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Dominican Republic Tourist Safety

Dominican Republic Tourist Safety

Dominican Republic

Tourist Safety

With regard to recent news reports about tourist safety and suspicious deaths in Dominican Republic:

Update:  June 22, 2019 – In a press conference, Dominican Republic Tourism Minister, Francisco Javier Garcia spoke out about recent tourist deaths and media coverage.  To see video, please click here

“We have demonstrated that it’s not true that there has been an avalanche of deaths of American tourists in our country, and it’s not true that we have mysterious deaths here,” Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia told reporters.  The reporting by some media outlets of an “avalanche of deaths does not correspond to reality,” he said.  “I have been leading the ministry of tourism for 11 years, never in 55 years has there been a debate in the media around tourists – of any nationality – that had died in a country.  This is a debate that for the first time, appears in the media, and it appears that the place chosen to initiate this debate as been the Dominican Republic.  The institution that most works for the security of its citizens outside the United States is the US Department of State.  And the Department of State qualifies as exaggerated the report of deaths of tourists in the Dominican Republic”.

A United States  State Department spokesperson told ABC News. “We have not seen an uptick in the number of U.S. citizen deaths reported to the Department” in the Dominican Republic”.  The spokesperson said that more than 2.7 million U.S. citizens visit the Dominican Republic each year and, as in most countries, “the overwhelming majority travel without incident.”

The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo said last week that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now helping to probe the deaths of at least three Americans who perished in a five-day span at neighboring hotels in the same resort run by Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts.  In the effort to provide complete transparency, Dominican authorities asked for the FBI’s help in conducting toxicology analysis in the investigations stemming from the deaths at the luxury destination, according to officials at the U.S. Embassy.

 

June 20, 2019:

As a responsible private residential community and active member of the Hotel and Tourism Association of the Dominican Republic, we categorically reject the rating that the international media gladly makes of a country that has maintained friendly and cordial treatment with all tourists for years. Proof of this is that in 2018, the Dominican Republic was listed within the best destinations among TripAdvisor favorites.

 
 
 
This year, our reputation has been tainted by facts, which although we deeply regret, are still under investigation; an investigation that is being conducted by the authorities of the United States of America to guarantee the spirit of collaboration and the transparent search for the cause of the events. If there is anything to correct and to amend, we will certainly do so.
 
 
 
The Dominican Republic receives 7-million satisfied tourists every year and has one of the highest rates of returning clients who repeat their holidays in our country. Nowadays, it is the capital of weddings and golf in the Caribbean – showing that we are not an unsecure country.
 
 
 
The deaths of 6 American tourists under circumstances not yet clarified is a concern for a country where this is not common. We Dominicans are aware that this should not happen. However, we ask that you wait for the results of the investigation to be revealed before condemning a country that stands out for its hospitality and precisely because of this, we have the highest investment rates in the Caribbean.
 
For more information about Dominican Republic, please follow these links:  Why Choose Dominican Republic?,   About Dominican Republic,   Expat Support and Information.
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Dental Work in Dominican Republic

Dental Work in Dominican Republic

 

Dental Work 

in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic is a  top “tooth tourism” destination, meaning people travel here specifically to get dental work done.  Dentistry is one of the well-studied subjects for those who attend Dominican universities. You can get great service from a cleaning to up to cosmetic dentists who cater to tourists looking for less expensive veneers and other esthetic dentistry procedures.

The Cost of Dental Work in Dominican Republic 

The prices for dental work are a fraction of what North Americans are used to. As an example, a cleaning is about $25, and a crown $400. If you live here, you can add dental to your health care policy.

Quality of Care and Service

Some people expect that the type of care you’ll receive will be about 30-years behind the times. Not true!  Expect the same level of care as your home country with modern equipment like xrays right from the dental chair and even the tv in the ceiling to amuse you during a procedure! Dentists and their staff give great care and most are English speaking in this area of DR.

Where to Go

In this article, we will be offering the names of some dentists along the North Coast of the Dominican Republic who come highly recommended by their patients. Bear in mind that we can only give a snapshot here and many other excellent dental practitioners are also available in these areas.

Sosua:

Located in Plaza Mazur in Sosua, Dr. Monica Garcia runs a dental clinic that comes highly recommended by the expat community who have found her work to be comparable to that of dentists back in Canada and elsewhere. Her prices are reasonable and fair, and her practice is easily accessible in town. (809-571-9949)

Also located in Sosua, CentroDental run by Dr. Wendy Juma is a well-established, reputable professional practice that is equally quality and reasonably priced. Her work is exceptional and well-known within the expat community. (809-571-2767).

Cabarete:

The Dental Clinic Cabarete is probably one of the bigger dental practices in the area. As a top destination for tooth tourists, the Clinic offers all forms of dental hygiene from cleaning to root canals, crowns,veneers and more. They offer services in English, Spanish and German to accommodate their international clientele and offer up to 50% reduced prices from typical dental work of the same calibre in the United States and Canada. (809-519-1863)

Servi Med Dental Clinic is also a large practice in Cabarete that serves an international clientele with top-quality services. Located at Plaza Casa Laguna, it is easily accessible and open during the week. (809-571-0964).

Puerto Plata:

Located on Calle Duarte in Puerto Plata, Dr. Freddy Lepe offers the full-spectrum of dental services at a fraction of the cost that foreign nationals are accustomed to back home. Originally from Central America, while raised and educated in the United States, Dr. Lepe speaks perfect English so you have access to the information you need and can be put at ease if visiting the dentist makes you nervous!

Dr. Jose Alberto Reyes is also sought-after for his quality professional work and modern, up-to-date facility. He also speaks English if you would prefer to communicate in your mother tongue for ease of service.

Wherever you decide to go for your dentistry needs, know that you are in safe hands! You will likely need to budget a bit more time than you are used to got your appointment as dentists in the Dominican Republic tend to go over their times and run late for their scheduled appointments during the day – the perfect opportunity to put your new “tranquilo” attitude into practice!

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Exploring Healthcare in the Dominican Republic

Exploring Healthcare in the Dominican Republic

Exploring Medical Care in The Dominican Republic

Life in the Dominican Republic is a breeze for the many expats who choose to embrace the island. With constant sun, affordable living, and no shortage of activities and places to explore, it’s no wonder that the Dominican has become a popular dream destination! If you’re looking to claim your very own corner of paradise, but are wondering about some of the more important logistics like healthcare, Casa Linda is here to help. Read on to learn more about medical care in the Dominican Republic.

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Discover The Benefits of World-Class Facilities

Healthcare in the Dominican Republic has seen vast improvements and expansion since 2001, such as a multi-tiered system designed to provide optimal service at costs that make coverage accessible to everyone. Since introducing the reformed system several years ago, the country has garnered a reputation for leading medical care, including readily available access to world-class facilities and highly-qualified medical professionals. Not only is the Dominican leaps and bounds 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

In addition to having one the most advanced medical systems in the Caribbeans, health insurance plans makes finding coverage for medical and dental care simple. There are several types of plans available to choose from and the average cost of an advanced plan ranges 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.

Local Hospitals

People are often surprised to learn of how advanced the level of care is here on the north coast on the Dominican Republic. Five minutes from Casa Linda 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. For more advanced treatment, HOMS Hospital in Santiago (1 hour away) is a world class 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.

Medicines

Doctors prescribe the same as other places in the world, and local pharmacists are well trained and able to advise on health issues and medicines. Many pharmacies have English speaking staff as well, and finding the majority of your usual prescriptions is easy. 

Relax in Paradise

The World Health Organization ranks the Dominican Republic healthcare system within their top 100 systems worldwide, meaning that you never have to worry about medical care acting as a barrier to living in paradise.

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Grocery Shopping in Dominican Republic

Grocery Shopping in Dominican Republic

 

Supermarkets and Grocery Shopping

in Dominican Republic

Can You Buy GOOD Groceries in the DR?

Living on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic is lovely with its spectacular beaches, great sense of community and lively culture. And, you can rest assured that you will be able to find everything you need in terms of grocery shopping. Whether you go to local butchers for your meet, the corner store for your milk, or you hit the supermarket for everything, you can find everything you need close to your new home.

Sosua:

From Casa Linda, you can take our direct shuttle to Supermercado Playero supermarket in Sosua. The shuttle stops directly in front of the shop so you can just hop out, grab everything you need and wait for the next shuttle to come by to bring you back home.

If you wanted another option, that is also Super Pola which is equally popular within the expat community. Open daily from 8am to 10pm except for Sunday when it closes at 8pm, Super Polo offers everything you need by way of produce, dried goods, snacks,meat and poultry, dairy items and household goods such as cleaning products and laundry detergent.

 

 

Cabarete:

Supermercado Janet’s is as popular as ever providing locals and expats with the basics from food to pet supplies and more. If you end up needing odds and ends around the household as well, you can find them at Janet’s including extension cords, light bulbs and other items. The supermarket is also home to a coffeeshop, a Western Union office and a spin studio (upstairs).

Supermercado La Rosa is a much smaller,family-owned shop which is open quite a bit later than Janet’s so if you run out of food supplies or toilet paper and it is past 8pm, you know where you can go! One of the things that sets La Rosa apart is their selection of wines and spirits upon first entering the market and the fact that they had another section upstairs which is for household wares and items, and pet supplies.

Puerto Plata:

Given the available choices close to Casa Linda, you likely will not need to venture to Puerto Plata for your supplies. But if you happen to be in town and want to get your shopping out of the way before you head home, there are a few places you can try.

Supermercado Jose Luis is located near Long Beach and conveniently has everything you need, much like the other stores mentioned in this article. If you are looking for something similar to Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart, you can check out La Sirena on the the Malecon (oceanfront drive). They have clothing, furniture, household items as well as your standard groceries, much like the big box stores you could find in the suburbs of an American or Canadian city.  Jumbo is another big box store with groceries and a supercentre for household items. It has a fantastic grocery store that all expats love.  

For a local flavour, you could get your meat at the local German butcher, who is locally famous for great steaks.  Another expat fav is the fruit truck vendor who sells fresh local produce and fruits from the back of a pick up truck.  It’s what us locals do :).  Another alternative is to order fresh fruits and veggies to your door; from the Veggie Man. This kindly gentlemen is an expat who gets his wares directly from the farmers in the mountains and sells to us in the Sosua and Cabarete areas.  

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Health Benefits to Being in Dominican Republic

Health Benefits to Being in Dominican Republic

 

Health Benefits

To Living in Dominican Republic

There are many positive benefits to living in the Dominican Republic. The tropical island boasts many unique qualities that can be beneficial for a person’s body, mind, and spirit. These are the top health benefits of being in the Dominican Republic:

sunshine on beach

Mood Boosting Sunshine!

The Dominican Republic has a tropical climate with very little variations in temperature. Even the coolest month boasts an average temperature of 28 degrees Celsius.  We can get our fill of Vitamin D from its sunshine, which increases mood and has positive health benefits.

 

Local Culture of Relaxation

The Dominican lifestyle is one that promotes living a restful and relaxing life.  Some members of the local community encourage a mañana or tranquilo attitude, an outlook that encourages living in the moment as stress-free as possible.  The pace of life slows down, and relaxation goes up.  Count on a reduction in stress and that racing around feeling.

 

no winter in dominican republic

No winter!

In the Dominican, you will not be dealing with snow, ice, shovels, winter tires, or scrapers. You will not need warm coats, hats, scarfs or mittens. Winter can take its toll on the physical and mental health of those who live through it, and living in the tropical climate of the Dominican will ensure you avoid the “winter blues”, chilled bones, and seasonal moodiness!

 

Good quality healthcare

The Dominican Republic has a well-renowned health care system with doctors who are trained to the same standards as other nations.  It is also affordable.

 

Nature is healing

Nature can have powerful effects on health. The island on which the Dominican Republic is part (Hispaniola) has many of nature’s best marvels, like towering mountain ranges, secret caves, and beautiful hiking trails. The highest peak in the Caribbean (Pico Duarte) is here, as is the deepest lake (Lake Enriquillo).  Just being near the ocean has proven to be cathartic.  Living among nature’s beauty can improve mental and physical health.

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Playing in the sea water and the beaches

Swimming in the salty sea water is well-documented to be a rejuvenating experience. Whether you dip your toes in or fully submerge, salt water may benefit your skin, circulation and immune system. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean in the north and the Caribbean Ocean in the south, The Dominican Republic has over 1000 miles of beautiful coastline with white sand beaches. The salt water air and soft sand can invite positivity and promote relaxation in everyone.

 

Cost of living and Fresh Food

The cost of living in the Dominican is low, compared to Europe and North America. Because finances can be a source of stress for many people, living in the Dominican can reduce the impact of this stressor.  The prices of fresh produce and fruits and veggies is so much lower.  Eating in restaurants becomes affordable again and you can hear the sound of the waves as you dine.  Fresh fish and meats are less expensive.   Overall, your cost of living, is far lower and your access to affordable, healthy food is much easier.

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Socializing with Community Members

The Dominican Republic is becoming more popular – not only as a destination vacation spot, but also as a place to permanently place in your roots. As such, there is a community of expats to engage and socialize with – both of which are essential to mental health and longevity!  Having friends with similar interests is a necessary part of loving life.  Here on the north coast, we have a large community of expats who are just like you!

 

More outdoor living

Living in the tropical climate of the Dominican Republic is likely to encourage you to be outside more. There are simply more opportunities to engage in fresh-air, fun, and healthy activities, such as walking, biking, hiking, and water activities.

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