Why we moved to Cabarete/ Sosua in Dominican Republic.
Rich and I are often asked about living in the Caribbean and why we decided to move to the Cabarete / Sosua area of the Dominican Republic.
Did our jobs take us here? How do you like living in the Dominican Republic? Would you do it again?
Here is our Dominican Republic Moving Story…
If you had asked us in our 30’s or early 40’s do you plan on living in the Dominican Republic someday, our answer probably would have been “no I don’t think so”. I mean sure who wouldn’t love to live on a tropical island while soaking up the sun and sipping on piña coladas. Sounds pretty good but it really wasn’t in the picture at that time. We had our busy lives in Canada with full-time jobs, a family to raise and honestly there was the question of affordability.
On our 25th wedding anniversary we made a last-minute decision to get out of the cold-winter weather and take a vacation to Punta Cana in the south coast of the Dominican Republic.
We fell in love with pretty much everything.
And So It Begins…
We fell in love with pretty much everything. The beaches, the turquoise water, the friendly people, the food and especially the Caribbean heat. There is nothing better than feeling the warmth of the Dominican sunshine seep into your skin after living in sub-zero temperatures for a few months.
Over the next several years we found ourselves travelling to the Dominican Republic for our family vacations 2 to 3 times a year. It was an easy 4 hour flight from Toronto to the DR and we could usually find inexpensive vacation packages. We stayed in Punta Cana many times and then decided to vacation on the north-eastern coast in Las Terrenas on the Samana Peninsula. Samana is picturesque with hundreds of coconut trees and stunning white beaches. Needless to say our love for the Dominican Republic just kept on growing.
It was after several trips to Samana during our late forties to early fifties our mind-set began to shift. Could we live in the DR? Could we find decent jobs? Is the Dominican Republic the right country for us to live in? Soon Rich began his exploratory phase and began searching on-line (he loves doing this) to find out more information about expats living in the DR. We watched endless episodes of HGTV’s International House Hunters and specifically one young couple from Toronto that moved to Sosua in the Puerto Plata region. Our thoughts were wow if they could do it why not us.
Could we afford to buy real-estate in the Dominican Republic that would meet our budget. Will it be a beach front condo or perhaps a detached villa in a gated-community.
Cabarete – Sosua Beach Front Homes, Affordable Real-Estate, Expat Community, Ocean Sports and So Much More.