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Jost Van Dyke, 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 Jost Van Dyke, 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 Jost Van Dyke?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Jost Van Dyke, they said:

"Jost Van Dyke is one of the smaller islands in the British Virgin Islands, known for its relaxed atmosphere and beautiful beaches. Before moving there, expats should be aware that the island is quite small, with a population of around 300 people, so it offers a very different lifestyle compared to larger cities or even larger islands. The official language is English, but the local dialect can sometimes be difficult to understand for newcomers. The local currency is the US dollar, which makes financial transactions easier for American expats. The cost of living on Jost Van Dyke is relatively high, as most goods need to be imported from other islands or the mainland. This includes groceries, household items, and other necessities. Healthcare facilities on the island are limited, so for serious medical conditions, you may need to travel to Tortola or even to the United States. It's important to have a comprehensive health insurance plan that covers medical evacuation. The island's economy is heavily dependent on tourism, so job opportunities may be limited to this sector. If you're planning to work on the island, it's important to secure a job before moving. Housing options on Jost Van Dyke can be limited and expensive, especially during the peak tourist season. It's recommended to secure housing before moving to the island. The island is prone to hurricanes and tropical storms, particularly between June and November. It's important to be prepared for these natural disasters and to have a plan in place. The pace of life on Jost Van Dyke is slower than in many other places. This laid-back lifestyle is part of the island's charm, but it can take some getting used to. Finally, while crime rates are relatively low, it's still important to take basic safety precautions, such as locking doors and not leaving valuables unattended," said one expat who made the move to Jost Van Dyke.

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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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