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Mandeville, Jamaica

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 08, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Mandeville, 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 Mandeville?

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

"Before retiring in Mandeville, expats should know that the cost of living is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but it is one of the more expensive places to live in Jamaica. They should also be aware that the official language is English, but many locals speak Patois, a Creole language based on English. Expats should know that Mandeville is located in the mountains of Jamaica, offering a cooler climate than the coastal areas. It is also less touristy than other parts of Jamaica, providing a more authentic Jamaican experience. Healthcare in Mandeville is decent with several hospitals and clinics available, but for serious medical conditions, expats may need to travel to Kingston or Montego Bay. It's recommended to have a comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. Expats should be aware that while Jamaica has a high crime rate, Mandeville is considered one of the safer towns. However, it's still important to take standard precautions to ensure personal safety. Understanding the local customs and culture is important for expats. Jamaicans are generally friendly and hospitable, but they also value respect and good manners. Expats should also 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. Finally, expats should be aware that while Jamaica is a beautiful country with a laid-back lifestyle, it also has its challenges such as infrastructure issues and occasional power outages. It's important to visit and spend some time in Mandeville before making the decision to retire there," explained one expat living in Mandeville, 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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