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Old 12-26-2015, 12:02 PM
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When I visited the DR to audit a manufacturing operations, I was escorted by an armed private guards until I reached the compund. that is not an environment I would want to retire to.
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Old 12-26-2015, 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by mathjak107 View Post
we just got back from there . not only would i not go back for vacation again but retiring there would be the last place i would go .
It's pretty much a sh@"hole. Those are the nice parts.
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Old 12-26-2015, 01:57 PM
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my daugter in-law is from there . so my daughter wanted a destination wedding at punta cana . it was great , no problem . but she took us around the island and you are right .
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Old 12-26-2015, 04:51 PM
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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One of my former coworkers tried the DR after she retired. She is back in the US
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Old 12-26-2015, 05:11 PM
Location: Central IL
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Originally Posted by Tulippsy View Post
As a former flight attendant who has spent a lot of time in the Dominican Republic, I would spend my retirement years in a travel trailer in a Walmart parking lot in the worst town in Arkansas before I retired in the DR. But that's me.
Wow! Is this the equivalent of "I'd rather be a $5 ***** than...."?
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Old 12-27-2015, 07:28 AM
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I think there is a very posh end with high end houses etc. I don't know that much about, maybe its practically like a compound. I got that impression when I was googling Mikhail Baryisnikov who I think lives there, part-time anyway.
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Old 12-27-2015, 08:39 AM
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Be prepared to live in a house with very high walls around it, and carry a gun with you at all times. The police are very corrupt.
Two gay male flight attendants rented a car to go out for the night. The police pulled them over and held them up at gunpoint. They just about died on the spot from fright. A friend and I were walking in daylight, when a moped went past and pulled my friends gold chain off his neck. They will put the "date rate drug" in your drink and take you back to your hotel. There you will be robbed and possible lose an organ, which they will later sell on the black market. You wake up with a surgical scar, I am not kidding.
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Old 12-28-2015, 07:35 AM
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Originally Posted by HarryLLL62 View Post
Are any of you guys retired in the Dominican Republic (DR) or have lived in the DR for a period of time? If so, would you share your experiences.

I am retired and lived in Panama for several years. Currently I live in Las Vegas but I am considering moving to the Sosua area of the DR for at least a year. I have medicare and a co-payer in the States. My plan is to return to Florida once or twice a year to use my medical benefits.
If you read through these replies, I think you have your answer. Moving to the DR would be a serious mistake and may have all kinds of repercussions for you. Perhaps, this isn't enough and you will be determined to go anyway. If so, I wish you good luck.

These "retirement in a foreign country" posts come up here from time to time. I think it is a measure of the fact that the cost of living in the USA continues to climb (particularly with respect to medical care) and pension benefits continue to decline or remain stagnant.

What people forget is that there are reasons why it isn't cheap to live in the USA. Good reliable sanitation, appropriate public health measures, competent police protection, and an honest court system cost money. Nothing good is for free. What we have in the USA--that is worth preserving--is the product of decades of work by millions of people who paid taxes and sacrificed for these goals.

It was alluded to in earlier posts. However, if I were poor in this country and approaching my retirement years, I would still not move abroad. I would instead move into a trailer home and attempt to find some kind of work to supplement my income. Perhaps, I would work as a greeter in Walmart. If necessary, I would go to the food bank at my local senior center or a church to supplement my diet. I might have to give up my car and rely on public transportation. All of these are still better options for 99% of lower income individuals than moving to some third world country are.
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Old 12-29-2015, 09:08 AM
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Thanks everyone for the information
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Old 12-29-2015, 05:55 PM
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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I've visited the Dominican Republic about a half dozen times in the last 20 years.

Often I would stay in the house of a retired Protestant minister who would rent to me for about $20 a night which included breakfast and airport pick-up and drop-off. It was a good deal. His suburban ranch style home was in Alma Rosa, not in the center of Santo Domingo, closer to the midway point to the International Airport. The lovely beaches of Boca Chica were just a few miles beyond the airport. He lived in a walled Middle to Upper Middle class neighborhood, and his living expenses were pretty low. He said an average American could live fairly comfortably on just just a Social Security check (although I'm assuming you're receiving at least $1,400 or $1,500 in SS)

The Dominican Republic is a Third World Country. No denying that. You will see communities with a family living in 2 or 3 room cement cinderblock houses, people trying to sell stuff on the roadside, shabby looking people, prostitutes lurking near restaurants and lounges where tourists might visit. There is more crime than most US cities ... and yet as a street smart big city boy (I was born in NYC and live in Philly) I never was victimized or felt unsafe.

On the good side, the place is tropical and the scenery is lovely. The people (most of them anyway) are friendly and nice. The beaches are some of the very finest in the Caribbean - especially in the Samana penisula. I had some really outstanding meals there. It is much more affordable than most places.

The minister who retired there loved it. He started his own little church there even ... in a poor barrio just outside the city of Santo Domingo. He was part of a rather affluent retired American expat community that had it's own community center, library and social activities. He was also part of a medical plan for foreign ex-pat retirees.

I would not mind vacationing there again. I always had a good time. I would not want to live there ... even though I can speak Spanish sufficiently although not exactly fluently. The place does have problems with crime and poverty ... you always have to be on your guard. Oh, did I mention they also have frequent power outages? Be sure you have a back up generator! You'll be having breakfast and suddenly the lights, electricity, air conditioning, appliances .... everything ... shuts down, sometimes for hours!
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