Last updated on Jul 10, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Oistins, Barbados. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know before moving to Oistins?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Oistins, they said:
"Before moving to Oistins, expats should know that English is the official language, but Bajan, a local dialect, is also widely spoken. The cost of living is relatively high, especially for housing and imported goods. The local currency is the Barbadian dollar, which is pegged to the US dollar. Expats should be aware that the climate is tropical, with a wet season from June to November and a dry season from December to May. The healthcare system in Barbados is of a high standard, with both public and private facilities available. However, it is recommended to have comprehensive health insurance. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road in Barbados, and an international driving permit is required. The public transportation system is reliable and affordable, with minibuses, route taxis, and government-operated buses available. Oistins is known for its Friday night fish fry, a weekly street party with food, music, and dancing. It's a safe and friendly town, but like anywhere, it's important to take standard precautions to protect your personal safety and belongings. Barbados has strict laws on drug use and possession, and penalties can be severe. It's also important to note that Barbados has conservative attitudes towards LGBTQ+ rights, and same-sex relationships are not widely accepted. Finally, expats should be aware that the process for obtaining residency or a work permit in Barbados can be lengthy and complex, so it's advisable to seek legal advice," wrote a member in Oistins.
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About the Author
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.