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    Hello All,

    My Dominican girlfriend of a couple of years and I both like the idea of moving to the DR. I'm thinking of taking an exploratory trip soon to check it out and see if it might be a place I would like to live (I'd probably rent for 3-6 months before making that determination).

    I'd like to find a place near the beach, with a good mix of expats, locals, and tourists. I'd like to find a town that can be walked fairly easily because I hate owning a car. It'd be nice if the place was relatively safe.

    I was thinking I'd fly into SD, check out Boca Chica, Juan Dolio, possibly La Romana, the Punta Cana area (which is probably too touristy), the Samana Peninsula, and the North Coast (Rio San Juan, Cabarete, Sosua, Puerto Plata, Costambar).

    I'd love to hear comments on any of these destinations, and it would be great to get some other suggestions, as I'm sure I have overlooked a few good possibilities.

    Thanks.

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    Where is your Dominican gf's family from in DR? Does she want to live near family?

    Do you need to live someplace where you both can work, or are you retired?

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    Her family, I believe, is in Santo Domingo. Her mother lived there before coming to the US. Her father is from Constanza. I should clarify that she is actually Dominican-American. Being near her family would be nice, but its not a priority.

    I will probably live off investments and savings for a while. I may also do some freelance work via the internet. I'd like to possibly open a bar or some kind of a small business, but that is definitely something I'd ease into.

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    As her family is from Constanza I would recommend you check out Jarabacoa as it has much to offer while still being close to STI airport and Santiago for shopping and medical needs. It is a beautiful area and I think there is a HB close by.
    I would advise you to not go near Boca Chica, it is not safe and please do not think you can open a bar and do anything but lose your savings. There are seven hundred bars too many already. You will find Punta Cana area to be too expensive compared to the rest of the country. It is good that you seem to be putting one foot into the water at a time rather than jumping in.

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    She prefers somewhere on the hotter end of the spectrum and would hate being up in the mountains. I'm considerably more flexible on the matter, but I'd prefer to be near the beach as well.

    How dangerous is Boca Chica? I'm a pretty well seasoned traveler, but on the other hand I don't speak any Spanish yet (I plan to get a decent grasp of the language before moving, but I'd like to take this exploratory trip fairly soon).

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    what areas of RD have you already visited? did you like them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiosMio View Post
    How dangerous is Boca Chica? I'm a pretty well seasoned traveler, but on the other hand I don't speak any Spanish yet (I plan to get a decent grasp of the language before moving, but I'd like to take this exploratory trip fairly soon.
    Boca Chica is the armpit of The Caribbean, there are many other pristine beaches without the vermin!

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    I haven't been to RD yet. I have heard good things about Punta Cana from my Uncle but it sounds too sterile for me. I have been to Boracay, Phillipines and I imagine, or at least am hoping, there is something similar in RD I can settle into.

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    If it must be beach try Cabarete, Las Terenas, Las Galeras, Samana. And if you intend to live there you must espeaka espanesh

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    RV429: I like what I hear about the places you listed, but I'm wondering why not Sosua or Puerto Plata? I believe I'd like the combination of beach and city Puerto Plata offers.

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