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Moving to Jamaica

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jun 20, 2023

Summary: Many expats and digital nomads move to Jamaica for its beautiful beaches, warm climate, and vibrant culture. The most popular cities for expats and digital nomads in Jamaica are Kingston, Montego Bay, and Negril. People looking for a place to live in Jamaica can search online for rental listings, contact real estate agents, or look for postings on local expat forums. Additionally, many expats and digital nomads find housing through word of mouth from other expats and digital nomads already living in Jamaica.

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What do I need to know before moving to Jamaica?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Jamaica, they said:

"If you’re looking in MoBay you should check out Freeport, Spring Garden, Spring Farm, half Moon villas, Rose Hall, those would be the places to look if you are looking to purchase a home. They are all upscale gated communities," explained one expat living in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

"Keep in mind the location if you do not have a car. You will want to be close enough to public transportation. Route taxis (taxis that go along a specific route only) travel outside of many of the subdivisions/schemes and along main roads. If I can be of help to anyone, just let me know," said one expat in Falmouth.

"One of the things I struggle with is lack of transportation. We have a car, but if my husband is away I feel trapped. It's not easy to jump on a bus or grab a taxi," said one expat who made the move to Montego Bay.

"Ask around to find a good deal. Don't trust anyone because everyone is looking for a cut from the deal. Learn to take life slowly because the amenities you might be accustom to will not be at your fingertips. You have to wait for phone, internet and cable service. Your wait might be up to 3 months," explained one expat living in Falmouth, Jamaica.

"Things change often here in Jamaica. It's best you contact a person you know for advice on current living conditions or accommodations. I run a blog at http://www.jamaicamax.com with details on current market condition's in Negril and Jamaica," said one in Negril.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is one of the founders of Digital Nomad Exchange and the Founder and President of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange and Digital Nomad 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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