Samana, the Dominican Republic
Last updated on Jul 17, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Samana, 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 Samana?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Samana, they said:
"Expats considering retirement in Samana, Dominican Republic should be aware of several key factors. Firstly, the cost of living is generally lower than in many Western countries, but it's important to budget for unexpected expenses. Healthcare is affordable and of good quality, but it's recommended to have health insurance. The official language is Spanish, so learning the language will make daily life easier. The Dominican Republic has a tropical climate with high temperatures and humidity, which may take some getting used to. Samana is known for its beautiful beaches and outdoor activities, so it's perfect for retirees who enjoy an active lifestyle. However, it's also important to note that the infrastructure may not be as developed as in your home country. The Dominican Republic has a residency program for retirees with pensions, which can make the immigration process easier. It's also important to understand the local laws and regulations, especially those related to property ownership and taxes. Safety can be a concern in some areas, so it's important to research and choose your neighborhood carefully. Finally, it's recommended to visit Samana several times before making the decision to retire there, to ensure it's the right fit for your lifestyle and preferences," wrote one member in Samana.
What do I need to know before moving to Samana?
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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