Barbados

A Caribbean island

born of serendipity

Where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean, lies Barbados. The beautiful result of the Earth's plates colliding, pushing the coral island up towards the sky with it continuing to rise roughly 30cm every year.
Aerial view of  Bridgetown

About

The West Coast

Sheltered from the crashing waves of the Atlantic and lapped at by the gentle Caribbean Sea, the beaches here are known as the ‘Platinum Coast.’ Its turquoise waters are ideal for snorkelling and swimming, while the Unesco World Heritage-listed capital, Bridgetown, is rich with history as is Speightstown, an old shipping port. When it comes to shopping and fine dining though, Holetown - is the place to head.

View of West Coast at sunrise
View of West Coast at sunset

The Lowdown

The East Coast

Its rugged terrain and windswept beaches make for lush nature trails and astonishing views. The Atlantic swell means most swimming is ill-advised, but offshore reefs create safe shallows at Crane Beach and Bath while coral pools act as hot tubs at Bathsheba Beach. It’s at Bathsheba too that the waves are known as the ‘Soup Bowl,’ one of the best surf spots in the Caribbean.

View of the East Coast at Sunrise
View of the East Coast at sunset

Scotland District

The Natural Heritage

of Barbados

The District's craggy hills and fields, resembling the UK’s Scottish highlands, are a result of sitting on an elongated underwater mountain range called the Barbados Ridge Accretionary Prism. Considered one of the most geologically distinctive areas worldwide, here is the only place the mountain range - which spans several hundred kilometres is found above water. Unique indeed. educational too, providing valuable insight into sea level changes over the last 700,000 years.

Portrait view of the Scotland District
Things To Do In Barbados

Activities

Whether you want to explore or relax, the island is a picturesque playground for the entire family – brimming with nature, culture, history and adventure.

Climate

Caribbean Climate

With more than 3000 hours of sunshine a year and refreshing northeast trade winds that keep you cool, Barbados enjoys idyllic temperatures all year round. Even during the wet season (July to November), you can expect consistent bright skies with short storms followed by sunshine.

View of the beach and palm trees

Experiences

Year-Round
Island Experiences

World-famous, the island’s Crop Over Festival runs from July-August, culminating in a flamboyant street parade, while for foodies, there’s October’s four-day Food and Rum Festival. As for family fun, Oistins Festival over Easter is a community favourite. Meanwhile, music and dancing can be found on the island all year and there are ample sporting events to enjoy - from surf competitions to cricket tournaments. 

Woman dressed in traditional carnival outfit
Man playing cricket on a cricket ground
Fish cooking on a barbecue

Dining

Delicious dishes:
Bajan Cuisine

From beach shacks to Michelin-starred chefs and award-winning restaurants, such as Tides, La Cabane and The Fish Pot, you’ll find a diverse and thriving culinary scene on the island. However, if you want authentic, the national dish of Barbados is flying fish served with cou-cou – a polenta-esque concoction, made with cornmeal and okra, while macaroni pie and fishcakes, pudding and souse – that’s pickled pork and steamed sweet potato by the way - are firm local favourites.

Close up with chicken dish with rice
Close up of cocktail

Your New Home

Welcome

Stamp Visa

The Barbados 12 month Welcome Stamp, allows employed visitors to work remotely from Barbados while enjoying their newly embraced island life.

Man on his laptop by the sea
Woman relaxing on sun lounger on her laptop

Safety and Healthcare

Health risks are minimal in Barbados and their facilities are world class.  Though crime occurs, it’s rare - with Barbadians known to be friendly and honest.

Family sitting together outside