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Cost of Living in Bathsheba

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Understanding the the cost of living in Bathsheba helps a newcomer what to expect when it comes to apartment or house hunting, grocery shopping, transportation, dining out, utilities and more.

Category Details Cost
Apartment Rentals 1-bedroom apartment in city center $800 - $1,200 per month
1-bedroom apartment outside city center $600 - $900 per month
Apartment Purchases Price per square meter in city center $2,000 - $3,000
Price per square meter outside city center $1,500 - $2,500
Transportation One-way local transport ticket $1.00 - $2.00
Monthly local transport pass $50 - $70
Gasoline (1 liter) $1.50 - $1.80
Taxi (1 km) $2.00 - $3.00
Groceries Milk (1 liter) $1.50 - $2.50
Bread (500g) $1.50 - $2.50
Rice (1 kg) $2.00 - $3.00
Chicken breasts (1 kg) $8.00 - $12.00
Restaurants Meal at an inexpensive restaurant $10.00 - $20.00
Three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant $60.00 - $100.00
Fast food meal $6.00 - $10.00
Utilities Basic utilities (electricity, heating, cooling, water, garbage) for an 85m2 apartment $150.00 - $250.00 per month
Internet (60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, cable/ADSL) $60.00 - $100.00 per month
Mobile phone (1 minute of prepaid mobile tariff, no discounts or plans) $0.30 - $0.50
Private School Tuition Preschool (or Kindergarten) $3,000 - $6,000 per year
Elementary School $4,000 - $8,000 per year
Middle School $5,000 - $10,000 per year
High School $6,000 - $12,000 per year
Please note that the costs provided are approximate and may vary depending on the specific location within Bathsheba, and the current market conditions. It is always a good idea to research and compare prices from multiple sources before making any financial decisions.

Monthly Budget for Retirees in Bathsheba

"The cost of living in Bathsheba is considered to be relatively high compared to other regions. Housing tends to be the most significant expense, with rental prices for apartments and houses being quite steep. Utilities such as electricity, water, and internet are also costly. Groceries and food expenses can also be high, especially for imported goods. However, local produce and seafood can be more affordable. Dining out in restaurants can be expensive, particularly in tourist areas. Transportation costs can vary, with public transportation being a more affordable option compared to owning and maintaining a vehicle. Gasoline prices are relatively high. Healthcare in Barbados is of a high standard but can be expensive, particularly for specialized treatments or procedures. Overall, while the cost of living in Bathsheba, Barbados can be high, it is somewhat offset by the high quality of life, beautiful surroundings, and warm climate that the area offers," said one expat living in Bathsheba.

Can I live in Bathsheba on $1,500 a month?

"I've been living in Bathsheba for a while now, and I can tell you that it's possible to live comfortably on $1,500 a month, but you'll have to make some sacrifices. First, you'll need to find affordable housing. I recommend looking for a place in the more residential areas, like Cattlewash or Tent Bay, where you can find cheaper rent compared to the more touristy spots. You might have to settle for a smaller apartment or a shared living situation to keep costs down.Next, you'll need to be mindful of your utility bills. Electricity and water can be quite expensive here, so you'll want to be conservative with your usage. Make sure to turn off lights and appliances when not in use, and try to limit your air conditioning usage as much as possible. You might also want to invest in energy-efficient appliances to help save on electricity costs.Transportation can also be a significant expense, so I recommend using public transportation whenever possible. The bus system here is pretty reliable and affordable, and it can take you to most places on the island. If you do need a car, consider buying a used one to save on costs, and try to carpool with friends or coworkers when possible.Eating out can be quite expensive in Bathsheba, so you'll want to cook most of your meals at home. There are local markets where you can buy fresh produce and fish at reasonable prices, and you can also find affordable groceries at the larger supermarkets in nearby towns like Six Roads or Speightstown.As for entertainment, you'll need to be creative and find low-cost or free activities to enjoy. Luckily, Bathsheba has beautiful beaches and natural attractions like the Soup Bowl and Andromeda Botanic Gardens, which you can visit without spending much money. You can also take advantage of the many free community events and festivals that take place throughout the year.In conclusion, living comfortably on $1,500 a month in Bathsheba is possible, but you'll need to be mindful of your spending and make some sacrifices. By finding affordable housing, being conservative with utilities, using public transportation, cooking at home, and enjoying low-cost entertainment, you can make it work," commented an expat living in Bathsheba.

Can I live in Bathsheba on $3,500 a month?

"I've been living in Bathsheba for a while now, and I can tell you that it's definitely possible to live comfortably on $3,000 a month, but you'll have to make some sacrifices. First, you'll need to find a more affordable neighborhood to live in. I'd recommend looking into areas like Cattlewash or Tent Bay, as they tend to have more reasonably priced housing options. You might have to settle for a smaller place or one that's not as modern as you're used to, but it's still possible to find a comfortable home.On the other hand, I'd avoid neighborhoods like Atlantic Park or Bathsheba Terrace, as they tend to be more expensive and might not fit within your budget. When it comes to transportation, owning a car can be quite costly here, so I'd recommend using public transportation or even getting a bicycle to get around. It's not only more affordable, but it's also a great way to explore the island and stay active.As for groceries and dining out, you'll need to be mindful of your spending. Shopping at local markets and cooking at home can help you save a lot, and you can still enjoy the occasional meal out at more affordable local eateries. I'd recommend trying out some of the local food stands and smaller restaurants, as they tend to be more budget-friendly.In terms of entertainment and activities, there are plenty of free or low-cost options to enjoy. The beautiful beaches, hiking trails, and parks are all great ways to spend your time without breaking the bank. You might have to cut back on more expensive activities like golfing or going to high-end spas, but there's still plenty to do and see on the island.Overall, living in Bathsheba on $3,000 a month is doable, but you'll need to be mindful of your spending and make some sacrifices. By choosing a more affordable neighborhood, using public transportation, and being conscious of your grocery and entertainment expenses, you can still enjoy a comfortable and fulfilling life in this beautiful part of Barbados," said one expat living in Bathsheba.

Can I live in Bathsheba on $5,000 a month?

"I've been living in Bathsheba for a while now, and I can tell you that it's definitely possible to live comfortably on $5,000 a month, especially if you're used to modern amenities. However, there might be some sacrifices you'll have to make to ensure you stay within your budget.Firstly, you'll want to consider the cost of housing. Bathsheba is a small coastal town, so the options for accommodation might be limited compared to a larger city. You can find affordable housing in neighborhoods like Cattlewash and Tent Bay, where you can rent a decent-sized apartment or house for around $1,000 to $1,500 a month. On the other hand, you might want to avoid more expensive neighborhoods like Martin's Bay or Foster Hall, where the prices can be significantly higher.When it comes to transportation, owning a car can be quite expensive due to the high import taxes on vehicles. Instead, you can rely on public transportation, which is relatively affordable and efficient. The local bus system can take you to most places on the island, and a monthly pass costs around $60.Groceries and dining out can also be a bit pricey, especially if you're looking for imported goods or eating at high-end restaurants. To save money, you can shop at local markets for fresh produce and seafood, and try out the more affordable local eateries. A meal at a mid-range restaurant will cost you around $20 to $30, while a meal at a local food stand can be as low as $5 to $10.As for entertainment and leisure activities, there are plenty of affordable options to choose from. You can enjoy the beautiful beaches, go hiking in the nearby hills, or explore the island's rich history and culture. However, you might have to cut back on more expensive activities like golfing, scuba diving, or attending high-end events.In terms of utilities and other monthly expenses, you can expect to pay around $200 to $300 for electricity, water, and internet. Keep in mind that electricity can be quite expensive on the island, so you might want to be mindful of your usage, especially when it comes to air conditioning.Overall, living in Bathsheba on a $5,000 a month budget is doable, but you'll need to be mindful of your spending and make some sacrifices in certain areas. By choosing affordable housing, relying on public transportation, and enjoying the more budget-friendly activities the island has to offer, you can live comfortably and enjoy your time in this beautiful Caribbean paradise," commented an expat living in Bathsheba.

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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