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Grand Bahama, 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 Grand Bahama, 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 Grand Bahama?

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

"Before moving to Grand Bahama, expats should know that the official language is English, making it easier for English-speaking expats to communicate. The cost of living can be high, especially in areas popular with tourists. The local currency is the Bahamian dollar, which is pegged to the US dollar, and US dollars are widely accepted. Expats should be aware that the Bahamas has a tropical monsoon climate, with a wet season from May to November and a dry season from December to April. The country is also prone to hurricanes, which usually occur between June and November. Healthcare facilities in the Bahamas are generally of a good standard, but the cost of healthcare can be high and health insurance is recommended. Expats should also be aware that some specific types of medication may not be readily available. The Bahamas has a relatively high crime rate, particularly in areas frequented by tourists. Expats should take precautions to protect their personal safety and belongings. When it comes to transportation, while there is a public bus system, it is not very reliable. Many expats choose to buy or rent a car for convenience. The Bahamas has a relaxed, laid-back lifestyle which can be a big adjustment for expats used to a fast-paced life. The local culture is friendly and welcoming, with a strong emphasis on family and community. Expats should also be aware that the Bahamas has strict immigration laws. Work permits can be difficult to obtain, and are usually granted only if the employer can prove that the job cannot be done by a Bahamian. Finally, expats moving to the Bahamas should know that while the country is beautiful and the lifestyle can be idyllic, it can also be isolating. It's important to make an effort to integrate into the local community and make local friends," commented one expat who made the move to Grand Bahama.

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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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