This coming Sunday, 26th May is Mothers Day in the Dominican Republic. The day before, Saturday 25th May, a group of locals and expats in the Bávaro and Punta Cana area are holding their fortnightly bazaar. One of the stalls is selling Expat FAQs along with several other books about the DR, including Lindsay de Feliz’s What About Your Saucepans? Aunt Clara’s Dominican Cookbook and the Culture Smart Guide to the DR.
In this second guest post, our US retiree tackles one of the burning questions asked by almost every prospective expat – how much will it cost to live in the DR?
Last night we went to the cinema and watched the new Bruce Willis flick, in English, with Spanish subtitles (we get all of the new USA movies here, screened in a 7-plex, USA-like cinema in English, with Spanish subtitles). The admission price (on Mon-Tue-Wed, the discount days) = 125 pesos = US$3.14 each. Regular price on other days is 225 pesos = US$5.65. At the cinema’s snack bar, 100 pesos (US$2.50) buys the small popcorn & beverage combo (we select bottled water instead of sugar sodas). So a trip to the movies, with snack, costs the two of us about US$8.65.
We were out running errands yesterday, and we stopped at Burger King for lunch. 1 Whopper with cheese, 1 Whopper Junior with cheese, 2 onion rings. Total 500 pesos = US$12.56.
We spend US$600 per month on groceries (we buy a lot of fresh fruits & vegetables, and we drink a LOT of juices). We budget US$250 per month on restaurants.
More to follow soon on housing and transport costs.
Note that our guest blogger is based on the east coast, where the cost of living is slightly higher compared to other parts of the country.
Prices quoted are accurate for November 2012.
Since the book went to press, the San Juan Centre in Bávaro has opened.
It’s a large mall with a branch of Distribuidora Corripio that sells domestic electrical appliances. The Centre also includes a multiscreen cinema (Caribbean Cinemas), a Pola Supermarket and lots of boutiques and eateries. Pizza Hut and Chef Pepper are two popular examples.
Location: north of Coco Loco Crossing, Bávaro.
Paper Moon Books in Punta Cana closed recently. A new arts and crafts supplies shop, Madeja, has opened and has a selection of books in English and Spanish.
Expat FAQs – Moving to and Living in the Dominican Republic is available for purchase from Madeja.
Punta Cana Village
Tels. 829 380-6720 and 809 959-9736
Castibú recently closed its branch in Santo Domingo.
It still has branches in Santiago and La Romana
Contact phone number: 829 563 4531
Workshop: 809 736 7825