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7 Tips for Living in Flores

By Betsy Burlingame

William Russell
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Summary: Advice for people moving to Flores or thinking about moving there.

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

Living as an expat or digital nomad in Flores can be an exciting and enriching experience. This charming island city, located on Lake Petén Itzá, is known for its colorful buildings, cobblestone streets, and friendly locals. However, like any new place, it can take some time to adjust and find your footing. Here are seven key tips to help you navigate life in Flores.

1. Learn Basic Spanish

While English is spoken in some parts of Flores, particularly in tourist areas, it's beneficial to learn some basic Spanish. Not only will this make everyday tasks like shopping and dining out easier, but it will also help you connect with the local community. You don't need to be fluent, but knowing how to ask for directions, order food, or negotiate prices can go a long way.

2. Embrace the Local Cuisine

Guatemalan cuisine is a delicious blend of Mayan and Spanish influences, with a focus on fresh, local ingredients. Flores has a variety of restaurants where you can sample traditional dishes like pepian (a rich, spicy stew) and tamales. Some popular spots include Raices Bar and Grill, which offers stunning lake views, and Restaurante San Telmo, known for its fresh seafood.

3. Explore the Neighborhoods

Flores is divided into several neighborhoods, each with its own unique charm. The island itself is the historic center, with its brightly painted buildings and narrow streets. Santa Elena, connected to Flores by a causeway, is more modern and bustling, with shopping centers and bus stations. San Miguel, across the lake, is quieter and more residential, offering stunning views of Flores. Spend some time exploring each area to find your favorite.

4. Take Advantage of the Natural Beauty

Flores is surrounded by natural beauty, from the sparkling waters of Lake Petén Itzá to the lush rainforests of the Petén region. Take advantage of this by getting outdoors as much as possible. Rent a kayak or paddleboard to explore the lake, or take a hike in the nearby Tikal National Park, home to ancient Mayan ruins.

5. Understand the Cost of Living

While Guatemala is generally affordable compared to many Western countries, it's important to understand the cost of living in Flores. Rent, groceries, and dining out can be cheaper, but imported goods and electronics can be more expensive. It's also worth noting that bargaining is common in markets and street stalls, so don't be afraid to negotiate prices.

6. Stay Connected

As a digital nomad, reliable internet is a must. While Flores has improved its internet infrastructure in recent years, it can still be patchy in some areas. Consider investing in a local SIM card for data backup, and always check the Wi-Fi situation before booking accommodation. Co-working spaces are also starting to pop up in Flores, offering high-speed internet and a community of fellow digital nomads.

7. Get Involved in the Community

One of the best ways to feel at home in a new place is to get involved in the local community. This could be as simple as striking up a conversation with your neighbor or attending local events and festivals. If you're interested in volunteering, there are likely many opportunities in Flores and the surrounding area. Do some research to find a cause that aligns with your interests and values.

Living in Flores, Guatemala can be a rewarding experience, offering a blend of rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning natural beauty. By following these tips, you can make the most of your time in this charming island city.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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