Once the family arrives, the period of “settling in” includes all the start-up activities that the family must undergo to reach something approaching a steady state. This time period can take anywhere from three months to two years.
The choice of housing is made primarily with the following questions in mind:
What is the crime rate like in the neighborhood?
Does the house have adequate security (e.g. burglar-bars)?
Should your house or apartment be in a gated or a non-gated community?
What are the traffic patterns like?
What will the commute to the office or to schools be like?
What or who are the local Internet, electricity, water and phone company providers?
A good real estate agent will be helpful in looking for housing in the best possible areas for expatriates, who tend to congregate in certain areas.
Transportation is critical to settling in, so quickly learning how to drive is important
It is extremely important to do thorough research on any land purchases one intends to make. Be careful of falling in love with remote parcels of land, near the beach, on top of a lush green hilltop, or the idea of building a house in the country.
The ideas may sound beautiful and perfect for retirement, but the reality may shake you up a bit. Think about purchasing materials, building a huge fence to keep it all safe, hiring a 24-hour guard service to watch the property. And then the one weekend you pay a site visit, the reality of an absent guard and 90% of your materials gone, can be real. This can actually happen, folks, as this story was recently told to me by a friend.
Weekly & Weekend rides are planned by all of these clubs, so check with any of the local cycle shops. Cycle City on Constant Spring road or LK Cylce shop on Lady Musgrove road are good places to obtain current ongoing information. There are a couple of clubs in Montego Bay, again check with local cycle store for names etc.