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Moving to Las Galeras, the Dominican Republic

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 02, 2023

Summary: Moving to Las Galeras, Dominican Rep? Expats talk about what you need to know before moving to Las Galeras.

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What do I need to know before moving to Las Galeras?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Las Galeras, they said:

"Las Galeras is a small fishing village located in the SamanĂ¡ province of the Dominican Republic, known for its tranquil beaches and natural beauty. Before moving to Las Galeras, expats should know that the primary language spoken is Spanish, so it would be beneficial to learn the language or at least basic phrases. The cost of living in Las Galeras is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but it's important to budget for unexpected expenses. The healthcare system in the Dominican Republic is not as advanced as in some Western countries, so expats should ensure they have comprehensive health insurance. Public transportation in Las Galeras is limited, so expats may want to consider purchasing a car or a motorbike for convenience. The local cuisine is a blend of Spanish, African, and Taino influences, with dishes featuring rice, beans, meat, and seafood. The weather in Las Galeras is tropical, with high temperatures and humidity year-round, and a rainy season from May to November. Expats should be aware that while Las Galeras is generally safe, petty crime such as pickpocketing can occur, so it's important to take basic safety precautions. The Dominican Republic has a slower pace of life compared to many Western countries, which can be a significant cultural adjustment for some expats. Finally, expats should know that while Las Galeras offers a peaceful and relaxed lifestyle, it may not offer the same level of amenities, entertainment, and shopping options as larger cities," said one expat who made the move to Las Galeras.

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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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