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Marcala, Honduras

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 13, 2023

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

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What do I need to know before moving to Marcala?

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

"Marcala is known for its coffee production, so expect to find a lot of coffee plantations and cafes in the area. The official language is Spanish, so it would be beneficial to learn the language or at least basic phrases before moving. The cost of living in Marcala is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but the average income is also lower. Healthcare facilities in Marcala may not be as advanced as in larger cities, so it's important to have a good health insurance plan. Safety can be a concern in Honduras, so it's recommended to stay vigilant, avoid displaying wealth, and be cautious when traveling at night. Public transportation is available but may not be as reliable or comfortable as in your home country. The climate in Marcala is tropical, with a wet and dry season, so pack accordingly. The local cuisine is a mix of indigenous Lenca, Spanish, Caribbean and African influences, with dishes often based around corn, beans, and local fruits and vegetables. Marcala is a small town, so it may not offer the same level of entertainment or amenities as a larger city. However, it's close to natural attractions like the Montecristo National Park and the Celaque National Park. Lastly, it's important to understand and respect the local customs and traditions, which may be different from your own," said one expat who made the move to Marcala.

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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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