Welcome to paradise. Barbados is a small island that has worked its way up from a low-income country to a middle-income economy that has one of the highest incomes in the Caribbean. Yet the cost of living has remained cheaper than other places, so the island is definitely not only for the rich.
Barbados is the third most developed country in its region and the literacy rate is the third highest in the world. The island’s economy is mainly built on tourism and offshore banking, creating plenty of interesting career opportunities in those fields. Migration is slowly increasing but the main part of the, quite large, population is local.
Visiting festivals and markets, fishing, surfing and tasting wonderful street food and rum are the perfect ways to discover and experience local life on the island. But there are also plenty of fine dining options and spas to relax in to return to modern life whenever you want. Living on an island definitely doesn’t mean you have to miss out on anything, but it does add a large dose of sunshine to your daily life.