Quality of Lifestyle
Barbados offers more than sparkling blue waters, white sandy beaches and sun. Barbados is known as the location that works and as a desirable place to live. The United Nations Human Development Index ranks Barbados 59th.
Visitors to Barbados highlight the friendliness of the people as its greatest asset but Barbados' quality of life goes much beyond this. It combines a breath taking beauty with a unique environment of clean air, pure drinking water, year round sunshine and a spirit of vitality.
As a country with one of the highest standards of living in the developing world, Barbados offers an excellent education system, an outstanding healthcare system, affordable housing, world class telecommunications and all utilities island wide. It caters to all tastes and budgets from the luxury to the self-catering. There is much to discover about the island and always something to do.
Barbados offers accommodation for every budget from the moderately priced to the luxurious. Long- term rentals are usually available at a reasonable cost. Prices vary according to location and parish, beach front or inland, i.e. the rental rate for beachfront property will generally be higher than for a property located inland.
If you are interested in renting a home in Barbados, a family house is another viable option. There are usually spacious family houses on the market with elegant gardens and plenty of indoor and outdoor living space.
In Barbados, education is compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 16. Under the present system the Barbados government provides education, free of cost, at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels. This strong emphasis on education has resulted in a literacy rate of about 98%.
A number of private schools at both the primary and secondary levels are also available in Barbados. In addition, there is an International Baccalaureate School which caters primarily to children from the expatriate community. Advanced education for adults is provided through the Barbados Community College, the Open Campus of the University of West Indies, the Erdiston Teachers Training College, and the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic. There are special schools for the deaf, blind, and mentally challenged, including two residential institutions for persons with disabilities.
The Government also has in place the Education Sector Enhancement Programme (EDUTECH ) designed to upgrade the infrastructure in primary schools, provide retooling for teachers, and integrate information technologies into the teaching-learning process.
Barbados has a high standard of comprehensive healthcare which is accessible to all. Preventative and curative services are offered by well qualified doctors and specialists in a range of fields. Two hospitals on the island offer specialized care in areas such as radiology, pediatrics, obstetrics, ophthalmology, plastic surgery, oncology etc. There are also two private emergency clinics, government polyclinics offering free medical treatments for minor ailments, geriatric hospitals for care of the elderly and childcare facilities. Alternative health medicine is also available in areas of chiropractic, osteopath, acupuncture, reiki, reflexology etc.
Barbados boasts a collection of four and five star restaurants which offer very sophisticated cuisine from world class chefs. You may choose from traditional Bajan dishes to gourmet cuisine, all available at the island's many restaurants surveyed and rated by Zagat. The Zagat Survey counts Barbados among its roster of notable destinations and Barbados is the first and only Caribbean island with its own Zagat Survey guide.
The locals have the reputation for being avid sportsmen and sportswomen. The island is known for providing world-class facilities and a wide range of sporting activities. Cricket is regarded as the main sport but several others are enthusiastically supported. These include netball, football, basketball, field hockey, squash, badminton, swimming, yachting, skin-diving, water-polo, game fishing, surfing, windsurfing, paragliding, parasailing, scuba diving, hiking, sailing, horse racing, horse riding, kayaking, snorkeling, lawn, table and road tennis, volleyball, golf, polo, rugby, football/soccer, cycling, boxing, karate, judo, athletics, national and international 10K-marathons, chess, dominoes, bridge, darts, draughts, whist and hearts.
World class golf courses are available and the island also enjoys a long-standing tradition of good horseracing.
Things to do
There is always a reason to celebrate in Barbados. You can choose from our many festivals, dance from dusk to dawn or simply visit one of our heritage attractions.
The major activities are:
|Barbados Jazz Festival
||Holder's Season (Opera, music and Theater)
|National Trust Open House
||Barbados International Polo Challenge
|Horticultural Society Flower Show
||Mount Gay Regatta
||Crop Over Festival (Carnival)
||International Surfing Classic
|Oistins Fish Festival
||Independence Festival of Creative Arts
|Game Fishing Tournament
||Run Barbados (Road Marathon)
||Fine Craft Festival