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Moving to Antigua, Guatemala

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Moving to Antigua, Guatemala: Expats, retirees and digital nomads talk about everything you need to know before moving to Antigua.

What do I need to know before moving to Antigua?

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

"Before moving to Antigua, expats should know that Spanish is the primary language spoken, so learning basic Spanish phrases can be beneficial. The cost of living is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but it can vary depending on your lifestyle. The city is known for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture as well as a number of ruins of colonial churches. Antigua is a popular tourist destination, which means it can get crowded, especially during peak travel seasons. The healthcare system in Guatemala is not as advanced as in some Western countries, but there are private hospitals and clinics in Antigua that offer good quality care. Public transportation is available but can be unreliable, so many expats choose to walk or use taxis. The city is generally safe, but like any other place, it's important to take precautions, especially at night. The weather in Antigua is mild year-round, with a rainy season from May to October. The local cuisine is a mix of Mayan, Spanish, and other influences, with corn, beans, and chili peppers as staple ingredients. Expats should also be aware that while Antigua is a small city, it offers a vibrant nightlife with numerous bars and restaurants. Lastly, it's important to understand that while Antigua is modern in many ways, traditional customs and values are still very much a part of daily life," remarked one expat who made the move to Antigua.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood 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.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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