Welcome to the Dominican Forum dragon1503.
This will be a very brief response I am afraid as members of the family arrived today unexpectedly. Well, not quite true, they were expected ....... but NEXT WEEK!! Obviously routine is now totally 'out of sync' & replies are going to be short & to the point.
We live on the NORTH coast which appears to attract more Ex-Pats (YOU determine whether that is good or bad in your book). There are English speaking schools in Puerto Plata & Sosua if your children are of that age.
What are you looking for in the area you choose? we have some good golf courses within an hour/hour & a halfs drive from here (Playa Grande is the Caribbean version of Pebble Beach) whilst Santiago is a decptive & cheeky Pete Dye course!!
Puerto Plata International airport covers flights to Europe, USA (Miami & JFK) & San Juan in Puerto Rico. Santiago airport is rapidly building it's destinations & is perhaps more of a hub than Puerto Plata & that airport is 1 1/2 hours drive away. Santo Domingo airport (Las Americas) on south coast is getting quite a few new destinations too for the Caribbean & Lain American markets.
Sailing is NOT a favourite sport here so no clubs as far as I am aware on the north coast.
Read the websites as quoted above ( www.ginniebedggood.com
) & then come back for more info &/or specfic questions. Speaking Spanish (well, I presume you do living in Spain now?) you will be able to settle in any of these localities. For whiter sands & less choppy beaches - SOUTH is the answer. For infrastructure & a more Ex-Pat community, the NORTH coast is my recommendation. ~ Grahame.