View Poll Results: Knowing what you know now, would you choose to expatriate in the DR again?

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  • Yes and in the same place.

    18 38.30%
  • Yes, but in a different part of the country.

    10 21.28%
  • No

    19 40.43%
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Thread: Expatriate in the DR again?

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    Default Expatriate in the DR again?

    This is for expats: If you could do it again, knowing what you know now, would you choose to expatriate in the DR again?

    a) Yes and in the same place.

    b) Yes, but in a different part of the country.

    c) No

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    isnt there always a dont know option in polls...lol
    sorry I should taken them more seriously

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    Of course. Now if we could just get the locals to learn how to drive and what customer service is and ship all of the politicians somewhere (like a hurricane) on a glass bottom boat and...

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    I might still end up in the East but more likely in La Romana, than Higuey .... my ending up in Higuey was a twisted fate of unforeseen circumstances and life challenges many years ago.

    I like Cibao Central! My dream is to have a ranch in the mountains around Cotui or place similar to it. When I was thinking of packing it up in Higuey two years ago and moving to someplace else in the DR, I found a great business opportunity in the East, one that I copied FROM Cibao, while cleaning up my head for a month in Jarabacoa!

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    Yes, with some modifications, somewhere on the south coast.

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    'd like to hear from the "no" and "yes, but in a different place" folks, what their thoughts are...

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    I lived in DR for such a brief stint, let's call it an extended vacation, except one in which I hauled all my precious crap from country to country and back again.



    Regardless, if I were to move back...I'd seriously consider Santiago as a base or (having never been there, this is a big OR) Punta Cana environs. Both appeal to me because I can get a decent job in my industry (education) and there are people in both that will help ease my transition. Santiago has the added bonus of being close to many areas I love and want to explore more. Punta Cana seems like an easier place to have people visit me and relax and enjoy their vacation. (My dad for example would not be too keen on staying at a casino in a city, he'd much rather be out in the country).

    Why not return to Cabrera? I am not ruling it out. I loved Cabrera but I definitely was not financially ready to move there. One does need a car and quite a lot of startup cash there--and no running to the local Sirena to stock up. My job there was not financially ready for ME either...and I think that will change with time as well as the school is going strong and starting its 4th year. In a few years Cabrera may be the perfect return-to situation.

    I am a few years from having to decide and at the rate my brain works, for all I know, I will be in Santiago Chile working on a startup

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    To answer Cobraboy:
    First I lived in SD for a while. It was great for me to get established with banking and such. I had Dominica friends who helped me with all that.
    Considering that I did not move to the island to live in a city I moved to JD after a few months. I wanted to be on the beach. I am small town girl so the city did not suit me for everyday living. Too many people, too much traffic, too much noise. The shopping for essentials was definately better in SD. I did not like the power being off most of the time.I lived in Arroyo Hondo and still no power there. Food shopping had to be done most every day. There was no generator for my apartment. (cheap landlord)
    At the time JD had a small town feeling even though it was a tourist town. I liked having locals as friends and also meeting new people from different countries. San Pedro and SD were close enough for essential shopping. JD had power almost all of the time so food shopping in bulk was possible. My apartment there had a generator too. (landlord understood what expats need)
    I would not move back to either of these locations. SD still has all the negative issues as when I lived there. It's a great city to visit but not for me to live in.
    I would not move back to JD because it is a dead town. It is not safe like it was when I lived there. The tourists are not there for me to meet. My friends who did live in JD back then have all moved.
    I would look for a small town close enough to a nice beach and I would explore the mountain areas more.

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    No big moves, same part of the country.

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    Santiago has it all minus the beach---

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