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Negril, Jamaica

Negril, Jamaica

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Dec 30, 2022

Summary: Negril, Jamaica is often described as a paradise, with its stunning white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and lush tropical vegetation. Expats love the laid-back atmosphere, friendly locals, and the abundance of outdoor activities. The weather in Negril is typically warm and sunny, with temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-80s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,500 to $2,000 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is typically around $500 to $700 per month, while a two bedroom apartment can range from $700 to $1,000 per month. The approximate population of Negril is around 25,000 people.

What do I need to know before moving to Negril?

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

"it's important to be where you feel safe and where you are close to what is important, be it the beach and the nightlife, or the friends you've made, or other ex-pats..i would rent on the beach, and meet people, before deciding where you want to live...even if you've been a vacationer, it's not the same one you live there...get used to everything being at a much slower pace, and going without electricity and water, sometimes...but there is never a lack of something go on, where there is music and laughter and people..," said another person in Negril.

"Things change often here in Jamaica. It's best you contact a person you know for advice on current living conditions or accommodations. I run a blog at http://www.jamaicamax.com with details on current market condition's in Negril and Jamaica," remarked another expat in Negril.

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How do I find a place to live in Negril?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"I found my first place, through friends, and then found second place, which was perfect, thru a referral of someone i spoke to on email, for a while, who had lived in the same apt...it really is best to check out a place for a while, before you decide where you want to live...you will more than likely change your mind..at least once..," remarked another expat in Negril.

"I made some friends here in Negril and found a place via referral from a friend. You can contact me at http://www.jamaicamax.com and I can help anyone find rental rooms or homes for sale in Jamaica," explained one expat living in Negril.

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What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Negril?

"I lived in several places, and it's really a matter of personal choice..i love to swim early, in the morning, and so living close to beach or cliffs, if you're not going to have a car, is important to me..i also lived in someone else's yard, where it was very beautiful and in a garden paradise, but then i had a car, and could drive to the beach every morning...finding that the west end was more interesting for me, after a time..there are plenty of people to talk to, who will give you advice and tell you who has what, for rent.," added another person living in Negril.

"I rent a two bedroom suite in a nice secluded area. We just moved there from a unit on the beach but we needed more space for the money. Yes many expats live here in Negril much the same way I do," explained one expat living in Negril.

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What is the average cost of housing in Negril?

If you are thinking about moving to Negril, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"i would say at the time, that where i lived there, was cheaper or about the same..i dont' look for too much, when there, you spend alot of time outside, and for me, the space and the a/c and things like that were not as important..never had a/c. I did want to be able to cook, of course, and make coffee and a good place to hang my laundry, as i washed by hand, most of the time, and a place to park my car, access to taxis, safe yard (important)," said another expat in Negril.

"My housing costs are actually about the same. I spent $650 per month to rent a unit on the cliffs here in Negril. I just found a new lesser expensove two bedroom suite for $600 per month with elect, cable and water included. On average a home will cost you more in Negril than places like Florida," added another person living in Negril.

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What should I bring when moving to Negril?

People living in Negril were asked what three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They wrote:

"1) More solar things, like lights and phone charger. 2) More good, big beach towels (ones here cheap, flimsy, but easier to wash by hand!) 3) Rechargeable batteries of all sizes and the batteries (don't skimp) 1) Less clothes 2) Less shoes 3) LESS..period," explained one expat.

"I'm glad I brought my mountain bike, my dive gear and an underwater camera. I wish I had a trailer to haul the kids on my bike. I wish I had brought more shorts and underwear. The beach is rough on clothes. I wish I had brought a second laptop so my kids could surf and play while I work. I wish I had not brought the DVD collection and player but the kids are glad I did," said another person in Negril.

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Where should I setup a bank account in Negril?

We asked expats in Negril what banks they use and there advice about banking. They advised:

"I chose the Jamaican National Builders Society and opened a savings account where I can transfer money from the States over the phone or internet. I have a debit card and the savings account gives me access to homes for sale and loans processed through the Builders Society," explained one expat living in Negril.

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What do expats in Negril appreciate most about the local culture?

"The things I most appreciate are the people for sure!! There attitude totally different from here they are more laid back than Canadians. They take time out to enjoy the little things in life! The music is another thing that falls into the top 5," said another expat in Negril.

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What do expats find most challenging?

"Driving is the most challenging aspect of this new culture, because of the bad roads and driving on the opposite side of the road is definitely a challenge! Health care is another concern of mine, but for now I'm not letting that stop me from living my dream," added another person living in Negril.

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About the Author

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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