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Arcachon, France

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 11, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Arcachon, France: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Arcachon?

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

"Arcachon, is a popular retirement destination due to its mild climate, beautiful beaches, and relaxed lifestyle. Before retiring in Arcachon, expats should be aware of several important factors. Firstly, it's essential to understand the cost of living in Arcachon. While it's lower than in Paris, it's still higher than in many other parts of France. This includes the cost of housing, food, healthcare, and other daily expenses. Secondly, expats should familiarize themselves with the French healthcare system. France has one of the best healthcare systems in the world, but it's important to understand how it works and what kind of insurance you'll need. Language is another important consideration. While many people in Arcachon speak English, it's beneficial to learn some French to help with daily life and integration into the community. Understanding the local culture and customs is also crucial. The French have a particular way of life, and respecting this can help you fit in and feel more at home. Finally, it's important to consider the legal aspects of retiring in France. This includes understanding the visa requirements, tax implications, and any other legalities involved in moving to and living in France. In conclusion, retiring in Arcachon can be a wonderful experience, but it's important to do your research and understand what it entails before making the move," remarked one expat who made the move to Arcachon.

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Joshua Wood 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.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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