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Moving to Negombo, Sri Lanka

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 22, 2023

Summary: Negombo, Sri Lanka is a popular destination for expats due to its close proximity to the capital city of Colombo, its beautiful beaches, and its vibrant culture. Negombo is also known for its diverse range of restaurants, shops, and markets, making it an ideal place to live for those looking for a unique and exciting lifestyle. Before moving to Negombo, it is important to be aware of the local customs and culture, as well as the cost of living. Additionally, it is important to research the availability of healthcare and other services in the area.

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What do I need to know before moving to Negombo?

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

"Negombo is a coastal city in Sri Lanka, located just north of the capital Colombo. Expats should be aware that the city is quite hot and humid throughout the year, so it is important to be prepared for the climate. Negombo is a culturally diverse city, with a mix of religions and ethnicities, so expats should be aware of the local customs and traditions. English is widely spoken in Negombo, so expats should not have any difficulty communicating. Negombo is a relatively safe city, but expats should still take precautions to ensure their safety. The cost of living in Negombo is relatively low, so expats should be able to find affordable accommodation and other necessities. Finally, expats should be aware that the city is quite congested, so it is important to plan ahead when travelling," replied a member in Negombo.

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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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