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Canaries, 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 Canaries, 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 Canaries?

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

"Before moving to Canaries, expats should know that English is the official language, but many locals also speak a French-based Creole dialect. The cost of living can be high, especially for housing and imported goods. The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, but US dollars are also widely accepted. Expats should be aware that the healthcare system in Saint Lucia is not as advanced as in some western countries, and serious medical conditions may require evacuation to a country with better facilities. Therefore, comprehensive health insurance is highly recommended. The climate is tropical with high temperatures and humidity throughout the year, and there is a rainy season from June to November. Expats should also be aware that Saint Lucia is in a hurricane-prone zone. The island has a relaxed, laid-back lifestyle which can be a big adjustment for those used to a fast-paced city life. The local cuisine is a blend of Creole, Indian, and British influences, with a lot of seafood and fresh fruits. Driving is on the left side of the road in Saint Lucia, and the road conditions can be challenging with narrow, winding roads, and aggressive local driving habits. Public transportation is available but can be unreliable. Saint Lucia has a relatively high crime rate, although most crimes are non-violent. However, expats are advised to take standard precautions to protect their personal safety and belongings. Finally, expats should be aware that while Saint Lucia is a beautiful island with a rich culture and friendly people, it also has its challenges such as high unemployment rates and a lack of certain amenities and services. Therefore, it's important to do thorough research and have realistic expectations before making the move," remarked one expat who made the move to Canaries.

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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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