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Castries, Saint Lucia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Castries, Saint Lucia. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Castries?

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

"Before moving to Castries, expats should know that the official language is English, but many locals also speak a French-based Creole. The currency used is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, although US dollars are widely accepted. The cost of living can be high, especially for housing and imported goods. The climate is tropical, with a rainy season from June to November. Hurricanes can occur, so it's important to be prepared and aware of safety procedures. The healthcare system in Saint Lucia is a mix of public and private providers, with the quality of care varying. Expats often choose to have private health insurance. Driving is on the left side of the road, and the roads can be narrow and winding. Public transportation is available but can be unreliable. The crime rate is relatively low, but petty crime like theft does occur, so it's important to take precautions. The culture is a blend of African, French, and English influences, and locals are generally friendly and welcoming. The cuisine is a mix of Creole, Indian, and British influences, with seafood and tropical fruits being prominent. Finally, it's important to note that while Saint Lucia is a beautiful island with stunning beaches and natural beauty, it also has a slower pace of life which some may find frustrating. It's important to be patient and adapt to the local way of life," remarked one expat who made the move to Castries.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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