What do I need to know before moving to Jamaica?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Jamaica, they said:
"Keep in mind the location if you do not have a car. You will want to be close enough to public transportation. Route taxis (taxis that go along a specific route only) travel outside of many of the subdivisions/schemes and along main roads.
If I can be of help to anyone, just let me know,"
said another expat in Falmouth.
"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,"
added another expat who made the move to Montego Bay.
"it's important to be where you feel safe and where you are close to what is important, be it the beach and the nightlife, or the friends you've made, or other ex-pats..i would rent on the beach, and meet people, before deciding where you want to live...even if you've been a vacationer, it's not the same one you live there...get used to everything being at a much slower pace, and going without electricity and water, sometimes...but there is never a lack of something go on, where there is music and laughter and people..,"
explained one expat living in Negril, Jamaica.
"Jamaica is dangerous, it is dangerous to drive in, walk in or just hang around in.
Get a good vehicle (They don't do second hand well here so I would get new if possible). Get a 4X4 as roads are crap!!
The only place to live are holiday apartments behind a security barrier, this said, always get an apartment beside the security barrier as you will get broken into if out of the way,"
said another in Ocho Rios.
"Ask around to find a good deal. Don't trust anyone because everyone is looking for a cut from the deal. Learn to take life slowly because the amenities you might be accustom to will not be at your fingertips. You have to wait for phone, internet and cable service. Your wait might be up to 3 months,"
explained one expat who made the move to Falmouth.
"Do your research and don't just think moving to a tropical island will be pleasure. There's always some pain involved LOL. And even though I've traveled here 15 times over 8 years before moving it's still a culture shock to be here and I learn something new every day. When you're a resident you can't live like a tourist.
If you would like to read my story about my first two months in Jamaica I blogged about it at http://www.jamaicamyway.com/living-in-jamaica/first-two-months/,"
explained one expat living in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
How do I find a place to live in Jamaica?