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Moving to Kingston, Jamaica

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 01, 2023

Summary: Many expats are attracted to Kingston, Jamaica for its vibrant culture, beautiful beaches, and diverse cuisine. The city is also known for its friendly locals, who are always willing to help newcomers settle in. Additionally, Kingston is a great place to explore the Caribbean, with easy access to other islands and countries. Before moving to Kingston, it is important to be aware of the tropical climate and the potential for hurricanes. Additionally, it is important to research the cost of living and the availability of housing. It is also important to be aware of the local laws and customs, and to take necessary precautions to stay safe. Finally, it is important to be aware of the local healthcare system and to make sure to have adequate health insurance.

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What do I need to know before moving to Kingston?

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

"I'm sure that others have advised this, but I would suggest that you rent a place initially until you've spent a year or two in JA and you're sure that you want to settle there permanently. I really wouldn't put all your eggs in one basket, and I would definitely not commit to moving all your hard earned monies to JA," said one expat in Jamaica.

"Before moving to Kingston, expats should be aware of the tropical climate and the potential for hurricanes and other severe weather. It is also important to research the cost of living in Kingston, as well as the availability of housing and other amenities. Expats should also be aware of the local culture and customs, and be prepared to adjust to the local way of life. Additionally, expats should research the local job market and the availability of healthcare and other services. Finally, expats should be aware of the local laws and regulations, and ensure that they are compliant with all applicable laws," said one expat who made the move to Kingston.

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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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