Spanish Town, the British Virgin Islands
Last updated on Jul 09, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Spanish Town, Brit. Virgin Isl.: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know before moving to Spanish Town?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Spanish Town, they said:
"Spanish Town is located on Virgin Gorda, the third-largest of the British Virgin Islands, known for its yacht-filled marinas, upscale restaurants, and high-end shops. The official language is English, but you may hear locals speaking a Creole dialect that can be difficult to understand at first. The currency used is the US dollar, and while credit cards are widely accepted, it's always a good idea to have some cash on hand for smaller establishments or tipping. The cost of living in Spanish Town is relatively high, as most goods are imported and subject to import taxes. The climate is tropical marine with little seasonal temperature variation, so lightweight, breathable clothing is recommended. The healthcare system in the British Virgin Islands is generally good, but for serious medical conditions, evacuation to Puerto Rico or the United States may be necessary. Spanish Town is a safe place to live, but like anywhere, it's important to take standard precautions to protect yourself and your property. The island is known for its slow-paced lifestyle, so be prepared for a more relaxed pace of life. Public transportation is limited, so you may want to consider renting or buying a car for getting around. The British Virgin Islands has strict immigration laws, so ensure you have the correct visa or work permit before moving. The education system follows the British model, and there are a few private and public schools to choose from if you're moving with children. The island is prone to hurricanes, so it's important to have a plan in place for hurricane season, which runs from June to November. Spanish Town is a small community, so it's easy to get to know locals and become part of the community. The island's natural beauty, with its stunning beaches and national parks, offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking, snorkeling, and sailing. Remember to respect local customs and traditions, as the British Virgin Islands has a rich cultural heritage that is deeply valued by its residents. Finally, while Spanish Town offers many amenities, it's a good idea to stock up on any specialty items you may need, as they may not be readily available on the island," explained one expat living in Spanish Town, the British Virgin Islands.
What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Spanish Town?
About the Author
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.
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- Where should I setup a bank account in Spanish Town?
- Will I be able to find a job in Spanish Town?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do expats in Spanish Town appreciate most about the local culture?
- What do expats find most challenging?
- Is there a lot of crime in Spanish Town?
- Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Spanish Town accepting of differences?
- What are the schools in Spanish Town like?
- How are healthcare services in Spanish Town?
- What are medical services in Spanish Town like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Spanish Town?
- What are emergency services like in Spanish Town?
- Will I need to travel to see a specialist?
- Are common prescription medications available in Spanish Town?
- How are local medical facilities in Spanish Town?
- As a foreigner living in Spanish Town, will I have access to public healthcare? What is it like?
- What have your experiences during the pandemic with the local healthcare system been like?