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St. Lawrence gap, 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 St. Lawrence gap, 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. Lawrence gap?

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

"St. Lawrence Gap, often referred to as "The Gap", is a popular area in Barbados known for its vibrant nightlife, restaurants, and beautiful beaches. Before moving to St. Lawrence Gap, expats should know that the cost of living is relatively high compared to other Caribbean countries. This is due to the high standard of living and the fact that many goods are imported. 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 local currency is the Barbadian dollar, which is pegged to the US dollar. Credit cards are widely accepted, but it's always a good idea to have some local currency on hand. The climate in St. Lawrence Gap is tropical, with warm temperatures year-round. However, the island is prone to hurricanes, with the hurricane season typically running from June to November. Healthcare in Barbados is of a high standard, with a mix of public and private healthcare facilities. However, expats should ensure they have comprehensive health insurance as medical costs can be high. Barbados is generally a safe country, but like any tourist destination, it's important to be aware of your surroundings and take basic safety precautions, especially at night. Public transportation in Barbados is reliable and affordable, with regular bus services running throughout the island. Taxis are also readily available. Expats should also be aware that Barbados has strict laws on drug use and possession, with severe penalties for those found guilty. Finally, Barbados has a relaxed, laid-back lifestyle. The local people are friendly and welcoming, and there is a strong sense of community. However, it's important to respect local customs and traditions," remarked one expat living in St. Lawrence gap, Barbados.

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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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