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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 ofContinue reading

Beach in Dominican Republic with expats standing on the shore

Dominican Republic Expat Stories

Secrets Of The Accidental Expats

Diana and Don weren’t planning an international move when personal circumstances brought them to visit the Dominican Republic 14 years ago. But the more they saw, the more they were drawn to this little country—and particularly the Samaná peninsula. As the couple stood on a mountain just outside the beach town of Las Terrenas, overlooking the Caribbean coastline, they knew this was the life they wanted. Not long after, the couple said goodbye to New Jersey, and came with both their mothers and two sons—Diana’s a recent college graduate, Don’s a 15-year-old school kid living at home in France—to start a new life right on that mountain.

Todd, from Ohio, first came to the Dominican Republic just over 10 years ago on vacation with a friend. He planned to rent a house for a few weeks in resort-filled Puerto Plata. But after a couple of weeks spent enjoying the active lifestyle, the cheap costs, and more than anything, the Dominicans themselves, Todd decided to stay. Puerto Plata wasn’t for him in the long run. Like Diana and Don, he was attracted by the good and easy life of Las Terrenas. He settled there and soon began serving the other expats in town with his mail-forwarding business.

Larry’s first stop in the Dominican Republic was also Puerto Plata. But by the end of his vacation, he wasn’t ready to return to Florida. He toured the country some more and was drawn to Las Terrenas. A decade on, Larry’s personal training business is thriving while he, his Dominican wife, and their young daughter are living the good life at the beach.

I wanted to share these three stories today with you for two reasons.

First, among the choices for living the good life in the Dominican Republic, Las Terrenas shines. (We’ll talk about why in a moment.)

Second, what really strikes me about these expats (and is also true for a dozen more U.S. expats that we’ve met in the Dominican Republic) is that until they had set foot in this country, none of them had any plans of leaving the United States behind. In fact, none of them really had any expectation of the Dominican Republic at all.

Remarkably, this little Caribbean nation is still under the radar of most Americans. Over the last decade, while more vacationers are catching onto the attractions here—especially inContinue reading