The small island nation of Barbados, located in the Caribbean is located just outside the hurricane belt and has English as an official language. But these aren’t the only things that make the country an appealing destination to move to. Below are 14 additional reasons.
1. Great Infrastructure
Barbados has a well-developed network of roads and highways, and easy access to public transportation, with which one can easily circumnavigate the whole country. Locals and tourists also have access to clean, safe drinking water island-wide and good sanitation. Grantley Adams Airport, located in Seawell, Christchurch, is a hub for various airlines, and it was recently renovated after high international standards.
2. Active Nightlife
Barbados has an active nightlife throughout the country, with plenty of pubs, clubs, rum shacks and restaurants in all of the main cities. One of the most famous clubs is the Harbour Lights, an open-air nightclub right on the stunning Carlisle Bay Beach, just 5 minutes from the heart of Bridgetown. Most clubs play local beats, including reggae and calypso, while some even party to some R&B.
3. Parties and Festivals
The most colorful and most important festival in the country is the Crop Over Festival, which was first celebrated in the late 18th century, when Barbados was the largest sugar producer in the World. Although the traditional celebrations ended in 1940, the festival was revived in 1974 to create an even bigger extravaganza, which consists of fairs, parties, carnivals, market stalls, folk concerts, exhibitions, and much more.
4. Great Landscapes
Although Barbados is somewhat flatter than its neighboring Caribbean countries, not having true hills or mountains, it still has numerous attractive landscapes besides its many lovely beaches. Harrison’s Cave is one of the most famous attractions in the country, allowing visitors to witness some of the most astonishing geological features the country has to offer. The Flower Forest presents an insight to exotic plants and meandering trails. The Welchman Hall Gully Tropical Forest is the perfect destination for a day of hiking, wildlife-viewing and admiring tropical plants.
5. Amazing Diving Spots
Divers will surely not be disappointed when in Barbados, since several types of reefs, sponges, corals and abundant plant life await curious sportsmen and women. Besides colorful barrier reefs serving as habitats for thousands of beautiful fish, Barbados is also home to some of the best wreck diving in the Caribbean. Two of the most popular sites are Carlisle Bay, with more than 200 wrecks, and the Stavronikita, in Folkestone Marine Park.
6. Awesome Beaches
Barbados has some of the most beautiful beaches of the Caribbean. Crane Beach is wide and covered in pink sand, welcoming rolling turquoise waves, inviting you to swim, sunbathe or boogie board. Browne’s Beach is one of the widest in the country, with calm waters ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Silver Sands Beach is the best spot for kitesurfing and windsurfing, whilst Bathsheba’s beaches are best for surfing.
7. Tropical Climate
The country is located just outside the hurricane strike area, and has a tropical monsoon climate. It generally experiences two seasons: there’s a wet season from June to November and a dry season from December to May. Temperatures range between 70 to 88OF during the dry season and between 73 to 88OF during the wet season. Annual precipitation is between 40 and 90 inches.
8. Plenty of Leisure Activities
If you’re bored of the beautiful beaches (we highly doubt you are), and want to do something else besides diving, you don’t need to worry, Barbados has a ton of fun activities up its sleeve! Adrenaline junkies can choose between motor-sports and go-kart racing, or trying out their precision at the local shooting ranges. There are also numerous opportunities for horse-back riding, even on the beach! For the more cultural souls, plenty of concerts, airshows, standup comedies, theater shows and exhibits can be found.
9. Inviting Cuisine
Local cuisine is an infusion between African, Indian and British influences. One of the national dishes is Cou-Cou, consisting mainly of cornmeal and okra. It is also the national dish in Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Flying fish is another one of the signature dishes of Barbados, along with fried fish cakes, fish and chips, souse, black pudding, tamarind balls and baked custard.
If you’re one of those people who just can’t go a few days without buying yourself some new stuff, whether it’s groceries, clothes, furniture, or anything in between, then you’ve come to the right place. If you’re looking for big brands like Michael Kors, Burberry, Armani or Luis Vuitton, head to the Limegrove Lifestyle Center in Holetown. For something more local, try out the many farmers’ markets, which can be found in every town in the country. The Cheapside Market in Bridgetown is a must-see!
The national sport of Barbados is cricket, similarly to other countries of British colonial heritage. The West Indies Cricket Team, the team which represents the sporting confederation of 15 Caribbean countries, usually includes several players from Barbados. Some of the greatest Barbadian cricketers are Wes Hall, Charlie Griffith, Joel Garner and Gordon Greenidge.
12. Stable Political Environment
Barbados has one of the most stable political environments in the Caribbean. Its parliamentary system exists since 1639, which makes it the third oldest parliament in the British Commonwealth. It’s one of the most stable countries in the Caribbean, with a low inflation rate and steady economic growth. Its banking system ranked the 4th most stable in the Western Hemisphere, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report.
13. Ultimate Luxury at Gibbs Beach
If you’ve saved up enough to finally purchase your dream beach house, look no further, because we have the perfect option for you! For $1,495,000 you can buy a 3,176 sqft home in one of the most exclusive residential resorts in the country in the St. Peter area, on Gibbs Beach. The villa features three bedrooms, four baths, a large balcony, a landscaped garden with tropical plants, a pool with a gazebo and even an illuminated waterfall. The house has a family den, an open plan kitchen with living and dining areas, which open to private covered patios and terraces. If you’re one for high-profile living, you will surely enjoy this neighborhood and the villa.
14. Convenient townhouse in Christ Church
You can purchase your own three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,309 sqft townhouse in the city of Christ Church for merely $235,000. The listing comes with a lovely garden area leading up to a covered patio. The house itself has a spacious living and dining area, a lovely kitchen and an extra laundry room. The house is very private due to the surrounding garden and its corner location.
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If you’re looking for a fun, relaxing, but still lively place to relocate to, where you can enjoy some of the best beaches in the World, then Barbados is the ultimate destination for you!
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