Cebu, Philippines
Cebu, Philippines
Cebu, Philippines

Pros and Cons of Living in Cebu

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 24, 2021

Summary: Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what expats and digital nomads have to say about the pros and cons of living in Cebu, Philippines.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Cebu?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Cebu responded:

"We have property in a small settlement. We do not have running water in the present but new systems are being constructed. We haul our fresh water from a beautiful spring 10 kilometers away. We have a 4X4 truck and a new Nissan car. We have animals and lots of beautiful plants we are building stone walls and living spaces. We have one Hand thst takes great care and is a valued friend," said another in Cebu.

"Electricity and water can at times be intermittent but are never out for long periods of time. Internet is extremely fast and reliable," explained one expat in Cebu.

"Very low cost of living. Locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Easy to make friends. Satellite tv and great WiFi. 20 minute drive down the mountains to the city. Have my own garden and neighbor plows my 1 hectare with his Carabo for $20," explained one member in Cebu.

"The people are not only friendly, but loving and care about you. They make excellent friends and relatives. The poverty is heart breaking," explained one expat living in Cebu, Philippines.

"NO regrets: been there except when I travel for 21 years. Hope to end it there but not in hurry: too much to look forward to each day: sea is warm, fresh food, cold beer. Life is great!," said another expat who moved to Cebu, Philippines.

"Positive 1. The people are gregarious. They love to laugh, dance, and sing even though they struggle day to day just to get by. 2. The people are so helpful and respectful. 3. You don't need a vehicle. You can walk to grocery stores, bars, pharmacies, etc. Taxis and buses are very inexpensive. 4. Availability of healthy fresh food. Negative 1. The oppressive heat. Fans or air conditioning are essential. 2. Cockfighting is a national sport. 3. Wifi and TV providers have horrible customer service," said another expat who moved to Cebu, Philippines.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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