Naranjito New RoadsThe best real estate profits come from a smart purchase. Being at the right place at the right time is the best way to capture the best opportunities. As you know, we focus on the little seaside village of Cabrera on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. Over all the years we have lived and invested here on this island, we have seen one factor that seems to drive real estate values on oceanview properties more than anything else. That is good roads. Just a few years ago, most of the roads up into the cliffs overlooking the ocean village of Cabrera were still dirt and rock roads. Some even requiring a 4×4 to traverse safely. But that is rapidly changing as the government funds more and more asphalt road paving up into the hillside. Basically this opens much more of the beautiful cliffside real estate to expats and other real estate investors…..

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Canadian Travelers Discover Cabrera Dominican RepublicWe love to hear what travelers from across the globe think of our hidden little village of Cabrera on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic.  These observations of Rob and Michelle from Canada are no exception.  In fact, their perceptions may be even a bit more telling.

You see, Rob and Michelle are pretty experienced world travelers and they have been to various resorts and towns all over the DR over their 8 previous visits to the island.  They loved what they experienced in earlier visits, and even ventured out from their resorts into the local communities to get a feel for local life.  But they had never explored the area around our little village of Cabrera.  At least not until this 9th visit to our island.

On The Backroads With Our Canadian Travelers

On The Backroads With Our Canadian Travelers

On this trip they spent a full week with us in Cabrera and got to ride the backroads, check out the unspoiled beaches, chow down on some great local meals, wander the malecon and spend some time with like minded expats.  Listen to what they have to say about their free North Coast Discovery Tour, keeping in mind that they have traveled the DR much more than most Americans or Canadians.  When they finally discovered Cabrera I believe they finally found home……

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Jarabacoa River From AboveIf you have followed us for any time at all you know that we really enjoy our daytrips out of Cabrera.  One of our favorite weekend escapes is to the mountain region around Jarabacoa and Constanza.  The mountain region offers a great change in scenery compared to the unspoiled beaches surrounding Cabrera.  We have taken you along on several of our trips up into the mountains and hope you appreciate just how diverse the topography and micro-climates are here on this huge island.

Jarabacoa Area Farms

Jarabacoa Area Farms

Today we thought we would share a little different perspective of the Jarabacoa region.  A birds-eye perspective of some of what you can expect up in the Jarabacoa region.

The two youtube videos shown below are by a drone operator named Oscar Flores and were taken on several of his recent visits to Jarabacoa.  While the landscape is quite dramatic with its peaks and valleys and rivers, you will also note that there is a good bit of natural farming in the valleys in the area….

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Cabarete Windsurfng And NightlifeCabrera Dominican Republic is ideally situated for the quiet life.  Cabrera basically started as a small fishing and agriculture village up on the North Coast and it still retains most of its small village charm.  For some who thrive in the more hectic nightlife and hustle and bustle of a major city or active tourist destination, life may seem a little slow.  Actually we prefer that quieter life for a number of reasons.  Here are just a few…

  • Less hectic traffic
  • Less crime
  • Slower, more relaxed pace
  • Lower cost of living
  • Friendly, humble local neighbors
  • Better access to freshest organic fruits and veggies and fresh seafood
Cabarete Nightlife And Beach Restaurants

Cabarete Nightlife And Beach Restaurants

The real beauty of living in a quiet, little seaside village is that you can live the peaceful life without giving up the excitement of the nightlife and tourists.  You are only about an hour to hour and half away from all the nightlife and excitement you could ever want.  Take for example the nearest tourist town, Cabarete.

Cabarete is known internationally for its windsurfing competitions and water sports.  Cabarete is also known for its nightlife and beach restaurants all along the beach.

CabreraDominican Republic Local Fishing Boats

Cabrera Dominican Republic Local Fishing Boats

For us, Cabarete is a great, convenient place to visit but we prefer to actually live here in Cabrera.  When we want to splurge we will head over to one of the specialty restaurants in Cabarette or Sosua.  But most of the time, with all the tours we do all over the North Coast, we really just enjoy eating out at one of our local Cabrera restaurants.

While we did not shoot the following two videos, we thought you might like to see what this Kiteboard Surfing thing is all about and take a peak at some of the nightlife you can expect when you visit Cabarete during the tourist season…..

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Explore The Dominican Republic On A HarleyThere are so many different ways to experience all that the Dominican Republic has to offer, especially on the North Coast and up in the mountains of Constanza and Jarabacoa.  While you see thousands of smaller motor bikes and scooters in every town, you do not see nearly as many larger bikes, like Harleys or Gold Wings.  But they are here if you look, and what more exciting way to explore this island.  Of course there are rentals available in some of the larger cities and in the major tourist areas.  If you choose to move here and establish residence here you may also want to bring your bike with you when you move.

Harley On The Beach Trails In The Dominican Republic

Harley On The Beach Trails In The Dominican Republic

As you will see in this couple videos, there is plenty of different topography to explore.  We did not shoot these videos, but it was interesting watching them and trying to identify where the various shots were taken.  See how many places you can recognize.  There are quite a number of North Coast and Jarabacoa recognizable spots.

For the area near Cabrera… think Dudu, Playa Diamante, La Entrada to name a few…..

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Jarabacoa River Club With Friends From Alberta CanadaYou probably already know that we love to hop in the car and head out into the country side to enjoy all that the Dominican Republic has to offer to us expats.  On this day we met up with some friends from Alberta Canada and headed over to the Jarabacoa River Club for a little mountain R&R.

Like so many other Americans and Canadians we meet down here in Cabrera, this Alberta couple has fallen in love with the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, and I suspect it will not be very long before they join us as one of our newest Cabrera transplants.

One of the things that we like most about living here as expats in the village of Cabrera is that we are never very far from a total change in scenery and climate.  While we absolutely love living here on the North Coast, and we love the small village atmosphere of Cabrera, we also appreciate our days away in the mountains.  Our favorite mountain town is Jarabacoa with cooler mountain temperatures, raging rivers and some pretty spectacular mountain scenery….

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Pittsburg PA Resident Sets His Sites On A Better Life In Cabrera Dominican Republic

As I have mentioned in earlier posts, Cabrera Dominican Republic has been solidly on the radar for future retirees for several years.  Not only is it a beautiful little beachside village, it also offers the opportunity for year-round perfect weather and a lower cost of living for retirees on a fixed budget. But lately, we […]

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Young Canadian Couple With Toddler Plan Their Move To Cabrera Dominican Republic

We meet plenty of retirees from the US, Canada and Europe who are seriously considering a move offshore for a better, more laid-back and more affordable retirement.  But it is not every day that we meet such a young couple with a toddler that has decided to say goodbye to all the bureaucracy and governmental […]

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Cemetary Beach Has Come A Long Way Over A Few Years

While there are no shortages of almost deserted beaches to enjoy in and around Cabrera, it is always interesting to see how they are maturing.  One such beach is the little Cemetary Beach in Rio San Juan.  If you recall, we took a stroll through this area a few years ago and it was virtually […]

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Alberta Canada Couple Discovers Potential For Expat Life In Cabrera

Out-of-touch politicians that push costly social programs in Canada appear to have no concept of the damage they are doing to their own hard-working citizens. We interviewed a young couple from Alberta Canada who have had enough. As they say in the interview… it is disheartening to work your tail off, sometimes up to 80 […]

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