What to Expect When Moving to the Dominican Republic
If you’re in the process of getting ready to move abroad, there’s no doubt you’re experiencing a wide range of emotions. Excitement, exhilaration, and even fear are common as you prepare to uproot your “norm” and settle in somewhere else. At Casa Linda, we’re proud to help expats from all over the world embrace their new life in paradise. From custom villas designed to meet your every need to a bustling community that makes it easy to find your next adventure, life with Casa Linda is simple.
If you’re feeling nervous about your upcoming move to the Dominican, below we’ve included a few tips of what to expect to help ease your transition and make you feel at home faster. Read on to learn more!
Get Ready To Embrace The Life “Tranquilo”
One of the most rewarding, but also the most challenging aspects of adapting to island life is accepting that the locals often move at a much…slower pace than us westerners might be used to. Expect things to move a much more leisurely pace, from appointments to bus schedules and more, and remember, it’s just more time to enjoy the sun!
Your Health and Wellness Are in Good Hands
One of the most daunting aspects of moving abroad is ensuring you’ll be properly cared for when it matters most. An often pleasant surprise for our US-based expats is how efficient the Dominican healthcare system is, as well as the quality of care. With state of the art facilities around the island and exceptional service available in English, you can rest easy knowing you’ll always be cared for.
Prior to obtaining residency (should you wish to do so), it’s extremely important to know the legal requirements surrounding tourist visas within the DR. Visitors are allowed to stay up to 60 days (which may be extended to 120 days) per visit. Should you plan on residing in the country full time, you’ll need to look into gaining resident status in the future.
Just Like Home, Only Warmer!
Finally, one of the biggest surprises our homeowners often share with us is how much they tend to feel familiar with the island, even after having just arrived. This is in large part due to the fact that Dominican features stable infrastructure that supports high-speed internet, cable, and telephone systems, as well as many popular western brands are carried in stores. In fact, many of our expats are pleased to report that the Dominican feels just like home, just warmer and sunnier all year round!
What Are You Waiting For?
Need more information on purchasing a home in the Dominican Republic? Casa Linda is here to help. Contact us today to learn more.