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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

What do I need to know before moving to Rodney Bay?

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

"Rodney Bay, is a popular destination for expats due to its beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and friendly locals. Before moving, expats 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 housing and imported goods. Healthcare facilities are available but may not be up to the standard expats are used to, so it's advisable to have comprehensive health insurance. The climate is tropical with a wet season from June to November, which can bring hurricanes. The local cuisine is a blend of Creole, Indian, and British influences, with seafood being a staple. The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, but US dollars are widely accepted. Driving is on the left side of the road, and while public transportation is available, having a car can be more convenient. The crime rate is relatively low, but petty crime like pickpocketing can occur, so it's important to take standard precautions. Finally, while Saint Lucia is a welcoming country, it's important to respect local customs and traditions," said one expat in Rodney Bay.

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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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