We are starting today a series of interviews of people who have decided to choose the Dominican Republic way of living.

In today’s article, Donna Milligan tells us why she chose the Dominican Republic.


I came to the Dominican Republic because I love the Caribbean. I left the states in 2005 and went to St. Croix, the Virgin Islands for the beauty of the Island and to enjoy sailing and snorkeling.

The cost of living there became extremely high, and there are not many amenities. I decided to move to the north coast of the Dominican Republic because it has the Caribbean lifestyle, stateside prices, and more things to do and modern amenities.

I purchased a beautiful spacious lot in Hacienda El Choco, a hacienda style residential community, through the real estate company Select Caribbean Propertiesand I am currently building a villa designed by the Cabarete based architect Eric McGregar Urbahn.

I like the fact that I can find in the Caribbean besides beaches, waterfalls, lakes, and streams a lot of other activities to enjoy myself and entertain my friends and family members who are visiting. My favorite thing to do is ride my horses at the Seahorse Ranch Equestrian Center and enjoy the beach (swimming, snorkeling, and long walks).

The traffic is not as congested as in the United States. However, the drivers are quite daring and challenging. The expats I have met here are very cordial and the locals are very friendly. I find that the local restaurants are much more accommodating than the ones in the Virgin Islands and locals are happy to have the business and are more service oriented. Dominicans in general, are very friendly people and are happy to be around foreigners. A lot of friendships have been developed over the years between locals and expats.

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