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An Expat Talks about Moving to Montego Bay, Jamaica

Submitted by Maximumgirl


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!

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Montego Bay

Name three things that you wish you had brought and three you wish you had left at home.

1. I wish I had gone to Dollarama and stocked up on spices and kitchen stuff. It pains me to spend $8-$10 on items I know I could get for free.

2. I brought a TV, but wish I had shipped both. Electronics are crazy expensive here.

3. Sheets, bedding, towels.

I packed light so I didn't bring too much of anything. I had already read from others not to bring too much clothing and I'm glad I didn't.

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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?

One of the things I struggle with is lack of transportation. We have a car, but if my husband is away I feel trapped. It's not easy to jump on a bus or grab a taxi.

What type of housing do you live in? Is this typical for most expats in your area?

I am living in a 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom furnished townhouse in a gated community. It's brand new and beautiful.

How did you choose your neighborhood and find your home or apartment?

I found my home on the Caldwell Realtor website.

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Are your housing costs higher or lower than they were in your home country? What is the average cost of housing there?

I am paying $1200 USD plus utilities here. Expensive for Jamaica however this same house would cost double in Canada.

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