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Five Islands Village, Antigua & Barbuda

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Five Islands Village, 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 Five Islands Village?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Five Islands Village, they said:

"Five Islands Village is located on the island of Antigua, which is part of the twin-island country of Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean. The official language is English, so communication should not be a problem for English-speaking expats. The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, but US dollars are also widely accepted. The cost of living in Five Islands Village can be quite high, especially when it comes to housing and imported goods. However, local produce and seafood are generally affordable. Healthcare facilities in Antigua are adequate for routine health issues, but serious medical conditions may require evacuation to a country with more advanced medical facilities. The climate in Five Islands Village is tropical maritime, which means it's warm and humid year-round, with a rainy season from June to November. The village is located in a hurricane-prone region, so expats should be prepared for potential natural disasters. The village is known for its beautiful beaches and outdoor activities, making it a great place for those who enjoy a laid-back, beach lifestyle. However, it's also important to note that the pace of life in Five Islands Village is slower than in many Western countries, which can take some getting used to. Public transportation in Antigua is not very reliable, so expats may want to consider buying a car for convenience. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road, and an international driving permit is required. The crime rate in Antigua and Barbuda is relatively low, but petty crime like theft can occur, so it's important to take standard precautions to protect your belongings. Finally, expats should be aware that while Antigua and Barbuda is a relatively progressive country, it still has conservative attitudes towards certain social issues. Therefore, it's important to respect local customs and traditions," said one expat in Five Islands Village.

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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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