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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Castries, they said...

"Before moving to Castries, expats should know that the official language is English, but many locals also speak a French-based Creole. The currency used is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, although US dollars are widely accepted. The cost of living can be high, especially for housing and imported goods. The climate is tropical, with a rainy season from June to November. Hurricanes can occur, so it's important to be prepared and aware of safety procedures. The healthcare system in Saint Lucia is a mix of public and private providers, with the quality of care varying. Expats often choose to have private health insurance. Driving is on the left side of the road, and the roads can be narrow and winding. Public transportation is available but can be unreliable. The crime rate is relatively low, but petty crime like theft does occur, so it's important to take precautions. The culture is a blend of African, French, and English influences, and locals are generally friendly and welcoming. The cuisine is a mix of Creole, Indian, and British influences, with seafood and tropical fruits being prominent. Finally, it's important to note that while Saint Lucia is a beautiful island with stunning beaches and natural beauty, it also has a slower pace of life which some may find frustrating. It's important to be patient and adapt to the local way of life," said another expat in Castries, Saint Lucia.

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