Los Gringos Beach In Nagua Dominican RepublicLos Gringos Beach in Nagua is one of those fairly well developed beaches that can be quite crowded on holidays and the occasional weekend.  However on most weekdays you can have the whole beach to your self.  Nagua is a busy town of about 80,000 people so you can imagine how festive this beach can be at party time.

While I was shopping for truck tires over in Nagua the other day I thought I would take a couple minutes to stop by the Los Gringos beach just to let you see what it offers.  For larger groups this is a popular beach because of the grass roofed huts and abundance of food and beverage vendors.  During festivals, holidays and some weekends this beach rocks and is a favorite for locals.

Los Gringos Beach In Nagua Dominican Republic

Los Gringos Beach In Nagua Dominican Republic

As I have explained many times before, there is no shortage of things to see or places to go on this large island.  We have been here for years and there are still plenty of places for us to discover and explore and I am sure you would find the same.  Beaches are just one of the diversions.  Personally I like 4 wheeling around on the many backroads through the mountains even better than the beaches, but it is great to have both at our fingertips.

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Beach Near Cabrera Dominican RepublicI just love the North Coast of the Dominican Republic near Cabrera.  It seems that if you point your car down any path or road toward the ocean you will end up discovering another unspoiled, uncrowded beach just waiting for you to settle in for a nice day on the beach.

On our free North Coast Discovery Tours we typically get a chance to take our guests to just a couple of the beaches, but there are so many more just waiting for you when you get here.  It is very rare that you will have to fight the crowds up here on most of the North Coast beaches.  Today we will just take a quick peek at one more of the many deserted beaches near Cabrera.

Nothing Better Than Fresh Fish Dinner On The Beach

Nothing Better Than Fresh Fish Dinner On The Beach

One of the best bargains here on the North Coast is to grab a partner and head out to almost any of the deserted beaches along the coast.  You will typically find at least one, and frequently more little wooden shacks on the beach where the local vendors will cook you a great tasting and abundant meal of freshly caught fish or free range chicken along with rice, beans and sometimes a salad.  Oftentimes they can even supply a table just for you to sit out on the beach under a palm or almond tree to enjoy your meal.  Of course they typically offer an array of beverages including beer, fresh fruit juices or bottled waters.  The price of these great meals is usually pretty cheap for all you get.   It makes a fun morning or afternoon diversion and it is very unlikely you will ever feel crowded on most of these beaches.

Today we take a quick little peek at one of the nearby beaches that I have never taken any of our DR Escapes Discovery Tour participants to.

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Rice Planting In The Dominican RepublicOne of the things we enjoy most about our expat lifestyle here on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic is variety and exploration.  You never know what to expect as you head down the road.  Just the other day I happened by the rice fields a few miles down the road from Cabrera.  I had to stop beside the road and share a little bit of it with you.  As you will see in this little video, the farmers still use oxen for the most part to slog through the flooded rice paddy to plant the next seasons rice crop.  This is probably exactly the same way their fathers, grandfathers, great-grandfathers and great-great-grandfathers did it.  Very little has changed about the process, yet they still manage to produce enough rice to feed the entire population of the Dominican Republic.  Which is saying a lot.

Rice is a critical food crop in the Dominican Republic with over 820,000 metric tonnes produced each year.  In fact, the Dominican Republic is totally self sufficient in rice production with the average Dominican consuming about 120 pounds of rice per year.

But why is this important to us as expats living here?  Consider this.  If the entire electrical grid went down, if the gasoline and diesel fuel supply dried up, if all communication services stopped working…. we would still eat well….

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Beach Near Cabrera Dominican RepublicIt looks like Cabrera Dominican Republic will be a good, stable place to be in 2017.  While a lot of my more conservative American friends seem to be enjoying a little bit of euphoria over the election of Trump, I have to caution you not to get too complacent.  After all, the US still faces a staggering debt load with promises of more to come.

Unfortunately, much of the world of finance parallels the laws of physics.  What goes up must eventually fall down.  Wish it didn’t, but it does.  While the many promised public works projects and the apparent relocation of offshore manufacturing back into the US to avoid import duties will create some jobs which is a good thing, I am concerned that the apparent tariffs and duties will hit the US exports hard in retaliation.  Who knows which force will win this financial tug of war.  It should be quite a roller-coaster ride.

One strategy that many Americans should consider while there is still as sense of euphoria and markets and the dollar are fairly strong is to diversify investments and maybe move some of the assets offshore.  The likely worst case of that scenario …..

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CIA Joins The Effort To Disrupt Trump Election

CIA Joins The Effort To Disrupt Trump Election

So the saga of the 2016 US presidential election rolls on.  The latest is from none other than Obama’s CIA.  Shock of shocks.  The CIA now believes that Putin and the evil Russian empire somehow tried to influence the US presidential elections by tapping the emails of Clinton, Podesta and the Democratic National Commitee (DNC).  And can you imagine, the CIA even asserts that evil Putin shared the proof of illegal and immoral activities of Clinton, Podesta and the DNC to the general public of the US.  Oh my gosh, imagine all those dirty secrets revealed to the public so that they now have a much clearer picture of just how deep the corruption runs in Washington.

Whether Russia was really involved in tapping the emails of these corrupt politicians or not, we probably will never know for sure.  But the fact that the CIA is calling attention to the prospect is especially “rich“.

After all, it is the US CIA that has a long, long and very well documented history of butting into and manipulating elections in foreign countries worldwide since it’s founding in 1947.  The CIA is king of the intelligence agencies worldwide for trying to overthrow foreign governments, even fairly elected ones.  The CIA leadership has operated without conscience for so long that it is highly unlikely that there is a moral fiber left in leadership of that agency.

That is not to say that there are not plenty of well intended, moral agents and employees in the CIA.  I am sure there are plenty, but the history of the leadership of the CIA is highly questionable and politically motivated as evidenced by several rather detailed histories of the agency.  I am not sure I would ever rely on much of anything the CIA reported if it is likely to be politically motivated.

So, to hear the officials of the CIA accuse Putin or Russia of anything is highly suspect….

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Contentious US Presidential Election 2016It is interesting to watch how US Presidential elections trigger cycles in expatriation interest. We started noticing this repeating cycle with the election of the first Bush and it seems to be growing with the election of every new president. The level of post-election immigration interest has grown exponentially since Bush-juniors reelection. I assume people have been happy or sad following every election since George Washington, but as more and more people travel offshore there is an increasing awareness that there really can be a high quality life outside of the home country. Trigger events like hotly contended elections seem to agitate people up off the sofa and into action in ever increasing numbers.

A 2007 survey by New Global Initiatives, in conjunction with Zogby International, found that more than 3 million U.S. citizens have decided to relocate outside of the United States in the coming years, and another 17 million were seriously considering making the move. According to US government 2014 statistics, there are already approximately 9 million non-military Americans living offshore and the trend is heading higher. It is estimated that over 82,000 Americans have already moved to the Dominican Republic.

Americans Living In Other Countries

Americans Living In Other Countries

But why do people wake up to alternatives after contentious elections? I believe it is largely because large groups of people in the US increasingly feel disinfranchised. Politics, like so many other aspects of US society has become quite bipolar. The left vs. the right. The haves vs. the have nots. The whites vs. the minorities. The rural vs. the urbanites. The insured vs. the uninsured. The employed vs. the unemployed. The gay vs. the straight. The natural born citizens vs. the immigrants. Everything seems bipolar with less and less opportunity for compromise in the middle.

Contentious elections like the most recent Trump vs. Clinton presidential election serve up a constant reminder that US society is bipolar on many fronts. Candidates and their parties have spent billions of dollars to indoctrinate their followers and to alienate them against the “other half” of the country. It is understandable that some citizens will wake up the day after the election and begin to realize that maybe life would be better somewhere else.

This phenomena happens after every recent US presidental election cycle…..

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Expats Making A Difference – Fighting Flood And Fires

Have you been watching the weather news? For several weeks now rather steady rains have been pounding much of the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. As expected, the result is plenty of flooding in the low lying towns along the coast and even the lower elevations in larger cities like Santiago. Last estimates I […]

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The Boogey Man And False Flag Panics – Fear Porn At Its Finest

Oh my God… the violence is everywhere and getting closer and closer to home. Our safety and security is crumbling around us. Terror cells and deranged armed assailants are moving into our towns and neighborhoods. It is only a matter of time before they are banging on our doors too. We need protection? We need […]

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Need Your Help – Can You Help Me Tell The Montaña y Mar Story

We set out today to create a short little introduction video about our Montaña y Mar Ocean View project but quickly figured out how difficult it is to say a lot in so few words.  We took our first shot at it, but we need your help.  Does the little video get the message across or do […]

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James Wesley Rawles Says Expatriation May Be The Best Option

We recently had an opportunity to interview James Wesley Rawles about a wide range of hot topics hitting the news and internet in anticipation of the upcoming US presidential elections. If you are not familiar with Jim’s career, he is a very widely followed author and blogger on survival, political and precious metals investment topics. […]

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