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Old Road, Antigua & Barbuda: Cost of Living, Healthcare, Local Clubs and Activities, Healthcare and What to Know About Living in Old Road | Expat Exchange
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Old Road, 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 Old Road, 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 Old Road?

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

"Old Road is a small town located on the island of Antigua, which is part of the twin-island country of Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean. It is known for its beautiful beaches, warm climate, and friendly locals. English is the official language of Antigua and Barbuda, so communication should not be a problem for English-speaking expats. However, the local dialect can sometimes be difficult to understand. The cost of living in Old Road is relatively high, as is the case in most Caribbean islands. This is due to the fact that many goods have to be imported. 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 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. The climate in Old Road is tropical, with a wet season from June to November and a dry season from December to May. Hurricanes can occur between June and November. Public transportation in Old Road is limited, so having a car can be beneficial. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road. Old Road is a safe place to live, but like anywhere, it's important to take common-sense precautions to protect yourself and your property. The cuisine in Old Road is heavily based on seafood, fruits, and vegetables. Local specialties include fungee (a dish similar to polenta made from cornmeal) and pepperpot (a spicy stew). The culture of Old Road is a blend of West African, British, and indigenous Caribbean influences. Cricket is the national sport and is passionately followed. Expats moving to Old Road should ensure they have the correct visa. It's also important to note that the government of Antigua and Barbuda has the right to refuse entry to anyone, even those with a valid visa. Finally, it's worth noting that while Old Road is a beautiful place to live, it can be quite different from what expats are used to. It's important to be open-minded and adaptable to fully enjoy the experience," wrote one member in Old Road.

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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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