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Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic

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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 02, 2023

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

What do I need to know about living in Punta Cana?

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

"Before retiring in Punta Cana, 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. They should also be aware that the official language is Spanish, so learning the language can be beneficial. Healthcare in Punta Cana is of a good standard, with private hospitals and clinics available, but it's advisable to have comprehensive health insurance. The climate is tropical, with warm temperatures year-round, but it can be prone to hurricanes between June and November. Expats should also know that the Dominican Republic has a residency program for retirees with pensions, which can make the immigration process easier. Safety can be a concern in some areas, so it's important to research and choose your location carefully. The culture in Punta Cana is laid-back and friendly, with a strong emphasis on family and socializing. Public transportation is available but can be unreliable, so many expats choose to drive. However, driving standards can be different than what expats are used to. Finally, it's important to understand the local customs and etiquette, as well as the country's laws and regulations, to ensure a smooth transition to life in Punta Cana," said one expat who made the move to Punta Cana.

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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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