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Soufriere, 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 Soufriere, 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 Soufriere?

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

"Before moving to Soufriere, expats should know that English is the official language, but many locals also speak a French-based Creole. The cost of living can be high, especially for imported goods, due to the island's remote location. The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, but US dollars are widely accepted. Expats should be aware that Soufriere is a small town with a slower pace of life, which can be a significant change for those used to living in a bustling city. The town is known for its natural beauty, including the Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the world's only drive-in volcano. Healthcare facilities in Soufriere are limited, so expats may need to travel to the capital, Castries, for more serious medical issues. It's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. The climate in Soufriere is tropical, with a wet season from June to November. Expats should be prepared for high temperatures and humidity, as well as potential hurricanes during the wet season. While Saint Lucia is generally safe, expats should still take standard precautions to protect themselves and their property. This includes being aware of their surroundings, not displaying signs of wealth, and securing their homes. Expats should also be aware that while Saint Lucia has a vibrant culture and friendly locals, it can take time to fully integrate into the community. Patience and an open mind are key to adjusting to life in Soufriere. Lastly, obtaining a work permit can be a lengthy process, so it's recommended to start this process well in advance of the planned move," remarked one expat living in Soufriere, Saint Lucia.

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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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