Are you considering a move to Punta Cana? Perhaps you are looking to purchase a business or are attracted to the quality of life to be found here. Our community is ripe for service related businesses in the real estate and tourism industry- and area overflowing with small town charm offering incredible infrastructure in terms of work, health and schools.
A renaissance of sorts has taken place in Punta Cana over the past several years. This includes a newly constructed mixed-use development, Plaza San Juan/ San Juan Lakes and Downtown Punta Cana. The Punta Cana International Airport offers year-round air service and is currently completing a multi-million dollar renovation. The Punta Cana International Airport is an integral part of connecting Punta Cana to the rest of the world which makes relocating to Punta Cana easier now than ever.
The local Punta Cana community was founded with an entrepreneurial spirit- and unique opportunities in both commercial and residential real estate are plentiful. It is a community that has doubled in population over the past decade which demonstrates a welcoming spirit.
If relocating to Punta Cana is a dream of yours, the team at Punta Cana Lifestyle Real Estate would be honored to help in any way possible. Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have about the area.
Decision made...now what?
So your mind's made up. You've decided to join the thousands of people who have decided to go for it and start a new life in the Dominican Republic. Punta Cana has always been a popular retirement location, but in the last five years or so, there have been increasing numbers of young people, including families, relocating permanently to this exciting resort destination. Once you actually make the decision and go from dreaming about it to thinking about the practicalities, it can get a little overwhelming, so we've put together a clear, concise guide to help you think about the important things in your new life.
Research areas and available properties
You can do some initial research on the internet, just to give you an idea of what's available and where. As you can see, Punta Cana Lifestyle Real Estate's own website has detailed area guides, information on the kind of property available in each area and useful insights into the many aspects of living and working in the Dominican Republic. If there's something you think we've missed and you'd like to know about, why not email us today and we'll get the experts onto it straight away.
Once you've done some initial research and have narrowed down your choice of area, that's the time to come and see for yourself. There's nothing like being here and getting a feel for an area, seeing what's available in terms of facilities and, of course, checking out what kind of property is available and at what price.
Decide where you'd like to live, and whether to rent or buy
At this stage, you need to consider whether you might like to rent a property for a while or whether you want to buy straight away. Renting a property can help to familiarize you with an area on a daily basis and find out first hand what health and education facilities are available as well as practicalities like transport and shopping. We will be happy to help you find a property for long-term rental until you find your perfect place in the sun. Many people prefer to buy property so that they feel they've really arrived, it's very much a personal choice. If you prefer to buy, Punta Cana Lifestyle Real Estate can help you find the perfect property for your needs and give advice on many matters like furniture, home insurance, etc. We offer his information for free!
Nothing is as important as your health and that of your family and this is something you should organize well in advance. One thing you should do before you move is to find out your healthcare care elements at your home country. Remember you may not be able to claim benefits in the same way that you did at home. Whatever your situation, it's advisable to take out private healthcare to begin with so that you're covered until you become familiar with what's what in the Dominican Republic. Visit our healthcare section.
Schools & Education
If you have school-age children, one of the most important things is to research the schooling possibilities as early as possible. Decide whether you'd prefer for them to attend a local Spanish speaking school or an international school where the teaching will be in both English and Spanish. Details of the schools in the main areas of Punta Cana are listed on our Education fact sheet. You can do a little initial research this way. Once you decide on the type of school, contact a few of them for a prospectus and line up some visits when you come to view property.
Learning the language
Although English is widely spoken in the area, it's important that you know the basics before you arrive. It will help to smooth your path tremendously if you can communicate in Spanish, particularly if you're going to be working. Spanish isn't a difficult language to learn and technology makes it even easier! The Punta Cana Lifestyle Real Estate "Learning the Language" page has some basic phrases to start you off and then you can do a little whenever you want with the excellent Languages websites available. Visit our Learning the Language page.
Working in Punta Cana
If you will be working in the area make sure your CV is up to date. If you will be opening a business, make sure you have all your documents in place by hiring a reputable lawyer. In both cases, you need to have your Dominican Residency- something the lawyer can help you with.
While there is available public transport by bus, if you plan to live and work here, it will help if to get around by car. You'll be more independent, you can explore the area more easily and of course, you'll be able to get to those beautiful hidden away spots that the region is so famous for! Before you get into the driving seat, make sure you're driving legally, that you have all the correct paperwork and try and get to know some of the main areas.
Bringing your pets to the Dominican Republic
Transporting your pets out of the country is not as simple as booking them a ticket and waving goodbye as they board the plane. An important issue often overlooked by people planning to relocate overseas is the question of what to do with their pets. Should you bring them with you, leave them behind with friends or family?