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10 Tips for Living in Jamaica

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Jamaica is a well-known island getaway, but living there is not an extended vacation. Expensive schools, safety issues and high cost of living are all challenges for expats. Members share their advice about deciding where to live, finding a home, choosing a school and cost-saving shopping strategies.

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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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Learn what members have to say about living in Jamaica.

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Talk with other digital nomads and expats in Jamaica on our Jamaica forum - meet people, get advice and help others.

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An index of all of our site's Jamaica information.

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Real estate listings in popular cities and towns in Jamaica.

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Advice for people renting and buying real estate in Jamaica.

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Expats move to Jamaica for a variety of reasons. Some go for work, while others want to retire there or live an island lifestyle. Moving to Jamaica requires thorough research and a recognition that island life is can be quite different than one might expect.

10-Best-Places-to-Live-in-Jamaica10 Best Places to Live in Jamaica

If you're thinking of moving to Jamaica, deciding where to live is not as simple as you think. Jamaica is a large island with numerous cities and towns that appeal to expats. This article highlights the 10 best places to live in Jamaica according to expats living there.

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Expats in Jamaica discuss the best schools for expat children - from very expat-oriented schools like AISK and Hillel to more local private schools like St. Andrews and Montego Bay Christian Academy.

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Comments

guest
May 30, 2013 10:51

how much is the water bill in jamaica

isme888
Feb 17, 2015 14:19

I have been reading this expat forum for the last year and highly recommend it to anyone wanting to move Jamaica or any country for that matter as the articles such as this have been extrodinarally helpful and full of things big and small of little that have been helpful. I hope that one day when we finally get things together and move that I may be of helpful knowledge to someone who is in the same boat as I am now. I have been slowly doing research on moving to May Pen where my partner has family and have visited there and other parts many times.occasions We have a house there all paid & rented out; let me say its hard getting good tenants, family members always have to keep after them for rent as there is always a good sad story why they cant pay; so its not a profit making venture but we are lucky its finally paid. Here in Canada we pay astronomically high rent & other house hold bills take 2/3 of our pay, so we dont live high and get by with enough saved to return for vacations. We have thought about moving for years but finally think its time for planning. Its a big jump I know hence giving it lots of time for research. I keep a little scrap book for notes and read the Caribbean paper whenever I get a chance. One of my biggest hurdles is the cost of shipping and employment for myself being a foreign white woman, my partner has his own plans and as a returning resident will have little problem. My thanks to the many contributors on this form; its a wealth of information!

RootsPrincess
Mar 9, 2017 13:32

With the UK deporting Jamaicans back to a country, some have never lived in, its just going to bring more crime. am a duel citizen and living there is nothing like being on vacation. Now that there are more people and not many great paying jobs, you better arrive with a healthy trust fund or a plump retirement pension. A private nursery school costs $500.00/US a year with lunches, but uniforms, and any school-tools are extra. I paid for a 3 year old to go to FAITH BUILDERS EARLY CHILDHOOD SCHOOL, in ST Mary. The mom took a copy of the receipt, to try and get a refund, so she could keep the money to get her hair and nails done. This is how people REALLY are, so keep your street smarts on at all times.. The principal was notified to use the money for another and to NOT give this greedy "mom" a penny of a refund. After 30 years, I pretty much stay to myself with my own family. Best to not become too friendly, as there is always an underlying ultimatum going on.

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Jamaica GuideJamaica Guide
Learn what members have to say about living in Jamaica.

Jamaica Forum Jamaica Forum
Talk with other digital nomads and expats in Jamaica on our Jamaica forum - meet people, get advice and help others.

Jamaica Index Jamaica Index
An index of all of our site's Jamaica information.

Contribute to Jamaica Network Contribute
Help others in Jamaica by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Jamaica.

Expat Healthcare Advice in JamaicaHealthcare & Health Insurance in Jamaica

Expats in Jamaica offer advice about healthcare, hospital visits, emergency rooms visits, finding a doctor and buying health insurance in Jamaica.

Expat Talk about Healthcare Advice in JamaicaMembers Talk about Healthcare & Health Insurance in Jamaica

Expats in Jamaica offer advice about healthcare in Jamaica.

Best Places to Live in Jamaica Best Places to Live in Jamaica

If you're thinking of moving to Jamaica, deciding where to live is not as simple as you think. Jamaica is a large island with numerous cities and towns that appeal to expats. This article highlights the 10 best places to live in Jamaica according to expats living there.

Real Estate in JamaicaReal Estate in Jamaica

Real estate listings in popular cities and towns in Jamaica.

Guide to Real Estate in JamaicaGuide to Real Estate in Jamaica

Advice for people renting and buying real estate in Jamaica.

Pros Cons of Living in JamaicaPros & Cons of Living in Jamaica

Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what digital nomads & expats have to say about the biggest challenges and the greatest rewards of living in Jamaica.

Cost of Living in JamaicaCost of Living in Jamaica

Digital Nomads & Expats offer insight into the cost of living in Jamaica.

8-Things-to-Know-Before-Moving-to-Jamaica8 Things to Know Before Moving to Jamaica

Expats move to Jamaica for a variety of reasons. Some go for work, while others want to retire there or live an island lifestyle. Moving to Jamaica requires thorough research and a recognition that island life is can be quite different than one might expect.

10-Best-Places-to-Live-in-Jamaica10 Best Places to Live in Jamaica

If you're thinking of moving to Jamaica, deciding where to live is not as simple as you think. Jamaica is a large island with numerous cities and towns that appeal to expats. This article highlights the 10 best places to live in Jamaica according to expats living there.

International-Schools-in-JamaicaInternational Schools in Jamaica

Expats in Jamaica discuss the best schools for expat children - from very expat-oriented schools like AISK and Hillel to more local private schools like St. Andrews and Montego Bay Christian Academy.

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