What do I need to know before moving to Paradise Island?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Paradise Island, they said...
"Expats moving to Paradise Island should be aware of the cost of living, which can be quite high due to the island's popularity as a tourist destination. Imported goods, groceries, and housing can be expensive, so it's essential to budget accordingly. It's also important to understand the local culture and customs, as the Bahamas has a unique blend of British, African, and Caribbean influences. Be respectful of local traditions and be prepared to adapt to the laid-back island lifestyle. The official language of the Bahamas is English, which makes it easier for expats to communicate with locals. However, it's still a good idea to familiarize yourself with the local dialect and slang to better understand conversations and fit in with the community. The climate in Paradise Island is tropical, with warm temperatures and high humidity year-round. Be prepared for hurricane season, which typically runs from June to November, and make sure to have a plan in place for potential evacuations or emergencies. Healthcare facilities in the Bahamas are generally of a high standard, but they can be expensive for non-residents. Expats should ensure they have comprehensive health insurance to cover any medical expenses that may arise during their stay. The Bahamas has a relatively low crime rate, but petty crime and theft can still occur, particularly in tourist areas. Expats should take precautions to secure their belongings and be aware of their surroundings, especially at night. If you plan to work in Paradise Island, it's essential to secure a job and obtain a work permit before moving. The job market can be competitive, and work permits are typically granted to those with specialized skills or who are filling a position that cannot be filled by a Bahamian citizen. Driving in the Bahamas is on the left side of the road, and expats will need to obtain a Bahamian driver's license to drive legally. Be prepared for traffic congestion in popular tourist areas and exercise caution when driving, as local driving habits may differ from those in your home country. Finally, be prepared to embrace the island lifestyle and make the most of your time in Paradise Island. Enjoy the beautiful beaches, vibrant culture, and friendly locals that make the Bahamas a popular destination for expats and tourists alike," said another expat in Paradise Island, Bahamas.
"Before moving to Paradise Island, it is important to research the cost of living and the availability of accommodation, services and transportation. You should also familiarize yourself with local laws and customs, and obtain necessary permits or visas if required. Additionally, it is essential to plan for any medical needs and consider what healthcare insurance might be required. With Paradise Island being a tropical destination, you may also need to prepare for strong sun and to be aware of risks such as hurricanes, potential flooding and the risk of mosquito-borne illnesses such as Zika, dengue fever and malaria. Being aware of the local culture and language are also recommended. Finally, researching the local job market can help you be better prepared for life on Paradise Island," wrote a member who made the move to Paradise Island, Bahamas.
- What should I pack when moving to Paradise Island?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Paradise Island?
- Will I be able to find a job in Paradise Island?
- What is life like in Paradise Island?
- What do expats in Paradise Island appreciate most about the local culture?
- What do expats find most challenging?
- Is there a lot of crime in Paradise Island?
- Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Paradise Island accepting of differences?
- What are the schools in Paradise Island like?
- What are healthcare services like in Paradise Island?
- What are medical services in Paradise Island like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Paradise Island?
- What are emergency services like in Paradise Island?
- Will I need to travel to see a specialist?
- Are common prescription medications available in Paradise Island?
- How are local medical facilities in Paradise Island?
- As a foreigner living in Paradise Island, will I have access to public healthcare? What is it like?
- What have your experiences during the pandemic with the local healthcare system been like?
What do I need to know before moving to Paradise Island?If you live in Paradise Island, newcomers to Paradise Island would love to hear your answer to this question.