What to expect when moving to the Dominican Republic

Hello everyone,

Is there anything you wish you had known before moving to the Dominican Republic? For example, transportation, internet speeds, types of housing, aspects of the culture or social life.

In your opinion, what's the most important thing to know about the Dominican Republic?

When would you recommend someone should begin planning their move to the Dominican Republic?

What were the most helpful ways you found to get organised? For example, did you use a checklist, were there any particularly useful websites or apps?

What advice would you give to future expats preparing to move to the Dominican Republic?

Thank you for sharing your experience.


Good morning, this has been covered 100 times in a 100 different ways.

1.  if you came on vacation - living here is NOTHING like that.  Come and test drive this country, visit various areas.

2. No one is your friend in the beginning. almost everyone "wants" something from you.

3. Nothing will work right or as expected.   It will cost more and take longer.  Get over it.

4.  If you cannot adapt, do not move here.

5.  Advice - hell yes - read the forums -  and read some more.  When done ask lots and lots of questions!   

There is so much info in these forums,  amassed from a whole variety of people, with different expectations, different backgrounds and situations.  Read and learn and please add your experiences!

What she said :) :)

Bob K

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