What You Need To Pack When Moving To The Dominican Republic

What You Need To Pack When Moving To The Dominican Republic

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Moving homes within the country is a hassle, let alone moving homes across the world! Relocating abroad needs meticulous planning in a timely manner to ensure efficient packing. You don’t want to bring too much and waste money on shipping unnecessary items, nor do you want to under-pack and arrive feeling lost. The key to moving homes is to travel prepared.

For those moving to the Dominican Republic, packing can be quite different. You need to consider several things when packing, including the right clothing for climate change, suitable electrical appliances, and your necessary paperwork! 

Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t worry; we have compiled a list of essentials you will need to bring with you when moving to the Dominican Republic. 

  1. Toiletries

You can virtually buy everything you need in the Dominican Republic, from sunscreen to body lotion. However, it is best to purchase travel-size toiletries during your move when travelling. The first couple of days of your move are usually hectic, and you’re busy settling in, so it’s always best to have the necessary toiletries you need at hand. You can always pack a travel-size soap bar, shampoo, conditioner, makeup remover, sunscreen and deodorant to cover all grounds until you have found your pace. After you’ve settled in, you can easily visit any of the stores in the Dominican Republic and buy the toiletries you need. 

2. Clothing

If you’re moving from Northern America, you will NOT pack your winter coats and boots. The hot climate in the Dominican Republic can range from as high as 90 Fahrenheit (32 Celsius) and reach a low of 68 Fahrenheit (20 Celsius), which is still warmer than most Northern American summers. The Caribbean lifestyle is pretty minimalistic, requiring shorts, dresses, swimsuits and flip-flops. Make sure you pack a pair of walking/hiking shoes to explore the island and a cardigan or sweater for chilly evenings. 

3. Paperwork

When moving, one of the main concerns is having all your paperwork in order. By now, you should have all your travel documents ready, but what about your personal records? In a binder, make sure you have copies of all your legal documents, including:

  • Birth Certificates
  • Marriage License
  • Wills
  • Insurance Policies
  • Medical Prescriptions
  • House Sale Documents, etc. 

You will find embassies available in the Dominican Republic that can help you send and receive important documents, but the process is both time and money-consuming.

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4. Personal Electronics

Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to pack an adapter when moving to the Dominican Republic as the standard voltage is the same as in the US, Canada and most South American countries. If you need to plug in your flat iron or quickly charge your laptop, you won’t have to worry about the voltage. You do, however, need to pack a portable battery pack to use around the island. It’s not common to find an electric outlet to charge your devices during a boat cruise or hike trail in the Dominican Republic, so make sure you have a portable charger at hand. 

5. Sentimental Items

It’s small items like jewelry, photos, holiday decorations and souvenirs that tend to be forgotten. Missing out on holidays and family gatherings are the most challenging times for expats, so make sure you bring a few sentimental items to remind you of old traditions. 

Travelling can be tricky, but you can enjoy a hassle-free move if you have all your items planned out beforehand! If you have any further questions, check out our frequently asked questions page or contact us!

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FAQ About Life in the Dominican Republic

FAQ About Life in the Dominican Republic

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Are you tired of shovelling snow every winter? Have you been considering moving somewhere warm and tropical? If so, then now is the time to consider a new life in the Dominican Republic with Casa Linda! The Dominican Republic is an island paradise well known for being welcoming and friendly to foreigners. However, before packing your bags to move to the DR, Casa Linda is sure you have a few questions about life on the island. Below we will answer some commonly asked questions about the Dominican Republic. Keep reading to learn more!

What’s the Weather Like?

Typical weather in the Dominican Republic is tropical all year-round, with slight seasonal variations. The cooler season runs from November to April and tends to be relatively low humidity and precipitation. During the cool season, the temperature averages around 23ºC (76ºF). Meanwhile, the warmer season is from May to October and has an average temperature of 31ºC (87ºF).

Many islands in the tropics have to deal with hurricanes. However, fortunately, Casa Linda communities are located on the northern tip of the Dominican Republic, which is sheltered from hurricanes. So when you live with Casa Linda in the DR, you’ll only have to worry about making sure you have enough sunscreen on!

How’s the Work/ Life Balance?

Local Dominicans value a balance between work and relaxation. After a long day at work, many locals will enjoy a pleasant and relaxing afternoon on the beach. Many shops, especially those in tourist-heavy zones, will close at noon for lunch and reopen in the late afternoon. Most shops and restaurants are closed on Sundays. Sundays are the perfect day to soak up in the sun on the beach or spend time with family and friends. Bars and convenience stores are typically open until midnight during the week. On Fridays and Saturdays, they remain open until 2 am.

For most expatriates, living in the Dominican Republic is about slowing down and enjoying a more relaxed lifestyle. Casa Linda’s gated communities encourage you to take advantage of island living and focus on what matters most to you. Our communities offer residents the opportunity to make new connections, practice a new or old hobby, and enjoy the stunning local beaches.

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How Long Can I Stay Without Permanent Residency?

If you do not have a residency permit, you can stay in the Dominican Republic for up to 30-days per visit. However, if you’d like to extend your stay, you may do so for up to 120-days. Extending your trip is simple; you need to apply online and pay a small fee. 

What’s the Residency Process Like?

To apply for permanent residency in the Dominican Republic, you’ll have to begin the process in your home country and then complete it in the DR. There are a few essential documents you’ll need to complete your application. Paperwork like your proof of income, health, criminal record check, and birth certificate, to name a few. Casa Linda is happy to provide prospective residents with a referral to a local law firm specializing in residency.  

Your Villa in Paradise

At Casa Linda, you can have the luxury island villa of your dreams for an affordable price. We have a range of floorplans available for you to choose from. We are sure you’ll love your new island home with a team of in-house architects to customize it as you see fit! Live your best life at Casa Linda today! Contact us to learn more about living in the Dominican Republic. 

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Working in the Dominican Republic

Working in the Dominican Republic

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The Dominican Republic is known for its beaches, sand, food and cigars! It is also becoming a second home for many ex-pats, whether retired, entrepreneurs or young adventurers looking for different work opportunities. Here are some options if you’re considering working in the Dominican Republic.

Teaching

There are several international schools in the DR, most of which don’t necessarily require a teaching qualification. Several ex-pats hold teaching positions in Santa Domingo, Santiago and Las Terrenas. You can also find schools in Sosua, Puerto Plata and Punta Cana. There will be access to a school wherever you decide to live in the DR. 

Call Centre

Many call centres hire native English speakers and provide significant benefits as well. A call centre agent can likely find a job anywhere in the DR as these jobs are easy to find all over the country. It might not be the best paying job, but it is an option if need be.

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Own Business

Owning a business is quite common with ex-pats in the Dominican Republic. You can open a restaurant, bar, tourist agency; you name it. The great aspect about the Dominican market is that it provides services to tourists all year round. Every month of the year, you will find tourists looking for places to stay, eat and drink. 

Obtaining a Visa

When applying for jobs in the Dominican Republic, one thing to keep in mind is making sure you have your visa paperwork in place. You can either get a visa that will allow you to remain in the country for 60 days or apply for the option of a full business visa that will allow you to stay in the country for a year. In order to apply for the business visa, you will have to show a work contract beforehand. Obtaining a business visa will enable you to get your driver’s license and possibly open a bank account if you want. 

If you’re planning to work in the DR for more than two months, you must obtain a temporary residency permit. This enables you to work under the national Labor Code and register in the DR’s Social Security System. 

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Find the Perfect Villa for You at Casa Linda

Find the Perfect Villa for You at Casa Linda

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Ready to put that snow shovel away for good? Casa Linda’s prepared to help you make snow a thing of the past with our luxury villas in the Dominican Republic. Our gated community is located on the island’s northern end in charming Cabarete. We offer free in-house architectural services so our buyers can customize the villa of their dreams. For nearly 30 years, Casa Linda has been building dream homes for folks looking for the peace and tranquillity island living offers. Keep reading to learn more about villa floor plans at Casa Linda.

Island Living Made Easy

Are you still dreaming of retiring on an island with a beautiful villa to call your own? Casa Linda can make those dreams a reality. Our homes are crafted from high-quality materials and designed to meet each of your needs while also being uniquely suited to you. Are you interested in adding a custom feature to your villa, like an infinity pool or guest house? No problem! We offer a range of customization options for each of our floor plans. From comfortable 2-bedroom bungalows to spacious 5-bedroom villas that have room for the entire family, Casa Linda’s properties make it easy to enjoy a home in paradise.

Villa Sunset

Picture this; sunshine streams through glass doors along the back and side of your very own villa. While you entertain guests, large windows in the great room and kitchen can open to let a sweet tropical breeze flow throughout the open floor plan. Every room in the house has an incredible view of the yard, pool, and covered terrace. Sounds like paradise, right? Well, Villa Sunset could be your new island home today! This cozy villa has two bedrooms and two bathrooms and makes the perfect vacation or retirement getaway without breaking the bank. 

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Villa Bluepearl

The Bluepearl is a versatile floor plan available in either two or three bedrooms and 2.5 or 3.5 bathrooms with 2228 sq ft or 2471 sq ft, respectively. This villa is designed to be all about relaxed island living. Have a drink on one of several terraces or enjoy the outdoor bar and open pool area; entertaining has never been easier. Whatever paradise looks like for you, Villa Bluepearl is sure to be it.

Villa Harmony

Is space your number one concern? Villa Harmony is sure to satisfy all of your needs with over 2600 sq ft of room and a 15,000-gallon swimming pool. This spacious 3-bedroom floor plan offers private separated bedrooms and three full baths. It’s has been designed for effortlessly entertaining family and friends, especially in the luxury chef’s kitchen, where you can find a substantial central island. This villa is sure to be your perfect jungle bungalow!

Ready to Learn More?

At Casa Linda, we believe the best way to see if you like a place is to “live like an owner.” Contact us today to learn more about renting or buying one of our luxury villas.

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Looking to Work Remotely in the Dominican Republic? Here’s What You Need to Know

Looking to Work Remotely in the Dominican Republic? Here’s What You Need to Know

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Working remotely has never been easier thanks to significant technological innovations such as cloud storage, video teleconferencing, and portable smart devices. The Dominican Republic has emerged as a popular destination for remote employees. This Caribbean paradise is perfect for those looking to ditch the office. Working remotely allows you to take part in a “working getaway” in the Dominican Republic. Spend your mornings in conference calls and meetings and then in the afternoon, hit the beach and enjoy the refreshing ocean breeze. 

As a foreign investment-friendly country that excitedly welcomes newcomers, the DR is exactly what remote workers who wish to enjoy the benefits of paradise are looking for. At Casa Linda, we want to make your island dreams a reality. We’re excited to help expatriates explore their new life on the island by offering custom villas to call home. If you’re ready for a change of pace while working from home, consider some of the following logistics first before packing your bags for the Dominican republic. Continue reading to learn more!

You’ll Need a Work Visa

Compared to many other countries, the Dominican Republic is very accessible to foreign workers. However, you still need a business/ work visa to conduct business in the country legally. Work visas come in two varieties: one that allows entry into the country for 60 days or multiple entries for a single year period (this maxes out at two months at a time), or a full-business visa. A complete work visa is typically granted under a fixed-term contract. It allows you to have more freedom, such as getting a driver’s license or opening a bank account. The process of applying for a visa is pretty straightforward. Still, you’ll need to have the proper documentation ready, including proof of self-sufficiency while in the Dominican Republic. 

Residency Permits Protect You

To work in the Dominican Republic for longer than two months at a time, you’ll be required to obtain a residency permit. A residency permit will grant you the same rights as a Dominican citizen under the country’s national Labour Code. It will also register you in the Social Security System. This is important as you’ll need this to pay your taxes correctly. A residency permit can be renewed yearly for up to four years; after that, you’ll be qualified to apply for permanent residency. While the residency process can be complicated, with a bit of guidance and patience, you should be able to meet the requirements quickly. It’s essential to familiarize yourself with the visa and residency requirements before you decide to move to the Dominican Republic. 

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A Written Work Contract is Required

The Dominican Republic also requires employees to have a written contract from their employer that contains your contract terms, compensation details, and grounds for termination. This contract needs to be signed, and two copies are required to be filed with the corresponding DR labour department.

Get to Know Your Rights

While working in the DR, you’ll retain access to the same labour rights as the average Dominican National. Some of these rights include the right to unionize, strike, bargain, limited work hours, a minimum wage, and specific health and safety regulations. Sound familiar? It should! These are essentially the same labour rights you have back home. It’s crucial to be acquainted with your workers’ rights so that you can protect your best interests. 

Ready to Work Remotely in the Dominican Republic?

The DR has excellent infrastructure. If you can work remotely, technology is on your side here with excellent Internet services and access to technical support. Please look at our expat resources for more information and contact Casa Linda today to learn more about working remotely in the Dominican Republic.

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What You Need To Pack When Moving To The Dominican Republic

Consider Working From The Dominican Republic

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The current pandemic has changed many aspects of our lives. Going out, mingling with people and doing your day-to-day activities has been halted for quite some time. Since 2020, it has been advised to avoid crowded places, isolate yourself and work from home to maintain social distancing. 

However, working from home (WFH) has made people feel alienated, lonely, and estranged in their own homes. In order to keep their mental and emotional well-being healthy, many have resorted to moving to warmer, sunnier countries with large landscapes and beautiful scenery. The Dominican Republic has been home to many expatriates these past few years, offering sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and delicious cuisines. Discover a few benefits of WFH in the Dominican Republic below! 

Social Distancing Done Right

Picture this, you’re up for your 9-5 job, but instead of rolling out of bed and barely making it to your working desk, you will step out onto a beautiful yard filled with luscious green trees and birds chirping in the background as you set up your laptop onto the patio, facing an enormous pool with the sun shining onto your face. Does it sound like paradise? Well, it sure is. Residential villas with Casa Linda are fully equipped to make your day as relaxing and heavenly as possible. You can now practice social distancing in your own home without feeling trapped in a 4×4 box all day long. 

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Don’t Hold on to The Past.

Most companies have mandated WFH and several countries still have restrictions and lockdowns in place. It is still undecided as to whether these measures will remain permanent or temporary. So why hang on the hope that you might be able to roam around freely, meet your family and friends without restrictions or simply enjoy a cocktail without a curfew? 

Moving to the Dominican is not only a sunny getaway; it’s a lifestyle you will enjoy. You can enjoy the relaxing beach vibes all year round with your family and even make friends with the members of our expatriate community. The DR Has excellent international schools catered to kids from age three to high school. Both American and Canadian curriculums are followed and taught in the English Language. You can fully own real estate in the DR and insure your property and vehicle as you would in North America. Healthcare is affordable and can be purchased from local companies, offering world-class medicine and English-speaking doctors/specialists.

It’s Time For A Change

If you are interested in relocating to the Dominican Republic to WFH and enjoying a better lifestyle, contact Casa Linda today and learn more about our custom-built luxury villas. 

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