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Bayahibe, the Dominican Republic

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

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

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

"Before retiring in Bayahibe, Dominican Republic, expats should know that the official language is Spanish, so learning the language or at least basic phrases would 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 standard of those in your home country, so it's advisable to have a comprehensive health insurance plan. The Dominican Republic has a tropical climate, with warm temperatures year-round, but it is also prone to hurricanes. Bayahibe is a small town, so while it offers a relaxed lifestyle, it may not have all the amenities of a larger city. It's important to visit first to see if the lifestyle suits you. The Dominican Republic has a residency program for retirees with pensions, but it's important to consult with a legal expert to understand the requirements and process. Safety can be a concern in some areas, so it's important to research and choose your neighborhood carefully. Dominican cuisine is a blend of Spanish, African, and Taino influences, so be prepared for a new culinary experience. Lastly, the Dominican Republic is a diverse country with a rich culture and history, so there's plenty to explore and learn," wrote one member in Bayahibe.

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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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