THE NORTH COAST OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Welcome to an amazing area of diverse landscapes featuring towering mountains, lush rain forests and kilometers of pristine coastline and incredible beaches.
When you combine this with a thriving expat community, modern services, tropical climate with no hurricanes, and foreign investment friendly government, you have a near perfect place to live, retire, or just holiday.

WELCOME!

Known for warm and hospitable people, Dominican Republic (or DR) is a destination like no other, featuring astounding nature, intriguing history and rich culture. Discovered in 1492 by Christopher Columbus, the country overflows with fascinating history, museums and exciting cultural experiences like music, art and festivals, plus uniquely Dominican specialties such as cigars, rum, chocolate, coffee, merengue, amber and larimar.

Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea on the south, our lush tropical island paradise boasts nearly 1,000 miles (1,609 km) of coastline, 250 miles (402 km) of the world’s top beaches, and a variety of sports, recreation and entertainment options. Here you can dance to the pulse pounding thrill of the merengue, explore ancient relics of centuries past, delight in delicious Dominican gastronomy or enjoy ecotourism adventures in our magnificent national parks, mountain ranges, rivers and beaches.

GETTING HERE

Gregorio Luperón International Airport (POP), also known as the Puerto Plata International Airport, is only 10 minutes from Casa Linda.  There are weekly flights all year from several North American and European cities.

Most major airline carriers fly here including:  JetBlue, WestJet, Air Canada, United, Delta, Air Berline, Air Transat, American Airlines, Arkefly, Condor, Wurowings, InterCaribbean Airways, Novair, Sunwing, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, Transaero Airlines, XL Airways France, and Canjet.

FACTS ABOUT THE COUNTRY

LOCATION/GEOGRAPHY
The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, and is the second largest in the Caribbean region, with a surface area of 18,533 square miles  (48,442 square kilometers).

POPULATION
The population of the Dominican Republic is 9,378,819 (2010 Census).

CLIMATE
The Dominican Republic enjoys a tropical climate all year round, with average temperatures ranging from 66° to 93° F (19° to 34° C).  The north coast has never had a record-able hurricane.

GOVERNMENT
The Dominican Republic is a representative democracy. Every four years the country elects its president, vice president, legislators and city government officials. President Danilo Medina and Vice President Margarita Cedeño were elected for a four-year term that began on 16 August 2012 and ends on 16 August 2016.

SOCIAL LIFE & COMMUNITY

Many of our clients wonder about what it’s like to visit Casa Linda, or what it would be like to make Casa Linda and the DR a part time, or full time residence. Sunshine, warm weather, and the beach are wonderful, but everyone needs a social group and friends in order to make a life and a home.

Even if you are here for a short time, you will find a large community of Canadians, Americans, British, and other nationalities that have have made the DR their residence for all or part of the year.

This is a welcoming community – on the North Coast in general, but certainly in Casa Linda in particular. Our development features a relaxed, international flavour and you can count on being invited to a BBQ, over to someone’s house for a drink, or just to visit. We have an unwritten rule at Casa Linda: if a front door is open, then come on in! Next year we are looking forward to events in our clubhouse like potluck dinners, bingo nights, pool, we may even host a few weddings!

The Sosua/Cabarete area offers all kinds of social groups for the ladies, golfers, divers, and more. Local, open air pubs are fun hangout places where you can connect with old friends, and make some new ones. Many people participate in charities and events to help out those less fortunate. This is also a fun way to give back and connect with others.

The community here is thriving and continues to grow each year!

ACTIVITIES

Activities here are limited only by your imagination. With warm weather all year, most activities are based on being outside. For divers, snorkelers, golfers, hikers, boaters, or sun worshippers, this the place to be. Here are some specifics for you:

On the North Coast:

The north coast offers an incredible variety of sports and adventure opportunities – mountain biking, diving, windsurfing, kiteboarding, surfing, canyoning, golfing, and fishing – to name a few.

  • Visit Ocean World and swim with dolphins, hit the beach, see sharks and other marine life
  • Visit Monkey Jungle for zip lining adventure. All proceeds to charity.
  • Take a monster truck safari or jeep excursion
  • Float along one of the lovely rivers or cascade over waterfalls or go white water rafting
  • Go deep sea fishing or spend the day on a catamaran finding all the best beaches
  • For baseball fans, the DR is a mecca of talented players with great games.
  • Visit the ancient Spanish fort or Amber Museum in Puerto Plata
  • Check out the museum devoted to the original settlers of Sosua, Jewish immigrants
  • Try your luck at one of many local casinos

Here are some other great things to do:

  • Encounter a more dangerous type of wildlife on Cabritos Island,a national park in the centre of Lake Enriquillo. It is the greatest preserve of the wild American crocodile and has large populations of flamingos and two species of iguana.
  • Wander in awe along the miles of beautiful unspoiled beaches of the Atlantic coast. They are picture-postcard perfect. The most popular is Sosúa; windsurfing and diving are particularly good here.
  • Dive an astonishing variety of sites around the island. Reefs, wrecks, caverns and abundant marine life make the island a Mecca for novices and experienced divers alike. Great spots include Cabrera(freshwater cave with an underground lake) and La Caleta National Underwater Park.
  • Come over all romantic on the Samaná Peninsula, located on the northern portion of the island.Samaná, with its transparent blue waters, miles of unspoiled beaches, and dozens of caves, is a lovers’ paradise.
  • Go offshore fishing for marlin, sailfish, dorado, bonito and other game fish. Hotels can organize charter boats for visitors. River fishing in flat-bottomed boats with guides can be arranged at Boca de Yuma and on the north coast.
  • Get wet in the islands rapids. White-water rafting is available on the Río Yaque del Norte in Jarabacoa. Tubing (floating down the rapids in individual over-sized rubber rings) can also be experienced on a few rivers.
  • Cascading involves climbing up to the top of a waterfall and abseiling down the cascade; the best places to do this are Cascada del Limón, Cascada Ojo de Agua, El Salto de Baiguate and El Salto de Jimenoa.
  • Conquer the highest mountain in the Caribbean. Hiking and climbing enthusiasts can ascend Pico Duarte (3,098m/10,160ft) either on foot or by riding a mule.
  • Tee off on some of the world’s best golf courses. For more information, contact the Federation of Dominican Golf (FEDOGOLF) (website: www.golfdominicano.com)

REAL LIFE

Palm trees and tropical weather are wonderful, but let’s face it, some things are essential for everyday life.  The DR offers new technology and services similar to North America and Europe.

Medical Care and Services

Medical care in larger towns is excellent, with hospitals offering the same or better care than in North America. For many people, it is actually a pleasant surprise as there are no long waits and the medical staff are as well trained as North American or European doctors and nurses. You will find English speaking physicians that are knowledgeable and able to service medical needs. For emergency medical care, or health problems that require a hospital, in the Puerto Plata area there are two very well equipped private clinics.

The first, Cabarete Medical Centre, is a first rate facility has specialists from all over the world, as well as a state of the art hospital facility and diagnostic services. It is located just outside Sosua. Ambulance service is also part of this facility.  The second, Bournigal Hospital has an excellent reputation. This facility services the major resorts of the area as well as those living in Puerto Plata, Sosua, and Cabarete. Care is on par with any hospital in Canada or the US.

HOMS Hospital in Santiago rivals any first rate facility in North America. It has a world class cancer treatment centre along with treating all major areas of medicine with excellent specialists.

The DR offers reasonably priced health care plans that cost between  $700-$1800/US per year per family. These plans cover all major medical, prescriptions, and some dental care.

Technology

In today’s world, things like good cell service and high speed internet are not luxuries, they are really necessities – especially if you live away from your family. We enjoy excellent technological services in the DR. The Dominican has the best communications systems in Latin America.

Most of our buyers use Vonage phones, Skype, Magic Jack and other internet technologies to communicate with family and friends back in North America and Europe. Our internet is fast, carried on DSL or cable service. Fibre optics have been installed along the entire north coast of the DR.

Cell service can be choppy depending on where you are in the country; however, in all towns it works well. All smartphones are catered to. Cable and satellite services are provided by several companies as well.  Expect to watch all your favourite shows on tv, go to English speaking movie theatres or hang out at home watching Netflix.

Many expats utilize VOIP services like Vonage or Magic Jack in order to have international home phone service. Others rely on Skype or Facetime.