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We asked expats and digital nomads what they find the most challenging about the local culture in Dominican Rep. They wrote...

"Expats often find adjusting to different cultures and customs to be challenging, especially when there is a language barrier. Building up a new social circle and making connections can also be difficult. Dealing with unfamiliar signage, laws, and regulations can be overwhelming, as can experiencing culture shock. Additionally, most expats enjoy financial security and stability in their home country, and this can be disrupted by moving to a new nation with a different economy, job opportunities, and cost of living," remarked another expat who made the move to Dominican Rep.

"Living with close DR natives can be challenging, mostly because of partying at late hours. They do not understand why noise should be an issue. As I have sleep issues, this can be annoying. Far fewer Dominican people speak English than you might expect. But they will try to help, none the less," explained one expat living in Juan Dolio, Dominican Rep.

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