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Puerto Princesa City, Philippines

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 02, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Puerto Princesa City, Philippines. 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 Puerto Princesa City?

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

"Before retiring in Puerto Princesa City, expats should know that the cost of living is relatively low compared to Western countries, making it an attractive destination for retirees. The city is known for its clean and green environment, with strict laws on littering and pollution. English is widely spoken in Puerto Princesa, making it easier for expats to communicate. However, learning some basic Tagalog or the local dialect could be beneficial. Healthcare facilities in Puerto Princesa are adequate, with several hospitals and clinics available. However, for more serious health concerns, one may need to travel to Manila. The city is generally safe, but like any other place, it is advisable to take standard precautions against petty crimes. Expats should also be aware of the tropical climate, which is hot and humid throughout the year, with a rainy season from June to November. The Philippines has a retirement visa program called the Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV) which allows foreigners to live in the country indefinitely. Expats should also be aware of the cultural differences and respect local customs and traditions. Filipinos are known for their hospitality and friendliness, but they also value respect and good manners. Lastly, Puerto Princesa is a popular tourist destination known for its beautiful beaches and the famous Underground River, so there are plenty of recreational activities for retirees," explained one expat living in Puerto Princesa City, Philippines.

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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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