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7 Tips for Living in Livingston

By Betsy Burlingame

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

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

Livingston, a vibrant town nestled between the Rio Dulce and the Caribbean Sea, is a haven for expats and digital nomads. Its unique blend of Garifuna, Maya, and Ladino cultures, coupled with its tropical climate and laid-back lifestyle, make it an ideal destination for those seeking a change of pace. Here are seven key tips to help you navigate and enjoy your time in this charming locale.

1. Embrace the Local Culture

Livingston is a melting pot of cultures, and immersing yourself in the local customs and traditions is a must. Attend local festivals, learn a few phrases in Garifuna or Q'eqchi' (the local languages), and don't shy away from trying traditional dishes like tapado (a seafood soup) or hudut (a fish and coconut stew). This will not only enrich your experience but also help you build connections with the locals.

2. Explore the Natural Beauty

Livingston is surrounded by natural beauty. From the stunning Seven Altars Waterfall to the tranquil beaches of Playa Blanca and Playa Quehueche, there's plenty to explore. Take a boat trip down the Rio Dulce to see the impressive gorges and diverse wildlife, or visit the nearby Biotopo Chocón Machacas, a nature reserve known for its manatee population.

3. Find Your Favorite Local Eateries

Livingston's culinary scene is a delightful fusion of its diverse cultures. For a taste of traditional Garifuna cuisine, head to Restaurant Rasta Mesa or Bahia Azul. If you're craving international fare, Tropicante Ameribbean Grill is a popular choice among expats. Remember, the best way to discover your favorite spots is to explore and try different places.

4. Understand the Cost of Living

While Guatemala is generally affordable, it's important to understand the cost of living in Livingston. Rent, utilities, groceries, and eating out are typically cheaper than in many Western countries, but imported goods can be pricey. It's also worth noting that cash is king here, so always have some quetzales (the local currency) on hand.

5. Stay Connected

As a digital nomad, staying connected is crucial. While internet access in Livingston is generally reliable, it can be slower than what you're used to. Consider investing in a local SIM card for data backup, and always have a contingency plan for when the internet goes down. Cafes like Café Iguana and Happy Fish are known for their reliable Wi-Fi and are popular workspaces for digital nomads.

6. Get Involved in the Community

Getting involved in the local community is a great way to feel more at home in Livingston. While there are numerous ways to do this, it's best to find something that aligns with your interests. Whether it's joining a local sports team, participating in community events, or volunteering, getting involved will help you form meaningful connections and deepen your understanding of the local culture.

7. Be Prepared for the Climate

Livingston has a tropical climate, with hot, humid weather year-round and a rainy season from May to October. Be prepared for this by packing lightweight, breathable clothing, a good quality rain jacket, and plenty of sunscreen. Also, remember to stay hydrated and take it easy during the hottest parts of the day.

Livingston, with its rich cultural tapestry, natural beauty, and relaxed lifestyle, offers a unique experience for expats and digital nomads. By embracing the local culture, exploring the natural surroundings, understanding the cost of living, staying connected, getting involved in the community, and being prepared for the climate, you can make the most of your time in this captivating town.

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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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