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Half Moon Bay, 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 Half Moon Bay, 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 Half Moon Bay?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Half Moon Bay, they said:

"Half Moon Bay in Antigua and Barbuda is a beautiful location known for its pristine beaches and clear waters, making it a popular destination for expats. Before moving, it's important to understand that the cost of living can be high, especially when it comes to housing and imported goods. The official language is English, which makes it easier for expats from English-speaking countries to communicate. However, the local dialect can sometimes be difficult to understand. The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, but US dollars are also widely accepted. It's advisable to have a good understanding of the exchange rate. The climate is tropical marine with little seasonal temperature variation. However, the island is susceptible to hurricanes from June to November. Healthcare facilities in Antigua and Barbuda are adequate for routine medical problems, but serious conditions may require evacuation to a country with more advanced facilities. Therefore, comprehensive health insurance is recommended. The crime rate is relatively low, but like any other place, it's important to take standard precautions to ensure personal safety. Public transportation is available but not always reliable. Many expats choose to rent or buy a car for convenience. The cuisine is predominantly seafood, with a mix of Creole and West Indian influences. The island is predominantly Christian, and the local culture is a blend of West African, British, and indigenous influences. Expats should also be aware that while the island is a popular tourist destination, it can be quiet and isolated during the off-peak season. Finally, it's important to note that work permits are required for expats wishing to work in Antigua and Barbuda. These can be difficult to obtain, so it's advisable to secure employment before moving," explained one expat living in Half Moon Bay, 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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