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11 Reasons Why We Chose To Live In The Dominican Republic

11 Reasons Bill And Anne Piatt Chose To Retire To This Unsung Caribbean Isle

“I’ve had enough of your Caribbean vacations for this year!”

This is the response Bill Piatt got from his wife Anne when he proposed a trip to the Dominican Republic one cold February day in Virginia.

At that point, the couple had just returned from four weeks on another Caribbean island. They’d originally booked for five weeks but couldn’t bring themselves to stay a minute longer. Not when a new cruise ship pulled up every day, releasing thousands of tourists to swarm the shores and fill the restaurants and shops.

Anne was just happy to be home. But Bill felt short-changed. He found a Delta voucher that was about to expire and looked at where it might take him… Continue reading

Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic: The Town That Has It All

Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic: The Town That Has It All

Raising The Bar On Tropical (And Affordable) Overseas Havens

Do you have your checklist ready?

The one that lists out everything you truly need—as well as the things you’d rather avoid—in your new neighborhood overseas?

Your checklist is a guideline rather than a rule, of course. It’s tricky to find a place to tick all boxes. Compromises must often be made.

Often, but not always…

Bill Piatt, who spoke to our audience in Santo Domingo last week, had an ambitious checklist when he went scouting for his ideal tropical home. Over a decade, Bill and his wife traveled around Central America and the Continue reading

Beach property in the Dominican Republic

The Insider Scoop On All Things Dominican Republic

Best Vibe In The Caribbean

Most visitors to the Dominican Republic come for the white-sand beaches and tropical waters that can be enjoyed here year round. The more adventurous hike or join a donkey trek into the hills, stopping to take a plunge in a tucked-away waterfall…

But this week, we’re in the capital city of Santo Domingo for our 2017 Live and Invest in the Dominican Republic Conference. Santo Domingo is a different slice of this diverse Caribbean island—one that many tourists fail to check off their list. But for would-be expats and investors, the capital is worth stopping by.

Some expats we know have settled happily here, preferring city life, while still being within 30 minutes of the beach. Those who live over in our favorite beach community on the island, Las Terrenas, make the two-hour trip to Santo Domingo when they’re in need of more sophisticated shopping… or dinner and a night at the opera… or just a complete change of scenery…

Many of the havens we recommend to you offer diverse living options. Usually, though, it’s hard to find true diversity on a Caribbean island. But the DR is full of surprises. It even has its own mini Hollywood…

Last year, Rico Pester from Lifestyle Group Realty told us about the up-and-coming beach community of Continue reading

Affordable Paradise: Dominican Republic's Samaná Peninsula | Live and Invest Overseas Conference

Affordable Paradise: Dominican Republic’s Samaná Peninsula

Best Of The Caribbean At Pocket-Money Prices

Imagine yourself, cocktail in hand, watching the sun set below the rippling Caribbean…

Here, on the rooftop terrace of your own second home, you have an unspoiled front-row view…

Just minutes away, a pleasant stroll through landscaped gardens, you can sink your toes deep into powder-soft sand…

This lifestyle is real. It’s affordable. And it’s available to you right now in the Dominican Republic.

Not the Dominican Republic you may be familiar with from commercials and travel magazines. The paradise I’m talking about is far from the over-priced, over-touristed playgrounds of Punta Cana.

Here, on the Samaná Peninsula—already home to thousands of European expats—you can find one-bed apartments within easy walking distance of the beach for less than US$100,000… a three-bedroom penthouse for US$200,000… villas from US$250,000. Or rent your own place… while you consider your options… from US$600 a month.

These prices would be considered affordable in any corner of the world. But just look at what you’re getting here in this northeastern corner of the Dominican Republic.

Unbeatable weather. Here, you have summer temperatures and sunshine year-round (averages temperatures are between 73 and 87 degrees Fahrenheit), but with the Caribbean breeze, it doesn’t feel intensely hot.

Low cost of living. Forget your idea of Caribbean prices. You can live well here on just US$1,355 a month (including many luxuries that you would have to do without on this Continue reading