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Virgin Gorda, the British Virgin Islands

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Virgin Gorda, 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 Virgin Gorda?

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

"Virgin Gorda is one of the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean, known for its yacht clubs, luxury resorts, and beautiful beaches. Before moving there, expats should be aware of several important factors. Firstly, the cost of living in Virgin Gorda is quite high, especially when it comes to housing and groceries, as most goods are imported. Therefore, it's important to have a solid financial plan in place. The official language is English, which makes it easier for expats from English-speaking countries. However, the local accent and colloquialisms may take some time to get used to. The island has a tropical climate, with temperatures remaining fairly consistent throughout the year. However, it's important to be prepared for hurricane season, which typically runs from June to November. Healthcare facilities on the island are limited, so it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation, in case of serious illness or injury. The island's economy is heavily reliant on tourism, so job opportunities may be limited to this sector. It's advisable to secure a job before moving, and be aware that work permits are required for non-citizens. The pace of life in Virgin Gorda is slower than in many Western countries, which can be a big adjustment. It's important to be patient and adapt to the local way of life. Public transportation is limited, so having a car is almost a necessity. However, remember that driving is on the left side of the road. Finally, while Virgin Gorda is generally safe, it's still important to take standard precautions to protect yourself and your property, just as you would anywhere else," remarked one expat who made the move to Virgin Gorda.

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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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