For those of us fortunate enough to travel the world and live in different countries it is understandable that now more than ever (post pandemic and mid global cost of living crisis) we have a desire to do this as cost-effectively as possible. If you have opted to make the beautiful Caribbean island of Barbados either your temporary or permanent residence, the purpose of this is to help you do exactly this, not live on a budget but rather more affordably but still comfortable. Do share any tips you have picked up in the comments!
"After living on the island as a tourist, then as a resident, these are the best pieces of advice I’ve acquired from locals, permanent residents, and personal experience. Act on these now to start living more affordably in Barbados, without sacrificing comfort or quality of life."
Shop second hand or pre-loved items
The most affordable way to get around Barbados is by bus. However is you are staying for a longer period of time, it will probably be more cost effective to lease a vehicle or even buy one second hand as there are lots of second hand vehicles on the market.
Many hotels do deals during the off-peak season (April/May to October). Restaurants have great menu deals, hotels run staycation offers and discounts on rooms. A really great time to experience some fancy restaurants and hotels at much lower prices.
If you’ve been here long enough you already know the more trendy, upscale beach bars. When the vacation is over and real life (kind of) kicks in, you just want a good value meal try Jus Grillin’, Worthing food court, Café Sol, Zaccios, Almond Shak where meals average $25 to $50BBD.
Where to stay
The east coast is the cheapest and a good option if you are after a very quiet experience, away from too much busyness. South coast has the buzzing night life and isn’t as expensive as the West Coast which is home to some of the best beaches on the island.
Stop buying bottled water!
Last but not least, save coins and the environment and drink straight from the tap - clean and tasty!