Port Antonio, Jamaica
Last updated on Jul 02, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Port Antonio, Jamaica. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know about living in Port Antonio?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Port Antonio, they said:
"Port Antonio, is a beautiful and vibrant city that offers a unique retirement experience. Before making the move, expats should consider several factors. Firstly, the cost of living in Port Antonio is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but it's essential to have a clear understanding of your budget and financial situation. Healthcare in Jamaica is not as advanced as in some Western countries, so it's crucial to have a comprehensive health insurance plan. The official language is English, but the local dialect, Patois, is widely spoken. Learning some basic phrases can help you integrate into the community. The climate in Port Antonio is tropical, with hot and humid weather throughout the year. It's important to consider how well you can adapt to this type of climate. Jamaica has a different culture and lifestyle, so it's essential to be open-minded and adaptable. Safety can be a concern in some parts of Jamaica, so it's important to research and choose a safe neighborhood in Port Antonio. The local cuisine is a mix of different cultures, with a focus on seafood, fruits, and spices. If you have specific dietary needs or preferences, you may need to adjust. Public transportation is available, but it may not be as reliable or extensive as in your home country. Owning a car might be necessary for convenience. Finally, it's important to understand the local laws and regulations, especially those related to residency and property ownership. Consulting with a local attorney or real estate agent can be very helpful," wrote a member in Port Antonio.
What do I need to know before moving to Port Antonio?
About the Author
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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