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Moving to Marigot Bay, Saint Lucia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Moving to Marigot Bay, Saint Lucia? Expats talk about what you need to know before moving to Marigot Bay.

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

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

"Before moving to Marigot Bay, expats should know that English is the official language, but many locals also speak a French-based Creole. The cost of living can be high, especially for housing and imported goods. The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, but US dollars are widely accepted. Expats should be aware that the healthcare system in Saint Lucia is not as advanced as in some western countries, and serious medical conditions may require evacuation to a nearby island or back home. Therefore, comprehensive health insurance is recommended. The climate is tropical with a wet season from June to November, which is also the hurricane season. Expats should be prepared for this and understand the necessary precautions to take during this time. The island is known for its relaxed lifestyle, but it also has a high unemployment rate. Expats looking for work may face competition from locals, and work permits can be difficult to obtain. It's advisable to secure a job before moving. Saint Lucia's culture is a blend of African, East Indian, French and English heritage. Expats should respect local customs and traditions. The island is predominantly Roman Catholic, and religious holidays are widely celebrated. Public transportation is available but not always reliable. Many expats choose to buy or rent a car for convenience. Driving is on the left side of the road, and an international driving permit is required. Saint Lucia has a relatively high crime rate, although most crimes are non-violent. Expats should take standard precautions to protect their personal safety and belongings. Finally, expats should be aware that while Saint Lucia is a beautiful island with a laid-back lifestyle, it also has its challenges. It's important to do thorough research and possibly visit the island before making the decision to move," remarked one expat in Marigot Bay, Saint Lucia.

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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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