Entries from Living in the Dominican Republic

  • Life in the Dominican Republic

    Living in the Dominican Republic can be a great experience for expats: what's not to love about sunshine, turquoise waters, and friendly, multicultural local people? Read our Blog guides on living in the Dominican Republic for info on immigration, naturalization, healthcare, education, transport, cultural life, business, banking, real estate and a lot more.

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  • 25 Best Things to Do in the Dominican Republic

    Surrounded by hundreds of miles of beaches, the Dominican Republic is the epitome of a perfect island getaway. The sun-drenched the Dominican Republic shares the Caribbean island of Hispaniola with Haiti, occupying the larger eastern section of the island. In addition to enjoying a multitude of water sports, you can also spend some time learning about the interesting history of the state and admiring the colonial architecture in the Zona Colonial in the city of Santa Domingo.

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  • Where would you like to live in the Dominican Republic?

    Did you know that the Dominican Republic was the final landing place for Christopher Columbus in 1493? No? Well that's alright, because this article is not a history lesson but rather an intent to help you answer the following question:

    Will the Dominican Republic be YOUR final landing place? And if so, WHERE?

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  • Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea

    Dominican Republic is a beautiful country in the Caribbean! Fabulous vacation spot or a place to live forever!

    The Dominican Republic is the second Caribbean biggest country, is the most development in the Caribbean, has the biggest Caribbean capital Santo Domingo and is the most visited in all Caribbean and Central America. The country is a mix of colors, people, traditions, music, lifestyles and of course of joy and most important happy people.

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  • Local laws and customs

    Don’t become involved with illegal drugs of any kind. There are severe penalties for all drug offences. Cases can take several years to go through the judicial process, during which the accused person is likely to be held in detention. Possession of even small quantities can lead to a long prison sentence and a hefty fine. All sentences are served in the Dominican Republic.

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  • Geography and Climate

    The Dominican Republic is the second-largest country in the Caribbean and is located on the island of Hispaniola. The island, which it shares with Haiti, is situated between Cuba and Puerto Rico. Upon moving to the Dominican Republic, you'll recognize that the landscape is surprisingly diverse for such a small country. Obviously you shouldn't miss out on the white sandy beaches, which are so typical for the Caribbean, but the country also boasts tropical rainforests, beautiful valleys, rivers, lakes, and even semi-desert zones.

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  • Moving to the Dominican Republic

    Does moving to the Dominican Republic sound like an option for you? The country, located on the eastern half of Hispaniola Island, offers much more than just palm trees and sunshine. Read our articles to the Dominican Republic and find out all about the country, visas, housing, and more.
    In any cases, movingto another country is an important decision and there are many things to take into account before packing all your belongings.

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  • The Job Search

    As in most other countries, working in the Dominican Republic requires some determination. Search local newspapers like the Listín Diario for job ads. They are usually listed under "Empleos" but may also be scattered all over the paper. Be sure to skim through the entire newspaper to avoid missing an interesting post. If you come across ads which do not specifically state what the job is about, you should be suspicious. More often than not, these ads are for rather dubious jobs. Your embassy or consulate, as well as your country's chamber of commerce, might also have a list of businesses and companies looking for employees from your home country.

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  • Dominican Republic's Economy

    It hasn't just been the tourism and travel sector but also the establishment of free trade zones that have given the economy a significant boost. The latter have attracted foreign investors, who have contributed to economic growth and created new jobs for locals and foreigners working in the Dominican Republic. These zones mostly focus on production in the fields of textiles, electronics, pharmaceuticals, and tobacco products.

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  • Education for Expat Children

    If you are planning on living in the Dominican Republic with your family, you'll be happy to learn that there are plenty of educational opportunities for expat children. The many different multinational schools offer instruction in a variety of languages other than Spanish. Schools in the Dominican Republic are based on a Spanish educational model. Both English and French are taught as secondary languages on private and public schools. Haitian Creole is spoken by the population of Haitian origin. However, even at these schools, the majority of the student body might be Dominican, which usually means the language spoken during breaks is Spanish.

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  • Education in Dominican Republic

    The education system in the country is consisting of 3 main levels: primary, secondary, and higher. Education is free and mandatory from ages 5 to 14. Preschool is not mandatory and were presented in some areas. The different categories of secondary school are sixyear liceo (bachillerato certificate will be given after completion), polytechnics, teacher training and vocational schools. The Secretariat of State for Education and Culture oversees the entire primary and secondary schools. There are most likely 5,684 primary and 1,664 secondary schools.

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