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Bridgetown, Barbados

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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

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

What do I need to know before moving to Bridgetown?

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

"Before moving to Bridgetown, 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 currency used is the Barbadian dollar, which is pegged to the US dollar. Bridgetown has a tropical monsoon climate, with a wet season from June to November and a dry season from December to May. The city is prone to hurricanes, with the hurricane season typically running from June to November. Healthcare in Bridgetown is of a high standard, with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital being the main healthcare provider. However, it is recommended that expats have comprehensive health insurance. Bridgetown is a relatively safe city, but like any other place, it has its share of crime. Expats are advised to take standard precautions, such as not walking alone at night in unfamiliar areas. The city has a vibrant culture, with numerous festivals, including the popular Crop Over festival. Cricket is the most popular sport, and the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown is a world-renowned cricket venue. Public transportation in Bridgetown is reliable, with a network of buses, vans, and taxis. However, many expats choose to drive, and an international driving permit is required to drive in Barbados. The education system in Barbados is based on the British system, and there are several reputable international schools in Bridgetown. Finally, expats should be aware that Barbados has strict laws against drug use and possession, and penalties can be severe," remarked one expat living in Bridgetown, Barbados.

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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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