , corrupt if you will , but I will take them over a NYC cop with macho attitude any day. The DR people are warm and friendly and the food is terrific. Prostitutes ? Show me a town anywhere in the world where they aren't there. The guy who touted them must have had a bad experience with them. Low cost of living , great weather ......paradisio !

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Tankawakpa
8/27/2017 12:02 EST

Hi, Yes I live in a gated community. In my opinion and from experience, it is safer and you have got peace of mind. I live in Sosua-Cabarete, on the North Coast.

There are some good hospitals in Santiago (Homs, La Union) and in the capital.

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