OK so you’ve purchased your dream home, an ocean front Caribbean condo from where you hear the waves crashing the shore, see the palm trees swaying in the breeze, and the sunlight flowing through your windows. What you didn’t prepare for however is that owning a Dominican Republic Real Estate exposes you to heat, and lots of it. With an overall dry climate all year around (apart from some tropical rains August to November), the amount of sunny and hot days in the Caribbean surpasses what one may be used to. As you can imagine, hydration is key! We have therefore compiled our own list of things you can eat, drink and do to make sure your body stays cool!
- Drink Coconut water
Coconuts grow all year around on the island and can be found in abundance on street markets and alongside the road for as cheap as USD 60 cents. Apart from its fresh and tasty flavor (best enjoyed with a straw through a hole in the coconut), it is rich in potassium and low in carbohydrates which makes it ideal for staying hydrated. Sip on one poolside or drink it before an afternoon beach run and it will surely alleviate any potential sunstroke.
- Keep your meals small
When it comes to eating in a tropical climate, eating small meals often is the way to go. Eating large meals makes your body create more metabolic heat to break down your food. Lucky for you, the Dominican Republic has a wide assortment of yummy and affordable fruits and veggies that can be used for sandwiches, cold soups and salads. Avocados, when in season, are both cheap and easily found, and can be enjoyed plain with some lemon, as a side dish or incorporated in a fresh smoothie. Cucumber and watermelon both contain more than 90% water and are also ideal to endure the tropical sun. How about a crisp watermelon salad in the afternoon shade of your terrace containing watermelon, sliced red onion, feta cheese, fresh mint leaves and some extra virgin olive oil – yum!
- Under the parasol
Although it is recommendable to stay out of direct sun between noon and 3 PM the Caribbean paradisiacal beaches with their turquoise waters and perfect white sand can be hard to resist. The pride and joy of the charming town of Sosua is the precious Sosua Beach. Offering calmer waters than neighboring Cabarete, this is the beach for a refreshing swim, snorkeling or paddle boarding. Full of beach vendors ready to prepare you a cooling drink or a typical Dominican meal, parasols are plentiful here and recommended. Stay under the shade during the hottest hours and be sure to regularly apply your sunscreen and you should be fine to enjoy the best of what the Caribbean has to offer.
- Freeze your sheets
Although the AC may be your primary tool to combat the heat indoors, more environmentally friendly options are available as a complement or substitute. We all know a good night’s sleep does not combine well with excessive heat. Unconventional as it may sound, this DIY trick actually works and is a piece of cake. Take out your bed sheets, seal them in a plastic bag so they don’t get wet, put them in the freezer for 30 minutes, take them out, you’re done! Once you creep into bed you will feel as though you’re in the Antarctic rather than the Caribbean.
- Stay in
Radical as it may sound, it is actually fully fine as an owner of a luxury real estate abroad, to simply stay in at times. Your condo will surely be equipped with a comfy couch, high speed internet and a large TV screen which creates the perfect setting for cuddling up to watch a movie or two, or chilling with a book. Don’t feel too bad about missing outdoor activities and sunshine, the Caribbean night is fresh, cool and inviting with lots of options for entertainment and leisure. Once the sun sets you can also set out to enjoy a drink or two at one of many bars and restaurants around Sosua town. Or you could go barhopping and dancing at one of the countless beach side bars offered in Cabarete.
So there you go, the perfect guide to enjoying the Dominican Republic while staying fresh, cool and hydrated, best of luck!