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    Default Hello, I fell in LOVE!!!

    Hello, I'm Pat and I visited the DR (Punta Cana AI) for the first time this year. I fell in love with the island and found it to be the paradise that I desired. I went in March and was ecstatic to find the temperature as warm as I wanted it to be but not too hot. I enjoyed the breeze that came off of the ocean and I can't wait to visit again. I would even consider spending part of the year down there after I retire. I enjoyed the people and learning about some of the culture. The people made me feel welcome, which they are supposed to do at an AI, but they made it "seem" genuine. After reviewing several posts on DR1, I'm glad to get an even more informational look at island life and what it may mean for an expat that resides down there part time.

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    For a second there, thought it was an island chica. PR, hmmmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PR Loves DR View Post
    Hello, I'm Pat and I visited the DR (Punta Cana AI) for the first time this year. I fell in love with the island and found it to be the paradise that I desired. I went in March and was ecstatic to find the temperature as warm as I wanted it to be but not too hot. I enjoyed the breeze that came off of the ocean and I can't wait to visit again. I would even consider spending part of the year down there after I retire. I enjoyed the people and learning about some of the culture. The people made me feel welcome, which they are supposed to do at an AI, but they made it "seem" genuine. After reviewing several posts on DR1, I'm glad to get an even more informational look at island life and what it may mean for an expat that resides down there part time.
    Yup. You got it. It's usually not dangerous, although to some it can be. You have what is called "Island Fever". The good news is that it is treatable but it can over time fester into something of an obsession. AI's are a nice way to get introduced to the DR however this is far from the reality of daily life. If you are truly interested in retiring in the DR than do your homework. Make a number of trips to the Island. Stay in different places and move away from the AIs. It can be a great place to retire but you need to understand the culture and people. That is a long learning curve for an ex-pat. Visiting for a holiday is one thing. Living in the DR even part time requires a whole nother level of commitment, both mentally and financially. You're not in Kansas anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronxboy View Post
    For a second there, thought it was an island chica. PR, hmmmm.
    No, I just figured that my initials enabled me to make a clever username and expressed my feelings. Not from the islands but hope to spend as much time there as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LTSteve View Post
    Yup. You got it. It's usually not dangerous, although to some it can be. You have what is called "Island Fever". The good news is that it is treatable but it can over time fester into something of an obsession. AI's are a nice way to get introduced to the DR however this is far from the reality of daily life. If you are truly interested in retiring in the DR than do your homework. Make a number of trips to the Island. Stay in different places and move away from the AIs. It can be a great place to retire but you need to understand the culture and people. That is a long learning curve for an ex-pat. Visiting for a holiday is one thing. Living in the DR even part time requires a whole nother level of commitment, both mentally and financially. You're not in Kansas anymore.
    Thanks for the advice. You hit the nail on the head with "Island Fever". I have wanted to visit an island since I was a child and DR did not disappoint. I plan to be as safe as possible when I return but I'm interested in immersing myself in the culture and increasing my ability to communicate in Spanish. I know that new visitors to the islands are like fish out of water and are ripe for the picking, sometimes literally. If I live down there for any length of time, I want to be in an area which has at least a bilingual church and the most stable electricity (I know that may depend on a number of variables) available. I want to get away from the AIs and see what it's like to fend for myself, so to speak. I'm looking at moving up to doing 2 weeks a year hopefully soon. I'm not near retirement age yet and have too many toys to try to relocate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PR Loves DR View Post
    Thanks for the advice. You hit the nail on the head with "Island Fever". I have wanted to visit an island since I was a child and DR did not disappoint. I plan to be as safe as possible when I return but I'm interested in immersing myself in the culture and increasing my ability to communicate in Spanish. I know that new visitors to the islands are like fish out of water and are ripe for the picking, sometimes literally. If I live down there for any length of time, I want to be in an area which has at least a bilingual church and the most stable electricity (I know that may depend on a number of variables) available. I want to get away from the AIs and see what it's like to fend for myself, so to speak. I'm looking at moving up to doing 2 weeks a year hopefully soon. I'm not near retirement age yet and have too many toys to try to relocate.
    Just in case you don't know already, the rest of the country is very different that the east coast.

    Everybody falls in love with the east coast hotels. That's their job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDJones View Post
    Just in case you don't know already, the rest of the country is very different that the east coast.

    Everybody falls in love with the east coast hotels. That's their job.
    I appreciate you informing me of that fact. Where should I visit to get a more realistic viewpoint of Island life?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PR Loves DR View Post
    I appreciate you informing me of that fact. Where should I visit to get a more realistic viewpoint of Island life?
    Leave Punta Cana. Take a day trip to Higuey, San Pedro, Santo Domingo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDJones View Post
    Leave Punta Cana. Take a day trip to Higuey, San Pedro, Santo Domingo.
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PR Loves DR View Post
    Thanks!
    Sure thing. Do it with a driver so you can look at everything around you as you travel.

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