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What do I need to know before moving to Jamaica?

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

"It is important for expats to research the areas of Jamaica before settling in to make sure that it is in line with their lifestyle. Expats should also take into consideration Jamaica’s tropical climate as weather conditions can be unpredictable. Expats moving to Jamaica should bring or purchase any medical and home supplies that they may need before settling in as some supplies may be difficult or expensive to buy in Jamaica. Jamaica is an English-speaking country but the Jamaican Patois may still take some getting used to. Expats should also be aware that traveling outside of the major cities can be difficult due to a lack of infrastructure in rural areas. Finally, it is recommended that expats obtain a valid work permit before securing employment in Jamaica," explained one expat living in Jamaica.

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"I suggest you visit and rent some homes from airbnb or vrbo in different areas of Jamaica to give you a taste of the areas. The island is not so big that you couldn't see all the major spots in like 2 weeks or less. If you've visited before you probably have some ideas of what you like, which could narrow down your search. Talk to expats about their experiences as well. I'm not an expat (I was born in Jamaica) so my experience of Jamaica is going to be different," said another expat in Jamaica.

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