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Hastings, 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 Hastings, Barbados. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

What do I need to know before moving to Hastings?

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

"Hastings is a vibrant area located on the south coast of the island, known for its beautiful beaches, restaurants, and nightlife. The official language of Barbados is English, so communication should not be a problem for English-speaking expats. The cost of living in Hastings can be high, especially when it comes to housing and dining out. However, local markets offer fresh produce at more affordable prices. The local currency is the Barbadian dollar, but US dollars are also widely accepted. Credit cards are also commonly used, but it's always good to have some cash on hand. Public transportation in Hastings is reliable and affordable, with minibuses and taxis readily available. However, many expats choose to rent or buy a car for more convenience. Healthcare in Barbados is of a high standard. There are several medical facilities in Hastings, including the prominent Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The climate in Hastings is tropical, with warm temperatures year-round. However, the island is prone to hurricanes between June and November. Barbados has a relatively low crime rate compared to other Caribbean countries, but like any place, it's important to take standard precautions to ensure your safety. The education system in Barbados is based on the British system, and there are several reputable schools in and around Hastings. Barbados has a rich culture and history, and locals are generally friendly and welcoming to expats. It's important to note that Barbados has strict laws against camouflage clothing, which is reserved for military personnel only. Finally, while Barbados is a beautiful place to live, it's also a popular tourist destination, so be prepared for crowded beaches and traffic during peak tourist season," said one expat in Hastings.

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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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