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Real Estate in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Oct 21, 2022

Summary: People living in Ocho Rios, Jamaica offer advice about real estate. How do you find a home in Ocho Rios? Should you buy or rent? What is the cost of housing?

How do I find a place to live in Ocho Rios?

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

"When looking for a place to live in Ocho Rios, there are a number of options available. The town has a variety of housing options, ranging from apartments, townhomes to villas. Additionally, there are a number of property management companies and real estate agents who specialize in finding homes in the area. Additionally, there are a number of websites where you can search for houses, apartments and other housing options in Ocho Rios. Once you have found a place that you like, you can contact the landlord or real estate agent to schedule a viewing and make arrangements," said another expat in Ocho Rios.

"Work chose it for me. A word to the wise, if work is choosing your place to stay make sure you travel to Jamaica and see it for yourself. If work expect to send you to Jamaica they should pay for a 1 week trip to the country staying in a compounded hotel with a driver available to you. Do not move to Jamaica without being there before!!," remarked another member in Ocho Rios.

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What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Ocho Rios?

"Expat homes and apartments in Ocho Rios are usually comfortable, modern and spacious. Some expat apartments feature nice views of the ocean or lush tropical gardens. Most apartments have large balconies with views over the city, the harbor or surrounding scenery. Amenities and features can vary, with some apartments boasting air conditioning, luxury furnishings, satellite TV, internet access and 24-hour security. Many buildings offer swimming pools, a gym and other recreation facilities - ideal for expats who want to make the most of their free time," said another expat in Ocho Rios.

"I live in a 2 bedroom apartment near Island village in Jamaica. I don't know of any expats locally. Work pays for this, it is basic accommodation and costs US1200 per month. Beware of living close to too much hustle and bustle such as night clubs / late bars, you will be kept up with booming reggae music all night," remarked another member in Ocho Rios.

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What is the average cost of housing in Ocho Rios?

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

"The cost of housing in Ocho Rios depends on a variety of factors including location, size, and amenities. However, the average cost of housing typically falls within a range of $1,000 - $2,500 per month," said another expat in Ocho Rios.

"Home costs are ridiculous, I don't pay for rent, electricity etc, however these are on average 3 times the cost. Food is far far far too overpriced. I am still paid as if living in Europe and food on average is about 3-4 times more expensive here than home. Frozen stuff is extremely expensive," remarked another member in Ocho Rios.

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Should I buy or rent a home in Ocho Rios?

If you have not spent a lot of time in Ocho Rios, you should rent before even thinking about buying. We asked expats there about the buy vs. rent decision:

"Buying a home in Ocho Rios is a great investment that can pay off over time, if you plan to be in the area long-term. However, if you are unsure of your long-term plans or need the flexibility of being able to move around, renting gives you more freedom to do so. Ultimately, it comes down to a personal decision on your part. Consider your current needs, long-term goals, and budget to decide which makes the most sense for you," remarked another member in Ocho Rios.

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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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