Last updated on Jul 09, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Bathsheba, Barbados. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know before moving to Bathsheba?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Bathsheba, they said:
"Bathsheba is a small fishing village located on the eastern coastline of the island, known for its stunning natural beauty, including the famous Soup Bowl, a popular spot for surfing. The official language of Barbados is English, so communication should not be a problem for English-speaking expats. However, the local dialect, Bajan, can sometimes be difficult to understand. The cost of living in Bathsheba can be high, especially when it comes to housing and imported goods. It's important to budget accordingly and consider the cost of living when planning your move. The local currency is the Barbadian dollar, but US dollars are also widely accepted. Credit cards are commonly used, but it's always good to have some cash on hand. Bathsheba has a tropical monsoon climate, with a wet season from June to November and a dry season from December to May. It's important to be prepared for this, especially if you're not used to living in such a climate. Healthcare in Barbados is of a high standard, with a mix of public and private healthcare providers. However, it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance to cover any medical costs. Public transportation in Bathsheba is reliable, with regular bus services to and from Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados. However, many expats choose to rent or buy a car for more flexibility. Bathsheba is a safe place to live, but like anywhere, it's important to take common-sense precautions to protect yourself and your property. The food in Bathsheba is a mix of local and international cuisine, with fresh seafood being a local specialty. There are also several supermarkets where you can buy groceries. The work culture in Barbados is generally relaxed, but punctuality is highly valued. It's also worth noting that the dress code tends to be more formal than in some other countries. Finally, Barbadians are known for their friendliness and hospitality, so don't be surprised if you're quickly welcomed into the local community," remarked one expat who made the move to Bathsheba.
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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.