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A reader commented on the Expat Report Moving to Ocho Rios, Jamaica
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What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Jamaica is dangerous, it is dangerous to drive in, walk in or just hang around in.

Get a good vehicle (They don't do second hand well here so I would get new if possible). Get a 4X4 as roads are crap!!

The only place to live are holiday apartments behind a security barrier, this said, always get an apartment beside the security barrier as you will get broken into if out of the way! (Continue)

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What about moving to Oracabessa in St.Mary Jamaica
kristycarr replied recently with:
what experience have you had , ive had nothing but fun enjoyment and safety in the 6 years i have been here ,I live with the local people in the hills of trelawny ,with no threat of fear or danger .I walk freely and have nothing but respect from the people who are the most friendly .I feel more safe here then i did back in the UK.My home has no security bars that's how comfortable i feel here . I travel alone shop go to the beach the markets without fear . It hasn't been an easy ride but i have a home here now and have no regrets
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Expat Report Moving to Ocho Rios, Jamaica was published
Moving-to-Ocho-Rios
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Do your research and don't just think moving to a tropical island will be pleasure. There's always some pain involved LOL. And even though I've traveled here 15 times over 8 years before moving it's still a culture shock to be here and I learn something new every day. When you're a resident you can't live like a tourist. If you would like to read my story about my first two months in Jamaica I blogged about it at http://www.jamaicamyway.com/living-in-jamaica/first-two-months/ (Continue)
A reader commented on the Expat Report Moving to Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Moving-to-Ocho-Rios
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
If you have a chance, give yourself plenty time to look for a good place. Call the realtors around, ask friends and acquaintances if they know of a good place. The town is very small and everyone knows one another. So, if you get in the right circle, you are bound to find help in all areas. (Continue)
lala718 replied most recently with:
Great feedback! Winter clothes in Jamaica,lol, what were you thinking? Did you ever visit or do a research prior to moving there? It does get chilly on the waterfront in Ochie but nothing that you need winter gears, umbrella, rainboats or raincoat is suitable. Ochie has great nightlife, Margaritaville is awesome, the food at Bibbidi is good and just outside Ochie in Discovery Bay you get the best jerk across from Green Grotto Cave at Ultimate's Jerk Center. If you want to kick it up you can get a 1 day pass for the hotels(Sunset Jamaica Grande and Riu Ochie are both great venues).
RootsPrincess replied recently with:
WHY would you bring winter clothes to the Caribbean? Had you ever been before? HIGH HEELS are for KINGSTON, so they may come in handy if you are someone that likes the NIGHTLIFE. The grocery stores are very pricey even Sav-more. You can get a cheap rent if you take the time to look on vrbo,com but sounds like you are not hurting for cash if your husband has a job there. I would be looking at schools. You have to pay for a good one or your child will be way behind compared to the US schools. Even teacher in Jamaica, cannot teach in the US. Their degrees are NOT transferable because the standards are much lower. Can I suggest that maybe you volunteer in a school once a week? Giving back in JAMAICA will turn YOU into a rock star. They need the help and you will feel FANTASTIC giving back. Trust me on that one. I have been donating books and school supplies for 22 years, and I am addicted. Those "likkle" faces are so precious and sweet. I think I get more out of it then they do. All the best on your journey in Jamaica...my home sweet home~
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