5 Reasons to Live in the Dominican Republic

5 Reasons to Live in the Dominican Republic

Tired of dealing with all the chaos that 2020 ushered in and ready to make sure that 2021 is the start of an exciting chapter that brings you years of joy in paradise? If you’re ready to take the leap and make your dream of becoming an expat a reality, there’s never been a better time to move to the Dominican Republic. At Residencial Casa Linda, we know that choosing the right place to relocate to is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make and can often feel overwhelming. Below we’ll cover 5 important reasons to consider the Dominican Republic when moving abroad. Read on to learn more!

1. The Best Dollar Value in the Caribbean

Understandably, one of the biggest factors that informs both your ability to move abroad, as well as your decision as to where to settle is your budget. When choosing the best location, there is a multitude of details that help decide whether or not a location is affordable; from the cost of housing to healthcare (more on that below), daily living expenses and more, knowing that you’ll be able to live comfortably without overextending your budget is crucial to peace of mind.

The Dominican Republic has the best dollar to value ratio in the Caribbean and offers a vibrant housing market full of luxury villas at affordable entry prices. Casa Linda’s beautiful estates start at just $184,700 USD making it easier than ever to build the life you’ve always wanted, and with a low cost of living overall, you can rest easy knowing your dollar will go further than ever before!

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2. Thriving Expat Community

Let’s face it, moving to a new country where you don’t know anyone can be pretty daunting. Fortunately, the Dominican Republic has a vast community of expats that are incredibly welcoming to visitors and new residents alike. Casa Linda is proud to welcome home buyers from all corners of the globe to our gated community, and with plenty of activities and social opportunities available to keep you mingling, forming a new community of friends is easy.

3. Familiar Comforts

If you’re a creature of habit that loves shopping at familiar stores and always being able to find your favourite items, you might be surprised to learn that your favourite items are rarely that far out of reach in the DR. The Dominican is home to many popular retailers and brands you would expect to find in North America, meaning that, in addition to the abundance of fresh produce and new items you’ll find in stores, you’ll rarely have to worry about going without your preferred products.

The DR also boasts an incredibly robust infrastructure system that features high-end electricity and telecom capabilities, as well as high-speed internet. In fact, most of our resident expats remark that the Dominican is just like home…only warmer!

4. High Quality of Life

As we mentioned above, quality of life is one of the most important aspects of choosing your new home abroad. In addition to affordability, the Dominican also offers exceptional healthcare to residents and features world-class facilities with medical experts offering treatment in English and Spanish. Whether you have current concerns or are simply looking ahead to the future, you can take peace in knowing you’ll always be looked after with a viable healthcare system that has your best interests in mind.

5. Breathtaking Beauty and an Unbeatable Climate

Finally, if you’re looking to escape the cold and settle down in tropical paradise, there’s nowhere like the Dominican Republic to start fresh. With daily temperatures that average 28°C (82°F) and miles of white sandy calling your name, it’s time to stop dreaming and start living.

Ready to Heed the Call of the Island?

At Casa Linda, we’re proud to help adventurous spirits find the perfect villa that’s tailored for your exact tastes and needs. Each of our homes is built to the highest quality and designed to provide you with comfort, safety, and (of course) enjoyment. Contact our team today to learn about our available floor plans and more.

Quality Of Living in The Dominican Republic: Healthcare You Can Count On

Quality Of Living in The Dominican Republic: Healthcare You Can Count On

There are many reasons expats from all over the world choose to embrace life on the island in the beautiful Dominican Republic. With constant sun, affordable living, and no shortage of activities and places to explore, the island is a favoured place among snowbirds and sun-seekers alike, all year round! If you’re hoping to claim your slice of paradise, but are wondering about some of the more important logistics like healthcare, Casa Linda is here to ease your worries and assist you in getting started. Read on to learn more about medical care in the Dominican Republic.

World-Class Care, World-Class Facilities

One of the predominant concerns of anyone moving abroad is ensuring you’ll always have access to quality medical care when it matters the most. Healthcare in the Dominican Republic has seen vast improvements and expansion since 2001 and now includes a multi-tiered system that has been designed to provide optimal service for everyone. In addition to their reformed system, the Dominican now has a leading reputation for exceptional care, including readily available access to world-class facilities and highly-qualified medical professionals. Not only is the Dominican system well ahead of other Caribbean countries in terms of the quality of care offered, but shorter wait times and lower costs overall mean that residents have peace of mind where it counts the most.

Health Insurance You Can Rely On

Alongside an outstanding medical system, the Dominican offers residents easy access to affordable health and dental coverage. There are multiple plans to choose from, with advanced plans ranging from approximately $700 to $1500 USD annually (per couple). Plans cover doctor’s visits, hospital stays, in-hospital medicines, dental procedures, ambulance services, etc. and can be purchased on a yearly or quarterly basis, making them a perfect choice for Snowbirds.

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Hospitals

One of the biggest surprises that might catch expats off guard is how advanced the level of healthcare is on the north coast of the Dominican. Five minutes from Casa Linda’s community is Centro Medico Cabarete, a full-service hospital which provides specialists for all medical issues, a full-service surgery, excellent diagnostic equipment like an MRI, as well as English speaking professional to assist.

Twenty minutes away in Puerto Plata you’ll find more hospitals, the best of which is Bournigal. This private hospital accepts local health insurance and has excellent facilities and doctors. Should you have the need for more advanced treatment, HOMS Hospital in Santiago (1 hour away) is a high-end facility that has become a destination health care provider for people from around the world. HOMS specializes in oncology, heart health, and even has robotic surgery options.

Relax in Paradise

The WHO currently ranks the Dominican Republic healthcare system within their top 100 systems, meaning you can have peace of mind and never need to worry about medical care acting as a barrier to living in paradise.

Are you ready to discover life in the sun? Contact Casa Linda today to learn how you can get started building your dream home!

Fact or Fiction: What to Know About Moving to the Dominican Republic

Fact or Fiction: What to Know About Moving to the Dominican Republic

If you’re in the early stages of planning to relocate to a warmer destination permanently, you’ve no doubt come to realize that choosing the perfect place to call home is not without its fair share of questions. While everyone has their own unique needs and wants as they look to move abroad, there are common concerns that can help to make your decision a little easier as you research. The Dominican Republic is one of the most popular destinations for expats from all over the world, and for good reason! In addition to our sun-kissed beaches swaying palm trees and crystal blue waters, the DR has plenty of perks for foreign residents to discover.

Casa Linda has been welcoming newcomers to our beautiful shores for nearly 30 years and is always pleased to help provide valuable insight when it comes to planning a move to the Caribbean. Below we’ll highlight 5 Common Misconceptions About Life in The Dominican Republic. Read on to learn more!

1. Owning An Island Property is Way Too Expensive For The Average Person

Almost everyone dreams of escaping to a tropical paradise at some point in their lives, but few will actually take the leap forward to try and learn more. Why? The common misconception is that island living is simply too expensive for the “average Joe”. While it’s true that some locations can be quite expensive, many prospective buyers are pleasantly shocked to learn that building a custom villa in the Dominican Republic is actually far cheaper than anticipated. Casa Linda strives to create stunning residences at affordable price points, and with 10 floor plans starting as low as $199,000, your dream of escaping to the island is much closer to reality than you think!

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2. I’ll Be Leaving My Comforts Behind

While it’s totally understandable to feel some apprehension about having to embrace a new culture and style of living, the Dominican Republic is actually quite close to standard western living…just warmer! Our local grocery stores feature the same products you know and love, and your favorite brands can be found in stores with ease. As far as infrastructure, internet, and other daily necessities are concerned, you can rest easy with the knowledge that the DR has the best communication systems in Latin American, as well as exceptional medical facilities and healthcare providers. Simply put, even though there will be a few differences to get used to, you’ll have no problem feeling at home.

3. Safety First!

Contrary to misconceptions, the Dominican Republic is a very safe place to live. Ranked 71st internationally, the Dominican actually ranks safer than other popular expat destinations such as Mexico, Cuba, Belize, The Bahamas, and more. This means that so long as you’re diligent with general self-awareness and best practices, you’ll have no problem enjoying this vibrant community full of first-class comforts. As an added peace of mind feature, Casa Linda offers 24/7 security within the community, which is particularly helpful for those who need to travel home for long stretches of time.

4. Medical Care is Below Average

If you’re worried that you might not receive the kind of healthcare you’re used to upon moving to the DR, you’ll be very pleased to learn you have absolutely no need to worry. The Dominican Republic is home to leading medical facilities and practitioners with service available in English. In fact, the Dominican is so well known for its medical services around the world that it has become an increasingly popular spot for medical tourism. With affordable insurance rates and expert care always available, you never have to worry about is being taking care of.

5. I’ll Have a Hard Time Settling in

Let’s be honest for a moment: relocating abroad is a big change, and with any major disruption to our daily norms, it’s more than fair to feel a little out of place, even when settling into paradise. Fortunately, thanks to the incredibly welcoming community of locals and expats here on the island, any feelings of being “left out” or isolated never last long. Casa Linda is full of friendly faces that have been in your shoes before, and with plenty of activities available, you’ll have no problem finding new ways to get involved and socialize!

Are ready to embrace life in paradise? Contact Casa Linda today to learn more about making your dream escape a reality!

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Retire in the DR with Casa Linda

Retire in the DR with Casa Linda

Are you just around the corner from retirement and eagerly planning the next steps towards celebrating your newfound freedom? Entering retirement is an incredibly exciting time in your life that leads to plenty of opportunities to make the most of your free time. If you’ve been dreaming of escaping to an island paradise and leaving winter behind for good, the Dominican Republic is the perfect locale to call home. Known as the “Jewel of the Caribbean” and renowned for its stunning beaches, crystal blue oceans and a diverse local culture that’s friendly and welcoming, it’s no surprise that the DR is a favourite amongst retirees and ex-pats from all over the world. As one of the most trusted and respected builders on the island, Casa Linda is happy to welcome homeowners to our beautiful “backyard” and help them settle into life in the Dominican Republic. Learn more about retiring in the DR, as well as Casa Linda’s villas, below!

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Safe, Peaceful, Gorgeous

Whether you’re relocating within the same city or a new country, safety is (of course), one of the biggest concerns to address. When moving abroad, it can be particularly daunting to decide which countries are safe and comfortable enough to reside in for the long term. The Dominican Republic is one of the safest locations in the Caribbean, and with the same general precautions you would take anywhere else (avoiding walking around late at night with valuables, locking things away when not home, staying alert in new areas, etc), you’ll likely be just fine on the island. In addition, Casa Linda’s gated community offers 24/7 security for residents, meaning you’ll always have peace of mind here in the DR, as well as if you need to return home to your previous country of residence for a period of time. As local homeowners as well as builders on the island, we know how important it is to feel safe and welcome and strive to create a community that covers both of these aspects in full. With many fellow retirees as your neighbours, you’ll have the added comfort of building healthy friendships and relationships with individuals sharing similar experiences.

Your Health Comes First

Second to personal safety, finding reputable and consistent healthcare is one of the most important priorities for any expats, especially for retirees and other individuals looking to relocate who may have existing medical conditions. Unlike many tropical destinations across the globe, the Dominican offers a stable foundation with all modern conveniences and services, including a world-class healthcare system featuring highly trained professionals that offer services in English. With state of the art facilities readily on hand and almost no wait times, you can rest assured that your healthcare needs will be met with the same expertise as back home, often at a much cheaper cost!

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Unbeatable Weather

It’s no surprise that one of the biggest appeals when it comes to moving to the island is the ability to leave winter weather behind. If you’re tired of shovelling endless amounts of snows, we’re more than happy to welcome you to our corner of paradise! The DR is the perfect spot for anyone who enjoys golf, tennis, snorkelling, and, of course, endless sunny days; we have over 200 every year!

Choose A Casa Linda Villa For Your Next Home

With floor plans available from 2-bedroom bungalows to large homes up to 5-bedrooms, there’s a custom villa available in Casa Linda that’s perfect for everyone. Each custom-built villa has a private swimming pool, landscape services, and plenty of options for customization. Relax in a professional community designed with your comfort in mind, and soak up the tranquil atmosphere of the island, one day at a time, all with the help of our talented staff.

Ready To Learn More?

Casa Linda is one of the most in-demand gated communities in the Dominican. Find out why we’re the perfect fit for you by contacting our team today!

New Ambar Coast Highway from Puerto Plata to Santiago Will Cut Travel Time to a Half Hour

New Ambar Coast Highway from Puerto Plata to Santiago Will Cut Travel Time to a Half Hour

New Ambar Coast Highway

 

Puerto Plata to Santiago in a Half Hour

Residents of both Puerto Plata and Santiago will enjoy a  much shorter drive between the two cities.

The construction of the Ambar Coast  Highway is a critical roadwork that will link the north coast to the major centre of Santiago and will cut travel time by over half.  The 35 -kilometre road will take just 30-minutes to travel, making commuting from the north coast to Santiago a very pleasant, quick drive.  This is perfect for our Residencial Casa Linda owners and renters.  Many of our owners go to Santiago for large scale shopping trips to big box stores like Ikea and Bellon, as well as to several shopping malls, theaters and other services that can be found in a city of a million people. A shorter, safer drive makes this a fun day trip with lots of time to enjoy the city and get back home.

 

Santiago has excellent large hospitals like HOMS – and for full time residents receiving treatment, this is a much shorter drive.  The Dominican Republic is a destination healthcare area.  A half-hour drive means that renters can stay in Casa Linda and drive to Santiago to see doctors and receive hospital treatments.

 

Robotic Surgery at HOMS HOspital Santiago

For travelers coming in or out of the Dominican Republic to Casa Linda, Santiago airport will now be a viable alternative to landing in Puerto Plata.  This gives people a larger offering and more options for flights.

Residents of Santiago will have the option of living on the beautiful north coast and commuting to work in the big city.  This will increase the value of all property on the north coast – good news for all current and future villa owners in Casa Linda!

The Dominican Republic Minister of Public Works stated that this highway represents an economic transformation that will guarantee greater security, and directly and indirectly impact almost all sectors of the northern region of the Dominican Republic, and is a “relaunch of regional development”.  He stressed that the highway would be vital to allowing a change in the positioning of the Atlantic coast, providing it with more significant potential as a “thriving” tourist hub.

 

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CASA LINDA IS RATED ONE OF THE TOP 10% OF Hotels Worldwide!

CASA LINDA IS RATED ONE OF THE TOP 10% OF Hotels Worldwide!

Casa Linda Wins Tripadvisor Award

 

We are proud to announce that Casa Linda Rentals has received the Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice for 2020 Award!

 

trip advisor logoThe reviews from our valued vacation renters has resulted in our development becoming one of the top 10% of all hotels in the world!  We are so grateful to everyone who reviewed our vacation villas to make this possible, and to our valued staff who provide such excellent service to our guests.

We have repeat renters who have been visiting us for years as well as new travelers who have just discovered that renting a vacation villa is the best kind of holiday:  private with great services, onsite amenities like our free shuttle bus, and all the services of a resort.

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Casa Linda villas are each owned by a private owner. 

For over 27-years, many villa owners have used their homes as full or part time vacation rentals.  This offsets monthly costs and often makes owing a home in the tropics possible.  With the excellent management services on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, owners know that they leave their dream villas in capable, experienced hands.

  

We are proud to benefit the local community.

Casa Linda is a major contributor to the local area.  With over 300 villas completed, and more under construction, our active community of owners and renters means that almost a thousand people are directly and indirectly employed.  This trickle down benefit to providing tropical dreams is something we are all very proud of, even more than winning such a prestigious award.  We will continue to earn great traveler reviews and keep our vacation guests coming back!

 

For more information about how you can own your own Casa Linda villa and enjoy all the services and amenities our valued owners enjoy, please click here. 

 

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