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The #1 tourist destination in the Caribbean is also a haven for exp pat living

The Dominican Republic offers perpetual summer weather, mixed with modern infrastructure and services.


Located 900 miles south of Cuba, the Dominican Republic is the second-largest island in the Caribbean. Its outstanding tropical climate (average 28 degrees Celsius), lush, green mountains, sensational beaches, and unique scenery have helped make the DR the #1 tourist destination in the Caribbean.

The newcomer to the island is immediately attracted to the friendly and helpful nature of the Dominican people. A rich cultural diversity mixed with long history have created a very unique country and a friendly, colourful backdrop to life. The stable, democratic government is foreign investor and tax friendly.

The DR hosts a large North American community; offers excellent technology, services, and infrastructure; real estate afford ability; and unlimited activities – all in the warmth of over 300 days of sunshine per year – and no hurricanes on the North Coast.

Real estate is fully owned with no bank trusts or life leases. Titles are registered to purchasers in either their personal or corporate names.

A dynamic community with expats from around the world, mixes with Dominican culture, to create a multicultural blend of traditions, food, music and community.


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An Active, Welcoming Community

Vibrant towns like expat centred Sosua and cosmopolitan beach village Cabarete offer excellent services like a modern hospital, plethora of restaurant choices, beaches, shopping and active community. Expats have been making the North Coast home for over 30-years.

Sosua (only 6.4 km from the international airport) is everything you want a beach town to be. Clear waters teem with coral, perfect for snorkelling and diving, and the huge horseshoe shaped beach offers restaurants and shops. This busy town has large, modern grocery, furniture and hardware stores.

Cabarete is known as a water sports Mecca with kite boarding, windsurfing and stand up paddleboarding as main attractions. The coral reef protected bay is dotted with diverse restaurants, as well as quaint shops that sell everything from clothes and jewelry to baked goods. Many local events are held along the beach, and nighttime is especially pretty as restaurants light up the night and bring tables onto the sand for starlight dining.

Additional services and big box stores like Cosco and Walmart can be found a 1/2 hour away in Puerto Plata, or 1.5 hours down the road in Santiago.

Quick Facts:

  • Population (2012): 28 million
  • Government type: Representative democracy
  • Capital: Santo Domingo
  • Constitution: 28 November 1966
  • Chief of state: President Danilo Medina, note – the president is both the chief of state and head of government
  • Ethnic groups: Mixed 73%, European 16%, African origin 11%.
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 95%.
  • Language: Spanish with English spoken in tourist areas.
  • Education: Years compulsory–6. Attendance–70%. Literacy–84.7%.
  • Health: Life expectancy–71 years for men, 73.1 years for women.
  • Industry: tourism, sugar processing, ferronickel and gold mining, textiles, cement, tobacco
  • Electricity: 110 volt, 60Hz as in North America and Canada.
  • Legal age: 18
  • Area: 48,730 sq km – slightly more than twice the size of New Hampshire, USA
  • Terrain: Rugged highlands and mountains with fertile valleys.
  • Elevation extremes: lowest point: Lago Enriquillo -46M, highest point Pico Duarte at 3,175M or 10,477 feet.
  • Land use: Arable land: 21%, permanent crops: 9%, permanent pastures: 43%, forests and woodland: 12%, other: 15% (1993 est.)
  • Natural resources: Nickel, bauxite, gold and silver.

  • The Dominican Republic’s most important trading partner is the United States (75% of export revenues). Other markets include Canada, Western Europe, and Japan. Canada is now the 2nd biggest investor in the Dominican Republic.
  • The DR is now the #1 Caribbean tourist destination. Tourists have increased steadily from 1,925,565 in 1996, to 3,450,392 in 2004 and over 4,000,000 in 2007.  By 2012, over 5 million tourists visited the Dominican Republic, bringing with them 5 billion dollars in income
  • The Dominican Republic is a member of the United Nations and participates in many of its specialized and related agencies, including the World Bank, International Labor Organization, International Atomic Energy Agency, and International Civil Aviation Organization. It is a member of the OAS and of the Inter-American Development Bank.
  • Economy (2013) (from US Department of State), GDP: $106 billion,  4.5% (2012 est.), GDP per capita $10,060 (2013 est.)