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Las Galeras, 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 Las Galeras, 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 Las Galeras?

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

"Expats considering retirement in Las Galeras, 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 carefully as imported goods can be expensive. Understanding the local language, Spanish, is crucial for day-to-day life and integrating into the local community. Although English is spoken in some areas, it's not widely used in Las Galeras. Healthcare in the Dominican Republic is of a good standard in the cities, but can be less reliable in rural areas like Las Galeras. Expats should consider getting a comprehensive health insurance plan that covers medical evacuation. The climate in Las Galeras is tropical, with hot and humid weather throughout the year. It's important to be prepared for this, particularly if you're used to a cooler climate. The Dominican Republic has a relaxed, laid-back lifestyle which can be a big adjustment for those used to a fast-paced life. It's important to adapt to the local pace and customs to fully enjoy your retirement. Safety can be a concern in some parts of the Dominican Republic, but Las Galeras is generally considered safe. However, it's always wise to take standard precautions, such as locking doors and not displaying wealth. The process of buying property in the Dominican Republic is straightforward, but it's recommended to hire a local lawyer to help navigate the process and ensure all legal requirements are met. Finally, it's important to understand the local culture and customs. Dominicans are known for their friendliness and hospitality, but it's important to respect their traditions and way of life," wrote one member in Las Galeras.

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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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