Moving to St Lucia
Expats moving to St Lucia will find an island characterised by gorgeous Caribbean beaches, rugged mountain landscapes, volcanoes and sulphur hot springs. St Lucia is a vibrant, colourful and charming location and each year more and more expats from the USA, Canada, the UK and France arrive on the island.
While the main drivers of the St Lucian economy are tourism and offshore banking, most foreigners don't come here to work. Having said that, they rank 86th on the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business 2017 survey. Generally, expats living in St Lucia are retirees or investors. Property is cheap, especially when compared to prices in Europe or North America. The low cost of living also serves to make this a popular expat destination.
English is the official language of St Lucia but most locals also speak French Creole. Therefore expats who speak either English or French won’t have too much trouble settling in, especially as the Saint Lucians are known for their friendly, warm and welcoming nature.
There is plenty to keep expats occupied in St Lucia. Popular activities include sailing, water sports, hiking and mountain biking. There are also lots of annual festivals and street carnivals which give expats an opportunity to experience the colourful St Lucian culture and mingle with the locals.
Medical facilities in St Lucia are adequate and expats are strongly advised to have a fully comprehensive health insurance policy that covers them for treatment abroad. In serious situations, expats are transported to neighbouring Barbados for treatment. Safety and security aren't big concerns for expats living in St Lucia, as the island is relatively safe. Expats who take the necessary precautions such as walking in well-lit areas and keeping valuables out of sight should be fine.
St Lucia offers expats a taste of paradise with its great climate and scenic beauty with the added bonus of affordable property and welcoming local hospitality. St Lucia is sure to provide a great expat experience for those that enjoy the great outdoors and a laidback lifestyle.