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Quality of Lifestyle

 

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Barbados’ low crime rate provides a secure environment for residents and visitors to enjoy the country's warm climate, pristine beaches, world class amenities and array of recreational activities. In 2017, the international research company, Norstat designated Barbados as the destination with the highest level of tourist satisfaction in the world. The country satisfies all tastes and budgets from luxury to self-catering. There is much to discover about the island and always something to do.  

Investors also choose Barbados as the location for their business operations because the country's quality of life makes it an attractive place to work, live and raise families.  With one of the highest standards of living in the developing world, Barbados offers an excellent education system, outstanding healthcare, affordable housing, as well as world class telecommunications and utilities island wide.

Barbados' high quality of healthcare, education services and standard of living are borne out in the country's ranking of 5th in the Americas and 54th in the world in the UN Human Development Index 2016.

 

Accommodation


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.

 

Education


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.

 

Healthcare


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.

 

Dining

 

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.

 

Sports


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
Holetown Festival Crop Over Festival (Carnival)
Sandy Lane International Surfing Classic
Oistins Fish Festival Independence Festival of Creative Arts
Game Fishing Tournament Run Barbados (Road Marathon)
Golf Tournaments Fine Craft Festival

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