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I visited my mother and had a really good time. Her immediate area is highly residential, and beautiful new houses are being built. I am considering buying there before the prices increase; it's stunning. As for vacation, we spent most of our time in Puerto Plata for touristy activities. If anyone is familiar with the Gaspar Hernandez area, I am curious about your experience. If anyone is curious, I have Google Fi as my cell phone provider on a Pixel, and the connection was stable and strong. It didn't have 5G, but it was strong enough to allow me to set it as a hotspot and work on my laptop.
 

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All I know about Gaspar Hernandez is that the main street is a nightmare to drive through. They really need a by-pass but I think the hilly geography makes that very difficult, so I can't see it improving in the near future.
 

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You really need to visit GH yourself to decide - form an opinion
I visited but was restricted to my mother's area, so I reached out for other opinions and impressions. There's nothing wrong with finding out how others like the area. Your post was intentionally condescending and rude, and pointless. Next time just don't respond to a post.
 

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It certainly is an interesting area. Between Cabarete and Rio San juan. Quiet and safe. Not very cosmopolitan. For bigger stores 30-minute drive minimum. It is a completely different experience than POP. Very few restaurants and commercial activities. Many residents commute to Cab and Sosua for work. Nice and tranquil.
 

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I visited but was restricted to my mother's area, so I reached out for other opinions and impressions. There's nothing wrong with finding out how others like the area. Your post was intentionally condescending and rude, and pointless. Next time just don't respond to a post.
WW: "You really need to visit GH yourself to decide - form an opinion"

How is the post rude and condescending? People's opinions vary. One person may think GH has everything they need while someone else may not. When choosing a location, it is always best to experience it for yourself. After all you will be the one living there. You asked for opinions. In no way was WW's post "intentionally condescending and rude".
 

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I, for one, think that if you're going to live somewhere, you need to be thinking of things like supermarkets, banks, hospitals, doctors, entertainment. Somewhere quiet is fine for a week, but if you live there you'll go crazy. I think the people who survive living here longest are those who live in the bigger cities or towns and have families and jobs. Living in the middle of nowhere beside a beach is great for a week, but not so great when you fall ill and need to see a good specialist doctor, or your car needs a special part, or you want to go and do something different to going to the same bar every night.
 
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I, for one, think that if you're going to live somewhere, you need to be thinking of things like supermarkets, banks, hospitals, doctors, entertainment. Somewhere quiet is fine for a week, but if you live there you'll go crazy. I think the people who survive living here longest are those who live in the bigger cities or towns and have families and jobs. Living in the middle of nowhere beside a beach is great for a week, but not so great when you fall ill and need to see a good specialist doctor, or your car needs a special part, or you want to go and do something different to going to the same bar every night.
Gaspar Hernandez has a public hospital, but I think the nearest private hospital is in Sosua and the nearest good hospital is in Puerto Plata. GH also has at least one supermarket and hardware and clothes shops. Banks - I'm not sure. It's a pretty busy town (hardly quiet), not in the middle of nowhere but there are not many tourists and expats, so socialising with gringos may not be easy (if that's what he wants).
 
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I, for one, think that if you're going to live somewhere, you need to be thinking of things like supermarkets, banks, hospitals, doctors, entertainment. Somewhere quiet is fine for a week, but if you live there you'll go crazy. I think the people who survive living here longest are those who live in the bigger cities or towns and have families and jobs. Living in the middle of nowhere beside a beach is great for a week, but not so great when you fall ill and need to see a good specialist doctor, or your car needs a special part, or you want to go and do something different to going to the same bar every night.
Totally agree. If I were to move, PP or Sosua would be my first 2 choices, with SDEste a very distant 3rd.
 

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Gaspar Hernandez has a public hospital, but I think the nearest private hospital is in Sosua and the nearest good hospital is in Puerto Plata. GH also has at least one supermarket and hardware and clothes shops. Banks - I'm not sure. It's a pretty busy town (hardly quiet), not in the middle of nowhere but there are not many tourists and expats, so socialising with gringos may not be easy (if that's what he wants).
we must have visited a different G.P cloths shops? I know they have several shops where you can buy those loudspeakers.
 
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Gaspar Hernandez has a public hospital, but I think the nearest private hospital is in Sosua and the nearest good hospital is in Puerto Plata. GH also has at least one supermarket and hardware and clothes shops. Banks - I'm not sure. It's a pretty busy town (hardly quiet), not in the middle of nowhere but there are not many tourists and expats, so socialising with gringos may not be easy (if that's what he wants).

Great, so if you get ill you're looking at about an hour's drive to the nearest decent hospital. And if you need to see a specialist doctor, you're looking at a 3 hour drive to the capital. I met a woman who lived in Barahona and she used to drive 3 hours each way to Bani to buy cheese. And she flew in suitcases of towels from the US as she couldn't find anything of slightly decent quality. Life in the capital, where everything is easily accessible, is hard enough for expats. Life in one of these out-of-the-way places is completely impossible when anything goes wrong. In my opinion.
 
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I went through today. Gaspar Hernández isn’t for me, but not because of the isolation. The crowded streets and jam packed motos actually reminded me of the capital. Even with the lights functioning it was a total free for all, I wouldn’t even attempt it on a long weekend again. Nagua too.
Río San Juan and Cabrera are close and much more beautiful. I like peace and quiet. Thankfully, I don’t have any health issues so that’s not an issue. It has been mentioned before that’s something to consider, but if you have money to spare, there’s always health insurance like Humano Platinum.
 
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Great, so if you get ill you're looking at about an hour's drive to the nearest decent hospital. And if you need to see a specialist doctor, you're looking at a 3 hour drive to the capital. I met a woman who lived in Barahona and she used to drive 3 hours each way to Bani to buy cheese. And she flew in suitcases of towels from the US as she couldn't find anything of slightly decent quality. Life in the capital, where everything is easily accessible, is hard enough for expats. Life in one of these out-of-the-way places is completely impossible when anything goes wrong. In my opinion.
just over an Hour drive to Santiago that has plenty of very good specialists, and very good clinics and hospitals. Decent shopping in PP , an hour away. Gaspar Hernandez isn't isolated.
 

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just over an Hour drive to Santiago that has plenty of very good specialists, and very good clinics and hospitals. Decent shopping in PP , an hour away. Gaspar Hernandez isn't isolated.

If it takes an hour to get to the nearest decent shops and the nearest decent doctor, on a good day, that's what I call isolated.
 
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If it takes an hour to get to the nearest decent shops and the nearest decent doctor, on a good day, that's what I call isolated.
Well, it has a population of around 60,000 and does have doctors and stores, and it only 62 km from one major city and 79 from another with two highway accesses. Not very isolated. I understand some people need to be surrounded by crowds to feel safe.
 

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How, by helicop
just over an Hour drive to Santiago that has plenty of very good specialists, and very good clinics and hospitals. Decent shopping in PP , an hour away. Gaspar Hernandez isn't isolated.
How, by helicopter? More like two hours. That road going down to Tenares is not in very good shape and about the best I can make Santiago from the east side of Cabarete going over Hwy 21 is 1 hour and 45 minutes.
 
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Gaspar Hernandez is a fairly nice Dominican town with the exception of the traffic choked highway going through the center of town with nowhere to park. There's not much in the way of restaurants or nightclubs. It's definitely not for the average gringo.
 

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The DR isn't for everybody....... neither is Gasping Hernandez
It certainly isn't my cup of tea. It might be the last town on the North Coast I would choose to live, but even worse in Nagua.

Nagua should be inserted in the song Jimmy Buffett once sung about Dallas on his A1A album, "If you ever get the chance to go to Dallas, take it from me, pass it by"
 
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