14 Reasons You Should Move To Barbados

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.
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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.
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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.
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10. Shopping

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!

11. Cricket

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.
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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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3 Comments

  • Prince Macdonald Ehi-Okosodo says:

    The write-up sounds interesting and compelling, and by His grace when I’ll be on vacation some day in few years’ time, I hope to take a flight and touch down in Barbados for some months…and then rove around the few neighbouring Islands of the great Caribbean sea…..I hope the funs will worth the trip?

  • Jim Elliott says:

    you fail to mention in your article that the immigration department will make it nearly impossible to gain status and live full time on the island,unless you part with a large amount of money!!
    The roads are probably the worst I have driven on. The new widening of the highway took almost 5 years to complete and is still being worked on,due to the government running out of money!!
    If the government are so good why are local people collecting plastic bottles from waste bins to return to shops for cash?
    You make no mention of the newly introduced solid waste tax.
    Living in Barbados cannot be solely based on night life and food.
    The cost of buying a car is not mentioned.
    Public transport is a disgrace……..the yellow buses and ZR taxis are a sure way to an early grave!

  • Cecilia says:

    @Jim Elliot. You fail to see the beauty in this article. And commend the author for a job well done. Which I might add Adrienn Takacs, this was beautifully written. Thank you! @Jim Elliot, Immigration all over the world, take their time in granting status. Check out the USA, one of the most developed nations in the world. Some people are waiting over 10 years, and still do not have status. What makes you think that the Barbados immigration department should not do its own due diligence, to ensure that they are granting residency to people who would contribute the most to its society. Where ever, you are from, I am sure your country has worse problems. Building any highway, takes time and money. When completed, people like yourself would not be complaining while driving at excessive speeds along its roads. How much waste do you think Bajans produce! Most of the waste is from visitors like yourself to our shores. Who think you can drink your drinks, and eat your food, and drop you waste on the floor and leave it. Shit accumulates you know! It is people such as yourself who contribute to the problem, then report on what smells. By the way, every country charges waste tax. It is in the income tax you pay yearly/quarterly. You think it is free to clean up after you. People have to be paid to do that stuff. Disposing of it is another matter. Should think about that next you and your friends visit, and decide to drop your waste on the streets of Barbados. Public transportation is a disgrace everywhere, I have travelled. Guessing you have never had to wait for the train in the New York city subway or the London tube. Not to mention some of the buses! By the way, sir, people collect bottles in more developed countries (Actually, this is where this trend started) and return them for cash. (Who does not want to make an honest dollar in this economy!) And they dig through worse trash, because people in so called developed countries produce more waste. If it was your intention to look down upon those who do it! Look at it this way, if you were not making enough, so that you could visit a beautiful country such as Barbados, and you had no other option. You, would be digging in it knee high also. It is a big thing here in the USA and other EU nations to collect bottles and take them the store for money.
    As for the local transportation being early, grave carrier, you have to right to choose alternative transportation.

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