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Long Island, 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 Long Island, 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 Long Island?

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

"Long Island is a beautiful and serene island that offers a peaceful and relaxed lifestyle. It is known for its friendly locals, pristine beaches, and clear blue waters. Before moving to Long Island, it's important to know that the cost of living can be quite high. This is due to the fact that most goods are imported and subject to import taxes. The island's economy is primarily based on tourism, fishing, and farming, so job opportunities may be limited in other sectors. Healthcare facilities on the island are basic, and for serious medical conditions, you may need to travel to Nassau or the United States. Therefore, it's advisable to have a comprehensive health insurance plan. The island is relatively safe, but like any place, it's important to take standard precautions to protect yourself and your property. Public transportation is limited on Long Island, so you may want to consider purchasing a car for convenience. The climate is tropical, which means it's warm year-round, but also subject to hurricanes. It's important to be prepared for these natural disasters. English is the official language of the Bahamas, but the local dialect can sometimes be difficult to understand. The pace of life on Long Island is slower than in many Western countries. This can be a welcome change for some, but it may take some getting used to. Finally, while Long Island is a beautiful place to live, it's also relatively isolated. This means that while you'll have plenty of peace and quiet, you may also miss some of the conveniences and amenities of larger cities," explained one expat living in Long Island, Bahamas.

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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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