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Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Vieux Fort, 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 Vieux Fort?

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

"Vieux Fort is the second-largest town in Saint Lucia and is located on the island's southernmost tip. It is a bustling town with a mix of residential, commercial, and industrial areas. Before moving to Vieux Fort, expats should know that the official language is English, but many locals also speak a French-based Creole, known as Patois. The cost of living in Vieux Fort is relatively low compared to other Caribbean islands, but it is still higher than in many parts of the United States or Europe. The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, but US dollars are widely accepted. Vieux Fort is home to Hewanorra International Airport, making it a convenient location for frequent travelers. The climate in Vieux Fort is tropical, with a rainy season from June to November and a dry season from December to May. Healthcare facilities in Vieux Fort are adequate for routine health issues, but serious medical conditions may require evacuation to a country with more advanced medical facilities. The crime rate in Vieux Fort is relatively low, but expats should still take standard precautions to protect their personal safety and belongings. Public transportation in Vieux Fort is readily available and inexpensive, but many expats choose to rent or buy a car for more convenience. The education system in Saint Lucia is based on the British system, and there are both public and private schools available in Vieux Fort. Expats should also be aware that Saint Lucia has strict laws regarding the purchase and ownership of property by non-citizens, so it's important to consult with a local attorney before buying property. Finally, expats moving to Vieux Fort should be prepared to embrace a slower pace of life and a culture that values community and family above all else," wrote one member in Vieux Fort.

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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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