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Cebu, Philippines

Cebu, Philippines

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Dec 26, 2023

Summary: People describe Cebu, Philippines as a vibrant and diverse city with a rich culture and history. Expats love the friendly locals, the beautiful beaches, the delicious food, and the affordable cost of living. The weather in Cebu is generally warm and humid, with temperatures ranging from an average low of 73°F (23°C) to an average high of 91°F (33°C). The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,000 USD per month. A one bedroom apartment typically costs around $400 USD per month, while a two bedroom apartment typically costs around $600 USD per month. The approximate population of Cebu is 1.9 million people.

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

"Before retiring in Cebu, expats should research the cost of living in the area, as well as the availability of healthcare and other services. It is also important to familiarize oneself with the local culture and customs, as well as the language. Additionally, expats should consider the climate and the type of housing available, as well as the safety and security of the area. Finally, expats should research the visa requirements for living in the Philippines, as well as any other legal requirements," said one expat who made the move to Cebu.

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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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