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St. Peter, Barbados

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in St. Peter, Barbados. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to St. Peter?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to St. Peter, they said:

"Before moving to St. Peter, expats should know that English is the official language, but Bajan 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 crime rate is relatively low, but petty crime like theft can occur, so it's important to take standard precautions. Barbados has a rich culture with a blend of African, Indian, and British influences. Cricket is the most popular sport, and the island is known for its music and festivals, particularly Crop Over which is a traditional harvest festival. The education system in Barbados is based on the British model, and there are several reputable international schools. Work permits are required for expats wishing to work in Barbados, and these can be difficult to obtain unless you have skills that are in short supply. Barbados has strict customs regulations, particularly regarding the importation of pets, plants, and certain types of food. It's also worth noting that Barbados has strict laws against drug use and possession. Finally, Barbados is a conservative country, and it's important to respect local customs and traditions. Dress is generally casual, but beachwear should be confined to the beach, and some places require more formal attire," commented one expat who made the move to St. Peter.

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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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