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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.

Moving to Jamaica: 8 Things to Know Before Moving to 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.

7 Best Places to Living in Jamaica

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.

International Schools 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.

Expat Jamaica: An Interview with Mike Miville

An Expat Interview with Mike Miville, an expat helping to find long-term sources of water in Jamaica.

Culture Shock in Negril, Jamaica

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.

Moving to Falmouth, 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.

Moving to Montego Bay, Jamaica

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!

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

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:
Submit a Living Overseas Report

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

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:
Submit an International School Review

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

Having a Baby Abroad Report

How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Jamaica? Help other expats who are preparing to have a baby in Jamaica by filling out our Having a Baby Abroad Report.

Submit a Having a Baby 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
Additional Articles
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.

School Review: Belair School in Mandeville, Jamaica

The only thing that worried this member when moving to Jamaica was finding a good school. Luckily, The Beliar School suited her family perfectly.

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