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Are you thinking of moving or retiring to Dominican Republic?

How is your search going for those house rentals?

It is quite frustrating because there is no such thing as a website featuring most of the rentals… I’ve been there too.

When I decided to move to Dominican Republic 6 years ago I looked at so many apartments for rent sites my head was spinning, after all that I still had no idea where I wanted to rent. 

Picture qualities were horrible, location of the rental apartment wasn’t clear. Some places listed for $100 USD per month for a bedroom apartment, some villas as high as $10,000 USD per month. I was afraid of getting ripped off or moving into a dump.

After living here for a few years, I learned many other things to consider, not just rental prices.

So let me save you some aggravation and time before you start looking!

Dominican Republic Homes For Rent Watch Lis

All rentals available have a unique set of pros & cons, however there are few shared essential gotchas to watch out for.

Internet

Electricity

Road Conditions

Sea Level

Ammenties

Do You Know What You Want? What you really really want?

Answer the questions below to narrow down your search.

  • Do you see yourself in a condo or in a Dominican Republic Villa?
  • Are you looking for a private swimming pool?
  • Are golf courses a must for you?
  • Do you prefer a view of the trees and nature or have a beach front property?
  • Would you like to be in a quiet and secluded area or surrounded by people such?
  • Do you prefer the Puerto Plata province or the Santo Domingo Province?

 

Below is comparison chart between major cities in the Dominican Republic.

Dominican Republic Living - City Comparison

Punta Cana
Santo Domingo
Cabarete / Sosua
Movie Theater Quality
5/5
5/5
2/5
Supermarket Availability
5/5
5/5
3/5
Restaurant Options
5/5
5/5
3/5
Average Hotel Rating
5/5
5/5
4/5
Kids Activity Options
5/5
5/5
2/5
Golf Courses
5/5
4/5
2/5
Average Resort Rating
5/5
3/5
4/5
Beaches Quality
5/5
2/5
5/5
Water Sport Options
5/5
1/5
5/5
Mall Quality
4/5
5/5
0/5
International Schools Access
3/5
5/5
5/5
Air Quality
2/5
2/5
4/5
Population Density
Traffic

#1 Shocking Electricity Facts

First off, the electricity is slightly cheaper in the Dominican Republic. The average is $0.14 per kwh (based on a sliding scale) as opposed to $0.18 per kwh on average for the United States.

The main difference is stability. Depending on the location, power blackouts lasting from a few seconds to hours are common.

To compensate for this reality, owners of rental properties might offer few solutions.

Some condos will have a power generator on stand by. The generator kicks in when power goes out. You will feel a little flicker but you should not be without power for more than a few minutes.

If you prefer renting a villa, some of them offer batteries with power converters. Essential items like fridge and lights will continue to function while the power is out.

200% Price Jump

Condos that offer a backup generator with automatic switch over  charge a premium on electricity. Your electricity price might jump 200% due to condo owner markup.

The main issue is that AC units are usually old and poorly maintained. Dominicans don’t have the knowledge to properly fix them. What saved money by changing them for energy saving units. They work better, faster.

I also changed our dryer to a gas one. With a family of 5 people we do a lot of laundry. The gas tank that fits under the sink costs about $15 to fill up and lasts months. Every little bit makes a difference at the end of the month.

Old School Units

The AC units installed in rental homes are very old and non efficient. Consider changing them, your wallet will thank you later.

#2 Real Internet Challenges

Do you need a fast and reliable internet for your work?
Do you have kids that love to play video games or what Youtube?

Then, this section is important.

Although Internet access came a long way, it can still be a challenge to get decent speed.

There are cable modem providers that have now expanded into fiber optics access.

Lowered Expectations

Are you used to a 100 Mbps speed connection for $50 a month like in the USA? Well.. be prepared for 10-20 Mbps at $50 or even more depending on your location. We pay $95 for 10 Mbps.

Type of internet access and options will vary.

Rule of thumb is…

If you’re looking at secluded areas your options dwindle down fast.

If you’re looking at a busy city center, then you’ll have several options to pick from.

Avoid The Surprise

Some condos or gated communities will lock down your internet options to the one they have a deal with. And they will charge a premium for the privilege. Unfortunately you might not be able to get a direct connection.

When something is off, who do you call? In the United States you typically have a toll free # staffed from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.

Trust But Verify

You are promised 10 Mbps, but somehow watching Netflix proves to be a challenge. Test your connection using www.speedtest.net to make sure you're getting what you pay for. If not, contact the person who sold it to you immediately.

In the Dominican Republic even large internet providers like Claro or Altice will have sub standard customer service. In some cases smaller internet providers will be able to give you a faster and helpful service.

Prices of internet vary, here’s a rough personal experience based on Dominican Republic 2020 Internet Monthly Prices. 

Dominican Republic Internet Provider Comparison

Claro
Altice
Delancer Cable Modem
Smaller Providers
Price in USD

$30

$35

$60

$100

Speed

20 Mbps

50 Mbps

20 Mbps

10 Mbps

Customer Service Quality
3/5
3/5
3/5
4/5

#3 Why You Should Pay Close Attention To Your Relationship With The Sea Level

A simple reason. Rainy Season.

Though it is extremely sunny in Dominican Republic. It does rain.

Most of the rains are what you dream of.

It comes at night like a bandit, waters the vegetation and leaves before you wake up.

Sometimes it sprinkles a cooling mist out of nowhere during the day. It lasts maybe 3 minutes, it’s pleasant and everyone loves it.

And then there’s times when…

Nature unleashes water. This can last for a day, sometimes a week.

During those rare times, you’ll quickly realize how important elevation can be to your rental.

Rain in 2017 flooded Gregorio Luperón International Airport in Puerto Plata.

Here’s a photo from Hurricane Maria 2017, as you can see people’s houses were flooded at times up to their necks!

Hurrican Maria Sosua Flood
Hurrican Maria 2017 Dominican Republic Flooding

Seems like smaller cities like Sosua are built without a proper drainage system.

Rain Rain Go Away...

Heavy rain falls do happen so ask questions about the last floods. You don't want to wake up to a lake in your living room.

#4 On The Road To Hell Heaven

In 2019 / 2020 there have been a lot of road building and repair, so mostly this does not apply.

We are fortunate to have the main road from Puerto Plata to Cabarete and beyond repaved.

After 6 years of avoiding potholes as large as craters and motorcycles, it’s short of a miracle.

Cabarete Road Work
2020 Cabarete Road Work

The road is smooth and straight.. Something you would expect in North American but not here.

I can’t believe my eyes.. feels like a dream. 

But there is a catch, some remote areas are still likely to suffer from poor road conditions. 

So if you’re looking at a secluded vacation home, off-roading might be a daily occurrence.

Invest In a Sturdy SUV

If you really love the place and road conditions are terrible. These roads may stay in those conditions for years even if there are promises of repairs. Most likely those are empty promises or at best misguided.

#5 Will It Take 3 Hours To Go Grocery Shopping?

Cabarete and Sosua areas, where I decided to settle, are less populated. You will not find as many supermarkets as in the larger cities such as Cap Cana in Punta Cana, Santo Domingo or even Santiago.

But don’t be fooled…

We still have plenty to pick from. We are quite lucky.

There is Janet’s Supermarket in Cabarete, Super Pola and Supermercado Playero in Sosua. And if you do not find the 30 min drive to Puerto Plata, there is Jumbo and La Sirena.

All of them stocked with delicious imported goodies such as gluten free cookies, flours and mixes from Bob’s Red Mill company, my favorite. Not to mention, Spain and France delicacies such a serrano ham and camembert and more of course.

If you do not want to buy a car, it is best to situate yourself close to major stores and pharmacies. Accessible through short trips by taxi or motoconcho.

Do you have school age children? Sosua has one of the best International Schools in the Dominican Republic. The International School of Sosua awards US based High School Diplomas that are recognized by K-12 schools and universities throughout the 50 states. It has many accreditations listed here

Not So Convenient -- Convenient Store

If the real estate agent tells you: “don’t worry there is a ‘Colmado’ nearby”, don’t take their word for it. Check it out for yourself because some are just glorified fruit stands. You will need a proper ‘Supermercado’.

Why I Choose North Coast Of Dominican Republic

Best thing about the North Coast is the expat community is rich and connected. 

Ask your questions on the Facebook page or on the forum Expat.com and someone will be happy to help you out.

So You Think You're Ready To Move?

You have looked through the popular destinations to visit. Your search for the perfect Dominican Republic Homes for Rent is complete.

Are you satisfied with your pick?

You think you are ready to move?

Well before you pack your bags, come for a Dominican Republic vacation and take the time to drive around the areas. “Try it before you buy it”, the old adage goes a long way here.

Think about it, would you move to a city in the US or in Europe that you have never visited before unless you absolutely had to.

The answer is probably no.

It is the same deal here. You are coming to the Dominican Republic to retire and enjoy the country and its beauties. Why not pick the right place from the start.

Dominican Republic is not for everyone. I’ve heard that countless times.

I’ll give you a taste of our own experience. I lived in 4 different places in the Puerto Plata province before I settled on Beach Palace, Cabarete.

Each had their pros and cons. One thing for sure is that Dominican Republic has plenty pet friendly rentals. My little Scottish Terrier was welcomed in all of the home rentals we stayed in.

Don’t spend money in storage and relocation fees like I did. Take your time finding your ‘perfect’ place.

Below is a rough average of what a 1 bedroom apartment will cost you in US dollars in different parts of Dominican Republic. 

1 Bedroom Rental in US Dollars

  • City Center
  • Suburbs

Beautiful Locations I Have Lived In.

Ultravioleta Residence

Ultravioleta Residences is located a short walk away from all the restaurants on Cabarete beach. The view of the ocean is superb. The wind blows pretty strong in the afternoon so if you are an avid kite surfer or wish to learn, this is the best spot. Just walk down the beach and set up your gear for the best time of your life. The rental price was on the high side, $5000/month for a 4 bedroom penthouse.

Seahorse Ranch Luxury Villa

Sea Horse Ranch Luxury Villa Resort has a great selection of ocean front villas. Ours was not but the luxury villa was gorgeous, peaceful, spacious and private. The house was surrounded by nature and had a large private pool. The kicker was the electricity cost, it went up to $1000 US a month. The rent was also not a bargain, we paid $5000 US for a 4 bedroom house.

Infiniti Blu Luxury Ocean Front Condos

Infiniti Blu Luxury Ocean Front Condos in Sosua is near Sosua beach and Playa Alicia, great for a fun day in the sun. The apartment was luxurious and full of light. The ocean front view from the 3rd floor was spectacular. It has 2 pools, kids would stay out for hours. Electricity was affordable $100-$200. The rent was on the high side $3000 for 3 bedrooms. My issue was driving through cluttered, dirty and narrow streets of Sosua 3-4 times a day. It proved to be stressful and after 2 years I couldn’t handle it anymore and I decided to move.

Beach Palace Luxury Beachfront Condos

Beach Palace Luxury Beachfront Condos in Cabarete where my family and I have been for the past 2 years. The beach is just down the steps from our patio doors. I walk to the restaurants on the beach. The kids play right in front of the condo and straight into the shower. I have underground parking. That's a bonus when it rains. This is our least expensive rental so far $2300 / month for 3 bedrooms. The electricity is comparable to Infiniti Blu $100-200 a month.

But Wait, There's More Home Rental Places To Consider

I visited Las Terrenas in the Samaná province many years back. It is only a short drive from a fun day at Las Galeras.

Oh boy, did I love it. 

It is very quaint, rustic and has a french flare due to its large french expat community.

I would have liked to move there but it doesn’t have an International School so we had to pick another place.

Also one thing to consider is, if you travel a lot the International Airport in Santo Domingo is 2h away and Puerto Plata is 4h away. 

In contrary, Gregorio Luperon airport in Puerto Plata is 15-25 min away from Sosua and Cabarete. A no brainer when you have kids who can’t sit still in a car.

I’ve heard wonderful things about Cabrera. Again this wasn’t an option for us because we need an International school.

But don’t take my word for it, check the video here.

There are countless popular destinations for vacation rentals that we have not explored yet.

La Romana where the famous European Village Altos de Chavon is located.

Rio San Juan near Playa Grande. And the more touristy Punta Cana, land of the golf and country club.

If you choose La Romana or Punta Cana you are lucky to be close to amazing Saona Island.

Saona Island
Saona Island Dominican Republic

In the south near Santo Domingo there is a lovely area called Boca Chica with luxury homes to die for.

Now that we have explored the vast selection of vacation rentals. It’s time to do your research.

To Recap

I know I sound like a broken record but …

Come and visit first. Short term rentals are available year round.

You will save money and enjoy a beautiful vacation all at once.

I’m not a real estate agent trying to sell you a home or apartment. I want to share my experience so that you have more pertinent information than I had when I took the plunge and moved to Dominican Republic.

Dominican Republic is a blissful place to live, I’ve lived here for 6 years and I have no plans on leaving.

Still not sure if it is right for you?

Check out the article ‘7 Reasons Why Dominican Republic Retirement Is a No Brainer‘ for more facts.

Happy Searching!

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There you are, fuming.

You just read another crappy article posing as ‘useful information’.

You smash the back button frantically to give the next search result a try.

No! Next result was just as bad as the previous one.  Can this be it? 

Time wasted. And,  you’re still clueless. There must be a Dominican Republic Residency program guide available. It has to be.

You called your local Dominican Republic Embassy and left countless voicemails. Nobody is in a hurry to call you back. 

The wait is agonizing.

Hooray! Finally someone calls you back. Feeling of excitement is overwhelming. You’re about to get all the answers you are seeking! Then reality sets in… 

The voice on the other line is directing you to the same useless website you’ve visited a day ago.  Pffttt…

Sadly, you quickly realize you know more than they do 🙁

Your frustration has reached a boiling point.  You’re about to explode! 

Wait.. before you do. 

Here’s a very useful-straight-to-the-point guide you’ve been longing for to apply for your residence! 

How To Get Your Residency in the Dominican Republic

This guide is a result of me spending 2 years banging my head against the wall, losing money and patience. 

I hope it will serve you well.

I’ve broken out the process into 3 major chapters to obtain your visa and residency painlessly

  • How To Apply For Dominican Republic Visa
  • Starting The Temporary Residency Process in Dominican Republic
  • Taking The Last Few Steps To Becoming A Dominican Republic Resident

Already have your temporary resident visa and still stuck in Dominican Republic without not knowing what to do next? 

Go straight to Process of Residency Application in Dominican Republic.

Chapter 1: How To Apply For Dominican Republic Visa

You must start the process in your own country

Dominican Republic Visa Quick Steps overview

1
Contact the Dominican Republic embassy in your area
2
Select which of the 4 types of residency applications: Investment through real estate, retirement and investing offshore.
3
Check required documents list. Such as original birth and/or certificate, bank statements, police certificate with criminal record (a.k.a certificate of good conduct in some countries)
4
Confirm which documents require original or certified copy
5
Ask for a detailed list of all of the costs associated with the application
6
Confirm the payment method, I know I had to send a certified cheque so make sure you know the exact amount
7
Fill out the temporary visa application form.
Download the form in Spanish AND in English
8
Gather all the necessary documents
9
Send the documents to the Embassy. Remember to include your valid passport
10
Remember to include your valid passport
11
Processing time varies between 2-3 weeks. Plus regular mailing time

Enter the Dominican Republic within 60 days or your visa will expire

The old tourist card for $10 has been abolished

So, all in all, you can get everything done in about 2 months

Now comes the fun part, pack your suitcase you are going to Dominican Republic. 

Remember, bring everything with you. It would suck if you left one of these documents at home.

Chapter 2: Starting The Process of Residency in Dominican Republic

Exciting, you are finally here ready to start the next stage.

But, still nervous because you are not sure where to start.

Don’t worry. Read on to find out what you have to do. I’ve outlined all the steps necessary for this leg of the race.

Now, with the new online process it is faster and easier.

Dominican Republic Residence Application Overview

1
Create an account on the Dominican Republic Immigration website and start your application.
2
Use the same type as you used for your temporary residence visa.
Here are the 4 types of residency applications
3
Gather documentation and upload to the website
4
Track the status of your residence status online
5
You are required to bring all the documentation to the Santo Domingo Immigration office.

If you use an attorney, he/she will be able to bring the documents on your behalf and save you a trip to Santo Domingo.
6
You will get an appointment for a medical examination.

Includes blood test, chest X-ray and medical interview
7
Payment options (Online or In Person in Santo Domingo).

If you want to save time in the Immigration office and take advantage of using your credit card, I suggest that you pay online
8
Appointment date for Santo Domingo will be issued on the website.

If you cannot go on the date assigned, you can reschedule for a fee of $1000 pesos.

Hopefully, I have demystified the process and you feel confident you can succeed.

Be brave.

Start your provisional residency application immediately. 

If you still feel overwhelmed or scared.

Don’t worry.

I have dealt with an exceptionally professional lawyer after the fiasco of my first attempt at getting my residency.

Contact me so I can introduce him and create an easy transition.

Chapter 3: What to expect at the Department of Immigration in Santo Domingo

How thrilling, you are a few hours away from being finally done with it.

Reduce frustration & waiting time by bringing a photocopy of your passport & online payment receipt

Step 1: Getting your Celuda for foreigners.

  1. Go to the Immigration Department  as per your appointment date.
  2. Upon arrival you will be given a number.
  3. They will take your passport and ask you to go to the Office for Foreigners located about 15-20 min drive away. (Extranjería / Cédulas para extranjeros residentes)
  4. Application process takes under 1h. Process is quick.
  5. Drive back to the department of immigration office.

Step 2: Getting your Dominican Republic residence card.

  1. Go straight to window #12, #13 or #14 with your Cedula card.
  2. You will have to wait for the picture taking and fingerprints. Be patient, this can take up to 1h.
  3. After picture and fingerprint is completed. You have to wait again to receive your residency card.

The fun part in Santo Domingo is the wait. 

Ha ha, I’m joking of course. 🙂

But, I’m telling you this because the employees of the Dominican government work at turtle speed. I’m telling you this from experience so lower your expectations and avoid unnecessary frustrations. 

If you know in advance the procedure can take up to 4 hours and you are lucky enough to finish in 2 hours, you will be exceptionally happy.

I know I would.

Now, what’s next?

You have the complete road map in front of you to get your legal residence.

Are you ready to start?

QUICK OVERVIEW OF THE RESIDENCE OPTIONS.

  • Get temporary residence when you arrive in Dominican Republic.
  • Renew your temporary residence yearly for the next 5 years.
  • Apply for permanent residence after 5 years of living in Dominican Republic.
  • Apply for citizenship and obtain your second passport after you have resided in the Dominican Republic for 7 years.

Now, just imagine bragging to your friends about how you got it done like a Pro in record time. 

Imagine telling them how amazingly simple it actually was. 

Your residency in Dominican Republic is within reach if you follow the foolproof steps in this ultimate guide. Give it a chance, you can do it.

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Deserted beaches. Empty restaurants. People with masks creeping around the beach. It’s like a scene from a post-apocalyptic movie.

Never thought I would experience such a sight.

The whole situation feels uneasy but then again… the beach is empty.

I stop thinking about doomsday and choose to perceive the surroundings as a blessing. The beach feels more serene and tranquil. 

Why not enjoy it as much as possible.

Though Danilo Medina, President of the Dominican Republic, allowed walks on the beach, he banned swimming in the ocean.

If you dare to defy Danilo’s wisdom, an eager tourist police appears out of thin air. And you’ll get a swift kick out of the water. So if you venture in, make sure you run out of the water fast enough.

Even though salt water, negative ions and all the wonderful minerals are an amazing natural antiviral remedy offered by the ocean and the sea, it’s off limits. Go figure! 

Instead, I reap the benefits of the sun while admiring the missed benefits of the ocean. The sun does wonders.

But don’t take my word for it. Here is what experts say.

Dr Arghya Sarkhel, consultant psychiatrist, tells us:

“The sound and vision of the ocean lifts our mood.”

The most natural and effective way for your body to produce optimal levels of vitamin D is through sunshine.

And as you know, Dominican Republic has plenty of it year round. 

All you need is a 10-15 minutes walk on the beautiful and sunny Cabarete beach located on the North Coast of Dominican Republic, and ditch your vitamin D supplement forever.

Robin Foroutan, MS, RDN, HHC, integrative medicine dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says:

“Low levels of vitamin D are associated with both major and minor depression, as well as mood disorders and faster cognitive decline.”

 

 

 

Well, walking on the beach is fun and dandy but what about the restaurants.

We all know they had to close down. 

What a bummer. Not being able to sip on my refreshing chinola mojito on the beach sucks but light at the end of the tunnel.

The Dominican Republic is reopening in 4 stages

If you wish to read the whole article, click here.

We are currently in Phase 1. Small stores and hardware stores are open at 50% capacity. Nail and hair salons have also reopened by appointment. My hair roots are super excited.

What I’m most interested in happens in Phase 4 set for July 5th.

Tourism will reopen slowly, according to Danilo Medina and his administration:

Tourism will reopen slowly, according to Danilo Medina and his administration: “It will be in phase 4, estimated for next July 5, when all companies resume their work with 100% of their staff. In addition, in this phase, tourism will be reactivated, opening hotels and airports, as well as gyms and restaurant dining rooms.”

In the meantime. Are you sick & tired of Cooking?

If you’re like me, you are done cooking & eating the same dishes day after day.  I miss going to restaurants and enjoying a variety of foods. I’m definitely sick & tired of cooking!

Good news, several restaurants are open for take out and delivery in Cabarete and Sosua areas.

I can relish the scrumptious dishes that I’ve been missing in the comfort of my house.

Such as a delectable burger from Salt Marina, a succulent pizza from Roma Restaurant or a juicy churrasco from Nelson’s Bistro.

My mouth waters thinking about it.

Not sure which ones are open?

I gathered an Open Restaurant List here. But below are a few of my favorites to pick from.

Vagamundo Coffee & Waffles - Cabarete

Enjoy a luscious breakfast: Belgian waffle and cappuccino. That will hit the spot

Nectar - Cabarete

Try their citrusy Trio of Ceviche, tuna, dorado and shrimp.

Ceiba Cafe & Pizzeria - Cabarete

Share a yummy and gooey pizza

Maria Restaurant - Sosua Ocean Village

Use their frozen meals for a quick diner. If you feel like a triple decker, their fabulous club sandwich will leave you satisfied.

Yamazato - Cabarete

Authentic Japanese Cuisine. If you missed sushi during the quarantine, you body and soul will be rewarded

In the end. Remember life’s better on the beach.

I do not despair and neither should you. 

Stay positive and see you soon on the beach my friends.

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7 Reasons Why Dominican Republic Retirement Is a No Brainer https://www.infodominicanrepublic.com/dominican-republic-retirement-facts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dominican-republic-retirement-facts https://www.infodominicanrepublic.com/dominican-republic-retirement-facts/#comments Fri, 01 May 2020 23:19:00 +0000 https://www.infodominicanrepublic.com/?p=15 Ever asked yourself? Do I have enough to cover monthly costs for the next 20-30 years? Is retirement in Dominican Republic feasible? Maybe you’re interested to live and invest overseas. Retirement planning can be scary. Fear of running out of money to cover monthly expense is real. And, you are not alone. According to the […]

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Ever asked yourself?

Do I have enough to cover monthly costs for the next 20-30 years?

Is retirement in Dominican Republic feasible?

Maybe you’re interested to live and invest overseas.

Retirement planning can be scary. Fear of running out of money to cover monthly expense is real. And, you are not alone.

According to the National Retirement Planning Coalition, a Boomer Expectations for Retirement 2016 Study.

Only 24 percent of Baby Boomers are confident that they will have enough savings to last throughout retirement

What if there was a way to lower your cost of living?

What if there was a place where $1500 a month is more than enough?

Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

Of course, this guide gets updated information on a regular basis.


Here are 7 wonderful reasons why retirement in Dominican Republic is a fantastic idea.

#1: Retirement in Dominican Republic Cost of Living is Cheaper

According to Expatistan the cost of living in Santo Domingo is 65% cheaper than New York. Cost of living index is relatively low. 

Simply put, Dominican Republic is 51% cheaper than the United States even if you include the cost of health care in the Dominican Republic.

How can you say no to that?

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Eating local is the way to go in Dominican Republic. The year-round fruits and vegetables are inexpensive and scrumptious.

The variation of exotic fruits is stupendous, from mangoes to papaya, pineapple to guava.

Don’t forget the passion fruit, the world famous Chinola juice. Perfect to sip on a hot afternoon.

The sky’s the limit.

Food prices for local staple foods such as rice, eggs, corn, beans, potatoes, and chicken are cheap across the country.

Single  person can live like a king in Dominican Republic on a $1500 monthly budget that includes the cost of public transport, health insurance and food prices. 

Living in the city center of big cities like Santo Domingo Dominican Republic or Punta Cana might be a bit more expensive, expect to pay less for rent but more for food and transportation. 

#2: Unbeatable Low Cost Health Insurance

When traveling, very often if you buy air travel tickets with Visa or Mastercard, you’ll get some limited form of travel insurance and health care insurance.

However, when it comes to moving to the Dominican Republic, you’ll have to consider private health insurance.

According to a study from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.

The average retiree spends around $4,300 per year on out-of-pocket healthcare costs.

Luckily private health care is well established and reliable!

Full insurance coverage average prices in Dominican Republic range between $40 and up to $100 per month.

Imagine the savings. 4 times less than U.S.

If you compare the cost with the U.S. you see that it is much… much cheaper while the quality of life in Dominican Republic is far more pleasurable.

Health Care Dominican Republic

Most medicines are available without a prescription with the exception of serious pain killers. 

So with your dosage on hand,  get your heartburn or high blood pressure medication straight from the pharmacy, you won’t have to see your doctor again.

#3: Charming and Affordable Living

The vibrant and multicultural Santo Domingo sits next to the Caribbean Sea.

Average cost of a fully furnished 1-2 bedroom apartment in Santo Domingo away from the city center is $400-700/ month.

Gym memberships can be as cheap as $10 USD per month to $40 USD per month. 

According to Numbeo, the rent in Dominican Republic is 74% less expensive than in the United States.

Along the North Coast are the popular expat enclaves of Sosua and Cabarete, close to Puerto Plata and its international airport. 

Second to none cities to spend your time with fellow expats, explore the world class beaches and enjoy the golf courses.

Renting gives you the freedom to pay for a short period (sometimes even month to month). Greatest way to fall in love with Dominican Republic.

What about buying a house?

Come to Dominican Republic and visit them first.

Why not rent for a few months vs committing to real estate purchase?

It is an easy way to explore the neighborhoods and choose the most appealing to you.

The real estate market in the Dominican Republic can be frustrating.

Buying a property is risky as the bureaucracy and scams can put homebuyers off making real estate difficult to get into safely. 

Property prices seem to be very stable, so don’t expect double digits growth.

#4: United States Is Right Next Door

Afraid of “Island Fever”? Are you concerned with living in Dominican Republic? 

The feeling of being trapped on an island with nowhere to go. The Feeling of being disconnected from the world.

Do not fret, the United States is a 3h direct flight away with many options available, like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Newark, New York or Toronto and Montreal in Canada.

An opportunity to replenish your wardrobe.

#5: Dominican Republic Is Surprisingly Safe

Sosua, Cabarete and Puerto Plata being smaller cities with a large population of expats breath safety.

The gated communities, on the North Coast, protected by security guards are the safest and quite affordable.

According to Forbes and Data.World you are more than 10 times likely to die in the US than abroad.

“In general, a violent death abroad is extremely unlikely. Between 2009 and 2013, 1,151 Americans - out of a population of 316 million - were killed abroad. For comparison, 15,809 homicides occurred in the U.S. in 2014 alone.”

So, it’s simple.

If you steer clear of ghettos and extremely poor neighborhoods as you would in the US you are safe.

As for natural disasters.

Hurricanes usually blow over. There will be lots of wind and rain, but no major damage

The USA Today newspaper wrote that of the countries of the Caribbean Basin, the Dominican Republic is the least affected by this danger. Neighboring Antigua, Jamaica, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are much more likely to suffer.

Hurricanes hitting the Dominican Republic, contrary to most people’s beliefs, are rare events. 

Looking at history, hurricanes have been spaced out over the course of time. When they strike, they hit the less populated southern parts and western parts of the island, sadly Haiti.

#6: The sublime weather

Lengthy winters, the cold and the dark dragging you down?

Let the year-round tropical weather lift up your spirit.

Winter in Dominican Republic is marvelous. 

The north east wind cools you down and the sun warms you up ever so gently. To feel in perfect harmony.

The temperature rarely goes below 68°F (20°C) year-round. With an extraordinary 77°F (25°C) yearly average.

I’ve heard complaints that it rains excessively in Dominican Republic.

Sure there is the rainy season, June to November but it mostly rains at night. The daytime showers last 15-20min and the sun comes out to warm and dry everything up.

Rarely will you be stuck at home for days because it is pouring, this is usually what happens in North America. I recall going stir crazy in Canada for days, even weeks, because it was too unbearable to go out.

Do you know the best part about Dominican Republic?

Yes,  the sunshine. It shines bright on average 8 hours a day to get an average of 3000 hours of sunshine a year. 

Throw away your vitamin D supplement, you don’t need it here.

And, no more dry skin. Your skin will love you for it.

Hard to resist, right?

#7: Many Transportation Options from Public Moto to Private Taxi

Should you buy a car?

Really, it is not necessary.

Plenty of public transport options to choose from. 

All depends on distance, budget and level of comfort you desire. 

Let me clarify all the available options in detail.

Motoconchos

They are privately owned motorcycle taxis. This is the cheapest solution and perfect for shorter trips. The trip costs around RD$50 ($1.00 USD) for short trips within a city, remember to bring exact change they are not forthcoming with giving change back.

Fun fact, the price double at dusk when they turn on their headlights

Carro Publicos

Small sedan vehicles known as public taxis distinguishable by the signs on the roof which show their specific route. They are shared taxis meaning you will have to share with strangers and they are often overcrowded, they can fit 6 people so if comfort is necessary, it should be avoided.

The transport cost is fairly cheap RD$85 ($1.50 USD) for up to 15 miles.

Guaguas

Mid size buses with plenty of seats. Good thing about them is they will stop anywhere and everywhere along their specific route. They are almost impossible to miss as they tend to honk their horn whenever the driver spots someone standing at the side of the road. But again if comfort is imperative it can be tricky as they overcrowd the van (carrying up to 20 people instead of the legal 12). This shouldn’t be a problem if you do not travel in peak hours.

Guaguas are the cheapest option for long distance, expect to pay as little as RD$50 ($1.00 USD) for up to 15 miles. Make sure you confirm prior to leaving as they will squeeze you for as much as they can.

Private Taxis

If comfort and safety is priority #1, then this is your best option. They have the newest minivan models with working air conditioning. But comfort comes at a price, this is the most expensive mode of transportation. Taxis are harder to spot than guaguas and don’t drive around looking for potential customers.

They do not have meters so the fixed rates are affixed at the designated location. Taxi fares are on average $24 USD for 15-25 km.

Bonus Reason: Permanent Residency Done Quickly

Why should you become a resident?

First of all, it lets you leave the country without paying the exit fee.

And you don’t have to show a return tickets when entering Dominican Republic. So you can stay as long as you want without any worry.

A few more compelling reasons.

  • Get a Dominican Republic Driver's License
  • Exoneration of tax payments towards household and personal assets
  • Partial Exemption of Motor Vehicle Taxes
  • 50% of the taxes on mortgages
  • Exemption of 50% of the Property Tax, when applicable
  • Exemption of taxation on dividends and interest, generated in the country or abroad

According to Investopedia, Dominican Republic has an easy citizenship program for retirement. Don’t take my word for it, read more here

So, follow these amazingly simple steps and in a few months you have your Dominican Republic temporary residency. Continue with the renewal process and within 5 years you possess your permanent residency.

With a pension of $1500 a month for a single person and the following documents you are eligible to apply.

In Conclusion

Fear of not having enough money impacts your life. Impacts your health.

Don’t let stress get the better of you. Your quality of life is more important.

Now, imagine what your life would look like if you relocated to the beautiful and sunny Dominican Republic.

Retirement is about living and enjoying life not about fear.

Remember that the cost of living is drastically cheaper. Retirement in Dominican Republic is doable.

Serenity and peace of mind await you

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Ok, you read the Ultimate Guide To Dominican Republic Resident.

Below is Dominican Republic Temporary Residency document list. Be sure to check out which types of residency to apply for.

You are ready to start. And, eager to get it done.

I’ve got a detailed list of documents ready for you.

Familiarize yourself with it. 

Dominican Republic Temporary Residency Document List

  1. Temporary Residency Visa Application Form – (Spanish Form English Form)
  2. Visa Application Letter – Must contain the applicant’s name, nationality, place of residence and occupation and applicant’s reason(s) for seeking residency.
  3. Certificate of Good Conduct – From the police or RCMP (Canada) with fingerprints (Adults only)
  4. Marriage Certificate – if you’re coming with your spouse.
  5. Medical Health Certificate – Letter signed from your Doctor, indicating no transferable diseases, do not suffer from any infectious or contagious diseases and have general good health.
  6. Birth Certificate
  7. Bank Letter – Showing your account is in good standing.
  8. Frontal Photos – Dimensions: 2 x 2 on a white background; no jewelry or accessories of any kind, with ears clearly visible.
  9. Passport –  Valid for a minimum of eighteen (18) month.

Watch Out For...

Police Report can take up to 4-5 weeks to receive. Make sure you do this one first and save loads of time.

Check out the additional documents you need based on the Type of Residency you are applying for.

You have the list. 

Now what?

Take the plunge. Pick up the phone and call your local Embassy.

You’ve got to watch though!

They are… well let’s just say NOT very enthusiastic in getting back to you. So keep calling.

Patience is a virtue, be prepared you will need a lot throughout the entire process.

Once you have them on the hook.

  • Inform them that you are applying for temporary residency
  • Double check the required documents
  • Find out the costs of translation, legalization and application process
  • Confirm payment method

Ok, now is the time.

Go out there and gather all those documents.

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