Welcome to Expat FAQs – Moving to and Living in the Dominican Republic, a site that complements the book of the same title.

Expat FAQs – Moving to and Living in the Dominican Republic can be purchased online from Amazon and other booksellers, in both print and e-book formats.

The book, which was written with my late friend Ginnie Bedggood who passed away in July 2010, covers the following areas:

Why the DR?
• General background
• Pros and cons: is this country for me?
• Culture shock
• Quality of life

Geographical areas
• North Coast
• Samaná
• East Coast
• East/South East Coast
• Capital – Santo Domingo
• Santiago

Other cities/regions
•San Juan de La Maguana
•San Francisco de Macorís
•El Seibo
•South West
•Mountains (Jarabacoa, Constanza)

Practical information
• Cost of living
• Health care
• Education
• Immigration and visas
• Finance and taxes
• Real estate
• Safety and security
• Politics and legal
• Consular and Embassy assistance
• Transport and driving licences
• Telecommunications
• Employment
• On being an expat employer
• Leisure pursuits
• Animal companions
• Voluntary work
• Shopping
• Weather
• Environmental issues

The Expat as a:
• Single person: male/female
• Couple: expat couple, bi-national couple
• Family with children and single parents
• Retired person
• Student
• Lesbian/gay
• Disabled
• Freedom seekers

DR cultural context
• History
• People: customs, beliefs, traditions
• Culture: music, dance, art, food, sports
• Language

What The …? AKA ‘Only in the Dominican Republic’
True life anecdotes

Photography by Pedro Guzmán.