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Runaway Bay, Jamaica

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 06, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Runaway Bay?

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

"Before retiring in Runaway Bay, expats should know that the cost of living is generally lower than in many western countries, but imported goods can be expensive. They should be aware that the official language is English, but Patois, a local dialect, is widely spoken. Expats should understand that the healthcare system in Jamaica is not as advanced as in some western countries, and private health insurance is recommended. They should also know that the crime rate in Jamaica is high, although Runaway Bay is considered relatively safe. Expats should be prepared for a tropical climate, with hot and humid weather year-round and a rainy season from May to November. They should also know that hurricanes can occur between June and November. Before moving, expats should familiarize themselves with the local customs and culture, which can be quite different from western norms. They should also be aware that the pace of life in Jamaica is generally slower than in many western countries. Expats should know that they will need a visa to retire in Jamaica, and the process can be complex and time-consuming. They should also be aware that property rights in Jamaica can be complicated, and it's recommended to hire a local attorney when buying property. Finally, expats should understand that while Jamaica offers a beautiful and relaxed lifestyle, it also has its challenges, and it's important to do thorough research and planning before making the move," wrote a member in Runaway Bay.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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