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San Pedro de Macoris, the Dominican Republic

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jun 27, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Rep. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know about living in San Pedro de Macoris?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to San Pedro de Macoris, they said:

"San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, is a vibrant city known for its rich culture, beautiful beaches, and friendly locals. Before retiring there, expats should be aware of several important factors. Firstly, understanding the local language, Spanish, is crucial for daily life. Although some locals may speak English, learning Spanish will make it easier to navigate the city, interact with locals, and handle administrative tasks. Secondly, the cost of living in San Pedro de Macoris is relatively low compared to many Western countries. However, expats should be aware that imported goods can be expensive, and the quality of local products can vary. Thirdly, healthcare in the Dominican Republic is not as advanced as in some Western countries. While there are some good private hospitals and clinics, expats may need to travel to the capital, Santo Domingo, for more complex treatments. Fourthly, the Dominican Republic has a tropical climate, with hot and humid weather throughout the year. Expats should be prepared for this, and may need to adjust their lifestyle accordingly. Fifthly, the Dominican Republic has a different culture and way of life compared to many Western countries. Expats should be open-minded and willing to adapt to the local customs and traditions. Lastly, safety can be a concern in some parts of the Dominican Republic. Expats should take precautions, such as avoiding certain areas at night and not displaying wealth openly. In conclusion, retiring in San Pedro de Macoris can be a rewarding experience, but it's important for expats to do their research and be prepared for the challenges they may face," explained one expat living in San Pedro de Macoris, the Dominican Republic.

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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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