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Caracas, Venezuala

Caracas, Venezuela

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 17, 2022

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Caracas, Venezuela. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Caracas?

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

"In general terms people in this city are nice and kind. But you shouldn't trust everybody. Personal Security must be in your mind everytime you go out especially if you go on foot (without car), because delinquency is a serius issue here. Subway is safer than autobus unlike other countries. And if u have to take the bus avoid western routes. Indeed avoid getting around on the west part of the city and lower class zones because are the most risky," explained one expat living in Caracas, Venezuela.

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What do I need to know before moving to Caracas?

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

"My advice is to be patient. Even though there is an abundance of apartments out there, finding the right one for you takes time. There are huge variations in building maintenance, security, and amenities. It's best to come here with the expectation that it might take 3 months to find a permanent place," added another expat who made the move to Caracas.

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How do I find a place to live in Caracas?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"When looking for a place here, you must go through an agent, who you the renter will have to pay one month's rent as commission. The trick is to use several agents because depending on your budget, they forget about you. We chose a neighborhood that was first safe and then close to everything since I don't drive. We chose an apartment for security reasons (most buildings have 24 hour security) and it has less upkeep," said another expat in Caracas.

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What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Caracas?

"Most expats live in apartments because of security and some will go for furnished homes. If looking for something furnished, it is much easier to find a one or two bedroom. Anything bigger is rare," explained one expat living in Caracas, Venezuela.

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What is the average cost of housing in Caracas?

If you are thinking about moving to Caracas, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"In comparison to South Florida, housing prices are much more expensive. There are expats who pay 3,000 Euro for a 3 bedroom, two bathroom apartment. I would say the average cost for a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment is about $1,200," explained one expat living in Caracas, Venezuela.

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What should I bring when moving to Caracas?

People living in Caracas were asked what three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They wrote:

"I wish I brought my non-toxic insect repellent, more fancy clothes (people here dress up more) and a car (cars here are overpriced and there's a waiting list for purchases). I wish I left my uncomfortable shoes because I walk a lot more. Other than that, everything I brought has come in handy," remarked another expat living in Caracas, Venezuela.

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Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Caracas accepting of differences?

"Yes, not too much but yes, here are a lot descendants of a lot of inmigrants that came from europe to this country in the post-secondWar period. In that sense Caracas is a little cosmopolitan," explained one expat living in Caracas, Venezuela.

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What are the schools in Caracas like?

"Go for it! You will not be disappointed in this school, due to the amazing staff, facilities, and community the school has. The class sizes are perfect, the training of the staff is amazing (these are teachers handpicked from hundreds of applicants), and the overall community of the school is exemplary. I know parents with children in other international schools in Caracas and none speak as highly about their school as I do - and many have switched their kids over. A top notch school," explained one expat living in Caracas, Venezuela.

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About the Author

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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