San Juan, Philippines
Last updated on Sep 05, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in San Juan, Philippines. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know about living in San Juan?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to San Juan, they said:
"Before retiring in San Juan, expats should know that the cost of living is generally lower than in many Western countries, but it can vary depending on lifestyle choices. The official language is Filipino, but English is widely spoken, especially in urban areas. The climate is tropical, with a dry season from November to April and a rainy season from May to October. Healthcare in the Philippines is a mix of public and private providers. While the quality of care can be good, especially in private hospitals, it may not be up to the standards expats are used to. It's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance that covers treatment in private hospitals. San Juan is a bustling city with a rich history and vibrant culture. It offers a range of amenities, from shopping malls and restaurants to parks and museums. However, traffic can be heavy, and public transportation is not always reliable. The Philippines has a relatively high crime rate compared to some other countries, although expats who take sensible precautions are unlikely to encounter problems. It's advisable to avoid certain areas, especially at night, and to be aware of common scams. The process of obtaining a retirement visa in the Philippines can be complex and time-consuming. Expats should start the process well in advance and may want to seek legal advice. The Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV) is a popular option for many retirees. The Philippines has a diverse and welcoming culture, but it's important for expats to respect local customs and traditions. This includes dressing modestly, especially in rural areas, and avoiding sensitive topics of conversation. Finally, while the Philippines offers a relaxed lifestyle, it's also prone to natural disasters such as typhoons, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. Expats should be prepared for these risks and have a plan in place in case of emergencies," commented one expat who made the move to San Juan.
What do I need to know before moving to San Juan?
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.
- What do I need to know before moving to San Juan?
- What is a typical expat home or apartment like in San Juan?
- What is the average cost of housing in San Juan?
- How do I meet people in San Juan?
- What do I need to know before retiring in San Juan?
- What should I pack when moving to San Juan?
- Where should I setup a bank account in San Juan?
- Will I be able to find a job in San Juan?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do people like (and dislike) about San Juan?
- What type of social life can someone expect in San Juan?
- What is the social scene like in San Juan?
- What advice to expats in San Juan have about housing?
- What are medical services in San Juan like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in San Juan?
- Is the cost of living in San Juan high?
- What are the visa & residency requirements in San Juan?
- Why do people move to San Juan?