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Road Town, the British Virgin Islands

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 15, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Road Town, Brit. Virgin Isl.: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Road Town?

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

"Before moving to Road Town in the British Virgin Islands, expats should know that English is the official language, but the local dialect can sometimes be difficult to understand. The currency used is the US dollar, and the cost of living is relatively high compared to other Caribbean islands. Expats should be aware that the climate is tropical, with a rainy season from September to November. Hurricanes are also a risk during this period. Road Town is the capital and the largest city of the British Virgin Islands, so it has a good infrastructure with schools, hospitals, and shopping centers. However, public transportation is limited, so having a car can be beneficial. The healthcare system in the British Virgin Islands is of a good standard, but it is advisable to have comprehensive health insurance as medical costs can be high. The British Virgin Islands has a low crime rate, but petty crime like theft can occur, so it's important to take standard precautions. The work culture in the British Virgin Islands is quite relaxed, but work permits are required for expats and can take some time to process. The cuisine in Road Town is a blend of African, European, and Indian influences, with seafood being a staple. Finally, expats should know that the British Virgin Islands is a British Overseas Territory, so the legal system and driving are on the left, similar to the UK," said one expat in Road Town.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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