Last updated on Jul 11, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Biarritz, France: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Biarritz?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Biarritz, they said:
"Biarritz is a popular retirement destination for expats due to its beautiful beaches, mild climate, and vibrant culture. Before retiring in Biarritz, it's important to understand the cost of living, which can be higher than in other parts of France due to its popularity as a tourist destination. Healthcare in France is of a high standard, but expats should ensure they have adequate health insurance coverage. France has a reciprocal healthcare agreement with many countries, but it's important to check the specifics for your home country. Expats should also be aware of the tax implications of retiring in France. France has a complex tax system and it's recommended to seek advice from a tax professional. Language can be a barrier for some expats, as not everyone in Biarritz speaks English. Learning some basic French phrases can be helpful in day-to-day life. Biarritz has a strong sense of community and local culture. Expats should be prepared to immerse themselves in French customs and traditions. The city is well-connected with the rest of France and Europe, making it easy to travel. However, public transportation within Biarritz is limited, so having a car can be beneficial. Biarritz has a variety of housing options, from apartments to villas. It's recommended to visit Biarritz and explore different neighborhoods before deciding where to live. Finally, while Biarritz has a relatively low crime rate, it's still important to take standard safety precautions. It's also worth noting that the city can get crowded during the summer tourist season," explained one expat living in Biarritz, France.
What do I need to know before moving to Biarritz?
About the Author
Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.
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