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Gros Islet, 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 Gros Islet, 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 Gros Islet?

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

"Gros Islet is a picturesque town in Saint Lucia, known for its vibrant nightlife, beautiful beaches, and friendly locals. Before moving there, expats should know that the official language is English, but many locals also speak a French-based Creole. The cost of living in Gros Islet can be higher than in other parts of Saint Lucia, especially when it comes to housing and dining out. However, local markets offer affordable fresh produce and seafood. The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, but US dollars are widely accepted. It's advisable to have a local bank account for convenience. Public transportation in Gros Islet is reliable but not always punctual. Many expats choose to rent or buy a car for more flexibility. Healthcare facilities in Gros Islet are adequate for minor illnesses and injuries, but serious conditions may require evacuation to a larger hospital in Castries or overseas. Gros Islet is generally safe, but like anywhere, it's important to take precautions against petty crime. It's advisable to avoid isolated areas at night and to secure homes and vehicles. The climate in Gros Islet is tropical, with a wet season from June to November. Expats should be prepared for high temperatures and humidity, and occasional hurricanes. Expats should also be aware that while Gros Islet is a welcoming community, it can take time to fully integrate. Patience, respect for local customs, and a willingness to participate in community events can go a long way in making the transition smoother. Finally, expats moving to Gros Islet should ensure they have the correct visas and permits. Saint Lucia has strict immigration laws, and working without the correct documentation can lead to heavy fines or deportation," wrote one member in Gros Islet.

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About the Author

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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