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7 Tips for Living in Holetown

By Betsy Burlingame

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

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

Holetown is a vibrant and lively town that offers a unique blend of Bajan culture, stunning beaches, and a thriving expat community. Whether you're a digital nomad seeking a new base or an expat looking for a change of scenery, Holetown has plenty to offer. Here are seven key tips to help you make the most of your time in this beautiful Caribbean town.

1. Embrace the Local Culture

Barbados is known for its rich history and vibrant culture. As an expat or digital nomad, immersing yourself in the local culture is a must. Attend local festivals, such as the Holetown Festival, which celebrates the town's history with parades, music, and food. Visit the local markets, where you can buy fresh produce and handmade crafts. And don't forget to try the local cuisine, which is a delicious blend of African, Indian, and British influences.

2. Find Your Favorite Beach

Holetown is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Barbados. Spend some time exploring them and find your favorite. Whether you prefer the bustling atmosphere of Folkestone Marine Park and Beach, the tranquil waters of Colony Club Beach, or the stunning sunsets at Sandy Lane Beach, there's a beach for everyone in Holetown.

3. Explore the Neighborhoods

Holetown is divided into several neighborhoods, each with its own unique charm. Sunset Crest is popular among expats for its close proximity to the beach and its variety of restaurants and shops. Jamestown Park is a quieter neighborhood, perfect for those seeking a more relaxed lifestyle. And then there's Lascelles, a historic neighborhood with beautiful colonial-style homes and lush gardens. Spend some time exploring these neighborhoods and find the one that feels like home to you.

4. Dine at Local Restaurants

Holetown is home to a variety of restaurants that cater to all tastes and budgets. For a taste of local cuisine, head to The Tides Restaurant or Nishi Restaurant. If you're in the mood for international cuisine, try The Mews or Fusion Rooftop. And for a truly unique dining experience, book a table at The Cliff, which offers stunning views of the Caribbean Sea.

5. Stay Active

With its beautiful weather and stunning natural surroundings, Holetown is the perfect place to stay active. Take a swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea, go for a run along the beach, or take a yoga class at one of the local studios. If you're a golf enthusiast, the Royal Westmoreland Golf Course is a must-visit.

6. Connect with Other Expats

One of the best ways to settle into a new place is to connect with others who are in the same boat. Join local expat groups, attend social events, and make an effort to meet new people. You'll find that the expat community in Holetown is welcoming and supportive, and you'll soon feel right at home.

7. Take Advantage of the Island's Size

One of the great things about living in Barbados is that it's a small island, which means you can easily explore other towns and attractions. Take a day trip to Bridgetown, the island's capital, visit the stunning Harrison's Cave, or explore the beautiful Hunte's Gardens. There's so much to see and do in Barbados, so make sure you take advantage of your time on the island.

Living in Holetown, Barbados as an expat or digital nomad is an experience like no other. With its beautiful beaches, vibrant culture, and welcoming community, it's a place that's sure to capture your heart. So embrace the Bajan lifestyle, explore the town, and make the most of your time in this Caribbean paradise.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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