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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

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

What do I need to know before moving to Utila?

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

"Utila is a small island in the Caribbean Sea, known for its vibrant coral reefs, making it a popular destination for scuba diving enthusiasts. The official language is Spanish, but English is widely spoken due to the island's British colonial history. The cost of living in Utila is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but it's important to budget for unexpected expenses. The island has a tropical climate with high humidity and temperatures ranging from 20 to 32 degrees Celsius throughout the year. It's important to prepare for hurricane season, which typically runs from June to November. Healthcare facilities on the island are limited, so it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance that includes medical evacuation. It's also advisable to take precautions against mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever and Zika virus. The island's infrastructure is not as developed as in many Western countries, with occasional power outages and limited internet connectivity. Public transportation is limited to tuk-tuks and taxis, and many residents choose to get around by bicycle or on foot. The local cuisine is heavily influenced by the sea, with seafood and fish featuring prominently. It's also worth noting that the island has a relaxed, laid-back lifestyle, which can be a big adjustment for those used to a fast-paced city life. Safety can be a concern in Honduras, but Utila is generally considered safer than the mainland. However, it's still important to take common-sense precautions, such as not displaying valuable items in public and avoiding isolated areas at night. Finally, it's important to respect the local culture and environment. The island's coral reefs are a major draw for tourists, but they are also fragile ecosystems that need to be protected. Always follow local guidelines when snorkeling or diving to help preserve these natural wonders for future generations," wrote one member in Utila.

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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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