Barbados is a place where the pace of life is slowed to a relaxed crawl, the sea rolls in softly, and the local Bajans (Barbadians) are easygoing and quick to smile at visiting strangers. A favorite celebrity haunt, the island is full of character, and its to die for beaches are often shared by local fishermen and millionaire visitors.

With a seemingly endless number of top-notch arcs of golden sand to explore, this is a beach lover’s paradise. Barbados has around 30 beaches on its 70-mile coastline. While many of the beaches are quiet and serene, others are great for water sports like surfing, jet skiing, kayaking, windsurfing, and sailing. Fishing options abound. You can shore fish, spearfish, or take to a fishing vessel and go after big game offshore.

As a former colony, the British still make up the largest single group of expats on the island. However, there are also significant numbers of Canadians and Americans.

While Barbados may carry an aura of high-end exclusivity and prices to match, choose your location wisely and you can get all the sweeping sands and laidback Caribbean lifestyle you can handle—on a surprisingly modest budget.

Barbados was previously a featured destination in the Overseas Living Letter.. We make all past issues of the Overseas Living Letter available for purchase as an individual Country Retirement Report.


We cover many destinations, such as Barbados, in our monthly Overseas Living Letter.