Boca Chica, the Dominican Republic
Last updated on Jul 02, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Boca Chica, 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 Boca Chica?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Boca Chica, they said:
"Before retiring in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, expats should know that the official language is Spanish, so learning the language or at least basic phrases can be beneficial. The cost of living is generally lower than in many Western countries, but it's important to budget for unexpected expenses. Healthcare facilities are available but may not be up to the standards expats are used to, so it's advisable to have a comprehensive health insurance plan. The Dominican Republic has a tropical climate, with high temperatures and humidity throughout the year, which may take some time to adjust to. The country is also prone to hurricanes, so it's important to be prepared for potential natural disasters. Boca Chica is a popular tourist destination, so it can get crowded during peak travel seasons. The town is known for its beautiful beaches, but it's also important to be aware of potential safety issues, such as petty crime and water safety. The Dominican Republic has a different culture and customs than many Western countries, so it's important to respect local traditions and norms. The pace of life is generally slower, which can be a big adjustment for some people. Finally, it's important to understand the visa and residency requirements for retiring in the Dominican Republic. It's advisable to consult with a legal expert or immigration consultant to ensure all paperwork is in order," commented one expat who made the move to Boca Chica.
What do I need to know before moving to Boca Chica?
About the Author
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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