Just Like St. Tropez?
Feb. 22, 2015, Panama City, Panama: Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic, is an affordable option for a Euro-chic lifestyle in the Caribbean.
Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
Walking back from breakfast one morning last week, I noticed the front door to the apartment across the hall from ours open. I glanced inside to see wet bathing suits and beach towels strewn on the backs of chairs... snorkel gear and beach balls piled in the corner...
I continued on to our place and opened the door to find my and Lief's laptops side-by-side on the dining room table, just as we'd left them, notepads, real estate brochures, and other materials we've collected during our stay all around.
We're not your typical tourists in the Caribbean. The truth is, I prefer the Pacific Ocean, and, I have to admit, driving into Las Terrenas last Monday, I was secretly counting down the days until our return to Panama City. Lief and I carved out time for this trip reluctantly. Lots to do in the office... no time for a week in the Dominican Republic...
But by the next morning, I noticed my perspective adjusting. The office in Panama City seemed farther away, while the sparkling Caribbean was ever-present.
No kidding. The Caribbean and the sands that fringe it are everywhere in Las Terrenas. You can use the beach as a thoroughfare to get from one part of town to another; it's the most pleasant pedestrian route. At any time throughout the day, you can turn this way or that, and there it is again, the sea, now blue, then green. You can dine at a table on a deck just a foot or two above the sand with the lapping water only a few feet beyond, small fishing boats bobbing just offshore, bigger sailing boats swinging at anchor farther out at sea.