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Moving to the Dominican Republic

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Dec 20, 2023

Summary: Expats and digital nomads move to the Dominican Republic for its warm climate, beautiful beaches, and low cost of living. The most popular cities for expats and digital nomads in the Dominican Republic are Santo Domingo, Puerto Plata, and Punta Cana. People looking for a place to live in the Dominican Republic can find a variety of options, from renting an apartment or house to staying in a hotel or resort. Additionally, there are many online resources available to help expats and digital nomads find a place to live in the Dominican Republic.

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What do I need to know before moving to the Dominican Republic?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to the Dominican Republic, they said:

"The Dominican Republic is a beautiful Caribbean country with a rich culture and friendly people. Before moving to the Dominican Republic, expats should research the cost of living, the availability of healthcare, and the language spoken in the area. It is also important to familiarize yourself with the local laws and customs, as well as the climate and weather patterns. Additionally, expats should consider the availability of housing, transportation, and other amenities. Finally, it is important to obtain the necessary visas and permits before moving to the Dominican Republic," explained one expat living in Dominican Rep.

"I advise you to visit the better area of town which is called Piantini and Naco. They are very cosmopolitan areas, located in District National Santo Domingo along ave Winston Churchill. Ask Apolo Taxi which I discovered to be the most safe and trusted Taxi, to take you to the Blue Mall on Ave Winston Churchill. Also Go to The Acropolis which is a few blocks from the Blue Mall on the same street. Walk the neighborhood for three blocks in each direction from Ave Winston Churchill and you will see many buildings with condo's for sale(vende) or rent ( alquiliar). There is a Holiday Inn Hotel located 5 minutes from this area on Ave Abraham Lincoln. Both malls have resteraunts and movies. Your supermarket is across the street from the mall. there are at least six banks betwee the two malls along with resteraunts and Pharmacies. Everything you can walk to, if you get your apartment there. Plus the area is quiet and secure. You will not have the loud Dominican music playing 24 hours a day. it is a normal tranquile neighborhood. A 3bedroom unfurnished can cost US$800.00 a month. I recommend you do not fall for the fully furnished apt. ads. If you do, make sure you sign a month to month lease. This will protect you from the bad feeling of living in a place with someone's old trashy furniture and having to put up with it until the lease expires. Also be sure to make certain that your deposit is not listed on the contract as a security deposit. Make sure it is listed as your last months rent. Visit the area for a week on each visit. If you decide to live in a Dominican area with the Bodega's and places that sell beer this is good if you are 27 years old, but if you are retired you will dread the day you did this. Trust me. Banking you should open a checking account and only deposit enough for your rent and utilities each month. The banks constantly suspend your account for no apparent reason. Keep the lion's share of your cash in the bank of your country and use your debit card to take money out," said one expat in Santo Domingo.

"When you move to the DR, unless restricted by work, I would spend a couple of months in a few different areas as the country is so diverse. Once you have decided on the area then just put the word out that you are looking to rent and the potential landlords will find you. Do remember to take into account that access to electricity and water are not automatic, so you need to check their availability. The prices of property vary dramatically by area - the more touristy and closer to the sea, the higher the price," said one expat who made the move to Santo Domingo.

"I would be sure to study Spanish as it makes the transition much easier. I would just come initially, if possible, for a six month period every year, and then go back. 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," explained one expat living in Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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