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Many people ask why the North Coast of the Dominican is virtually free from the harmful impacts of hurricanes. Even the extremely powerful recent hurricanes, Irma  and Maria had very little effect.

The reasons are simple:

Pico Duarte, the largest peak in the Caribbean, deflects and weakens any approaching hurricane.

Also, the island’s temperatures create a pressure system that pushes storms towards the sea.

Others believe that RD, the Spanish abbreviation for Dominican Republic, actually means República de Dios (God’s Republic). In other words, God loves the Dominican nation so much that he always protects this country.

One thing is for sure – it’s safe.

The Dominican Republic is known for its sunny weather and warm climate. This is the main reason why this Caribbean country has become such a popular tourism destination. Many travelers from the United States and Canada choose to come to the island of endless summer in winter to escape the cold in their home countries. So it is sure that you will find far more tourists in the winter period than during summer months. The high season on the North Coast traditionally starts in November and finishes in March. If you prefer tranquility, less crowded beaches and low season offers, then the season from April to October is definitely for you.

You don’t need to worry about bringing Dominican pesos with you while you travel to Dominican Republic because American dollar is a currency that is accepted almost in any touristic place in the country. You can pay with dollars in restaurants, supermarkets, taxis and many other services you may need during your stay on the Caribbean island. Numerous independent exchange offices will be glad to sell you pesos but many travelers opt for official banks. The main Dominican banks are banco Popular, Banco de Reservas, Banco BHD Leon, Scotia Bank.

International Visa and Master cards are generally accepted without any problems in hotels, big restaurants and supermarkets. Though it is better to have some cash for small local shops, taxi drivers and other small tourism service providers. American Express cards generally present problems when used in Dominican Republic. The general advice is also not to forget informing your bank about your future trip so your card does not get blocked.

The phone system here is similar to the ones in the US or Canada. There are two big mobile operators Claro and Orange in the offices of which you can get a SIM-card just with your passport. You can choose a special plan for international calls which are relatively cheap in this country. Alternatively, you can also use phones at your hotel or resort. Besides, the Internet and Wi-Fi are most frequently used nowadays for calls.

Generally, the electricity operates at 110 volts as in North America but voltage irregularities are quite common. That’s why it’s highly recommended to have surge protection for expensive appliances and computers.

The closest to Dream City medical facility is Cabarete Medical Center, situated in the center of Sosua, just in a 10 minute drive from our residential project. Besides, Clinica Bournigal in Puerto Plata is famous for its good equipment and highly qualified team. Both organizations offer 24/7 emergency medical assistance. If you need a more profound medical examination, Hospital Metropolitano de Santiago (HOMS) can be recommended. There is no shortage of dental clinics and very good professionals can be found in Sosua area. Besides, Dream City will have its own medical center so owners and renters will not have to go far for any medical assistance. Here are phone numbers that can be useful.

Centro Medico Cabarete (Sosua/ Cabarete): 809-571-4696

Clinica Bournigal (Puerto Plata): 809-586-2342

Hospital Metropolitano de Santiago (HOMS) (Santiago): 829-947-2222

Clínica Corominas (Santiago): 809-580-1171

Clínica Unión Medica (Santiago): 809-241-0328

Movi-Med Ambulance: 809-200-0911

All the organizations mentioned above take international insurances, most of dental clinics and drug stores do too. Local companies such as Universal, Palic, Humano, Pan-American Life, can provide health insurance policies for coverage both in the country and elsewhere throughout the world including the United States.

As in many other countries, the educational system in Dominican Republic include free public schools, where classes are normally taught in Spanish, and private institutions teaching a US curriculum both in English and Spanish. Children from expat families usually opt for private schools where students should first demonstrate a certain level of English fluency for entrance. Tuition fees vary between $2100-$5300 USD per academic year depending on the institution and the student’s age as well as on whether that includes lunches, uniforms, books and other learning materials.

The most important thing parents look at when choosing the educational organization for their children is whether it has the accreditation of the US Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), necessary for obtaining a higher education in the United States, or the International Baccalaureate curriculum, required for entering a European university. But normally schools that are accredited by the Dominican Ministry of Education offer certificates valid in most European and North, South Americas.

Besides, there will be a range of educational organizations just inside of Dream City so there will be even less worries for parents who would like to move to Dominican Republic and give a proper education to their children.

Here are the contacts of some schools in the area that you might want to get in touch with

International School of Sosua: websitewww.issosua.com Phone: 809-571-3271

Tema Learning Center: email[email protected] Phone:829-918-2856

Garden Kids: websitewww.garden-kids.org Phone:809-571-2857

Isla Academy: website http://www.islaacademy.com/ Phone: 809-571-4633

Tourism constitutes one of the major branches of industry in Dominican Republic. Therefore, the local authorities make their best to ensure safety and security for international travelers that visit their country. There is even specialized tourist police (CESTUR) whose job is to protect travelers and address any safety issues they may face during their stay.

To visit Dominican Republic as a tourist, the majority of travelers do not need any special documents. You can check our Getting here page to get more details on entrance requirements.

You can also apply for temporary residence if you plan to stay for a long time period. After one year, a second procedure will convert the temporary residence into permanent one that needs to be renewed every two years. There are many lawyers in the country who specialize in the immigration law and will be glad to help you. Otherwise, you can check the official website of Immigration Department.

If you stay only in a touristic zone and don’t get much outside of your hotel and resort, you will not probably even need any Spanish to get by as the staff and people working in the tourism related businesses normally understand some English.

The Internet services are usually more expensive than in other countries because local providers get their connection from the United States. That is also a reason why the Internet here is not the most stable one. You will most certainly have a free Wi-Fi connection in your hotel or any restaurant you will go to here on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. The speed will be enough to chat on Whatsapp, check the news, email box and social media. Whereas if you need a reliable fast Internet connection for your freelance job or to play streamline games, it’s better to get an individual Wi-Fi router from Claro or Delancer (local providers). In Dream City you will not need to worry about this problem because we will provide the best and most reliable Internet connection you may ever find on this island.

Tipping is a very common thing in Dominican Republic and giving a few pesos to waiters, cleaning, security personnel, etc can earn you their predisposition and they will do their best to make your stay more comfortable. There is also a legal tip which is equal to 10% of the service or product price and is charged additionally to the total amount of your bill or is already included in the sum. Basically, this money is what constitutes the biggest part of waiters’ salary. Clients are free to add some money above that amount but are not obliged to.

The Dominican Republic is known for its sunny weather and warm climate. This is the main reason why this Caribbean country has become such a popular tourism destination. Many travelers from the United States and Canada choose to come to the island of endless summer in winter to escape the cold in their home countries. So it is sure that you will find far more tourists in the winter period than during summer months. The high season on the North Coast traditionally starts in November and finishes in March.

You don’t have to be in big business to take advantage of the Dominican Republic’s tax incentives. The government is committed to tourism growth. It recognizes the potential in its coastlines, its jungles, and its historic capital city. Its big agenda is “sustainable tourism,” and it’s rolling out the red carpet to those willing to help boost its tourism efforts and accommodate visitors in town. Under Law 158-01, you can receive tax breaks for the next 10 years on income taxes, VAT, real estate transfers, property tax, import duties, and more.

Dominican Republic announced an impressive 6.4 percent increase in 2016 for overall tourism to the country, up from 5.8 percent in 2015. This resulted in a total of 6.1 million tourists, a number that exceeds the original projection by 100,000. This ten percent increase from 2015 is just one of the many elements driving the overall growth of the economy, which is leading all others in the Caribbean with 6.6 percent growth among all sectors in 2016. The United States remains the largest source market for Dominican tourism with 2.1 million visitors in 2016, and Canada following with 772,000.

With Amber Cove in Puerto Plata opening in 2015, cruise arrivals are once again up this year with an increase by 52 percent, coming in at 832,000 visitors. Since Amber Cove’s inauguration, an average of 5,000 cruise visitors arrive weekly to the area, shifting by season. This growth trend is predicted to continue with an estimated 1 million cruise ship passengers forecasted to visit Dominican Republic in 2017.

PUJ continues to be the main point of entry into Dominican Republic, followed by Puerto Plata’s Gregorio Luperón International Airport (POP) and La Romana International Airport (LRM). Together, the three airports represent 92 percent of foreign air travel into DR. Dominican Republic currently has an open-sky policy, allowing for a large influx of flights – nine nationalities do not require a tourist visa, while 145 others (including the US and Canada) need only to purchase a tourist card upon landing.

Dominican Republic’s hotel occupancy rate is 78 percent, up 18 percent from last year. According to Martínez Aponte, this is in large part to the 5,400 new hotel rooms that became available in 2016, a record growth number for recent history. In addition, Puerto Plata (90 percent occupancy) and Santo Domingo (74 percent occupancy) saw significant increases, helping further drive this number. The growth does not stop there. Dominican Republic saw 69 new projects approved and will break ground to add and / or update existing hotel rooms in 2016. Once these reach completion, the country will add 8,000 new rooms.