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Spanish Town, 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 Spanish Town, 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 Spanish Town?

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

"Before retiring in Spanish Town, expats should know that the cost of living is generally lower than in many Western countries, but it can vary depending on lifestyle. They should also be aware that healthcare facilities may not be as advanced as in their home country, so it's important to have a good health insurance plan. Expats should also know that Spanish Town has a tropical climate, with hot and humid weather throughout the year. They should be prepared for hurricane season, which typically runs from June to November. Understanding and speaking English is essential as it is the official language, but learning some Jamaican Patois can be helpful in day-to-day interactions. Expats should also be aware of the crime rate in Spanish Town, which is higher than in some other parts of Jamaica. It's important to take safety precautions, such as avoiding certain areas at night and not displaying wealth openly. It's also important to understand the local culture and customs. Jamaicans are generally friendly and hospitable, but it's important to respect their traditions and way of life. Finally, expats should know that the process of buying property in Jamaica can be complex. It's recommended to hire a local attorney to help navigate the legal system," commented one expat who made the move to Spanish Town.

"Well, if the friend was moving from a country in which gas is supplied via a main pipeline rather than a gas cylinder, I would suggest that he or she not take the cooker (gas stove). Also, ensure that your house is wired with the appropriate voltage and AC adapters, otherwise large electrical appliances are not likely to work," remarked one expat living in Spanish Town, Jamaica.

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About the Author

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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