Living on an island in the Caribbean surrounded by beautiful golf courses and picture-perfect beaches sounds like a dream. Wake up, enjoy a cup of Dominican coffee, freshly picked fruit, walk along the beach and maybe go for a swim to cool off. This is paradise. This is a dream come true.
But this might not be the dream life for everyone. Here are seven reasons why you shouldn’t pick up and move to Punta Cana- God knows we have way to many complainers in town.
Unbearable heat. Temperatures are high year-round, high humidity, the mold never ends. Your hair will be a constant disaster and you will sweat constantly. There truly is no way to adequately prepare your body for the onslaught of late summer heat in the Caribbean.
The bugs. The bugs in the Caribbean are literally everywhere. You can kill millions of mosquitos, and you know what? There are still millions more. There are sand fleas (jejenas) and cockroaches, ants and HUGE spiders. Tarantulas are everywhere!
The infrastructure may be lacking. Potholes on the roads, constant power outages, slow internet when the power is actually on…the list goes on. Let’s not even discuss the red tape you’ll encounter for legal, judicial and financial matters! There’s a reason everything runs on “island time”.
Island life is like small-town living. Everyone knows everyone and everything. If you haven’t lived in a small town before, remember there are no secrets. The only reliably efficient system on an island is the rumor mill, constantly feeding through fabricated lies and gossip.
Acquiring things can be difficult on an island. Sometimes you pay an exorbitant fee to ship large items from the States, yet they still don’t arrive for months on end.
Tourists. Tourists everywhere! They come in droves; they take over your beautiful beaches and your favorite bars. They ask inane questions and you will become convinced that they actually check their intelligence at the door when they leave home. You cannot escape them.
Island life can be isolating. Your options become limited. You might feel trapped and separated from the rest of the world, and you certainly won’t know what’s happening in the news because nobody watches it. You won’t see the newest movies in theaters, or catch the new TV series as it actually airs. (Netflix is my new best friend). You will be behind in everything. And you will look out into the never-ending sea and realize how small you truly are.
If you’ve read all these reasons and think that island life sounds horrible, you most certainly should not move to the Caribbean. Take a vacation and then go back.