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Cane Garden Bay, the British Virgin Islands

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Cane Garden Bay, 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 Cane Garden Bay?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Cane Garden Bay, they said:

"Cane Garden Bay is located on the island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, known for its beautiful beaches and vibrant nightlife. English is the official language, but you may hear locals speaking a Creole dialect. The currency used is the US dollar, so there's no need to worry about exchange rates if you're coming from the United States. The cost of living is relatively high compared to other Caribbean islands, due to the importation of most goods. Housing can be expensive, but varies depending on location and size. It's recommended to secure a job before moving, as the job market can be competitive. The climate is tropical marine with little seasonal temperature variation. However, the area is prone to hurricanes, particularly from June to November. It's important to have a plan in place for hurricane season. Healthcare facilities are limited, with the main hospital located in Road Town. It's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation, as serious conditions may require treatment off the island. The crime rate is relatively low, but like any place, it's important to take standard precautions to protect yourself and your property. Public transportation is limited, so many expats choose to buy or rent a car. Driving is on the left side of the road, which may take some getting used to for those from countries where driving is on the right. The British Virgin Islands has strict immigration laws. You'll need a valid passport to enter, and if you plan to work, you'll need a work permit. The lifestyle in Cane Garden Bay is laid-back and relaxed. The area is known for its water sports, including sailing, diving, and fishing. The local cuisine is a blend of African, European, and Indian influences, with seafood being a staple. Finally, it's important to respect local customs and traditions. The British Virgin Islands is a British Overseas Territory, and while it has its own distinct culture, British etiquette and manners are appreciated," said one expat who made the move to Cane Garden Bay.

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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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