Ex-Pat Life In The Dominican: What To Expect From Cost Of Living And More

Ex-Pat Life In The Dominican: What To Expect From Cost Of Living And More

So, you’ve made the big decision and have decided to take the leap towards moving to a tropical paradise. What now? First off, allow us to congratulate you on one of the biggest (and best!) decisions you’ll ever make. Whether you’re a recent or soon to be retiree, a savvy investor, or are looking to shake things up and give yourself a fresh start somewhere warm, the Dominican Republic has many perks and benefits for residents to discover. As a premier builder located on the northern end of the island, Casa Linda is proud to help owners from all walks of life find the perfect custom villa to suit their needs. Learn more about what you can expect from life in the Dominican, including a few tips for relocating below.

Your Very Own Paradise

While there’s no shortage of beautiful islands all over the world, there’s something truly magical about living in the Dominican. Widely regarded as the ‘Jewel of the Caribbean”, the Dominican Republic features miles of sandy white beaches, including plenty of private areas that allow you to unwind and drink in the tranquil atmosphere that surrounds the area. In addition to crystal blue waters and a lush tropical landscape, the Dominican features endless ways to explore including historical centres, cigar and coffee factories, and more.

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How To Relocate

Relocating to the Dominican is made relatively straight forward due to the government’s interest in attracting more high-end tourism and home ownership. Bear in mind that it’s important to have the right documentation on hand, regardless of whether or not you plan to work once you reside in the country. For those who plan on doing some work once they arrive (semi-retired individuals, for example) you will need a Visa de Negocios or a Visa de Negocios con Fines Laborales depending on the type of work that you are planning to do. Note that all official documents must be translated into Spanish prior to submitting them. A criminal record certificate will need to be obtained before applying for your visa.

For retirees who don’t plan to work, you will still require residency which involves submitting a criminal record certificate along with proof of your identity and confirmation of your citizenship for your Visa de Residencia. This visa includes a statement of financial solvency, a medical history statement, and a letter from a national of the Dominican Republic. These documents, along with a letter expressing your interest in obtaining residency are all addressed to the Consular Section.

All of these documents, once translated into Spanish, are submitted to the Dominican Republic Embassy or consulate that is located in your home country. The same package of documents must then be resubmitted to the Consulate in Santo Domingo once you arrive in the Dominican Republic.

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Not Sure Where To Get Started?

There are many agencies in the DR designed to help prospective residents with the paperwork and assist with all the documents needed for an application. Casa Linda is happy to recommend reputable agents to help you navigate the residency process and make your move stress free.

Find Your Dream Home With Casa Linda

Ready to stop dreaming of your life in paradise and make things a reality? Casa Linda is here to help. Situated on the north end of the island, our development futures stunning homes with customizable floor plans that make it easy to create the villa you’ve always wanted. In addition to stunning properties, we feature a vibrant community as well as access to perks like private restaurants, our VIP beach club, and more!

Contact Casa Linda today to find out more about our custom-built luxury villas, life in the Dominican, and everything in between!

Helping Our Community During Covid-19


Helping Our Community


Our Incredible Home Owners

We asked our home owners if they would donate some dollars to support local food hamper programs and in just 3-days we raised almost $2,000 US!  This is a testament to the generosity, kindness and instrumental part of the community Casa Linda people play on the north coast.

The donated dollars went to a local charity headed by Jezabel Garcia.  With her gang of volunteers (none of whom wanted their names used or any recognition), they are helping to make over 1,800 containers of food each day and handing them out via a government mobile food truck.  The government supplies food, but the charity supplements with necessary items like condiments, food containers, gloves/masks for volunteers, salami, water, vegetables and other necessities to make this possible.  They are cooking over 350 pounds of rice every day!  Their work ensures that local families most affected by Covid-19’s socio-economic issues have access to healthy food.  We thank them for their service, and our home owners for helping too.



Casa Linda Project Owners Have Stepped Up Too

In addition to our home owners, Casa Linda project owners Eric Sandmael and Paul Mancini donated over $4,000 to a local charity which is also feeding local people.  Blessed Children’s Foundation works tirelessly in the poorest areas of the community helping underprivileged children. Today they are working to ensure there is enough food to go around.  Each day they go to a different village. 

 They are also using Casa Linda vans to transport food to the areas where people need them it.





A Very Good Government Response

The government of the DR has been very pro-active in stopping the spread of the disease, much faster than other countries in fact.  Flights other than essential needs and repatriation were halted several weeks ago, meaning no tourists or foreigners can enter the country; social distancing measures are being enforced; only essential service providers like grocery stores, hospitals, pharmacies, etc. are allowed to be open; and a curfew from 5 pm to early morning has been established to keep people from congregating.   However, Covid-19 has brought a new level of need to the Dominican Republic.

Many families of limited means have no access to basic necessities like food.  The government is providing food, but local charities have stepped up to ensure there is enough and to help disseminate. Many of our owners in Casa Linda work with charities throughout the year and this crisis is showing the generosity and caring of those in our community.

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Make Your Tropical Dreams a Reality With Casa Linda

Make Your Tropical Dreams a Reality With Casa Linda

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Tired of dreaming of starting your life in a tropical paradise? For those ready to make their dreams a reality, the Dominican Republic is an affordable haven that makes it easier than ever to find the perfect home to settle into. As the most visited location in the Caribbean, the DR is a favourite amongst expats eager to experience island living. Whether you’re looking to transition from snowbird to permanent resident, or are a savvy investor on the hunt for another property to add to your portfolio, there’s truly something in the Dominican for everyone. At Casa Linda, we’re proud to help you find the perfect Villa for your next phase in life, as well as offer a vibrant community for residents to enjoy. Learn more about the affordable cost of living, as well as the variety of homes available at Casa Linda below!

Help Your Savings Go Further

Choosing to move abroad is a significant step for any couple or individual, especially when it involves factoring in your current savings and longterm plans. Fortunately, for those worried about stretching out their savings to afford them a few extra years of relaxation, the Dominican is incredibly price friendly. In addition to affordable housing, you’ll find fresh food at a fraction of the cost back home, as well as many of the brands you’re used to encountering in North America and Europe. An exceptional healthcare system means you can rest at ease, and ever growing infrastructure makes it easy to access the things you need most. Simply put, if you’re looking to maximize the reach of your savings, the DR is the perfect place to settle down.

So Much To Explore

In addition to affordable living, the Dominican Republic has many other qualities that help it stand out from other expat locations. Known for miles of pristine white beaches and long sunny days with high average temperatures all year round, one of the best aspects of the DR is how much there for residents to explore. Whether you’re an adventure enthusiast that always needs to try something new, or prefer low key activities and endless days spend relaxing in the sun, there’s something here for everyone. With less worry about financial issues, you are able to spend your day visiting with friends, entertaining at your fully-appointed villa, or just enjoying a day at the beach or on the golf course.

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Luxury Villas at Casa Linda

Ready to stop dreaming of your life and paradise and make things a reality? Casa Linda is here to help. Situated on the north end of the island close to Sousa and Cabarete, our development futures stunning homes with customizable floor plans that make it easy to create the villa you’ve always wanted. In addition to stunning properties, we’re proud to offer a vibrant community for our residents to connect with and enjoy, as well as access to perks like private restaurants, our VIP beach club, and more!

If you’re ready to leap into paradise contact Casa Linda today to find out more about our custom-built luxury villas, life in the Dominican, and everything in between!

Explore Exceptional Dominican Republic Villas With Casa Linda

Explore Exceptional Dominican Republic Villas With Casa Linda

Are you ready to trade in long dark winters for warm sunny days in paradise? Moving to the Caribbean is an incredibly exciting decision, and can be the perfect way to start fresh after retirement and enjoy a much more relaxing lifestyle. If you’re looking to embrace the call of the island, the DR is the perfect place to settle down. Learn more about what to expect when it comes to life in the Dominican, as well as the many custom villas available with Casa Linda below!

An Easy Choice

If you and your loved one have been considering relocating to somewhere warm, you’ve no doubt spent some time looking at the many options available. Expat life can be a thrilling adventure, but requires some initial homework to discover the best location for your needs. While popular destinations like Mexico, Belize, and other countries throughout Latin America drive a lot of interest, there are many reasons why the Dominican Republic remains a steady favourite among retirees and investors.

Why? Along with having the strongest economy in the Caribbean and one of the most stable in Latin America, the Dominican Republic offers residents access to world class medical services, a straight forward residency application, better value per dollar, access to your favourite brands, and more.

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About Residencial Casa Linda

For over 20 years, Residencial Casa Linda has been one of the foremost home builders on the north coast of the island. We’re proud to have a reputation for crafting state-of-the-art villas for our owners, and providing a warm and welcome community that makes it easy to live the “Tranquilo” (laid back and relaxed) lifestyle. Casa Linda offers our residents the whole package, from private villas, to the perfect location, to an upcoming VIP Beach Club, and more.

Welcome Home

Casa Linda offers homeowners a wide variety of options when it comes to creating your dream slice of paradise. Our floor plans feature plenty of space for the whole family to enjoy, with a wide range of features designed to help you make the most of your custom villa. Standout floor models include:

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Villa Seashell

Featuring 3 beds, 3.5 baths, a 12,700 gallon pool and 2462 sq ft to enjoy, the ultra modern layout of our Villa Seashell is designed to take advantage of breezes and views. Multiple terraces and balconies make this home ideal for sunbathing, and the spacious living rooms are perfect for entertaining. Each bedroom has its own full bath for your convenience, and leads outdoors to the gorgeous infinity pool and sunbed area. View the floor plan here!

Villa Sunseeker

The Sunseeker is a versatile floor plan available in either two or three bedrooms and two bathrooms with 1219 sqft or 1557 sqft respectively. The villa is designed to be a bright, spacious home, with sliding glass doors, plenty of counter space as well as a large covered terrace. Bedrooms are spaced on opposites of the home, allowing for complete privacy.

Learn more about these homes, as well as life with Casa Linda by contacting our team today!

Your Luxury Island Life Awaits

Your Luxury Island Life Awaits

Are you ready to leave your cares behind and embrace a life of luxury in a beautiful tropical paradise? Located on the northern end of the island, Residencial Casa Linda offers buyers from all over the world the chance to settle down in their very own stunning villa in the Dominican Republic. We believe in helping our owners to embrace the “Life Tranquilo”, full of relaxation, beauty, and plenty to explore. Learn more about life in the Dominican Republic, as well as affordable luxury living with Casa Linda below!

Welcome Home

Known for incredible sunny days and a vibrant community of locals, the Dominican Republic is a preferred destination for those looking to drink up the warmth and relaxation that the Caribbean has to offer. The island offers diverse terrain, including towering mountains, lush rain forests, and endless miles of pristine beaches. Perfect for everyone from retirees to entrepreneurial spirits and those looking to say goodbye to endless winter the Dominican Republic treats residents to first world medical services, an active community, and a climate that remains beautiful year round!

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Your Life of Luxury Starts Here

What does luxury mean to you? For some it means breathtaking villas, with every last detail covered. For others, it’s knowing that you’ll never have to worry about shoveling the front walk, or even temperamental weather (the North end of the island is sheltered during hurricane season), or the fact our gated community will happily ensure your home is safe and properly kept while you’re away.

No matter what your definition of luxury is, living in your dream tropical paradise is easy in the DR. As one of the most developed nations in Latin America, you can expect to find the majority of the comforts you’re used to in North America and Europe, including world class medical care that includes healthcare professionals from all over the globe, advanced communication systems, as well as modern conveniences like 24 hour emergency electricity and power backup, and more.

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Who is Residencial Casa Linda

As a premier builder in the Dominican Republic, Casa Linda has over 27-years of construction, administration, and rental management history. We are proud to be one of the most respected developers in the DR, and strive to ensure our owners rest easy knowing they are in experienced hands. Our villas are crafted to meet the needs of our owners and offer multiple models to choose from.

Learn more about life in The Dominican Republic, as well as our available homes, by contacting Casa Linda today!

Encounter Paradise With Casa Linda Condos

Encounter Paradise With Casa Linda Condos

Are you looking for the ultimate way to stay and play in the Dominican Republic? If you’ve been considering investing in a tropical property, there’s never been a better time to purchase a condo in Cabarete. Learn more about what to expect from life in the DR, as well as the incredible units at Encuentro Beach below!

Transform The Ideal Vacation Spot Into The Perfect Home

If you’ve been eyeing sunny destinations to settle down in, you’ll be pleased to learn that the Dominican Republic is one of the best locations for expatriates. Known around the world for picture perfect beaches, stunning blue waters, and gorgeous greenery all year round, the DR is one of the most visited places in Latin America, with plenty of expatriates choosing to embrace island life and make a permanent move each year. In addition to breathtaking beauty around every corner, life in the Dominican offers residents the following benefits:

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A Stable Economy

Not only does the Dominican Republic has one of the stablest economies in Latin America, but it offers the strongest infrastructure in the Caribbean Islands. With reliable internet access, readily accessible electricity, and shopping malls featuring many of your favorite major brands.

Exceptional Healthcare

One of the biggest misconceptions about life in the Dominican is that you will be subject to subpar medical care and standards. On the contrary, the DR features world class medical facilities and exceptionally trained professionals offering support in both English and Spanish.

A Vibrant Community

The Dominican Republic is well known for its friendly locals, as well as a diverse community expatriates that are eager to help you settle into your new neighbourhood with ease.

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Welcome to Encuentro Beach

Looking to live the high life and embrace the many perks of island life? Situated in beautiful Cabarete, Encuentro Beach condos are ideal for surfers, those seeking to escape the chill of winter, and everyone in between. Our exclusive community features 24/7 security, 17 penthouse units, free shuttle bus to Cabarete and Sousa, Community Clubhouse Featuring Restaurant & Bar, and more! With units starting from under $200K USD and ranging in size from 2-3 bedrooms, this new development is a price friendly option for those looking to embrace life abroad in the Dominican Republic. Check out our floor plans and take advantage of pre-sale pricing until May 2020! Contact our team today to learn more!