Safe & Secure

The Dominican Republic is a country filled with happy locals. The island has a reputation of being welcoming, friendly, and accepting, attributes that go hand-in-hand with a sense of safety and security. That’s not to say that crime doesn’t happen, but compared to other undeveloped countries, the Dominican Republic is an easy-going and happy country mostly free of violence and crime.

If an emergency situation does arise, in 2014, the Dominican Republic launched a 911 emergency call system. Since its launch, the country has worked to get coverage across the nation with two call centers, one in Santo Domingo and the other in Santiago, to coordinate police, fire, and emergency medical services for metropolitan areas. While 911 can be accessed from any Dominican phone number, help can only be dispatched from Santo Domingo, San Cristobal, Santiago, Puerto Plata, Sosua, Cabarete, Luperón, and between connecting roads. For more information on emergency aid visit: Emergency Aid.

Family Friendly

Investing and moving to a new country with a family can be intimidating, but the island lifestyle is perfect for raising culturally diverse, happy, and healthy children. There are many different education options and with a better work-life balance mentality, more time is spent growing as a family. Children are exposed to the island lifestyle and grow up with a sense of universal acceptance and cultural awareness. There are many activities for children to participate in enhancing their overall psychological, cognitive, and physical development.

There are many places to visit in the Dominican Republic as a family. From outdoor parks and activities to museums, there is never a shortage of fun for the whole family. Each city and region has unique outdoor adventures as well as indoor activities for all ages.

In Santo Domingo, for example, there is the Peképolis, a “kid city” packed with activities and events for children. Looking for a day in the park? Visit the Jardín Botánico and enjoy beautiful nature and colorful flowers. Summit Trampoline Park brings adrenaline packed indoor adventure for all ages. There are also cinemas and museums throughout Santo Domingo and the popular Aquarium with educational events and volunteer programs.

Pristine & Beautiful

The Dominican Republic is world famous for its natural beauty. Not only does the island have golden beaches, crystal blue waters, and sky-scraping palm trees but wandering inland, it also has the largest mountain, Pico Duarte, in the Caribbean, lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and ancient caves to explore. Living in the Dominican Republic, there is an adventure waiting around every corner.

On top of having beautiful terrains, the island has a cool tropical climate making it the perfect temperature all year round. Because of its cool tropical climate, the Dominican Republic experiences rainy seasons, typically from April to June and September to November. Rain showers on the island pass relatively quickly, refreshing plant life and keeping everything lush. The entire island is a sea of green with vibrant pops of colorful tropical flowers and delicious fruits like mangos, coconuts, and bananas.

A Warm Welcome

It’s safe to say that in the Dominican Republic there is a tradition of hospitality and the island is known for its’ welcoming attitude towards foreigners. The people are generous and cheerful by nature; therefore, it isn’t abnormal to be greeted with a friendly smile and hello from locals on the street. Dominicans pride themselves on their hospitality, whether with family, friends, or complete strangers, and it is standard to make sure guests feel catered to and comfortable.

The family is the center of life on the island, but not just immediate family, it extends generations and bloodlines. It is common to have family friends you consider “cousins,” and every event is celebrated at large with extensive guest lists. Social networks mean everything and the more, the merrier. In the Dominican Republic, everyone is your friend and friends are treated like family.

Compare Dominican Republic

Compared to neighboring countries in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic offers a luxury island lifestyle at an affordable price point. On top of being a leading tourist destination and seeing growth in numbers each year, the island is full of investment potential and business opportunities with tax incentives for investments. There are exemptions of up to 100% in payments of internal taxes, taxes on income, and incentives in free zones for investors. There are numerous international trade agreements, and there is a stable legal and institutional framework. Recent agreements with the Chinese government will increase the influx of tourists and investors in the upcoming year.

The country has improved its infrastructure, building highways that connect main cities, thus becoming the second most valued country in Latin America and the Caribbean in terms of connectivity (transport, logistics and telecommunications infrastructure). Dominican Republic has one of the lowest inflation rates in the region, projecting a figure of the inflation index to September 2019 accumulated of 2.4%, with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 4.7% from January to June, according to the indicators of the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican Republic has numerous international airports with direct flights to and from major travel hubs in the United States, Europe, and South America. The capital is home to world-class healthcare with highly educated medical professionals equipped to handle large-scale operations. With all of its’ modern advances, the Dominican Republic’s people have remained friendly and welcoming toward foreigners, and it has quickly become a leading destination for expats.

Arts & Culture

Miriam Calzada first became interested in photography when, as a child, she discovered an antique camera in the depths of her father’s closet.  The developed film revealed pictures of her sister when she was a baby, and Miriam was marveled by the transformation of blank paper into an image of a moment in time.