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Thinking Of Moving To The Dominican Permanently? Here’s What You Need To Know!

Aug 4, 2020 | Expat Life, News

Ready to make a change and settle into a brand new world full of wonder? If you’ve been contemplating making the move to living in a tropical paradise all year-round, you’re not alone. Thousands of ex-pats from all over the world travel to the Dominican and find themselves captivated by the natural beauty, culture, and vibrance of the island. As an economically stable country with superior infrastructure and incentives for foreign buyers the Dominican Republic is a fantastic spot to call home.

For over 27 years, Casa Linda has helped homeowners build their perfect villa in paradise. With multiple floor plans to choose from and countless ways to customize your space, settling has never been easier. Below, we’ve compiled a short list of some of the most commonly asked questions our team answers to help you in the decision making process. Read on to learn more!

Q: Where is The Dominican Republic?

Located between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, the Dominican Republic is located on the island of Hispaniola, which is just southeast of the United States. As the most visited destination in the Caribbean, the Dominican is well serviced by Canadian, American, and European airlines including WestJet, Air Canada, JetBlue, KLM, and more.

Q: What is the national language of the DR?

Spanish is the official language of the Dominican Republic, however, as a popular tourist destination that has become home to a growing ex-pat community, English is becoming more and more prevalent. On the northern end of the island, where Casa Linda’s development is located, English is spoken at restaurants and in many other places like banks, the dentist, hospitals, etc.

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Q: What is the average daily temperature? Do I have to worry about hurricane season?

For those eager to leave cold weather behind, you’re sure to love the Dominican. The average temperature here hovers between 24-28°C (60-80°F) all year round, meaning you’ll have plenty of heat to keep you warm. The north end of the island, where Casa Linda is located, is sheltered during hurricane season, and very rarely sees severe weather. This means that you’ll have more sunny days (approximately 200 a year) to relax and enjoy. 

Q: How long can I stay in the Dominican without a residency permit?

Note: this is one of the most important factors for snowbirds or those looking to ease into full-time residency.

At present, Dominican law states that visitors can stay up to 30 days per visit without a residency permit. This visa is extendable up to 90-days if needed. For those who wish to settle in permanently, residency is a relatively straight forward process involving paperwork from your home country disclosing your income, health, birth certificate, criminal record, etc.

Q: Will I Be Able To Find Adequate Medical Care?

One aspect of daily life in the DR that frequently surprises inquiring buyers is the fact that the Dominican is home to an exceptional healthcare system featuring world-class systems, facilities and medical professionals. With health insurance being considerably cheaper and easily accessible for as low as $700-1500 USD a year, you can rest easy knowing you’ll always be taken care of.

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Q: How can Casa Linda help me make my tropical dream a reality?

Residencial Casa Linda is the premier builder on the north end of the island. With over 27 years under our belts, stunning custom villas and an incredible community available, we make it easy to bring your vision of island living to life. Learn more by contacting our team today!

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