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    Quote Originally Posted by El Mayimbe View Post
    Great post. I've been to Rio San Juan, Cabarete, Sosua, San Pedro, La Romana, Juan Dolio and Quisqueya. I prefer the small town. My wife is from Quisqueya so one day we'll probably return there to live.
    It is a balance if you have a life here in DR and are not just here for the chicas or retirement.

    There are some lovely near beach locations such as in San Cristobel, Azua, Barahona, Monte Cristi and Maria Trinidad Sanchez and when it comes to the hills and mountains the choice is exceptional. Places like where Matilda lives are everywhere. I hear about Constanza and Jarabacoa but go inland in Azua or San Jose de Ocoa province and you find incredible probably better scenery...just like Monte Plata and many more places....but off the beaten track.

    This is the DR we came to love even if you need a dose of the city at hand.

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    I am very happy living in Santo Domingo, where I have been most of my life. I live and work primarily in Julieta, so I guess that makes a difference. My views are of a garden city -- this neighborhood banned high rises many years ago. In the evening, the neighborhood is very quiet, same on Sundays. And I have great sunset views from my terrace. Sunsets in the Caribbean are to die for.

    I love living in a big city, being able to choose from a myriad of events. I love my community of friends, my involvement in sports and the arts and business. Uber has made life better. Take Uber to the Colonial City to avoid the stresses of driving and parking. If you can manage your schedule, Santo Domingo is good. I go walking to the movies on the Winston Churchill.

    I think the key to living in Santo Domingo is to be able to in some way control your time so as not to have to fight traffic.

    Santo Domingo is equidistant to all the rest of the country, be it the southwest, the north or the east. It is essential to get out to breathe the cleaner air, but being centrally located makes it easier to get around. But when I do not travel for work, visiting friends or family, I am very happy to stay in Santo Domingo. Always something interesting happening and new places to go to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolores View Post
    I am very happy living in Santo Domingo, where I have been most of my life. I live and work primarily in Julieta, so I guess that makes a difference. My views are of a garden city -- this neighborhood banned high rises many years ago. In the evening, the neighborhood is very quiet, same on Sundays. And I have great sunset views from my terrace. Sunsets in the Caribbean are to die for.

    I love living in a big city, being able to choose from a myriad of events. I love my community of friends, my involvement in sports and the arts and business. Uber has made life better. Take Uber to the Colonial City to avoid the stresses of driving and parking. If you can manage your schedule, Santo Domingo is good. I go walking to the movies on the Winston Churchill.

    I think the key to living in Santo Domingo is to be able to in some way control your time so as not to have to fight traffic.

    Santo Domingo is equidistant to all the rest of the country, be it the southwest, the north or the east. It is essential to get out to breathe the cleaner air, but being centrally located makes it easier to get around. But when I do not travel for work, visiting friends or family, I am very happy to stay in Santo Domingo. Always something interesting happening and new places to go to.
    Well said, another "city girl". I'm one of those people who wants to know the options are there, close by, even if I don't use them all the time.

    Sometimes I want to scream from boredom out at Playa Najayo. The year that my Kindle died I thought about committing hari-kari.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolores View Post
    I am very happy living in Santo Domingo, where I have been most of my life. I live and work primarily in Julieta, so I guess that makes a difference. My views are of a garden city -- this neighborhood banned high rises many years ago. In the evening, the neighborhood is very quiet, same on Sundays. And I have great sunset views from my terrace. Sunsets in the Caribbean are to die for.

    I love living in a big city, being able to choose from a myriad of events. I love my community of friends, my involvement in sports and the arts and business. Uber has made life better. Take Uber to the Colonial City to avoid the stresses of driving and parking. If you can manage your schedule, Santo Domingo is good. I go walking to the movies on the Winston Churchill.

    I think the key to living in Santo Domingo is to be able to in some way control your time so as not to have to fight traffic.

    Santo Domingo is equidistant to all the rest of the country, be it the southwest, the north or the east. It is essential to get out to breathe the cleaner air, but being centrally located makes it easier to get around. But when I do not travel for work, visiting friends or family, I am very happy to stay in Santo Domingo. Always something interesting happening and new places to go to.

    I love your place Dolores. If you have to live in the city, there's no better place to live than up above the craziness.

    I live now in a Residential area with double security perimeters just west of the entrance to the November 6 highway, so for me, going to and from work is literally a hop, skip and jump to my business in Nigua.

    I can come and go in less than 10 minutes.

    And now with the new highway around the city, I can get to the toll booth on the Autopista Duarte in a short period of time as well with virtually no traffic.

    If I want to go to the city, it's only minutes to the center of town. About as good as it gets for now.

    I tend to be a country boy however.

    I'd love to have a place like AE's.

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    Good to see some positive things being said about Santo Domingo for once from people who actually live and work there.

    I used to dislike the place, but having based myself here for over two years I do see the clear benefits over some other places and quietly live a contented life. You adapt and like any other city know your boundaries and the places to go and the route and time when to go to. It definitely is easier driving here than having to be so alert weaving around motos in the Cibao towns and roads between for example.

    It could be so much better too with a potentially fantastic Malecon stretching from the west all the way to Las Americas and a historic old city. I remain hopeful of better traffic management and the proposed new development and the end of the port at the entrance to the Ozama.

    But I am a country boy at heart and the city will not be my end game and I am not tied to where the family of my lady lives. She like me is open to a balance between the benefits of the city and something more quiet.

    The ring road from Haina is a great route out to the campo and north too.

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    Great topic. Thank you ju10prd for posting it. 
    I am enjoying reading everyone's replies. 

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    AT present I live in Luperon, LaSabana precisely.
    Been here for almost 9 years off and on when travelling from Canada.
    Not one for night life and big cities.
    Laid back old man enjoying the space.
    Thinking of moving up to Jaracaoba once my home here in LaSabana sells.
    I like to be near the sea but not on it.... like the hills better... air is thinner and climate more stable.
    LOts of Ex-pats here in Luperon Province ,
    I think home is what you make it!
    I visit SDO at least once a month to the Colonial Zone , shop, restaurants etc. but would not survive there.area for the good life.
    All a matter of perspective, I guess.
    Love the RD.
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    My business associates are all in SDO they recommend 'Moca'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russell View Post
    AT present I live in Luperon, LaSabana precisely.
    Been here for almost 9 years off and on when travelling from Canada.
    Not one for night life and big cities.
    Laid back old man enjoying the space.
    Thinking of moving up to Jaracaoba once my home here in LaSabana sells.
    I like to be near the sea but not on it.... like the hills better... air is thinner and climate more stable.
    LOts of Ex-pats here in Luperon Province ,
    I think home is what you make it!
    I visit SDO at least once a month to the Colonial Zone , shop, restaurants etc. but would not survive there.area for the good life.
    All a matter of perspective, I guess.
    Love the RD.
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    My business associates are all in SDO they recommend 'Moca'
    Interesting that you mention Moca.

    I travel through Moca twice a week and my general impression is very negative. But then a bit outside the actual town especially towards the hills there are some nice looking areas. The same probably applies to other Cibao areas on the northern side. I do like the areas to the south west and east of Cotui and have lived near Bonao and the mountains nearby and the rivers provoke interest. My main gripe about the Cibao valley is that it can get very hot and stuffy and you need to be a bit more elevated. And places aimed at middle class second home owners do exist in those hills nearby. For example there are some nice properties available up in the hills overlooking Autopista Duarte to the east as you approach Piedra Blanc through the wooded section as you are entering the Cibao valley from the capital. Look up and you will see the odd villa looking down on the valley. And land prices for those parcels weren't bad for plots with security, power and water a few years back at $17sm negotiable. Just think a home in the hills juts over 30 minutes from SD. I looked at them and had some visions of a home in the forest in a small community.

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    Security is an issue to take seriously. An option to living in the hills near Santo Domingo is Lomas Lindas off Duarte Highway at Km. 29. It is a well-run gated community with houses for sale and lots still available with lovely views and relatively near Santo Domingo. For enjoying golf, the Las Lagunas/Cayacoa Country Club is nearby, with a good golf course. Las Lagunas/Cayacoa Country Club is also a residential development, but Lomas Lindas is more of a community, and is built on sloping hills, while Cayacoa is on flat land.

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    I can't help but think that this list might change if we get hit by this hurricane

    Praying it doesn't....
    But picking a good place not prone to flooding or mudslides is a good idea.

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