If you've been to the Dominican Republic several times, and you're looking to buy a vacation home there, then you need to do a few things to prepare you for the process. Purchasing a home is a much bigger process than simply spending a few days at a hotel. You don't want to get locked into something that turns out to not be appropriate to your needs in the long run. Here's a few things to help you get started on your search.
Puerto Plata, Santa Domingo, or Punta Cana
There are three popular places in the Dominican Republic that you might be looking at. The two beach resort locales are Puerto Plata and Punta Cana. These are on the coast, and both have huge developments that cater to tourists. If you spend most, or all, of your time in the Dominican Republic at the beach, then you should choose one of these two locales. Puerto Plata is not as popular a vacation spot as Punta Cana, but there are some reasons you might like it. First, because it's not as popular with tourists, it has a more laid back and local vibe. Also, the city is very old. It was one of the main trading ports, and it was home to the first "village" in the New World (circa 1494).
So it has a really cool "old town" with cafes and markets.
On the other hand, if you want to be near all of the popular nightclubs, big restaurant chains, and popular accommodations for tourists, then Punta Cana is ideal.
If you visit the Dominican Republic to see family or you prefer living in the city, then you should look to Santa Domingo. It's the largest city, and you will find condos that are very safe. This is an important issue because there are many areas in the Dominican Republic that are not too safe, but you will find safe neighborhoods in the capital. It's also a much more cosmopolitin than the resort towns, and if you're looking for tons of restaurants and shops, and a more city vibe, then this is where you should look.
Villa or Condo
You have two choices when looking for a vacation home. You can either get a Villa or a Condo. Houses are abundant,but they tend to be in areas that are not too safe. So, stick with the larger Villas that are in the gated communities or pick a condo in one of the three locales. Anywhere in Puerto Plata or Punta Cana will be safe. In Santa Domingo, you have to be very careful. Areas such as El Capotillo should be avoided because of high crime. You can look at Piantini, which is a neighborhood in central Santa Domingo.
Hire A Spanish Interpreter To Help You When Looking At Properties
The most important thing to do when traveling to the Dominican Republic on a property search is to hire a Spanish interpreter. While some people will speak English in the Dominican Republic, you should not count on it. If you're sole experience has been at the resort locations, then you're used to dealing with people who are conversant in English. This is not the rule around the country. When you're looking at property, you are bound to run into people who speak no English; be it homeowners, landlords, or the property attendants. An interpreter is absolutely vital when trying to conduct business.
As an added benefit, an interpreter might have more detailed and intimate knowledge of the different neighborhoods and provide you with an insider's viewpoint. This can help steer you away from dangerous areas, which might look perfectly fine, as well as point out really nice locations you might never have heard of.Share
7 February 2017
How much do your kids know about cultures outside of their own? My son came home from Sunday school asking me all kinds of questions about the American Indian culture and I could only answer a few of his questions. After that day, we have spent a little time each week learning about different cultures around the world. We created this blog together to help other people learn about the many different cultures that can be found today and from years past. Hopefully, our search for information and the creation of our blog can help you find what you want to know about the different cultures of the world.