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Pros and Cons of Living in the Dominican Republic

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 17, 2023

Summary: The Dominican Republic is a beautiful Caribbean country with a rich culture and vibrant atmosphere. One of the main pros of living in the Dominican Republic is the warm climate and stunning beaches. The country is also known for its friendly people and relaxed lifestyle. Additionally, the cost of living is relatively low, making it an attractive destination for those looking to stretch their budget. On the other hand, there are some drawbacks to living in the Dominican Republic. The infrastructure is not as developed as in other countries, and the public transportation system can be unreliable. Additionally, the country has a high crime rate, and the healthcare system is not as advanced as in other countries. Finally, the language barrier can be a challenge for those who do not speak Spanish.

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What are the pros and cons of living in the Dominican Republic?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in the Dominican Republic responded:

"Expats and digital nomads living in the Dominican Republic often appreciate the country's warm climate, beautiful beaches, and vibrant culture. They also enjoy the low cost of living, which allows them to stretch their budget further. On the other hand, some expats and digital nomads may find the language barrier and lack of reliable public transportation to be challenging. Additionally, the country's infrastructure can be unreliable, making it difficult to access certain services," remarked one expat in Dominican Rep.

"I retired and moved to the Dominican Republic 13 years ago. I began using pubic transport to explore this lovey island. I still use public transport as I didn't have the money to buy a car. I helped buy a two bedroom villa in a community of many Europeans, Canadians and Americans. Then 7 years later I started renting cheap apartments where i spend all my time writing books (Author Peter Brighton). There are many rental accommodations worth living in. All within walking distance of beaches and countryside, Plus, many restaurants and English speaking contacts. Have not returned to England for ten years," explained one expat in Dominican Rep.

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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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