Montego Bay, Jamaica
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Montego Bay, Jamaica

Living in Jamaica

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Dec 02, 2021

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Jamaica. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Jamaica?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Jamaica, they said:

"Well, if the friend was moving from a country in which gas is supplied via a main pipeline rather than a gas cylinder, I would suggest that he or she not take the cooker (gas stove). Also, ensure that your house is wired with the appropriate voltage and AC adapters, otherwise large electrical appliances are not likely to work," said another expat in Spanish Town.

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What is life like in Jamaica?

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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