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Housing

Barbados has a wide range of housing alternatives available to people who move here to work remotely. This is because most of the apartments, houses, and villas which used to accommodate short term tourists by the night are now available for longer term rental because, for the foreseeable future, COVID-19 has radically reduced the number of short term tourists. Your options range from economical home-stay rooms with local families to palatial beachfront mansions with a full retinue of staff.

Click here to browse a selection of current listings available for rent.

Where to Live

The Barbados Capital is Bridgetown in the Southwest, which has many retail stores, business places, commercial banks, a few restaurants, and local fruit, vegetable, and fish markets, but not much rental accommodation. Most people live in suburbs which stretch away from Bridgetown into the central, southern, and western parts of the island. The island is divided into 11 parishes, but there are, broadly speaking, 4 zones for you to consider in your decision-making process: the West coast, the South coast, the East coast, and the interior. Barbados is only 34 kilometres (21 miles) North to South and 23 kilometres (14 miles) East to West, so no matter where you live you are never that far from the coastline.

The West Coast

The West coast beach-front, particularly in the parish of St James, is home to high-end luxury homes and many hotels. It is also where you will find higher rental prices than elsewhere. As the coast stretches northward from Bridgetown prices rise as you get closer to Holetown, then slowly come down a bit as you go north past Speightstown. Holetown and its environs have lots of amenities like shopping, movie theatres, restaurants, nightclubs, and coffeeshops... Speightstown has fewer, and they become sparse north of Speightstown. The many lovely beaches along this entire coast face the gentle Caribbean sea, so these are the calmest waters around the island.

The South Coast

There are several appealing neighborhoods along the South coast or close to it with a wide range of accommodation styles and prices. In this zone you will be close many amenities, particularly in the western portion of the coast. The St Lawrence neighborhood is well known for nightlife and the town of Oistins is a fishing port and the site of a major annual fish festival. On any weekend at Oistins you can find great seafood at outdoor restaurants. The coastline gets more rocky as you go further east and the seas get rougher. Surfers from beginners to experts are attracted to the break at Freights Bay as well as Surfers Point, while windsurfers and kite surfers congregate at Silver Sands and adjacent Silver Rock.

The East Coast

The East coast faces the Atlantic ocean, so when you face the horizon here there is no land between you and the African continent. The land in this zone is much more hilly than anywhere else and the shoreline is frequently steep and rocky. Swimming on this coast can be treacherous because of the rough seas and dangerous currents, but expert surfers from around the world sing praises of the break at Soup Bowl. There are no towns along this coast and only few rental properties, many of which command spectacular views of the ocean and sunrise. The villages of Bathsheba, Belleplaine, and Pie Corner are well spaced out along the coast. Bathsheba has a few restaurants, but you will find no nightlife apart from the crashing surf.

The Interior

Away from the coastline the rental prices for accommodation decline, but there will not be as much to choose from. Many interior neighborhoods are still only 10 or 15 minutes drive from the beach so you don't have to live right on the beach to be able to get there whenever you like.

Click here for a rough guide to rental prices.

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Our help will not cost you anything. If we are successful your future landlord will pay us a small commission. 

Rental Furnishings & Prices

Most people who come to Barbados to work remotely will be bringing only their clothing, computer, mobile phone and a few personal effects. This means that you will need the place that you rent to be fully equipped for a long term stay. Beware of places that say that they are partially furnished, because that often means that they simply have major appliances and no furniture. There are not many self service laundromats on the island so you need to determine whether the house or apartment is equipped with a washing machine and a clothes line or dryer. In addition to being comfortably furnished, you will need your apartment or house to have sheets, pillows, cutlery, dishes, and pots & pans. You may also want a place that is air conditioned and has mosquito screens on the windows. Water consumption is metered in Barbados and electricity is expensive, so you will want to know whether the water bill and electricity bill are included in the monthly rent when you are comparing rental prices. You also need to determine whether Wifi is already installed and if it too is included in the monthly rent.


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