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English Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in English Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to English Harbour?

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

"English Harbour, located in Antigua and Barbuda, is known for its rich history and beautiful beaches, making it a popular destination for expats. Before moving to English Harbour, it's important to understand that the cost of living can be quite high, especially when compared to other Caribbean islands. This is due to the island's popularity with tourists and expats, which drives up prices. The official language is English, which makes it easier for expats from English-speaking countries to communicate and integrate. However, the local dialect can sometimes be difficult to understand. The climate in English Harbour is tropical, with hot and humid weather throughout the year. There is a rainy season from June to November, which can sometimes result in hurricanes. Healthcare facilities in Antigua and Barbuda are adequate for routine health issues, but serious medical conditions may require evacuation to a country with more advanced facilities. Therefore, it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance. The crime rate in English Harbour is relatively low, but petty crime like theft does occur. It's advisable to take standard precautions to protect your personal belongings. Public transportation in English Harbour is limited, so having a car can be beneficial. However, driving can be challenging due to the island's narrow and winding roads. The local cuisine is a blend of West African, British, and Caribbean influences. Seafood is a staple, and local dishes often feature ingredients like lobster, conch, and saltfish. English Harbour is famous for its sailing and yachting culture. The annual Antigua Sailing Week is one of the world's premier sailing events and attracts visitors from around the globe. The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, but US dollars are widely accepted. Credit cards are also commonly used, but it's always a good idea to carry some cash. The education system in Antigua and Barbuda follows the British model. There are both public and private schools, but the quality of education can vary. Work permits are required for expats who wish to work in English Harbour. These can be difficult to obtain unless you have a skill that is in high demand. Finally, it's important to respect local customs and traditions. Antiguans and Barbudans are generally friendly and welcoming, but they appreciate when foreigners make an effort to understand their culture," remarked one expat who made the move to English Harbour.

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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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