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Montego Bay, Jamaica

Montego Bay, Jamaica

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 22, 2023

Summary: People often describe Montego Bay, Jamaica as a vibrant and beautiful city with a laid-back atmosphere. Expats love the warm and friendly locals, the stunning beaches, and the abundance of activities and attractions. The weather in Montego Bay 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 USD per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is typically around $500 to $700 USD per month, while a two bedroom apartment can range from $700 to $1,000 USD per month. The approximate population of Montego Bay is around 150,000 people.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Montego Bay?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Montego Bay responded:

"Expats and digital nomads living in Montego Bay, often like the beautiful beaches, warm weather, and stunning natural scenery that the city offers. They appreciate the laid-back and relaxed atmosphere, which is perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. The friendly and welcoming locals make it easy for expats to feel at home and integrate into the community. Additionally, the rich cultural heritage and vibrant music scene provide plenty of opportunities for entertainment and exploration. On the other hand, some expats and digital nomads may dislike the high crime rate in Montego Bay, which can make safety a concern for those living in the city. The cost of living can also be relatively high, particularly for imported goods and certain services. The infrastructure, such as roads and public transportation, may not be as developed as in other countries, which can make getting around the city challenging. Finally, the limited availability of high-speed internet and coworking spaces may be a drawback for digital nomads who rely on reliable connectivity for their work," explained one expat in Montego Bay.

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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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