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Praslin, 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 Praslin, 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 Praslin?

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

"Expats moving to Praslin should be aware that the official language is English, 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 also widely accepted. Healthcare facilities in Praslin 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 is tropical, with a wet season from June to November. Hurricanes can occur, so it's important to be prepared and understand the local warning systems. Public transportation is available but not always reliable, so having a personal vehicle can be beneficial. Driving is on the left side of the road, and an international driving permit is required. The crime rate in Saint Lucia is relatively low, but petty crime like theft can occur. Expats should take standard precautions to protect their personal belongings. The local cuisine is a blend of Creole, Indian, and British influences, with a focus on fresh seafood and locally grown fruits and vegetables. Internet and mobile phone coverage is generally good, but service can be spotty in more remote areas. Saint Lucia has a mix of public and private schools, and while education is compulsory until age 15, expats often choose international schools for their children. Finally, Saint Lucia's culture is rich and vibrant, with numerous festivals and events throughout the year. Expats are encouraged to participate and immerse themselves in the local culture," remarked one expat who made the move to Praslin.

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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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