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Marsh Harbour, 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 Marsh Harbour, 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 Marsh Harbour?

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

"Marsh Harbour is the third largest town in the Bahamas and is located on the Abaco Islands. It is known for its beautiful beaches, clear waters, and vibrant coral reefs, making it a popular destination for snorkeling and diving. Before moving to Marsh Harbour, expats should be aware that the cost of living is relatively high, especially when it comes to housing and groceries. This is due to the fact that most goods have to be imported. English is the official language of the Bahamas, so communication should not be a problem for English-speaking expats. However, the local dialect can sometimes be difficult to understand. The currency used in Marsh Harbour, like the rest of the Bahamas, is the Bahamian dollar, which is pegged to the US dollar at a 1:1 ratio. US dollars are also widely accepted throughout the islands. Healthcare facilities in Marsh Harbour are limited, so expats with serious medical conditions may need to travel to Nassau or the United States for treatment. It's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. The climate in Marsh Harbour is tropical, with warm temperatures year-round. However, the area is prone to hurricanes, particularly between June and November. While Marsh Harbour is generally safe, expats should still take standard precautions to protect themselves and their property. This includes locking doors and windows, not displaying signs of wealth, and avoiding isolated areas at night. Public transportation in Marsh Harbour is limited, so having a car can be beneficial. However, remember that driving is on the left side of the road. Finally, expats moving to Marsh Harbour should respect local customs and traditions. The Bahamian culture is a mix of African, European, and indigenous influences, and is known for its music, festivals, and cuisine," explained one expat living in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas.

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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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