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Mon Repos, 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 Mon Repos, 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 Mon Repos?

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

"Mon Repos is a small town located on the eastern coast of Saint Lucia, known for its peaceful environment and friendly locals. Before moving to Mon Repos, expats should be aware that English is the official language, but many locals also speak a French-based Creole, known as Patois. The cost of living in Mon Repos is relatively low compared to other parts of the world, but it's still higher than in some other Caribbean countries. Expats should also be aware that the healthcare system in Saint Lucia is not as advanced as in some Western countries, so it's advisable to have comprehensive health insurance. The climate in Mon Repos is tropical, with a wet season from June to November and a dry season from December to May. Expats should be prepared for high temperatures and humidity, as well as the possibility of hurricanes during the wet season. Public transportation in Mon Repos is limited, so expats may want to consider buying a car for convenience. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road in Saint Lucia, which may take some getting used to for those from countries where driving is on the right. Saint Lucia has a relatively high crime rate compared to other Caribbean countries, but Mon Repos is generally considered safe. However, expats should still take basic safety precautions, such as locking doors and windows and not walking alone at night. The cuisine in Mon Repos is a blend of Creole, Indian, and British influences, with seafood and tropical fruits being prominent ingredients. Expats should also be aware that the pace of life in Mon Repos is slower than in many Western countries, which can be a welcome change for some but may require an adjustment for others. Finally, expats moving to Mon Repos should be prepared to embrace a new culture and way of life. The locals are known for their hospitality and love of music and dance, and there are many festivals and events throughout the year that celebrate Saint Lucia's rich cultural heritage," said one expat in Mon Repos.

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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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