Five years ago, my husband, Jeff, and I started looking for a vacation home where we could eventually retire and—after extensive research—we decided on Las Terrenas in the Dominican Republic.
It has everything we were looking for. The beaches are lovely. They are not crowded and are very clean. The Dominican people go out of their way to make sure that you enjoy every moment of your time. And there are quaint little restaurants along the beach that have a diverse selection of food.
Jeff and I are overjoyed with our purchase. We try to get here at least four times a year. A few rentals a year pay for our bills and any up keep of our property and give us some spending money while we are there.
It has become our home away from home. Coming here gives us a sense of calmness. There is no stress and we have made so many wonderful friends of so many different nationalities. We love to share our home with our friends from the U.S. They get to see how tranquil it is here.
We are now in the process of selling our home in the U.S. to retire to a beautiful new way of life. Our home in Las Terranas will be paid off very shortly so we no longer have to deal with a mortgage on a home.
We are in walking distance of the town, shopping, beaches, and nightlife. Our home here gives us the chance to come and totally unwind before we have to go back to The Real Life.
If you’re going to invest in a vacation rental, one of the things you need to have is an experienced project manager, who pushes for rentals and takes care of your property when you are not here…managing your pool, maintaining your lawn, paying the bills. So, hire yourself a good manager if you plan to buy overseas.
The purchase of our home has enriched our lives tremendously, we have met so many wonderful people from all over the world. My brother also has a house here and we host a Thanksgiving dinner there and we all share stories with each other about our different ways of life.
Getting to our home in Las Terrenas is now easier than ever. We live in New Jersey and travel out of JFK airport in NYC. Jet Blue airlines now flies directly into El Catey in Samana. It is about a 35-minute ride to our house from there. It is such an easy trip now that we don’t have to fly into Santo Domingo.
And when we’re not there, the property is paying for itself and generating extra income for us to spend when we get there.
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