DID YOU KNOW ?? THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC HAS 29 NATIONAL PARKS!!

 

The Dominican Republic is home to 29 national parks. Located all around the country–from the southwest to the north, east, and center–these lush areas are as much of a treasure as the DR’s multitude of sandy stretches. Thanks to the Ministry of Environments active engagement in upgrading and preserving all national parks and natural resources, there has never been a better time to explore this island!!.

 

Near the areas of Punta Cana, La Romana, and Bayahibe, visit the Cotubanamá National Park –or Parque Nacional del Este–home to impressive Taino caves, and fresh spring waters. The park includes the offshore islands of Saona, the most important turtle-nesting site in the DR, Catalina, and the sandbank of Catalinita, teeming with coral reefs and frigate bird colonies. 

Underwater photo of young woman snorkeling with turtle

Off the coast of Samaná, Los Haitises National Park is one of the most breathtaking sights in the country. A series of giant rocks jut out of the sea, thick mangroves thrive in surrounding waters, and brown boobies and frigate colonies fill the skies. On land, large Taino caves reveal centuries-old petroglyphs and pictographs. The park can be reached by boat from Samaná or by road from Sabana de la Mar, which makes for an even more unique adventure.

       

 

Venturing northwest will lead you to the desert-like landscape of Montecristi National Park, home to El Morro, a limestone mesa towering over 200 meters (700-feet) over the Atlantic Ocean, and affectionately dubbed by the area’s residents as the DR’s “Table Mountain.” The park includes a set of seven offshore cayes that are among the most pristine and least visited in the DR. Near Jarabacoa and Constanza, in the mountainous center of the country, the twin José Armando Bermúdez National Park and José del Carmen Ramirez National Park are home to the majestic roof of the DR and of the Caribbean: 3,087-meters (10,128-ft) tall Pico Duarte. Those who venture southwest will have the reward of visiting Jaragua National Park, the largest of the DR’s national parks, boasting UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status for its multiple ecosystems ranging from dry forests to cacti, home to the rhinoceros and Ricord’s iguana, approximately 400 species of flora, 130 species of birds, turtle nesting beaches, and flamingos.

 

MOUNTAIN RANGES

From north to south, the DR is covered by five massive mountain ranges– an inextricable part of its stunning scenery, providing sources of fresh water to the territory at large, and protection from major storms.

 

The largest and most important mountain range is often described as the DR’s spine: the Cordillera Central, stretching across the center of the country, from the border with Haiti onto Constanza, Jarabacoa, and the central region. It is home to Pico Duarte, as well as two other summits that rank among the top five highest peaks in the Caribbean region.  “The Dominican Alps” this is the most rugged and coldest mountain landscape you’ll find in the Caribbean. The second largest range is the Sierra de Bahoruco, in the southwest region, running parallel at an elevation of about 1,500 meters (nearly 5,000 feet). Nearby, the Sierra de Neiba hides Taino Caves and freshwater springs.

 

In Puerto Plata, the Cordillera Septentrional stretches from Montecristi to Nagua, at over 500 meters (1,640 feet). Lastly, the Cordillera Oriental, on the eastern side of the DR, rises at under than 800 meters (2,625 feet). Explore the Cordillera Central while in Santiago, Jarabacoa, or Constanza by going on a hike or climb, or take a drive through the hills of Puerto Plata–particularly along the Ruta Panorámica–for stunning views of the Cordillera Septentrional.

 

RIVERS & WATERFALLS

With a multitude of mountain ranges, multiple rivers flow down the DR’s plains. The most significant river is Yaque del Norte–born out of the Cordillera Central, it rises out of Pico Duarte and extends a massive 300 kilometers (185 miles). Besides providing freshwater for irrigation and farming, the river is also part of the Cibao Valley’s main attractions. Visitors go rafting down its rapids from the town of Jarabacoa. The second most significant river body is the Yuna–formed in the central Cibao Valley, and emptying in the Bay of Samaná.

 

One of the most beautiful waterways in the DR is undoubtedly the Río Chavón in La Romana–you can hop on boat rides to see its magnificence up close, or kayak your way around. Río Chavón’s claim to fame includes an appearance in the feature film Apocalypse Now.

 

If you’re heading southwest, you’ll be greeted with an array of choices. Rivers are a chief attraction in the Barahona province. Make stops off the main highway to enjoy the fresh, emerald pools and cascades at San Rafael and Los Patos rivers, natural recreational parks set where the rivers meet the sea. Rivers lead to waterfalls, and in the DR, they are abundant–whether well known or off the beaten track. The most visited waterfalls in the country are the 27 Charcos de Damajagua in the Puerto Plata province. This impressive series of cascades tumble over a rocky landscape, emptying into deep pools that travelers can brave with a jump or a slide on smoother surface, one after the next. You’ll find plenty of lesser-known falls in Puerto Plata’s lush hills.

 

El Limón waterfall in Samaná ranks among the most impressive in the DR, rising at 30 meters (100 feet), and reached after an intense hike or horseback ride through subtropical forest. In Jarabacoa, waterfalls are a bona fide activity–with Salto Baiguate, and Salto Jimenoa, featured in the opening scene of the Hollywood motion picture Jurassic Park.

 

From any point on the southeast coast, there’s easy access to the Monte Plata province, less than a couple of hours by car, and its multiple waterfall parks. The most impressive is Salto Alto, plunging from approximately 75 feet. The 65-feet tall emerald Salto de Socoa has its entrance conveniently located right off the highway along the Santo Domingo-Samaná Highway.

    

 

LAKES & LAGOONS

There are intriguing lakes in the Dominican Republic. The most astonishing is Lago Enriquillo, stretching across two provinces in the southwest–Independencia and Bahoruco. This massive body of water is a mix of fresh and salt water, and sits 30 meters (138 feet) below sea level–the lowest point in the Caribbean. It is home to multiple bird species, as well as American crocodiles. Over the years, the lake’s water level has risen dramatically, but it makes for an unforgettable sight.

Laguna Gri Gri, on the north coast, is nearest the resort town of Cabarete, tucked in the heart of the fishing village of Río San Juan. Dense mangrove tunnels occupy its part fresh and part salty waters, while hundreds of black turkey vultures and great egrets are perched in the mangrove trees. The lagoon empties into the Atlantic Ocean.

 

There are also plenty of lagoons of the swimming kind to enjoy. In Punta Cana, Reserva Ecológica Ojos Indígenas–or Indigenous Eyes Ecological Reserve–is a 1,500-acre natural forest offering easy trails to a series of 12 freshwater lagoons. Laguna Dudú, in the northern town of Cabrera, consists of a series of cobalt blue and turquoise fresh water pools flowing from caves, and surrounded in tropical forest. The recreational park offers kayaking, swimming, or braving 25 foot leaps from a makeshift zipline into a giant lagoon–at your own risk.

 

ISLANDS & CAYES

Postcard-perfect offshore islands lie off the coasts of the DR, whether it’s in the Caribbean Sea in the south, or in the Atlantic Ocean up north. The most stunning of these are Saona and Catalina, two of three plots reached by boat from the eastern fishing village of Bayahibe, starting 19 kilometers (12 miles) offshore. Part of a protected national park, the partially-inhabited Isla Saona scores multiple white sand beaches, including La Palmilla, the largest natural pool in the Caribbean with shallow, crystal turquoise waters teeming with starfish, corals, and other tropical critters. The islands’ waters are popular with experienced divers, who come here to explore shipwrecks and caves. Up north, Cayo Arena–or Paradise Island– is a tiny caye that resembles a sandbank, located 8 kilometers (five miles) off the shore of Punta Rucia. It attracts hundreds of day-trippers eager to spend the day out in the middle of an iridescent turquoise sea, and explore colorful fish and corals.

A set of seven off-the-beaten path islands–Cayos Siete Hermanos–are reached by boat from the shores of Montecristi, in the DR’s wild northwest. These protected plots are where colonies of egrets, pelicans, and frigate birds thrive, in addition to offering some of the most pristine snorkeling and diving locations in the DR.

 

DUNES

In the desert-like, dry southwest of the Dominican Republic is a surprising landscape of smooth sandy hills rising at 35 meters (114 feet). These are the sand dunes of Baní, a protected site located in the village of Las Calderas, just outside the town of Baní. Climb to the summit of the tallest dune, and the white sand Playa Las Salinas appears on one side–known for its powerful surf waves–while the other reveals the stunning Bay of Las Salinas.

CAVES

The country’s first inhabitants, the Taino, left behind numerous traces and signs of their presence. The majority of these are found in the areas where they once lived, near sources of water, and in caves where they performed rituals. Petroglyphs and pictographs can be observed in these caverns, located around the DR.

The Cotubanamá National Park, at the entrance from the village of Boca de Yuma–is home to some of the most impressive caves, including Cueva de Berna, where Taino faces are carved into the rocks. Nearby in the Punta Cana area, the recreational Scape Park was developed around a natural series of caves hugged by rainforest, one of which you can swim in.

 

The southwest of the DR is a cave enthusiast’s destination, with a handful of significant Taino chambers. El Pomier, in San Cristóbal, has an impressive 55 caves, not all accessible, with the highest number of petroglyphs. Las Caritas de Los Indios, in the Enriquillo area, reveals pictographs in a cave located above sea level. One of the most mystical is Cueva de la Virgen in Barahona, where the local legend says that a woman’s spirit inhabits the chambers, and can turn visitors into stone.

 

Up north, the province of Hato Mayor is home to the rugged Cueva Fun Fun, tucked deep in the rainforest–a partially wet underground cave, which you need to abseil into to begin exploring.

 

In the southeast, near Santo Domingo and La Romana, two of the DR’s most beautiful caves are easily accessed via footbridges: Tres Ojos National Park, with its iridescent blue lagoons, and Cuevas de Las Maravillas, an 800 meters (2,624 feet) cave system etched with pictographs.

     

 

SINKHOLES

Fans of easily reached and swimmable sinkholes will rejoice at Scape Park’s Hoyo Azul, convenient to the Punta Cana resort area. At nearly 15 meters (45 feet) deep, its blue, shaded pool makes for a refreshing swim surrounded with rainforest. Also on the grounds is Cenote Indígena Las Ondas, a deep pool enclosed in an underground cavern. Puerto Plata’s vast hills lead to plenty of sinkholes to discover, from Charchos de Damajagua to the off-the-beaten path, hilly village of Tubagua, where the forests hide a series of iridescent turquoise, spring-fed pools.

   

 

This and so much more is here waiting for you to explore!!

Let our team guide you to all the Dominican Republic has to offer with over 15 years experience living locally! 

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BEYOND THE BEACHES – DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – EXTRAORDINARY TOPOGRAPHICAL DIVERSITY!!

The Dominican Republic has the most diverse topography for a single nation in the Caribbean. You can go from a spectacular white sandy beach to a cool, mountainous town over 500 meters (1,700 feet) above sea level in less than three hours. The country’s coastline is world famous racking up over 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) in total, with hundreds of accessible, breathtaking beaches. What surprises most, the DR contains a series of grand mountain ranges, the most important of which–the Cordillera Central–is home to the Caribbean’s highest peak: Pico Duarte, sitting at 3,087 meters (10,128 feet).

       

25% of the island consists of protected areas, most of which are easily accessed. Explore lush valleys, cloud forests, national parks on and offshore, rivers leading to waterfalls, offshore zones where turtles nest, ancient Taino caves shrouded in thick rainforest, or pine forests with near zero temperatures.

     

Discover natural wonders like Lago Enriquillo, a saltwater lake so large it surpasses the size of Manhattan, home to American crocodiles and sitting at 40 meters (138 feet) below sea level, the lowest point in the Caribbean. I promise you it won’t take you too long to find your favorite Dominican landscape, after you’ve soaked up as much beach as you like.

        

Let our team guide you to all the island has to offer.

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Full Service Realty Dominican Republic

Krystal Gorham from Canada and Terry Wheat from USA.  As full-time residents of the Dominican Republic with over 15 years collectively living here full time, we decided to form a partnership in real estate. 

I arrived in 2010 and immediately opened an environmental management company.  Employing over 120 people at its peak in 2019.  Focusing on recycling and waste management in the touristic zone and implementing programs of sustainability while certifying businesses in international compliance.  During this time I became very familiar with many locations and various touristic businesses.  I moved my twin sons here originally as well, who then returned to the states to finish their educations.  One of those boys moved back here to assist me in launching this company along with Krystal.  Jake Wheat whom everyone refers to as my carbon copy.  LOL.  Jake is responsible for tech and web support for our digital marketing platforms.  Millennials go figure.

 

Krystal Gorham my business partner has been working in real estate here locally for nearly 5 years.  She was a contract sales representative working as in independent agent obtaining her real estate experience locally. However, Krystal has been a business owner her entire life much like me. 

Back in 2016 while Krystal and I were living in the same condominium complex we became friends.  I would return home in the afternoons on many occasions and see her painting on the balcony while I was taking dip in the pool.  We conversed and she and her husband being north Americans we found a lot in common.  As time passed, we became closer…  Then in 2018 we had back to back Hurricanes of Category 5 threaten the island.  Thankfully, we were not severely affected but during those challenging moments we became even closer.  It was not long after that Krystal offered to entertain my mother and my daughter who were here vacationing.  She took them out a few times while I was working and really demonstrated her qualities of genuine compassion and friendship to my family.  This was greatly appreciated and I my admiration for her friendship expanded. 

It was not long after this I ended up moving to a new location because my mother had decided to move here full time.  So we relocated to a larger community directly on the beach and in a condominium for her on the ground floor and me across the pool. 

Krystal came and visited and it wasn’t long after she and her husband moved to the same complex. 

As you can imagine we continued to share time together and then Krystal approached me with her idea. 

She asked me with my business experience as an owner here would I be interested in partnering up with her in launching our own real estate company.  I can say I was very excited right from the start.  I had been thinking about real estate for over 3 years but in all honesty, I knew I had to have the right partner in order for it to succeed.  Krystal was the perfect fit. 

With her knowledge and interpersonal skills in sales I had complete confidence in her abilities.  So we sat down together and brainstormed very openly on our vision of what we both thought would be the values of a real estate company if we moved forward. 

One thing was very clear.  FULL SERVICE – no cutting corners and we would focus on the people and not the product.  We had both been in service companies before and understood that value proposition but wanted to elevate that level of service here in this real estate market that has had its challenges in the past.  So, there it was FULL SERVICE REALTY D.R. Focusing on the needs of the people first understanding their needs first in order to give them exactly what they are looking for.  We operate only as guides after we obtain that information.  The real value proposition from our agency is that we have the local experience of living on this island.  Lets face the facts.  It is a foreign country and things work differently here.  We witnessed far too many times and made far too many mistakes ourselves figuring things out the hard way.  Therefore, out of genuine compassion we wanted to be able to help others navigate that transition from their home country to island life. Eliminate as much stress as possible. The whole idea is to come here and relax, enjoy, create new experiences, and make new friends.  This is our mission. 

Thanks for taking the time to read our story.

Sincerely,

Krystal and Terry 

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10 Things to Consider Before Moving to the Dominican Republic!

Summary: Full Service Realty D.R. offer tips for newcomers and others considering a move to DR. Expert advice about the best places to live in DR, Cost of Living, Health Insurance, Safety, Driving, Renting vs. Buying, Electricity, Going Green and more.

1. Cost of Living – Can You Survive in the Dominican Republic on $1,000 a Month?

When one client asked me if you can you survive in DR on $1,000 a month I promptly answered, If you live like a local you can do it. Eating beans and rice as a daily meal with cheap meat from the local butcher shop and buying fresh produce from a colmado * a small corner market.

I like living like a local but would still need another $500 – $1,000 for my sinful endeavors LOL. Meaning its how you choose to spend your leisure time and how sustainable are those choices.  Will you pay top dollar for drinks at a beachside café or cart your own cooler well stocked and park your caboose in the sand? Is this going to be a daily routine or once a week endeavor. The reality is it is your choice how much you want to spend and on what.  

Here is a real life example.  My mother rents an upscale Luxury apartment for 1000 $USD per month and it is a nice 2 bedroom 2 ½ bath place in Uvero Alto. After testing the waters for a year, she decided to sell everything and create her retirement plan here. Why? Because the quality of life here is unmatched if you are a tropical climate lover. Year-round temperature averages 85, Caribbean waters, fresh fruits, amazing beaches, the list goes on and on. But there’s real money in the DR also. You can easily spend 5K per month on various luxuries, but for her and myself we are quite comfortable right around 3K. It really all depends were you live and what your lifestyle is. You can buy an apartment for as little as 40K, 200K or up to 1.5M depending were you want to be. www.fullservicerealtydr.net

Overall, I love the DR. And I love living like a cross between an expat and as a local with some modifications, (maybe because I am entrepreneur).

If you also have the entrepreneurial spirit you might find this guide useful. https://www.godominicanrepublic.com/?s=investment+guide

I do not spend a lot of time in front of the television, I genuinely enjoy cultural experiences and traveling all over the country. I find new places and spend time trying to interact with the locals. For example, the best meal I had recently was not at the Applebee’s or Hard Rock Cafe that my Dominican friend dragged me to, but at a local stand on the side of the road with grilled chicken, some pigeon peas and rice with drinks. Me and my fiancé spent about 7 usd for the meal.” And it was delicious and fresh no preservatives.  I have my special places I have discovered over the years and frequent them as much as possible.  There is an idea for my next blog!! Listing those out with a map and menu recommendations!!

2. Healthcare in Dominican Republic

“Private hospitals differ one from the other. Most are good and some are excellent. You can get almost all kinds of care in private hospitals and good quality care in private clinics. There are many private facilities in Punta Cana and Santo Domingo! You must purchase private insurance here. Public medical care is available but it is not the same, it is seriously inferior. Most [medicines] are available without a prescription with the exception of serious pain killers!” Expats living in Dominican Rep interested in expat health insurance should take a minute to get a quote from our trusted expat health insurance partner, CIGNA. Shop around and decide for yourself who you like.  

3. What to Bring When You Move to the Dominican Republic

“I wish I had brought a tin opener, good knives and more swim trunks. I should have left my nicer clothes and shoes at home — and my jewelry,” said my mother. “I wish I had brought my best friend. I wish I had brought more money. I wish I had brought better Spanish.” “I wish I’d brought cooking utensils, spices for cooking, American Cable TV. There’s nothing I wish I’d left behind,” she also added. This really differs for everyone.  Which again prompts the idea to try it on for size before committing completely.  I just knew right away I wanted something entirely different than what I was experiencing back in the U.S.  Many now see that choice as visionary given the issues that are currently plaguing the country now.  The adjustment varies for everyone. So what is highly recommended is to stay for at 3 months or up to six before deciding if you are ready to live here permanently.

4. My Top 5 Best Places to Live in the Eastern Region/Touristic Zones of Dominican Republic

I will highlight 5 places that are typically recommend to most expat people moving to D.R.

  1. Punta Cana Village is on the eastern point of the island and only 5 minutes from the International Airport. Many businesses are located in this zone as well as some very nice recreational activities such as beaches and the marina.  Golf courses are a given.. https://puntacanavillage.com/lifestyle
  1. Downtown Punta Cana/ Bavaro where there is shopping, restaurants, water parks, church, cafes, etc. A real taste of small city life right outside your door.. The beach is about 10 min drive from this area. https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&u=https://downtownpuntacana.com/&prev=search
  1. Los Corales a lively expat zone with many condos and small villas nestled next to the beach access points which are shared with several hotel groups. http://visitpuntacana.org/playa-los-corales/ Cortecito Beach is just north of Los Corales and is just a bit more economical than the previous location in terms of living expenses. http://visitpuntacana.org/playa-el-cortecito/
  1. Cocotal is a gated golf community with club house and restaurants. It is home to approximately 10 thousand people living inside the gates. Villas, condos, homes, a small business center and many amenities are just outside your door including shuttle service to the nearby beach. https://www.godominicanrepublic.com/poi/golf/punta-cana/cocotal-golf-country-club/
  1. Now we have Casa de Campois one of the most expensive places to live in DR. Located on the southeast coast, Casa de Campo has an upscale, country club feel.  With a list of amenities that are suited for lifestyles of the rich and famous. Click on this blog link to learn more.  http://blog.fullservicerealtydr.net/casa-de-campo-luxury-retreat-rich-famous/

These are just a few of the best places to live in DR. I do not wish to exclude all the others but one must consolidate a list as a starting point.

The following statement advises you how I recommend you begin.  “I would just come initially, if possible, for a six-month period, and then go back. Take your time, find your favorite beach, explore the local expat hangouts, hang in the neighborhood you like best, then locate the perfect apartment or villa, not the other way around.”

5. Safety in the Dominican Republic

Quite simple advice: Never walk alone and do not walk the downtown streets at night. As one man from NYC commented I would not do it there or in Newark or Trenton; do not wear a lot of bling or drive a Ferrari… you would be a target. Just like in any major city ANYWHERE; cops get paid poorly, so when they stop you, ask if they are hungry and slip them 100 pesos ($2) and you are good to go. Yes, corrupt if you will, but I will take them over a NYC cop with macho attitude any day,” explained one expat in a discussion about safety in DR on the Dominican Republic Forum.

“I have 10 years living here locally. I have never been a victim of crime and am regularly out after dark stopping by the local bars and chicken stands that are all over the touristic zones and local cities. But life is not all rosy glasses. Do not present yourself as a target. I don’t wear flashy jewelry, or you might get robbed (Grab and Run). I personally never had experienced these things, but they do happen. I feel safer here than I do in many US cities for what that is worth.

6. Driving in the Dominican Republic

Most expats living in urban areas like Santo Domingo will agree that driving in the Dominican Republic is challenging. I personally drove a scooter for 7 years, before finally buying a car. You must be careful and understand your skills as a vehicle operator knowing full well most do not have the consciousness many from north America have due to lack of education and cultural differences. I can affirm as did one other expat, “They do drive like maniacs on their motorcycles but it’s their life they are playing with, get something with 4 wheels and doors and you will be fine.” Another expat added, “Traffic fatalities are high due to a lack of enforcement of drunk driving laws and more motorcycles on the roads than cars. I would avoid driving at night and riding motorcycles except perhaps in rural areas.” “Focus when you drive as the moto-conchos (motorcycle taxis) drive aggressively. Most driving deaths are these guys,”. Another warned, “Be careful driving. Street signs and traffic signals are seen only as suggestions and many people ignore them.”

7. Buying vs. Renting in Dominican Republic

“I would not buy anything for at least 6 months, until you decide that you really like it and until you have seen the entire country. I lived in a furnished rental my first 8 years. I would certainly say that this is the way for anyone to plan to come here first and stay for a year or so and see if they really like it. There are not a lot of expats yet in the neighborhood but I predict that there will be. It is the older elegant but sort of run down section of town, but one can walk to everything. It is a lot like NYC. Much lower. My two bedroom upscale condo located on the beach with balconies and loft with roof access is $1000 a month. This includes pool, gym, common areas and beach cabanas. To buy apartments here cost around $150k to 400k depending on your taste.  However you may just be ready to buy but be sure you know what your getting into and use a professional service to assist you in the process. 

8. How to Find a Rental Property in DR

“When you move to the DR, unless restricted by work, I would spend a couple of months in a few different areas as the country is so diverse. I ended up in this touristic zone because the assimilation process and the access to like minded expats was amazing. Once you have decided on the area then just put the word out that you are looking to rent and the potential landlords will find you. Do remember to consider that access to electricity and water are not automatic, so you need to check their availability. The prices of property vary dramatically by area – the more touristy and closer to the sea, the higher the price. To rent a standard 3-bedroom house in an expat area is around 600-1500 US$ a month. If you live in a gated community it is more. A similar property in a purely Dominican town or village is around 300 US$ a month.

9. Electricity and Backup Power

Going green is not just a choice but also to SAVE green and better to ensure that we and our guests are not only comfortable but safe. I live in a nice area with almost 24/7 power for the last several years. The years before it was 3/4 the time. My energy bill over the years has gone from US $100 per month to over $300 per month. My first inverter/battery system was small and used as back-up during black- Recharging the batteries takes a lot of electricity and costs a lot of $$$. Plan ahead and IMHO an inverter system is your first consideration and even more so if you put in solar. Size the inverter and battery banks to meet your needs plus a little more. Look at the options. Get a known quality brand. Do your research.”

10. How to Adapt to Expat Life Dominican Republic

The people that do best here, have a sense of adventure, common sense, and willingness to adapt to local conditions. I think some knowledge of Spanish is a big help but not mandatory.  Personally, I do not understand expats who continually complain about the DR. Seriously, you do not have to live here. Moving is stressful, you need at least a year to start to acclimate. The key is to embrace the culture, the people, do not act like a tourist and don’t act like you are better than the locals. You are there in THEIR country. Like anywhere else, be aware of your surroundings, trust your instincts. Patience is the answer and if you do not have that then this is probably not the place for you to consider moving to. Learning Spanish makes Your Transition Much Easier but is not a deal breaker by any means.

“It is helpful to study Spanish as it makes the transition much easier,”. Various combinations of just 200 new words, will provide you with enough vocabulary to be understood in most situations.

Finally, each one of these 10 highlights could be expanded on immensely.  Here is what the team at Full Service Realty D.R. provides – EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE gained over 10 years living and working in this region.  We know what it means to struggle with little things and our value proposition is the following.  When you work with our team we will help you minimize the learning curve most people encounter their first couple of years. That is our true commitment to those we take on as clients and ultimately nurture into friendships.  

 

 

 

Looking to Escape the Chaos that has Gripped the U.S.?

So here we are in month 3 of quarantine and many are just now starting to understand the long-term impacts of this global pandemic.  I would be foolish to try and predict what will happen next as no one can foresee the future.  What I can attest to is that during the past 12 weeks my personal situation has been very sustainable and manageable.  Peaceful and serene with little disruption aside from lack of social contact.

One might ask how that is possible.  Personally, I have always leveraged my time against what could be controlled and what could not. I lead a very sustainable existence by being something of a minimalist who focuses more on being at peace in the environment.  Currently I am not living among a large concentration of people.  I uphold a strong small circle of close friends and colleagues that make use of each other respectfully.  We maintain our social distancing but communicate best as we can with positive intentions.  We are fortunate with an incredible environment with most of us living on or near the beach in a touristic zone.  As this was for most of us a key point in relocating here, the love of the ocean and moderate temperatures year round among other attributes.

However, the beach is currently unoccupied because the tourists are not present due to the pandemic.  Strange and surreal but for the time being it is very tranquil and in compliance with quarantine protocols.

As most of us try to predict what may or may not happen next, I am very cognizant of what are the core needs of myself and my family. Food, water, and shelter.  Uncomfortable as that is to accept, if you have those elements well covered and can protect them against those who have not planned so diligently then you are at least managing factors from a position of knowledge and sustainability. 

Thankfully in this eastern touristic zone we are very isolated, and those core resources are abundant.  I do not feel threatened nor do I anticipant anything negative happening as we continue to navigate the difficulties of the quarantine and global pandemic. 

Using this ample time to contemplate the positives and negatives that the global pandemic has presented one must first focus on what can be controlled and identify the opportunities that can be acted upon. 

Some simple and logical advice.

  • Plan for the future, but do not rely on its manifestation.
  • Rarely does it work out as we think it will.
  • Have at least 3 plans of action ready to go.
  • Stay positive and know that everything will be as it is.
  • Communicate with family and neighbors as much as you can.
  • Stay connected and help as much as possible.
  • Be ready to act soon as the quarantine is lifted.
  • Know ahead what you can and cannot accomplish.
  • Do not be overtaken by a feeling of helplessness.
  • You are not alone.
  • We are all in this together.
  • Be ready for the next crisis.
  • Wherever you find your happiness make sure you find yourself there.
  • If you are not happy where you are, find a way to change that first chance you get!

These outlined points may seem basic and obvious but believe me unless your focused and disciplined you may not be as prepared as you should be. 

Connect with friends and family and seek out the professionals who can provide services you need because they truly understand your personal situation.  Trust your instincts and do your own investigation, but if you are here reading this blog it is because your searching for something different.

Krystal and I are here to help you find your perfect place to reside if your inclined to live in this type of environment.  Let us know what your looking for and we will provide you all the options and details specific to your needs. 

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