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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 06, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in San Andres Island, Colombia. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

What do I need to know about living in San Andres Island?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to San Andres Island, they said:

"San Andres Island, is a beautiful Caribbean destination that offers a unique blend of Latin and Caribbean cultures. Before retiring there, expats should be aware of several important factors. Firstly, it's essential to understand the cost of living. While it's generally lower than in many Western countries, it can vary depending on your lifestyle. You should also consider the cost of healthcare, which is generally affordable but may require private insurance for the best care. Secondly, you should be aware of the language. While English is widely spoken due to the island's British colonial history, Spanish is the official language of Colombia. Learning some basic Spanish would be beneficial. Thirdly, you should consider the climate. San Andres Island has a tropical climate with high humidity and temperatures throughout the year. It's important to consider if this type of weather suits your health and lifestyle. Fourthly, you should understand the residency requirements. Colombia has a relatively straightforward process for obtaining a retirement visa, but it does require proof of a steady income. Fifthly, you should be aware of the safety situation. While San Andres is generally safe, like any place, it has areas that are best avoided. It's recommended to stay informed about the local situation. Lastly, you should consider the culture. Colombians are known for their friendliness and hospitality, but it's important to respect local customs and traditions. This includes understanding the local pace of life, which can be slower than what you're used to. In conclusion, retiring in San Andres Island, Colombia, can be a wonderful experience, but it's important to do your research and be prepared," commented one expat who made the move to San Andres Island.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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