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Jolly 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 Jolly 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 Jolly Harbour?

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

"Jolly Harbour, Antigua and Barbuda, is a popular destination for expats due to its beautiful beaches, warm climate, and friendly locals. Before moving there, it's important to understand a few key things about life in this Caribbean paradise. Firstly, 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, so it may take some time to get used to it. The cost of living in Jolly Harbour is relatively high compared to other Caribbean islands. This is due to the fact that many goods have to be imported, which increases their price. Therefore, it's important to budget accordingly. The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, but US dollars are also widely accepted. Credit cards are accepted in most places, but it's always a good idea to carry some cash for smaller establishments or street vendors. 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 medical facilities. Therefore, comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation is highly recommended. The climate in Jolly Harbour is tropical, with high temperatures and humidity throughout the year. It's important to stay hydrated and protect yourself from the sun. The hurricane season runs from June to November, so it's important to be prepared for potential storms during this time. The crime rate in Antigua and Barbuda is relatively low, but like anywhere, it's important to take precautions. Avoid walking alone at night, especially in isolated areas, and always lock your doors and windows. 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 and respect their way of life," explained one expat living in Jolly Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda.

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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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