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Hi there,! I’m Diane and thanks for checking out The Returnee Resident – The Ultimate Guide to Living in Jamaica!

I have been wanting to write about this topic for a very very long time. Why? Because I wish I knew then what I know now about preparing, moving and living in Jamaica. I know that a lot of you would love the opportunity to live, work or retire to this beautiful island, and the only thing that is holding you back is wondering where do you start? How do you find out the RIGHT information?

Well, let me start by saying you’re in the right place.

The Returnee Resident About PageI made a promise to myself that I would be living in Jamaica by the age of 40, that was one of my motivations and I just about made my goal with 54 days to spare. I have been living in Jamaica for 6 years now as a ‘returnee’ from London of Jamaican parentage and you know what? I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

Truth be told it’s not been all smooth sailing trying to jump through the hoops of bureaucracy and climb the obstacles of fitting in in a community. Also, as a mother, I had to learn how to navigate the educational and health systems and find the ideal place to live but I figured it out, day-by-day and got through it.

Now, from my experiences, the many ups and only a few downs I’m here to help you navigate your transitional journey from the very beginning on how and what to do when wanting to move to Jamaica and what to do once you get here. As a test to see if you have the right mindset for this transition you might want to read 4 Questions To Ask Before Moving To Jamaica.

So, if you’re from the Jamaican diaspora, an expat with tropical working dreams, a digital nomad, a winter vacationer or just plain curious, go and get yourself a drink, take a seat and come and get your questions answered by reading The Returnee Resident blog.

Also, please join me on The Returnee Resident Facebook page for the latest happenings in and around Jamaica and in the Jamaican Diaspora. If you have any questions, thoughts or suggestions you can add a comment below, direct message me and follow me on any of the various social media platforms by clicking on the “follow me” buttons under my tropical portrait, yeah, over there on the right. Oh, and of course, you can always send me an email at

You’ll be glad you did!

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