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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

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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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 !

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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