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Pros and Cons of Living in Barbados

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Feb 17, 2023

Summary: The pros of living in Barbados include its beautiful beaches, warm climate, and friendly people. The island is also known for its excellent healthcare system and low crime rate. Additionally, Barbados is a great place to retire due to its low cost of living and tax incentives. The cons of living in Barbados include its high cost of living, limited job opportunities, and lack of public transportation. Additionally, the island is prone to hurricanes and other natural disasters, which can cause significant damage. Finally, the island is relatively small, so there are limited entertainment and cultural activities available.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Barbados?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Barbados responded:

"Expats and digital nomads living in Barbados often appreciate the island's laid-back atmosphere and stunning beaches. They also enjoy the warm climate and the friendly locals. Additionally, Barbados is known for its excellent infrastructure, making it easy to get around and access amenities. On the downside, the cost of living in Barbados can be quite high, and the island is prone to hurricanes during the summer months," explained one expat in Barbados.

"relatively safe much too expensive blacks and whites seem to live and socialize in their own separate group and mostly avoid each other," said one expat in Bridgetown.

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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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