Expat Guide to Living in Jamaica
Whether you're already living in Jamaica or preparing to move to Jamaica, our Expat Guide to Living in Jamaica offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Jamaica. For answers to specific questions, visit our Jamaica Forum to talk with expats in Jamaica.
Expats move to Jamaica for a variety of reasons. Some go for work, while others want to retire there or live an island lifestyle. Moving to Jamaica requires thorough research and a recognition that island life is can be quite different than one might expect.
If you're thinking of moving to Jamaica or retiring in Jamaica, deciding where to live is not as simple as you think. Jamaica is a large island with numerous cities and towns that appeal to expats. This article highlights the 7 best places to live in Jamaica.
Expats in Jamaica discuss the best schools for expat children - from very expat-oriented schools like AISK and Hillel to more local private schools like St. Andrews and Montego Bay Christian Academy.
An Expat Interview with Mike Miville, an expat helping to find long-term sources of water in Jamaica.
An expat in Falmouth, Jamaica offers some insight into moving there. It includes cost of living information, what to bring and what you might want to leave at home.
Food and electronics are very expensive in Jamaica. Stock up on spices and kitchen stuff before you come and be sure to ship your electronics!
A Canadian expat who moved to Negril, Jamaica found driving to be the most challenging part of moving to Jamaica. Waiting on others was a big issues at first, but eventually he adjusted and appreciated the laid back lifestyle in Jamaica.
More Culture Shock Reports for Jamaica
Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Jamaica handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Jamaica:
Submit a Culture Shock Report
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More Living in Jamaica Reports
What are people's priorities in Jamaica - work? family? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Below are some of the responses from expats in Jamaica:
More Moving to Jamaica Reports
What should you take with you when you move to Jamaica? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Jamaica? Below are some of the responses from expats in Jamaica:
Submit a Moving Overseas Report
Submit an International School Review
Reviews of Schools in Jamaica
Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in Jamaica. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in Jamaica:
Dream vs. Reality Report
Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Jamaica. If you are already living in Jamaica, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not by filling out our Dream vs. Reality Report.
Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report
Overseas Retirement Report
Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Jamaica by taking our Overseas Retirement report.
Submit a Retire Abroad Report
Working Abroad Report
What's it like to find a job in Jamaica? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Jamaica? Help others following in your footsteps by filling out our Working Abroad Report.
Submit a Working Abroad Report
10 Tips for Living in Jamaica
Jamaica is a well-known island getaway, but living there is not an extended vacation. Expensive schools, safety issues and high cost of living are all challenges for expats. Members share their advice about deciding where to live, finding a home, choosing a school and cost-saving shopping strategies.