A Caribbean island
born of serendipity
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.
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.
The Natural Heritage
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your New Home
The Barbados 12 month Welcome Stamp, allows employed visitors to work remotely from Barbados while enjoying their newly embraced island life.
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.