Living in the British Virgin Islands
Last updated on Jan 23, 2023
Summary: People describe life in the British Virgin Islands as laid-back and relaxed. Expats love the beautiful beaches, the warm climate, and the friendly locals. The cost of living for an expat in the British Virgin Islands is relatively high, with the average cost of living estimated to be around $3,000 per month. The population of the British Virgin Islands is approximately 30,000 people, and the largest cities are Road Town, Tortola, and Virgin Gorda. The cons of living in the British Virgin Islands include the high cost of living, limited job opportunities, and the lack of public transportation. Additionally, the islands are prone to hurricanes and other natural disasters.
What do I need to know about living in the British Virgin Islands?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to the British Virgin Islands, they said:
"Practice extra patience in getting things done, this place live to it's promise.. RELAX, so everything here is relax and takes time before it gets done, especially at work. They are friendly and relaxed," said another expat in Tortola.
How do I meet people in the British Virgin Islands?
When we asked people living in the British Virgin Islands about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:
"There are a great number of yacht clubs and sailing clubs here. If you're active in sailing, you might want to gain friends through these clubs, Filipinos have an active community whoparticipates in so many social and environmental projects/activities..same with other caribean countries who have established their own communities in BVI," remarked another in Tortola.
Will I be able to find a job in the British Virgin Islands?
When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in the British Virgin Islands, they reponded:
"Tourism is a good source of job opportunity, however it is seasonal and almost half of the year it's low season. Filipino accountants are high in numbers here, while other expats have to either own a small business or be employed in other Trust and financial companies. The offshore companies provide a strong backbone to the economy. There are a relatively high need for skilled staff, challenge is, the job is posted in the newspaper for 3 weeks and most likely the job is taken and they just do the posting for formality as required by the govt," said another expat in Tortola.
What is life like in the British Virgin Islands?
When we asked people living in the British Virgin Islands what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:
"Religion is an integral part of their everday life. Most can't separate religion from work, and that being said, preaching is even extended to morning meetings, and listening to religious radio channels in the middle of work. In some workplaces, employees may listen to their own radio tuned to his preferred station depending on his church group, as most believe it is essential," remarked another expat in Tortola.
Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in the British Virgin Islands accepting of differences?
"In general, they are diverse and welcoming to all, friendly and accepting of differences. Quite relaxed in everyday life and laid back in family traditions. They are family oriented and have lots of time to relax and pass time around with the famous rum. Most regular locals have properties for rent as their regular source, while more prominent families have numbers of businesses where extended families are employed," said another expat in Tortola.
About the Author
Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.