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Tagaytay 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 Tagaytay 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 Tagaytay City?

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

"Expats considering retirement in Tagaytay City should be aware of several key factors. Firstly, the cost of living is relatively low compared to Western countries, making it an attractive option for those on a fixed income. However, healthcare may not be up to the standards that expats from developed countries are used to, so it's important to have a good health insurance plan. Tagaytay City is known for its mild climate, which is cooler than most parts of the Philippines due to its high altitude. This can be a major draw for those looking to escape the heat. English is widely spoken in the Philippines, making it easier for expats to communicate. However, learning some basic Tagalog phrases can help in day-to-day interactions. The city is relatively safe, but like anywhere, it's important to take precautions and be aware of your surroundings. Expats should also be aware that the Philippines has a different culture and customs. It's important to respect these and try to integrate into the local community. The process of obtaining a retirement visa in the Philippines is relatively straightforward, but it's advisable to seek legal advice to ensure all paperwork is correctly completed. Finally, while Tagaytay City offers many amenities, it's still a good idea to maintain ties with your home country, both for emotional support and practical reasons, such as maintaining a bank account," wrote a member in Tagaytay City.

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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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