We joined our Canadian / European friends and other expats on the beach to bid a fond farewell to one of our European Expat families as they head out on another of life’s adventures to explore Spain. We will miss them, but we know they will be back several times a year for extended stays which will give us another excuse to party on the beach. This kind of expat gathering on the beach is pretty common here on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. Most of the world-class beaches are rarely crowded and and we can always find a relatively private spot like this on a moments notice.
One of our favorite activities is barbecuing on an open wood fire pit right on the beach….
We have all kinds of expats living in the Cabrera area, from Americans to French Canadians to Europeans. it makes for an interesting and diverse mixed culture when combined with the naturally friendly local culture. In all of these groups, I find that the expats that fare the best are those that come with or adopt a more laid back or easy-going lifestyle. The Caribbean is not an ideal place for an up-tight or obsessively stressed personality type. The islands tend to have their own easy vibe and it can be frustrating if you want to fight it all the time. If you are looking for an opportunity to get off the treadmill and start to actually live life day by day then the islands can be a great place, especially here around Cabrera.
Another interesting phenomena is that expats tend to be a little less glued to any single place. I know so many people back up in the United States and Canada, and I suppose Europe, that are born, live and ultimately die living in the same little town or city their entire life. Expats tend to be a little more nomadic. A little more willing to venture out and try new things. Such as Marie and Olivier in this little video. They decided to try out Spain for a while away from their adopted North Coast home in the DR. We know they will always be expats from the Cabrera area too and they will always be welcome to come back and forth.
If you are interested in exploring whether life as an expat might work well for you, I really encourage you to get up off the couch and hit the road. Check out some of what life outside your home has to offer. Definitely get down to the North Coast of the Dominican Republic on one of our free North Coast Discovery Tours. It is a great way to explore a new part of the world, meet some other expats, see how friendly the locals are and even check out how inexpensive it can be to purchase a home and live in the hillside overlooking the ocean. Until next time.