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Cabarete, the Dominican Republic

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 02, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Cabarete, 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 Cabarete?

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

"Before retiring in Cabarete, Dominican Republic, expats should know that the cost of living is generally lower than in many Western countries, but it can vary depending on lifestyle choices. They should be aware that the official language is Spanish, so learning the language or having a basic understanding can be beneficial. Healthcare in the Dominican Republic is not as advanced as in some Western countries, so expats may want to consider health insurance that covers medical evacuation. The Dominican Republic has a tropical climate, with warm temperatures year-round, but it is also prone to hurricanes. Expats should also know that the Dominican Republic has a different culture and customs, so it's important to be respectful and open to learning about the local way of life. Safety can be a concern in certain areas, so it's important to research and choose a safe neighborhood. The country has a residency program for retirees with a stable income, but the process can be bureaucratic and time-consuming. The Dominican Republic's infrastructure, including roads and internet service, may not be as reliable as in some Western countries. Finally, expats should be aware that while Cabarete is known for its beautiful beaches and water sports, it also has a vibrant nightlife, which may not be suitable for all retirees," commented one expat who made the move to Cabarete.

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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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