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Christ Church, Barbados

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Christ Church, 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 Christ Church?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Christ Church, they said:

"Before moving to Christ Church, 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, comprehensive health insurance is recommended. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road, and an international driving permit is required. Public transportation is reliable and affordable, with minibuses and route taxis being popular options. The crime rate in Barbados is relatively low, but petty crime like theft can occur, so it's important to take standard precautions. The island is also prone to hurricanes, so it's essential to be prepared and stay informed about potential weather threats. Barbados has a rich culture, with music, sports, and festivals playing a significant role. Cricket is the most popular sport, and the Crop Over festival in the summer is a major event. The local cuisine is diverse and heavily influenced by African, Indian, and British culinary traditions. Finally, expats should know that Barbados has strict laws against drug use and possession, and penalties can be severe. It's also important to respect local customs and traditions, as Barbadians are generally conservative and place a high value on politeness and good manners," remarked one expat who made the move to Christ Church.

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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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