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Exuma, Bahamas

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

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

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What do I need to know before moving to Exuma?

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

"Exuma is a district of the Bahamas, consisting of over 365 islands, also called cays. The largest of the cays is Great Exuma, which is 37 mi in length and joined to another island, Little Exuma, by a small bridge. The capital and largest city in the district is George Town. Before moving to Exuma, it's important to know that the cost of living is relatively high, especially when it comes to groceries and other imported goods. This is due to the fact that most goods have to be imported from the U.S. or other countries. The official language of the Bahamas is English, so communication should not be a problem for English speakers. The local currency is the Bahamian dollar, which is pegged to the U.S. dollar at a 1:1 ratio. U.S. dollars are also widely accepted throughout the islands. Exuma has a tropical savannah climate, with warm temperatures year-round. However, it is also prone to hurricanes, particularly between June and November. It's important to have a plan in place for hurricane season. Healthcare facilities in Exuma are limited, with only a few clinics and no hospitals. Serious medical conditions often require evacuation to Nassau or the U.S. Therefore, it's crucial to have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. The pace of life in Exuma is slower than in many other places. This laid-back lifestyle is part of the island's charm, but it can also be frustrating for those used to a faster pace. Exuma is known for its beautiful beaches, clear waters, and outdoor activities like boating, fishing, and snorkeling. However, entertainment options are limited, especially compared to larger cities. While crime rates in Exuma are relatively low, petty crime like theft does occur. It's important to take standard precautions to protect your belongings. Finally, while Exuma offers a beautiful and relaxed lifestyle, it's not for everyone. It's a good idea to visit the island for an extended period before deciding to move there permanently," wrote one member in Exuma.

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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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