Why retire in Cabarete Dominican Republic?

Today on our third stop of our Why Retire On The North Coast tour we will check out Cabarete and discuss some of the pros and cons of either retiring in Cabarete or owning a vacation home in Cabarete.  If you are not familiar with Cabarete, then it’s main claim to fame is the fact that it benefits from almost year round trade winds that create perfect conditions for windsurfing and kite board surfing.  In fact it is known a the windsurfing capital of the Caribbean.

So what does all that have to do with whether Cabarete would be a good place to retire or own a vacation home?  Todays video will go into much more detail, but for certain types of people a Cabarete retirement may be the perfect choice.  First a little about Cabarete.  It is the typical little one-road beach town with beachside restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and ice cream shops lining both sides of the highway waiting for the tourist dollar.  So if you are interested in spending your time or your retirement running a small (or large) tourist related business, then maybe Cabarete is a good option for you.  With the cruise ships arriving each week only a few miles away, and the consistent repeat visits by the windsurfing crowd, you could expect a fairly routine level of tourist traffic that might justify a Cabarete retirement.

There are a large number of beachside condo projects and more starting every day.  For those that just want a vacation home to use several months out of the year, and hope to recoup their costs through tourist rentals then Cabarete, or even Sosua, might be a good choice.  Of course you will have to tolerate the traffic congestion during the high season, but that is true of most touristy beach towns.  Watch today’s video and see what you think….  does it make sense to Retire In Cabarete?

 

If you are liking this series of Retire On The North Coast videos please share them with your friends and let us know.  If we get enough interest we will extend our tour to other parts of the Dominican Republic.  What do you think……

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Continuing on our tour of favorite North Coast retirement spots, today we take a look at the situation in Sosua.  Sosua is only a few miles east of the Puerto Plata international airport and is a popular spot with tourists.  With the influx of all the cruise visitors into the nearby Amber Cove Cruise Docks (running 250,000 per year right now) things are continuing to pick up for Sosua and Cabarete.

Sosua has one of the older expat histories due to a push by Trujillo to get european jewish refuges to settle the area before and during World War II.  Supposedly Truillo promised to grant visas to up to 100,000 jews fleeing the Nazis.  In reality, only about 800 visas were granted between 1940 and 1945.  The government furnished them land and some resources to get an agriculture based economy going in the area.  The longest remnant of that effort was the Sosua dairy and cheese  factory with was sold off several years ago to a Mexican company.

 

 

There is still a Synagogue and Museum in Sosua sharing the history of that early expat infusion.  There are some very nice beaches with their share of touristy beach shacks and food vendors.  There are a number of nearby attractions that seem to keep tourists and expats alike busy.  Because of the heavy European influence in Sosua, you will still find some great authentic German and international restaurants.

There a some condo developments in Sosua and several well known gated communities.  The ones that are most memorable are Terramar up in the hills, Perla Marina near the coast and the sprawling Sea Horse Ranch on the coast.  Prior to the development upcoming in Playa Grande near Rio San Juan, Sea Horse Ranch is probably the largest and most impressive gated community along the North Coast.

I guess if I had to sum up the top 7 reasons that some Americans, Canadians and Europeans choose to either retire to or buy a vacation home in Sosua, it would be these:

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Retire in Puerto Plata Dominican RepublicWould Puerto Plata be the best for you to retire or start an new tourist-based business?  While each of the North Coast towns offer something complete different to expats, they also have some similarities. After all, all of the North Coast towns that attract expats offer ready access to world-class beaches and mountain views.

But each town is very different when you take a closer look.

Today we will take a little closer look at Puerto Plata and even take a peek at some of the homes that are for sale in the area. Puerto Plata is on the rebound due to the new Amber Cove cruise docks about 6 miles west of town. That new cruise port, built in 2015, already brings in over 250,000 tourists each year to the Puerto Plata area. All those new tourists create opportunities for entrepreneurs interested in tourist businesses and for vacation home rentals in the area. Many of those cruisers will choose to revisit the island on their own after their cruise. Some will go to the many all-inclusive resorts near Puerto Plata, but others will strike out on their own, which is good for home owners and small business owners.

 

Puerto Plata is one of the oldest cities in the Dominican Republic, founded in 1502 by Spanish explorers. The stone fort protecting Puerto Plata was completed in 1577. There is definitely some interesting history in the area. There are also some interesting sights and adventures in the area. For example, there is an Amber museum in town featuring some of the natural Amber gemstones that are mined nearby. It is also not hard to find several local cigar makers tucked away in some of the old historic buildings.

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The North Coast of the Dominican Republic offers a multitude of choices for Americans, Canadians and Europeans interested in starting a new life in the Caribbean.  Today we are starting a new series to visit all the main expat haven along the North Coast of the Dominican Republic.  While we set our home-base in Cabrera, that certainly is not your only option along the North Coast.

You will find a vibrant expat community in many of the North Coast communities.  In this series we will take a look at the more commercial and tourist center of Puerto Plata.  Then we will move eastward to take a look at the party town of Sosua.  From Sosua we will head over to Cabarete to check out the famous windsurfing tourist town.  Then we will head further eastward to the Rio San Juan and Playa Grande area to see some of the highest priced property on the North Coast.  From here we will head into the villages of Abreu and Cabrera.  From our home-base in Cabrera we will then head west to take a look at Las Terrenas on the Samana Peninsula.

 

Each of these towns claim their own group of loyalist expats.  We will try to help you see some of the pros and cons of each of these North Coast towns.  Along the way we will try to give you just a taste of some of the homes that are currently for sale in each of the communities.  As you will see in this series of videos, all of the towns along the North Coast have some things in common.  They all offer outstanding mountain and coastal views.  They all offer outstanding real estate values with careful research.  They all are welcoming to expats and you will be surrounded by friendly locals and like-minded expats.

Follow along in this series as we visit each of the North Coast expat towns.  If you have questions, or would like to know what real estate bargains we have found in each of these towns, please contact us on our Contact Form and we will get back to you as quickly as we can.  If you would like to experience the North Coast for yourself, and would like to meet other expats, please contact us on our Discovery Tour page.

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Come along as we share some pictures of one of our holiday gatherings of local and expat friends in celebration of 2017 and in anticipation of a another great year as expats in 2018. Nothing better than a pig roast accompanied by all the local flavor favorites. And of course a little rum to wash it all down.

When you get here we are certain that you will find the people just as friendly as we have. It just goes to prove that if you treat people with respect and as friends, you can usually expect the same back.

From all of us at DRescapes we hope you have a great holiday season and a happy and prosperous new year.

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