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Great Guana Cay, 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 Great Guana Cay, 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 Great Guana Cay?

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

"Great Guana Cay is a small island in the Bahamas, known for its beautiful beaches and relaxed lifestyle. Before moving there, expats should be aware of several important factors. Firstly, the cost of living in Great Guana Cay is relatively high, as most goods need to be imported from the mainland. This includes groceries, household items, and other necessities. Secondly, healthcare facilities on the island are limited. For serious medical conditions, you may need to travel to Nassau or the United States. Therefore, it's crucial to have a comprehensive health insurance plan that covers medical evacuation. Thirdly, while English is the official language of the Bahamas, the local dialect can be difficult to understand at first. It may take some time to get used to the local accent and phrases. Fourthly, the pace of life in Great Guana Cay is much slower than in most Western countries. This can be a big adjustment for those used to a fast-paced, city lifestyle. Fifthly, the island is prone to hurricanes, especially between June and November. It's important to have a plan in place for these events, including adequate insurance coverage. Lastly, while the island is generally safe, petty crime can occur. Expats should take basic precautions to protect their homes and belongings. In terms of housing, options can be limited and relatively expensive due to the island's popularity as a tourist destination. Transportation on the island is also limited, with golf carts being the primary mode of transport. Finally, while the island offers a peaceful and relaxed lifestyle, entertainment and nightlife options are limited. Those seeking a vibrant social scene may find the island's offerings lacking," remarked one expat who made the move to Great Guana Cay.

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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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