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    Default Relocating to the DR in 2011 - all info is appreciated!

    Hello,

    My name is Linda and I'm looking to move to the Dominican Republic in August (ish) of 2011. Along with me I'll also be bringing my two sons, one aged 14 and the other aged 22. The eldest will finish university next May and can speak semi-reasonable Spanish and the youngest will be learning it for a year at school as well as help from the older brother no doubt.

    We have been to the Dominican Republic before and stayed in Puerto Plata and liked the area and the town etc and as such are looking at this as being a place we would like to move to. This is taking into account that we would like to be on the north of the island and also the lower number of ex-pats than in other cities/towns in the north.

    We really need information about schools for a monolingual 14 year old - as I mentioned he will study Spanish next year at school but I don't think that at his age putting him into a Spanish speaking or bilingual school would be in his best interests with it being so close to his final exams when we finally move out there. So any information on English speaking schools in the Puerto Plata area would be extremely useful.

    We also need information on reputable estate agents in the area if anyone knows of some. This would alleviate any stress or worry that we have chosen one who is not as clean cut as he or she first appears.

    We are planning an 'exploratory' trip out in August of this year to the Puerto Plata area so if anyone knows of someone who will rent a room or two out to myself and my two sons for 2 weeks at the end of August 2010 it would be greatly appreciated! This trip is partly to view areas and get a general feel of the place but also to see general costs of day to day living in a non-hotel enviroment.

    We are looking to rent for about 6 months to a year when we first arrive and then look at purchasing a house towards the end of that - we think this is probably the best way of going about it but if anyone has any other ideas please share!

    I suppose for now that is it, but like I said any information etc would be useful and greatly appreciated. Plus any additional information that you think is important then please let us know!

    Thank you in advance

    Speak soon,
    Linda (and the kids)

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    When i bought my property here i used perdomo. Here is the link so you can contact them yourself:

    Dominican Republic Real Estate CENTURY 21 - Villas, properties, homes, condos and land for sale in Sosua, Cabarete, Puerto Plata


    To the moderators. I answered the OP on a question, and therfor i placed this link here. So there is no need for removing something that will help a soon to be ex-pat.

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    Here is a link to the International School in Sosua who teach in English.

    International School Sosua - Working Together to Give our Children the Best Education

    There is also the Children's World College in Sosua but they don't have a website yet

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    Achievers International is an English language school in Puerto Plata - you might want to contact them to ask if they now go beyond Grade 8
    Achievers International School

    O&M Hostos is bilingual
    O&M Hostos School

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    Quote Originally Posted by windeguy View Post
    I think the only option for your son will be the International School in Sosua that has already been mentioned. By choosing Puerto Plata as your place to live, that would limit you to Spanish only schools within Puerto Plata.

    Good luck with your transition and keep in mind there will be those that might question the sanity of such a move as you described, but life is an adventure so live it as you see fit.
    There is transportation between the International School and Puerta Plata for the students. Many in fact live in Puerta Plata.

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    Are you coming because of some guy who lives in POP?

    Have you been to any other areas of the country?

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    Yeah, I wanted to ask those same questions....

    HB

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobraboy View Post
    Are you coming because of some guy who lives in POP?
    No.

    Quote Originally Posted by cobraboy View Post
    Have you been to any other areas of the country?
    We have so far only visited places in the north although when we go in August we are going to travel around and speak to people to get their opinions on different areas. Saying that based on what we have read/seen so far we think the north would provide the lifestyle we are looking for.

    Any information about different areas here would be useful - basics: we don't want to live in a large city (SD or Santiago) and we don't want to live in areas over-populated by tourists or expats (I know that Puerto Plata does have a lot of both but apparently it is not saturated with either in the way some other places are).

    Obviously we are flexible and our hearts aren't "set" on Puerto Plata but somewhere like that is what we think would be good for us but of course you guys know more about the places than we do!

    Thanks for all of the other information - I will be e-mailing the Sosua school shortly requesting being able to visit them in August.

    Please keep the information coming!

    Linda

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    hmmm so you want a place not saturated by expats but with an English speaking school. you may have a problem there

    Whats wrong with expats by the way- you just have to be careful with them like everyone else
    Last edited by jrhartley; 04-01-2010 at 10:25 AM.

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    If you were moving alone all by yourself then the north coast would've been fine. But you're moving with your 2 sons one of which has to start college. With that being said the North Coast is NOT the best place for you to move in.

    While you would love to be in walking distance from the beach, several needs that you and your son's will find would be better suit in one of the 2 biggest cities: Santo Domingo or Santiago. Both cities are within 1 hour of a nice beach and they have every perks any big city in Europe or USA can offer.

    I would advice you to travel the whole country when you come in your "exploratory" trip.

    Good luck with your plans!!

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