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Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep: Cost of Living, Healthcare, Local Clubs and Activities, Healthcare and What to Know About Living in Santo Domingo | Expat Exchange
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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 09, 2023

Summary: People describe Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep as a vibrant and diverse city with a rich culture and history. Expats love the city's tropical climate, its friendly people, and its affordability. The weather in Santo Domingo is typically warm and humid, with temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-90s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,000 to $1,500 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $400 to $600 per month, while a two bedroom apartment can cost anywhere from $500 to $800 per month. The approximate population of Santo Domingo is 3.2 million people.

What do I need to know about living in Santo Domingo?

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

"Be prepared to adjust. Be prepared to be frustrated and to want to smack your head into the wall. But also be prepared to find the small joys here!! The people are remarkably friendly and helpful. There are many many good people but that takes time to get to know who they are. You won't find them in your first few months here!!!!! After 11 years I am still learning so much. I live in a typical middle class Dominican neighborhood! I am the only expat and I love my life here. 11 years of business and consulting and I pretty much know how to get things done..... but every single day I learn something new!!!," said one expat in Santo Domingo.

"Before retiring in Santo Domingo, expats should be aware of the cost of living, which is generally lower than in other parts of the world. It is important to research the local healthcare system and to ensure that adequate medical insurance is in place. Expats should also familiarize themselves with the local culture and customs, as well as the language, to ensure a smooth transition. Additionally, expats should research the local job market and the availability of recreational activities to ensure that they have plenty to do in their retirement," said one expat who made the move to Santo Domingo.

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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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