What do I need to know before moving to Tortola?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Tortola, they said...
"Tortola is the largest and most populated of the British Virgin Islands, known for its beautiful beaches, lush mountains, and crystal-clear waters. English is the official language, but you may hear locals speaking a Creole dialect. The currency used is the US dollar, so there's no need to worry about exchange rates if you're coming from the United States. The cost of living is relatively high, especially for housing and groceries, due to the fact that most goods are imported. It's important to note that Tortola is a tax haven, meaning there are no capital gains, inheritance or corporation taxes. The climate is tropical, with temperatures remaining fairly consistent year-round, but be prepared for hurricane season which typically runs from June to November. Driving is on the left side of the road, and the terrain can be quite hilly and winding. Public transportation is limited, so having a car is almost a necessity. Healthcare facilities are limited and serious medical conditions may require evacuation to another island or the mainland. It's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. The island is relatively safe, but like anywhere, petty crime can occur, so it's important to take standard precautions. The pace of life is slower and more relaxed than in many Western countries, which can be a big adjustment. The local cuisine is a blend of African, European, and Indian influences, with seafood being a prominent feature. Finally, Tortola is a popular destination for sailing and yachting, with many opportunities to rent or charter boats," remarked another expat who made the move to Tortola, the British Virgin Islands.
- What should I pack when moving to Tortola?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Tortola?
- Will I be able to find a job in Tortola?
- What is life like in Tortola?
- What do expats in Tortola appreciate most about the local culture?
- What do expats find most challenging?
- Is there a lot of crime in Tortola?
- Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Tortola accepting of differences?
- What are the schools in Tortola like?
- What are healthcare services like in Tortola?
- What are medical services in Tortola like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Tortola?
- What are emergency services like in Tortola?
- Will I need to travel to see a specialist?
- Are common prescription medications available in Tortola?
- How are local medical facilities in Tortola?
- As a foreigner living in Tortola, 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 Tortola?If you live in Tortola, newcomers to Tortola would love to hear your answer to this question.