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Jarabacoa, 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 Jarabacoa, 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 Jarabacoa?

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

"Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic, is a popular retirement destination for expats due to its pleasant climate, natural beauty, and affordable cost of living. However, there are several things that expats should know before deciding to retire in this Caribbean paradise. Firstly, it's important to understand the cost of living in Jarabacoa. While it is generally lower than in many Western countries, it's still crucial to budget carefully and consider all potential expenses, including housing, food, healthcare, and transportation. Secondly, healthcare is a significant consideration. While the Dominican Republic has a reasonably good healthcare system, it may not be up to the standards that some expats are used to. It's recommended to have a comprehensive health insurance plan that covers medical evacuation, in case of serious illness or injury. Language can be a barrier for some expats. Spanish is the official language of the Dominican Republic, and while English is spoken in tourist areas and by some locals, it's beneficial to learn some basic Spanish to help with day-to-day living. The legal system and bureaucracy in the Dominican Republic can be complex and time-consuming. It's advisable to hire a local attorney to assist with any legal matters, such as purchasing property or obtaining residency. Safety is another important factor to consider. While Jarabacoa is generally safe, like any place, it has its share of crime. Expats should take standard precautions to protect themselves and their property. Lastly, it's essential to understand the culture and customs of the Dominican Republic. Dominicans are known for their friendliness and hospitality, but they also have their own unique traditions and social norms. Taking the time to learn about and respect these can greatly enhance an expat's experience living in Jarabacoa," remarked one expat who made the move to Jarabacoa.

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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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