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7 Tips for Living in Providencia Island

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Providencia Island or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Providencia Island or thinking about moving there.

Living as an expat or digital nomad in Providencia Island, can be an exciting and enriching experience. This Caribbean island is known for its stunning beaches, vibrant culture, and friendly locals. However, like any new place, it can also present its own set of challenges. Here are seven key tips to help you navigate life in Providencia Island and make the most of your time there.

1. Learn Spanish

While English is spoken in some parts of Providencia Island, Spanish is the primary language. Learning Spanish will not only make your daily life easier, but it will also allow you to connect with locals on a deeper level. You don't have to be fluent, but knowing basic phrases and greetings can go a long way. There are many language schools and online resources available to help you learn Spanish.

2. Embrace the Local Culture

Providencia Island has a rich and diverse culture that is worth exploring. Attend local festivals, try traditional foods, and learn about the island's history. This will not only enrich your experience but also help you understand and appreciate the local way of life. For instance, you can visit the local museum, Casa de la Cultura, to learn about the island's history and culture.

3. Explore the Island

Providencia Island is known for its natural beauty. From stunning beaches to lush mountains, there's plenty to explore. Spend your weekends hiking in the El Pico Natural Regional Park or snorkeling in the McBean Lagoon National Natural Park. You can also take a boat tour around the island or visit the nearby Santa Catalina Island. Exploring the island will not only allow you to appreciate its beauty but also help you feel more at home.

4. Try Local Cuisine

One of the best ways to experience a new place is through its food. Providencia Island offers a variety of local dishes that are worth trying. Seafood is a staple here, with dishes like crab soup and grilled fish being popular choices. You can try these at local restaurants like El Divino Niño or Restaurante El Mangle. Don't forget to try the island's famous coconut rice!

5. Understand the Cost of Living

While Providencia Island is not the most expensive place to live, it's important to understand the cost of living. This includes rent, groceries, eating out, transportation, and other expenses. This will help you budget your money and avoid any financial stress. Keep in mind that prices can vary depending on the neighborhood. For instance, living in the more touristy areas like Agua Dulce can be more expensive than other parts of the island.

6. Connect with Other Expats

Connecting with other expats can make your transition to Providencia Island easier. They can provide valuable advice, share their experiences, and even become your friends. There are various online forums and social media groups where you can connect with other expats living in Providencia Island. However, while it's important to connect with other expats, don't forget to also make local friends. This will help you integrate into the local community and enrich your experience.

7. Be Respectful of the Environment

Providencia Island is known for its natural beauty and biodiversity. As an expat, it's important to respect the environment and contribute to its preservation. This includes not littering, reducing your plastic use, and respecting wildlife. You can also participate in local clean-up events or contribute to conservation efforts. Remember, we are guests on this beautiful island and it's our responsibility to leave it better than we found it.

Living in Providencia Island, Colombia, can be a rewarding experience. By learning Spanish, embracing the local culture, exploring the island, trying local cuisine, understanding the cost of living, connecting with other expats, and respecting the environment, you can make the most of your time on this beautiful island.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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