Last updated on Jul 02, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Siargao, Philippines. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know about living in Siargao?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Siargao, they said:
"Expats considering retirement in Siargao should be aware of several key factors. Firstly, the cost of living is relatively low compared to Western countries, but it's important to have a reliable source of income to cover expenses. Healthcare facilities on the island are basic, so it's advisable to have a good health insurance plan that covers medical evacuation in case of serious illness or injury. The official language is Filipino, but English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas. The climate is tropical, with high temperatures and humidity year-round, and a rainy season from November to January. Siargao is known for its laid-back lifestyle and natural beauty, including world-class surfing spots, but it's less developed than other parts of the Philippines, which can be both a pro and a con. The island has a small expat community, and while locals are generally friendly and welcoming, it can take time to integrate and understand the local culture and customs. As for visas, the Philippines offers a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV) that allows unlimited stay and multiple entries, but it requires a deposit and has other conditions. Finally, while Siargao is generally safe, it's important to be aware of the country's political situation and occasional natural disasters like typhoons. It's recommended to stay informed and take necessary precautions," remarked one expat who made the move to Siargao.
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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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