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7 Tips for Living in Hastings

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Hastings or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Hastings or thinking about moving there.

Living the Expat Life in Hastings

Barbados, a gem in the Caribbean, is a paradise for expats and digital nomads. The island's south coast, particularly Hastings, is a popular choice due to its vibrant lifestyle, stunning beaches, and a plethora of dining options. Here are seven key tips to help you navigate and enjoy your time in Hastings, Barbados.

1. Understand the Cost of Living

While Barbados is a paradise, it's not the cheapest place to live. The cost of living can be high, especially in popular areas like Hastings. It's essential to budget wisely and understand the local economy. For instance, imported goods can be expensive, so try to buy local products whenever possible. This not only supports the local economy but also helps you save money.

2. Explore the Neighborhoods

Hastings is a part of the larger Christ Church parish, which is known for its lively atmosphere and beautiful beaches. The neighborhood of Worthing, just a short walk from Hastings, is another popular area with a great mix of local shops, restaurants, and residential properties. St. Lawrence Gap, often referred to as "The Gap", is a must-visit for its nightlife, restaurants, and local craft shops. Each neighborhood has its unique charm, so take the time to explore and find your favorite.

3. Enjoy the Local Cuisine

Barbados has a rich culinary scene, and Hastings is no exception. Tapas Restaurant on the Boardwalk is a popular spot for its delicious food and stunning sea views. For a taste of local Bajan cuisine, head to Buzo Osteria Italiana, known for its fresh seafood and Italian dishes. If you're a sushi lover, Nishi Restaurant offers an excellent selection of sushi and Asian-inspired dishes. Remember, dining out frequently can be expensive, so balance it with home-cooked meals using local ingredients.

4. Embrace the Local Culture

Barbados has a vibrant culture that's worth immersing yourself in. Attend local events, festivals, and markets to get a feel for the Bajan way of life. The Oistins Fish Fry, a short drive from Hastings, is a weekly event that combines food, music, and dance in a lively, festive atmosphere. It's a great way to meet locals and fellow expats while enjoying some of the best seafood on the island.

5. Stay Active

With its beautiful weather and stunning landscapes, Barbados is the perfect place to stay active. Hastings Rocks is a popular spot for morning or evening walks, and the Boardwalk is perfect for a leisurely stroll or jog. The clear, warm waters are ideal for swimming, surfing, or paddleboarding. Joining a local sports club can also be a great way to meet new people and stay fit.

6. Get Involved in the Community

Getting involved in the local community can make your expat experience more fulfilling. There are numerous opportunities to volunteer in Barbados, depending on your interests and skills. Research local groups and organizations to find a cause that resonates with you. Volunteering not only contributes to the community but also helps you make connections and feel more at home.

7. Learn About the Local Environment

Barbados is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, and it's important to respect the local environment. The Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary, located near Hastings, is a great place to learn about the island's ecosystem. It's also worth noting that Barbados is in the hurricane belt, and while the island is well-prepared for such events, it's essential to understand what to do in case of a hurricane.

Living in Hastings, Barbados, can be an incredible experience. By understanding the local culture, getting involved in the community, and respecting the environment, you can make the most of your time on this beautiful island.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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