Cost of Living in the Dominican Republic: What to Prepare For

Cost of Living in the Dominican Republic: What to Prepare For

Have you and your loved one decided to make the leap and embrace the thrill of becoming an ex-pat? Choosing a new home abroad is one of the most exciting decisions you’ll ever make. Whether you’re gearing up for retirement or simply need a change of pace that allows you to enjoy life at your own speed. For over 30 years Casa Linda has welcomed expatriates from all over the world to our sunny shores and helped them discover their dream home in paradise. With a team that’s dedicated to helping you feel at home, you can trust us to help answer your biggest questions and help you feel at ease.

Below, we’ll discuss one of the most important aspects of moving abroad: budgeting for the cost of living. Many of our homebuyers are pleasantly surprised to learn that the cost of living in the Dominican is significantly cheaper than life at home, meaning that your budget tends to go farther. Read on to learn more about 3 major financial points to consider, as well as what you can expect while living on the island.

Plan For Success

Before we dive into three major areas for financial consideration, it’s worth mentioning that the most important step you can take towards moving abroad is to have an open and honest conversation with your spouse and financial advisor, especially if you’ve not been on top of longterm planning prior. Knowing where you stand will make it easier to plan ahead with confidence, as well as have the information you need to apply for long-term residency.

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It comes as no surprise that one of the predominant concerns of anyone moving abroad is finding housing that is not only affordable but perfectly suited to your wants and needs. Casa Linda is proud to offer state of the art villas starting at prices as low as $179.6k USD. Nestled on the tranquil northern end of the island, our gated community features ten incredible floor plans to choose from, along with multiple amenities like 24/7 security, activity planners on-site, private restaurants, a VIP beach club and more. Our team makes it easy to embrace life to the fullest in the Caribbean while living in a house you love!


Second to housing, the other main concern for most expats is ensuring they’ll have adequate care when they move aboard. Fortunately, those looking to relocate to the Dominican will be pleasantly surprised to learn that the DR offers exceptional medical care on all levels, and features state of the art facilities staffed with highly qualified professionals that are all readily available. The monthly cost for health insurance can be as low as $100 USD and wait times, as well as procedural costs, are typically much cheaper than they are back home. This means that the Dominican is a safe bet when it comes to taking care of your health today, tomorrow, and in the many years to come!

Daily Necessities

Finally, one of the other pleasant surprises ex-pats find upon settling into daily life in the DR is that daily necessities like food are often much cheaper, including meat and dairy products. With ample fresh vegetation and resources available all year round, you can expect your cost for groceries to drop, meaning you’ll save more while eating fresh!

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Tired of dreaming of palm trees and pina coladas? It’s time to make your vision a reality. Contact Casa Linda today to learn more about taking your first steps, and visit our resource centre for more information now!

Dominican Republic Homes With Casa Linda

Dominican Republic Homes With Casa Linda

Are you ready for a fresh start in 2021? If you’re tired of facing endless winters and are ready to say goodby to the chaos of a demanding 9-5 schedule, the Dominican Republic is calling! Whether you’re getting ready to start the next phase of your life and enjoy the perks of retirement or simply need a change o pace that allows you to work at your own pace, the Dominican is a picture-perfect paradise for everyone. Each year, our sunny shores welcome visitors from all over the world in search of rest and relaxation, with plenty of expats choosing to stay permanently. Known as the Crown Jewel of the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic has no shortage of benefits to offer new residents and offers the perfect escape from the day to day you’re ready to leave behind.

Read on to learn more about the many reasons to embrace island life in the Dominican with Casa Linda below!

Kiss Jack Frost Goodbye

Tired of chilly toes, constant shovelling and waiting in traffic jams on ice roadways every year? We don’t blame you! The DR is a tropical haven for those looking to leave the cold behind and embrace warmer living in retirement. With over 200 days of sun each year and daily temperatures that average 24°C (75°F) you’ll never have to worry about shovelling the front walk ever again! Best of all, Casa Linda’s exclusive community is located on the northern end of the island which is sheltered during hurricane season, meaning you can enjoy the white sandy beaches and crystal blue skies all year round! As a premier builder in the Dominican, we offer couples the opportunity to build a custom tropical villa that’s made with your needs and wants in mind, as well as access to a vibrant ex-pat community, and more. Our team of event planners ensures there’s always plenty of activities to take part in, and with VIP features like private beaches, 24/7 security, and more, it’s. Never been easier to settle into your life abroad with confidence. Get ready to leave snowy days and live the Life Tranquilo!

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Close to Home Comfort Is Never Far Away

If you’re a little hesitant to make the leap to living abroad because you think it means leaving your creature comfort behind, you have no need to worry. The Dominican Republic is a flourishing country with a stable economy, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that many of the stores here feature your favorite brands, foods, and more. In addition, the DR has the best infrastructure in the Caribbean, meaning you’ll have access to high-speed internet, phone services, cable, and a first-class medical system.

Create the Perfect Home Today

Casa Linda’s villas are customizable and suited to individuals of all backgrounds and needs. With homes starting at budget-friendly price points, each floorplan can be tailored to meet your needs, all the way from single-storey bungalows to custom estates with room for the whole extended family to come to visit. Each villa comes with its own private swimming pool, landscaping maintenance, and the security of our gated community means you’ll always have peace of mind.

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Residing in the Dominican Republic: What to Know About Moving

Residing in the Dominican Republic: What to Know About Moving

Are you fed up with endless snowstorms, busy commutes, and a fast-paced day to day routine that leaves you drained? Dreaming of the day you can leave it all behind and escape to paradise for good? If you’ve been contemplating taking the plunge and embracing expat life to relocate to the Dominican Republic, there’s never been a better time to take the next step and seriously consider moving forward. With long sunny days, miles upon miles of white sandy beaches, an affordable cost of living and a dependable infrastructure grid, many people are surprised to find that moving to the Dominican is just like home…only better!

For over two decades, Casa Linda has welcomed visitors and soon to be residents to our sunny shores and helped them build the perfect life in paradise, starting with their dream home. Below, we’ll chat about a few aspects to consider when looking at relocating to the DR permanently. Read on to learn more!

Paradise Made Easy

As any expat will tell you, one of the trickiest aspects of moving abroad is finding a location that makes it easy to do so. Fortunately, the Dominican government is very friendly towards foreign investors, both as entrepreneurs and homeowners. When deciding to move forward with a permanent relocation, it’s important to know which category you fit into in order to secure the right visa. If you plan to do any work while you reside in the Dominican Republic, you will need to get a Visa de Negocios or a Visa de Negocios con Fines Laborales depending on your line of work. This is not a concern for retirees, though you will need a residence visa as well as a passport that has at least 18 months of validity left. Additional documents required include:

  • A criminal record certificate
  • Proof of identity and citizenship
  • Statement of financial solvency
  • Medical history,
  • Letter from a national of the Dominican Republic.

It is also crucial that you remember to ensure that all documents are translated to Spanish prior to submission to your local Dominican Embassy. Failure to do so can be a costly mistake and create several problems. You’ll also want to bear in mind that these same documents also need to be resubmitted (in Spanish) to the Consulate in Santa Domingo upon your arrival in the DR.

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Let Us Help with Your Relocating to the Dominican Republic

Feeling a tad overwhelmed? While the above list can certainly feel like a lot of work, the reality is, once you get started, the process is relatively straight forward all the way through, especially with the right help on your side. Our team is able to recommend several reputable agents to help navigate all legal aspects of your residency and ensure you’re able to settle down on the island in no time!

Put Casa Linda at the Top of Your DR List!

At Casa Linda, we understand what ex-pats are looking for in a luxury villa that allows them to fully realize their dream of living in paradise. Our talented team of builders is happy to work closely with you to design the perfect fit, with floor plans starting as low as $199,900 USD and each home featuring full landscaping and your very own private pool. We’re also proud to have a brand new condo development upcoming located just a stone’s throw from Encuentro Beach for those who thrive on being right next to the action.

With gorgeous architecture, a vibrant community, and so much more waiting for you, there’s never been a better time to heed the island’s call. Take the first step and contact Casa Linda today to learn more!

Invest in Paradise With Casa Linda

Invest in Paradise With Casa Linda

Whether you’re a savvy property investor or simply looking to set yourself up for success in the future, the Dominican Republic is a wonderful place to purchase property, with plenty of perks for foreign investors. With a stable economy and government structure in place, the Dominican offers expats and investors alike a beautiful slice of paradise to explore. Learn more about the many reasons to invest in your future in the Dominican via our rapid-fire question and answer piece below!

Why is the Dominican Republic A Fantastic Place to Invest?

There are many reasons homebuyers choose to invest in property within the Dominican Republic. From those looking for an affordable away to take advantage of the high tourism numbers and create the perfect vacation destination to those looking to celebrate their retirement and settle down, everyone’s journey to paradise is a little different. The one commonality our investors share is a keen eye for affordable housing that never sacrifices quality and offers plenty of community perks to experience.

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Why Do So Many Ex-Pats Choose to Invest in the DR?

For investors that are motivated by finding the perfect place to call home for the long-term, there’s no shortage of reasons to choose the Dominican. Not only does the DR have some of the best infrastructure in the Caribbean, but the country also offers exceptional healthcare, lower taxes, economic stability, fantastic weather and more. If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, it’s a no-brainer to choose the Dominican

What is the Average Price of Property?

Properties in the Dominican vary greatly where price is concerned and can range from as low as $70,000 all the way up to $10 million. Casa Linda’s community tends to range between $200,00 to $400,000 and grants you a luxury villa without our gated community. The overall cost of living means you can go about your day to day quite comfortably, even on a smaller budget

Where Are the Best Areas to Invest?

Cabarete is a fantastic community conveniently located close to major beaches as well as major infrastructure points that make daily living simple. Affordable housing alongside a vibrant and welcoming community means that you’ll always have exactly what you need to fully enjoy your life in paradise!

Invest With Casa Linda

As one of the foremost builders on the island, Casa Linda is happy to introduce newcomers from all over the world to our become piece of paradise. With gorgeous custom villas to make your time on the island picture-perfect, we’re here to help you embrace the life tranquilo. Learn more about investing n the Dominican by contacting our team today!

Christmas Traditions in the Dominican Republic

Christmas Traditions in the Dominican Republic

Christmas Traditions

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How do people in a tropical country celebrate Christmas?  There’s no snow, no cold – just swaying palms and sunshine!

Christmas is a continuous celebration of life and family.  Family members living abroad venture home to the DR loaded with gifts. Celebrating begins in October and one party follows another.  Read to discover what makes a traditional Dominican Christmas.

Dominicans Love Christmas!

Puerto Plata at Christmas


 La Noche Buena (Christmas Eve)

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The Good Night” is the largest family event of the season with a feast of food and extensive family gatherings.  A very Catholic country, many Dominicans attend Christmas Eve Mass at midnight called La Misa del Gallo  or “Roosters Mass”.  This is part of the belief that a rooster crowed at midnight when Jesus was born.

Christmas Eve dinner is called “La Cena del 24” or “La Cena Navideña”.  It consists of a traditional meal of roast pork “puerco asado”, rice with pigeon peas, pasteles en hojas (wrap of banana leaves filled with pork and “Russian” potato salad made with beetroot.  Telera is the name for a baguette-shaped soft bread that is only eaten at Christmas time.



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Moro de Guandules con Coco (Rice, Pigeon Peas and Coconut)








Christmas wouldn’t be the same without these hand-craften wooden stars, trees, balls and animals.  You can find these beautiful creations for sale on almost every street corner.  Usually a set of white lights are strung through to provide night time sparkle.  As you travel through the country you’ll see them on front porches, city streets and town squares.



El Angelito (“The Little Angel”)

The Christmas gift exchange is called Un Angelito and is a little like a Secret Santa exchange.  Everyone writes their name on a small piece of paper and then names are drawn .  Whomever you choose is your Angelito and you give them a little gift. You are their personal angel.





Music is always a backdrop to Dominican life, but at Christmas Dominicans take it to an extra fun level.  An “Aguinaldo” is a group of family or friends who go from house to house singing with  infectious, joyful happiness.  More and more people join in – creating a street festival with dancing and hot drinks.  Informal, community parties are a staple of island life.  Dominicans are very warm, social and inviting.



Flores de Pascua (Christmas Flowers)


You may recognize these red flowers as poinsettias.  They are grown locally here and become large trees!  Sold in pots along the sides of the road, these traditional Christmas plants are given to friends and family as a long tradition.



Fuegos Artificiales (Fireworks)

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Christmas is celebrated with a bang and atmospheric displays of color.  Fireworks are a big part of Christmas and New Year’s.  Larger cities will do professional shows, but it’s common for individual families or groups to create their own beautiful lightshow.





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Discover the Joy of Full Time Caribbean Living With Casa Linda

Discover the Joy of Full Time Caribbean Living With Casa Linda

Are you ready to make the exciting leap from part-time snowbird to full-time homeowner in paradise? For individuals looking to move abroad, the Dominican is an incredibly welcoming destination that offers foreign investors a relatively straight forward path for homeownership. While there is some paperwork involved in the overall process, the Dominican government strives to make homeownership for everyone. The staff at Casa Linda is well-versed in the process and does all that it can to help you to purchase your home as easily as possible.

Kiss Frigid Winters Goodbye

Even if you love to stay active during the colder months, winter can start to feel long and unnecessary after a while, as well as present increased health risks for seniors. Short summers lead to a feeling of dread when the chill starts to fall, and you know that the upcoming cold weather will bring icy streets and sidewalks along with snow to shovel. When it’s time to retire, or you need a change of pace, life in a tropical paradise is a fantastic way to start fresh.

A Stable Economy and a Strong Infrastructure

One of the most attractive features of moving to the Dominican Republic is the ability to keep working if you want to. This is ideal for entrepreneurs and investors, as well as the increasing amount of workers that are able to take advantage of today’s mobile office trend. The DR’s relaxed attitude towards foreign work means that many workers just need a reliable internet connection in order to continue making a good living. As such, the DR is perfect for entrepreneurs, retired members of the military, or anyone on a pension or budget.

Casa Linda: Affordable Luxury Living

Buying a home in the Dominican Republic with Casa Linda makes it easy to live the life you’ve always wanted in paradise. Our team provides a secure, welcoming, and active community alongside gorgeous floor plans that allow you plenty of room to relax in comfort. Each of our homes are fully customizable and are reasonably priced for your convenience.

Choose from villas that range from two-bedroom bungalows, all the way to spacious four-bedroom beauties. There are villas with courtyards for those who love to spend the evening outdoors, and each home includes a stunning pool for you to enjoy.

The Dominican Republic government welcomes foreign residents who are looking to establish their lives in their country. Working with a knowledgeable partner such as Casa Linda makes the home buying process, safe, simple, and rewarding. Learn more about beginning your life in paradise by contacting our team today!