Caribbean Beach Bargains in the Dominican Republic

Columbus landed in the Dominican Republic in 1492—the same year he “discovered” some of the other Caribbean islands.

Like those other islands, the “DR” is ringed by white sand beaches and coconut palms. Unspoiled towns boast stone churches and candy-colored home facades. But, according to real estate expert Margaret Summerfield, that’s where the similarities end.

Because unlike so many nearby dollops of sand, the Dominican Republic still offers very low property prices… a reasonable cost of living… and, in the beachfront community of Las Terrenas in particular, the chance to enjoy an old world Caribbean lifestyle for pennies on the dollar.

I’m at International Living’s only U.S. event of the year: Our Live and Invest Overseas Conference 2011. Thanks to my front-row seat, I’m able to report back about exactly where—and how—you could live a laid-back, luxurious lifestyle…no matter how small your budget…

Margaret has our attention riveted on some pretty spectacular beach shots—and she’s assuring us that it’s every bit as good in person as it looks on the screen.

The Dominican Republic is two hours from Miami and four from New York. It’s easy to get residency. You’ll enjoy temperatures of 80F year-round.

Thirty years ago, Las Terrenas was a rustic fishing village. Europeans began to visit—mostly French and Italian. Some stayed to make homes and start businesses. Today Las Terrenas has a total population of 25,000—a third are expats. And now in increasing numbers, Americans are coming to this comfortably “European” enclave.

The Dominican Republic is not unknown. Playa Coson topped the list of Luxury Living International magazine’s top 10 beaches to live last year. This is where a luxury hotel charges $700 a night.

Yet you can buy a three-bed house with a pool here for $275,000. It can rent for $1,200 a week and gets 50% occupancy.

You can buy big villas and small studios in Las Terrenas…and if you don’t mind being a little off the water, you can get your own Caribbean hideaway for around $70,000, about 10 minutes from the beach.

We learned about more than simply island escapes today…a lot more. If you’re looking for your ideal retirement haven, I’m willing to bet that one of the 48 beautiful places around the world we heard about would suit you. When it comes to matching readers with the most suitable destinations, nothing compares, and no one competes. After all, we’ve been doing this for over 30 years. I can say with confidence: We covered your personal dream retirement destination in detail here in Vegas.

You could see the depth of expertise reflected in the way the speakers dug into dozens of destination in the Dominican Republic, France, Italy, Spain, Costa Rica, Panama, Uruguay, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Nicaragua, Colombia, Belize, Brazil, and beyond.

I have time to share a few more secrets, but I’ll never cover everything here. That’s why we had the recording equipment on in every conference room. If you couldn’t be here in Las Vegas, you can still get the full story on everything with the compete and unabridged recordings of the Conference.

The Ultimate Asset Protection

Today we also heard from Robert Bauman, JD, one of the world’s top citizenship experts. He told us about the only way to end your U.S. tax obligation. (Forget about anything you’ve heard elsewhere—there is only one way to do this with full IRS approval.)

He also described a type of foundation perfect for asset protection. This is available in several countries—but there are only two you should do business with. And if you know just one piece of simple information, you can knock your set up costs down from $35,000 to $5,000 right away.

Plus, we learned about a country with perhaps the best banking secrecy laws in the world. You’ve probably never even heard of this place. But you will hear about it…and everything else I’ve mentioned today…in the 2011 Live and Invest Overseas Conference Package.

What else? Live in Uruguay, an adopted homeland.

This is a First-World country at Third-World prices. A place of yachts and boulevards. Wide clean pavements and bustling sidewalk cafés. Big city Italian-style architecture and long stretches of golden beach—with houses you can buy on the water for just $75,000.

The infrastructure is excellent, and the health care affordable (you can get insured for less than $50 a month—and they’re generally good about taking pre-existing conditions). All told, you don’t need to spend more than $2,000 a month to enjoy a very high standard of living.

As soon as you apply for residency, you get a special card that immediately gives you all the benefits of residency (like access to health care) even while your application is processed.

It’s easy to get a second passport here.

Uruguay has a solid financial system, the banks are confidential, and the currency (Uruguayan peso) is strong.

It’s easy for North Americans to blend in. Uruguayans are a mix of all complexions, eye colors, and heights.

Everything said—all the advice, suggestions, and real-world guidance—is yours on the recordings I mentioned.

But the 2011 Live and Invest Overseas Conference Package doesn’t just include the recordings of all 46 presentations and workshops taking place here in Las Vegas.

There’s lots more. You also get—

  • Copies of all the slideshows and handouts…
  • A copy of our Special Dream Retirement Report: Six Top Destinations for 2011 Where You Can Invest for Profit and Enjoy Life for Less
  • And a $100 voucher toward any of our future conferences anywhere, any time. There is no expiration date on this voucher!

We created Six Top Destinations for 2011 Where You Can Invest for Profit and Enjoy Life for Less specifically to deliver actionable details and real examples that support the affordable lifestyle alternatives that this conference package presents. It’s up-to-date and packed with no-nonsense information.

Remember, the 2011 Live and Invest Overseas Conference Package includes everything revealed at this year’s event, not just the presentations I briefly touch on in these dispatches.

Some of what we heard is just plain good advice any time you apply it. But some of it really is time sensitive. For instance, we heard from Aaron Stevenson today. Aaron is a precious metals and foreign currency expert with Everbank (one of the healthiest banks in America).

One Little Chart, One Big Problem

He used a simple graph to make a compelling point. Aaron plotted the increase in U.S. national debt from 1940 to 2011. The red line went up—sharply. You don’t need to be a Republican or a Democrat to see what that sharp red line means for the value of the dollar in the future…and why it’s a very good idea to have non-dollar denominated assets right now.

Good news, as Aaron explained: There’s an easy way to arrange exactly that—in one of 20 currencies (or any combination) and gold and silver. You don’t need to visit a bullion vault or engage in exotic trading. Simply park some of your assets in an interest-paying account, backed by the non-dollar asset(s) of your choice. Simple. In our Conference Package, you’ll find out exactly how.

Whether you’re in the market for a full-time escape… a retirement haven for the future… or simply a prudent place to invest in these uncertain times… the 2011 Live and Invest Overseas Conference Package shows you the best-value destinations in the world today.

Twelve months from now, you could be living your dream. That’s what we’ve designed this program to help you do—turn your dream retirement into reality quickly, efficiently, and enjoyably.

Pick up your Conference Package right here. It costs just $249. But if you order before we have the recordings and other materials compiled and ready to go—just days from now—you’ll pay only $149.