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Appreciate info re; can I survive in the D.R on $1000 mo?

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mugwump
4/20/2013 00:13 EST

I´ve been in Nicaragua for 4 plus yrs. but feel my traveling shoes itching again. I live modestly here in Esteli on about $1100 mo. I pay rent of $200 mo. for a modest apt. with banyo privado, cable tv and a very small cocina. Great bed! Eat once a day and sip copious beer. Smoke too. I can actually save 100-200 a month. Can I match this arrangement anywhere in the D.R? Just an old five-and dimer who´ld love to hear " yes." Thanks for any and all advice. Peace, Tim

mchrismsw
6/6/2017 22:53 EST

If you live like a local you can do it. I like living like a local but would still need another 500-1000 for my sinful endeavors LOL.

Seriously my fiance rents an apartment for 200 USD per month and its 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. You can had an apartment for as little as 40K or 200K depending were you want to be.

Overall, I love the DR. And I love living like a local (Maybe because I am social worker). The best meal I had last time was not at the APPLE B or Hard Rock Cafe my Dominican friend dragged me to but at a local stand on the side of the road with grill chicken, some pigeon peas and rice with drinks. Me and my fiance spend about 7 usd for the meal. :)

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JDTX
5/8/2017 17:44 EST

ltindal, I've been reading a LOT to learn all I can before even visiting, and your responses are always good to read...learned quite a bit from you. Thanks. My wife and I are considering our first visit, possibly in the next 1-3 months. Haven't decided where we'll fly into, but definitely in the north. Can you private msg me with your advice on best spot to fly to and where, in easy driving distance, to look around for property/homes. I would appreciate your input.

Ltindal
5/1/2013 11:23 EST

You sound a little like myself. I used to live in Venice Beach, Calif. And we are the same age. I did the hippiy thing myself in the 60's. You can find a place in your price range in most of the towns here, however you will have to get a Dominican to help you out. I live in Jarabacoa, a mountain village that's spring time year round and fits what you are looking for. You'll be ok with a grand. I know a woman who's a realtor and well connected here. Problem is they may require three to six months up front rent. There's a 4 bedroom house on the edge of my property that rents for USD $300 a month. You probably can find cheaper digs as well.

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