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St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jun 27, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in St. Ann's 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 St. Ann's Bay?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to St. Ann's Bay, they said:

"Before retiring in St. Ann's Bay, expats should know that the cost of living is generally lower than in many western countries, but it can vary depending on lifestyle. The official language is English, but Jamaican Patois is widely spoken, so learning some basic phrases could be beneficial. Healthcare facilities in Jamaica are not as advanced as in some western countries, so expats should ensure they have comprehensive health insurance. It's also important to note that some medications may not be readily available, so it's advisable to bring a sufficient supply of any necessary prescription drugs. The climate in St. Ann's Bay is tropical, with hot and humid weather throughout the year, and hurricane season from June to November. Expats should be prepared for this and understand the necessary precautions to take during severe weather. Jamaica has a high crime rate, particularly in certain areas, so expats should research and choose their living location carefully. It's also important to be aware of local customs and laws, as some actions that are legal in other countries may be illegal in Jamaica. The local cuisine is a mix of various cultures, with a heavy emphasis on seafood, fruits, and spices. Expats should be prepared for a different diet and take the time to explore local food options. Lastly, expats should understand that while St. Ann's Bay is a beautiful location with a rich culture and history, it may not offer the same level of amenities and conveniences as a larger city. Therefore, it's important to be adaptable and open to a different way of life," explained one expat living in St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica.

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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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