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Rio Dulce, Guatemala

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

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

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What do I need to know before moving to Rio Dulce?

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

"Before moving to Rio Dulce, expats should know that Spanish is the primary language spoken, so learning the language or having a basic understanding can be beneficial. The cost of living is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but it's important to budget for unexpected expenses. Healthcare facilities may not be as advanced as in your home country, so it's advisable to have comprehensive health insurance. The climate in Rio Dulce is tropical, with a wet and dry season, so appropriate clothing and preparation for this type of weather is necessary. The local cuisine is a mix of Mayan, Spanish, and Caribbean influences, and it's worth trying local dishes. Safety can be a concern in certain areas, so it's important to research and choose your living area carefully. Public transportation is available but may not be as reliable or comfortable as you're used to. The culture in Guatemala is rich and diverse, with a mix of indigenous and Spanish influences. It's important to respect local customs and traditions. Internet and mobile coverage can be spotty in some areas, so if you're planning to work remotely, ensure you have a reliable connection. Lastly, it's advisable to connect with other expats who can provide first-hand advice and support as you adjust to your new surroundings," remarked one expat living in Rio Dulce, Guatemala.

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About the Author

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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