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Cap Estate, 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 Cap Estate, 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 Cap Estate?

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

"Cap Estate is located in the northernmost part of Saint Lucia, known for its luxury villas and stunning views. Before moving, expats should know that the official language is English, but many locals also speak a French-based Creole. The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, although US dollars are widely accepted. The cost of living in Cap Estate is relatively high compared to other parts of Saint Lucia due to its upscale nature. Expats should be prepared for this and budget accordingly. The real estate market in Cap Estate is robust, with a range of properties available from luxury villas to more modest homes. The climate in Cap Estate is tropical, with warm temperatures year-round. However, there is a rainy season from June to November, which can bring hurricanes. Expats should be prepared for this and consider purchasing property insurance that covers hurricane damage. Healthcare in Saint Lucia is of a good standard, but serious medical conditions may require evacuation to a larger island or the US. Therefore, comprehensive health insurance is recommended. Cap Estate is a safe area, but like anywhere, crime can occur. Expats should take standard precautions to protect their homes and belongings. The island's culture is a blend of African, French, and English influences. Expats should respect local customs and traditions. Driving is on the left side of the road in Saint Lucia, and the roads can be narrow and winding. Expats planning to drive should familiarize themselves with local driving laws and conditions. Finally, while Cap Estate is a beautiful and tranquil place to live, it can be somewhat isolated. Expats should be prepared for a slower pace of life and limited nightlife and entertainment options," said one expat who made the move to Cap Estate.

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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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