3 Tips for a Smooth Move to Jamaica


jamica beach ocean breeze & sea waves

Soaking in the sun and listening to the rolling ocean waves

After spending a week soaking in the sun and listening to the rolling ocean waves, it is easy to envision leaving behind the hustle and bustle of your normal fast-paced lifestyle and delve into the carefree, easy going vibe that exemplifies Jamaican life. You imagine waking up every day to the glorious sunshine and spending every afternoon lounging on the beach while gazing out into the endless blue of the ocean. This peaceful existence holds much appeal to those who are seeking a change. But when choosing to leave behind the place you now call home, there are several things you may want to consider.

1) Finding the Right Place for You?

When first moving to Jamaica, it is a good idea to try out different regions to get a feel for where you want to live. Choosing a rental property will give you the ability to move around until you find the place that is right for you. Renting in Jamaica is a safe investment because rental property is governed by The Rent Assessment Board. This Board handles all the legalities of renting such as making sure renters and landlords follow rules and regulations so that each group is being treating fairly. The landlord must register their property with the Board and renters are expected to pay on time and not use the property for purposes other than what was contracted in their tenancy agreement. So take your time and don’t rush into buying a house until you are sure you know what and where you want to buy.

Sky View of Kingston Jamaica

Living in the hustle and bustle of Kingston city

2) What Property to Buy?

If you already know you want to live in the bustling capital city of Kingston or after renting for several months, you find an area that fits your vision for your new life; choosing a home is the next step. There are no restrictions to foreigners to buy property in Jamaica, but there are certain things you want to consider. Do you want to buy land and build your home or would you prefer to buy an existing home? Do you want to purchase a house with or without a real estate agent? Do you want to live inside a gated community or in a more private location? Whatever option you choose, it is important to do your homework. Great places to start your research are local newspapers, magazines and websites that have real estate for sale in Jamaica. These will provide you with good information on home prices and availability.

3) Where to do You Want to Stay?

Many people who move to Jamaica are looking for the amenities that they experienced at a resort, while others are looking to immerse themselves in the local culture that makes Jamaica unique. The Jamaican real estate market is well developed and agents can help you find exactly what you are looking for. Gated communities are a popular option for those who are looking for the security that is offered at resorts. With round-the-clock security and a unified community that looks out for one another, you can have a peace of mind about your safety and the safety of your family. Another possible location where you can find your dream home is a life-style complex. A life-style complex is a gated community with added luxuries such as gyms, fitness centers, restaurants and shopping centers. These complexes more closely resemble the all-inclusive resorts that most tourists are accustomed to.

So the next time you find yourself imagining what it would be like to live in the tropical paradise of Jamaica, go ahead and make your dream a reality!


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2 thoughts on “3 Tips for a Smooth Move to Jamaica”

  1. Marie says:

    I did exactly that and I found the rent board useless. I rented an apartment and the landlord wrote he own lease and part of the lease was to pay 3,000JA to clean the apartment for the next tenant. Since I did not know the procedure, I signed. As I got to know the area and the laws, I decided to move and that is where the night mare started. She took out painting, cleaning the apartment out of my security. I took her to court and ultimately won. The Rent Board should enforce the laws and they should be the one to provide the lease to all landlords. I know that my landlord did not register with the Rent Board so, in a sense, this rent board is ineffective

  2. Beverley Palmer says:

    23 years later I am here still living the dream!

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