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    Default Where to live? Young couple with not kids seeking beach residence

    Hi,

    I am new to the Forum and my name is Carlos. I am originally Portugal and I am an academic researcher. Given the flexibility I have with my work, the only tool I need is my computer and Internet.

    Given my monthly income from my research activities, me and my girlfriend are planning on moving to the DR for a period of 4 to 6 months. Our plan is to learn Spanish (we both speak Portuguese so we already understand well Spanish) 3 mornings per week and take some afternoons to spend time together on the beach. We will also try to integrate among locals and join classes such as Salsa Dance.

    Given that we are not looking for heavy party places, neither expensive restaurants (we cook home mostly) and we want to learn Spanish, what location would you recommend us to look for an apartment? The only condition is having beautiful beaches at walking distance, internet connection and possibly a market close by to buy food.

    We are quite a humble couple and therefore we would like to take this opportunity to let go of the constant stress of the city we live in, spend time together. Most of my research projects will be done by the time so I will have a lot of free time to enjoy life.

    We are seeking an apartment with 1 or max. 2 bedrooms at a walking distance from the beach, with internet and a swimming pool (can be shared pool). We also seek a place that is safe for us to live comfortably out of worries.

    Let me know what you would recommend and in your opinion what budget in average would I need for such lifestyle in that specific locations.

    Looking forward to hear your opinion.

    Carlos

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    Las Terrenas could be on your list.
    10,000 - 15,000 would be budget per month for 3-6 months rental of studio or 1 bedroom depending on location.
    Thereafter simple food to cook 10 dollars a day for 2 people.
    Restaurant meals start at 100 pesos.
    Internet is available in many locations.
    There are many beautiful beaches.
    Best beaches Dominican Republic l Caribbean l Samana l Las Terrenas | Las Terrenas Villa Rental
    French style supermarket and local produce markets are available.
    There are salsa lessons in groups or individual and Spanish lessons.
    Everything is within walking distance.
    Somewhere like fata mongano is quite nice and clean, has cooking, internet but without swimming pool while setting up and not too expensive.
    http://www.fatamorganalasterrenas.com/About_Us.html
    Can be booked in advance.
    Maybe other people have other suggestions.
    From Santo Domingo its about 3 hours by coach and 400-500 per person allowing for moto conchos etc.
    Yanandu




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    cabrera is a beautiful town - and you can get away from it all.

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    I don't remember Cabrera having beachside residences but I could be wrong!
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    Hi,

    Yanandu, thanks for the tips and suggestion. I am having a look and it seems interesting indeed.

    Cabrera seems also a nice location at first sight Could you please let me know more about your experience with such place?

    What would be the budget for my lifestyle in a nice apartment at a walking distance from the sea with swimming pool and necessarily a good internet connection?

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    Depends to some extent on when you arrive. After easter is low season and there are many apartments to let. 50 sq. metre could start at 8000, a little over 200 dollars.
    Electricity will most times be extra 1000 month, gas 200 for cooking, drinking water 250-400 month.
    Home cooking you can expect to spend 1.5 dollars a meal per person on average for main meal and perhaps 1 dollar for second meal, coffee, sandwich etc.
    Most times walking is OK.
    Restaurant meals start 100 pesos.
    Internet may be charged 1000 month or so sharing.
    Large beer is 2.5 dollars location or 1.5 dollars from supermarket.
    Wine is from 150 pesos.
    Lessons etc. do not have up to date prices. Depends if you can join a group.
    Night club drinks could be 100-150 pesos for local drinks.
    If you hire a motorcycle odd days 800 pesos.
    Travel / medical insurance may be advisable.
    Kiteboarding lessons etc. could run to 1000 pesos a session.
    With luck with the apartment you could get by on 400-600 dollars a month for 2 people with low cost activities - walking on the beach, swimming, snorkeling, kitesurfing with your own board etc.
    Rum for cocktails at home with friends starts at just over 5 dollars a bottle. Whiskey and imported drinks 12 dollars a bottle, wine starts 4 dollars a bottle.
    If you want to eat at beachside restaurants large pizza starts at 250 pesos.
    Fresh local fruit is not expensive. Large pineapple maybe 1.25 dollars, paw paw similar.
    Really depends on lifestyle.
    5 large beers at nightclub could set you back 20 dollars but no entrance charge normally except if special group playing then 12 dollars entrance - but this is seldom.
    Champagne at top nightclub could be 150 dollars plus. Top restaurant meal 27 - 45 dollars a person. Excursion 50 dollars + with lunch, boat trip, drinks etc.
    Yanandu.

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    To the OP...... Please do NOT accept all of yanadu's figures as accurate at face value. While he/she has provided some interesting input into the board and it may be POSSIBLE to get SOME of those things at those prices if you look long enough, are fortunate, and your standards are not very high, the consensus of most of the people on this board who live in the DR has been that he/she is way to optomistic when it comes to how much it actually costs a non-dominican to live in the DR. That would be especially true if you want to be on or near the beach.

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    Standards are good.

    Prices are about right.

    Have these posters ever bought anything in Las Terrenas?

    You will see adverts from 8000 for apartments in LT7.

    Yanandu

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    Thank you for such details and descriptions. I really appreciate it.

    Indeed if someone is living in a place for a while, that person probably knows where to get the best deals, etc... I think in the medium run it may happen to any person living in a certain region.

    Concerning the best spot for my case, would Cabrera be more appropriate?

    What do you sweetdbt recommend based on your opinion and experience with the DR?

    Any other suggestions and comments?

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    Cabrera Slideshow | TripAdvisor
    Another option is live slightly out in the hills and use a motorcycle or cycle. Motorcycles are 800 $ new so often can be picked up for $300.
    Over 20 weeks this is 60 dollars a month - but chances are it can be sold again.
    It is then available for trips out.
    Yanandu.

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