When you come back from vacation all your friends and family have questions about how your vacation was and what sort of experiences you had at your destination. It’s always fun answering questions and sharing stories, so today I thought i would share with you the Top 5 questions I get about living in the Dominican Republic.

Let’s jump in!

Do they have American banks there? How do you get your money?

No problem getting money as long as you have a Visa or Mastercard. American Express can’t vouch for. One thing that is very important is that you check with bank about foreign withdrawal fees before your trip. Also be sure to tell them where you are going, cities you will visit as well. You don’t want to have your card get a ‘block’ put on it while you are out of the country, depending on your bank it may take 24 hours to remove the ‘block’. It’s a very unpleasant experience. There are also ATMs and banks everywhere.

ATM Money in Dominican Republic

Do people speak English?

Some do, it would be helpful if you know basic Spanish. If you are interested in teaching English feel free to drop me a email and I will direct you to some good schools. Just be aware of one thing, the Spanish that is spoken here isn’t the same as it is no Spain so be prepared to learn a totally different vocabulary.

Do you own a car? Or can you rent one? How do you get around?

I do not own car, public transport is not reliable, but Santo Domingo and some other cities have Uber, taxis and collective buses and cars. Driving in Santo Domingo can be a challenge, so if you plan on renting a car just be warned. I don’t mind walking and depending on the area you live in, you can walk anywhere in 10 minutes and reach your destination. Remember, Punta Cana does not offer Uber and the taxis start at $30 US Dollars per trip!

No Uber

Traffic in the DR

Is the internet reliable?

Yes, I haven’t had any major problems with connection to the internet. If you are looking for quality internet service I would choose either Claro or Altice.  

Is it dangerous?

I would say ‘no’. There are cops on almost every street corner in my area and in many places around the city, along with private security guards. That’s not to say that crazy things don’t happen, but I have never felt any danger anywhere in Santo Domingo or anywhere else in the country i have been.

Crime in the Dominican Republic

So there you have it, the Top 5 questions I get asked about life here. If you have any questions for me concerning life in the Dominican Republic or purchasing property please do not hesitate to reach out, I would love to help you!

I would also like to invite you to visit us on Facebook and, if your seriously looking at relocating to the Dominican Republic, then please join our growing community of like-minded people who are planning on making the Dominican Republic their new home in the near future. See you next time!

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