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Moving to Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 12, 2023

Summary: Moving to Plettenberg Bay, South Africa? Expats talk about what you need to know before moving to Plettenberg Bay.

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What do I need to know before moving to Plettenberg Bay?

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

"Plettenberg Bay, often simply called Plett, is a resort town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is known for its mild climate, beautiful beaches, and a variety of outdoor activities. Before moving to Plettenberg Bay, expats should be aware of several important factors. Firstly, the cost of living in Plettenberg Bay is relatively low compared to other major cities in South Africa, but it's higher than in many rural areas. The town offers a range of accommodation options, from luxury villas to more affordable apartments. The primary language spoken in Plettenberg Bay is Afrikaans, but English is also widely spoken and understood. Expats may find it beneficial to learn some basic Afrikaans phrases, although it's not necessary for day-to-day life. Plettenberg Bay has a small but diverse food scene, with a range of restaurants offering local and international cuisine. The town is also known for its seafood, particularly its oysters. The town has a relaxed, laid-back lifestyle, which can be a significant change for expats used to a fast-paced city life. The pace of life is slow, and the town is very much geared towards outdoor living and activities. Plettenberg Bay has a relatively low crime rate compared to other parts of South Africa. However, like anywhere, it's important to take basic safety precautions, such as locking doors and not walking alone at night in unfamiliar areas. The town has a small healthcare facility, but for more serious medical issues, residents may need to travel to larger cities. Therefore, it's essential to have comprehensive health insurance. Public transportation in Plettenberg Bay is limited, so having a car is almost a necessity. The town is also quite spread out, so walking or biking is not always a practical option. Finally, Plettenberg Bay has a strong sense of community, and locals are generally welcoming to newcomers. There are also several clubs and organizations where expats can meet new people and get involved in the community," remarked one expat who made the move to Plettenberg Bay.

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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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