Marianne Fernandes, Barbados

Who are you? Where, when and why did you move abroad? I’m Marianne, I’m 31, and I’m a digital marketer. Four years ago, I moved to the beautiful Caribbean island of Barbados. I’ve been freelance for a few years, and in 2019 I co-founded Caribbean Collective, with the idea of bringing together business-minded creatives to … Read more

How To Apply For A Visa In Barbados

Depending on your nationality, you may be able to get a visa upon arrival in Barbados and be granted a specified period of stay. Entry to Barbados does not require a minimum validity on your passport as some other countries do, so long as it is valid for the duration of your stay. If you … Read more

How To Open A Bank Account In Barbados

If you’re planning to live and work in Barbados, a local bank account is essential – after all, nobody wants to face a transaction fee every time they make a purchase or withdrawal. Luckily, opening a bank account as an expat in Barbados is relatively easy, and if you’re looking to do so, here’s what … Read more

How To Rent Or Buy Property In Barbados

Barbados is a country that’s famous for its blue seas, flavoursome fish cutters and rum punch so strong that it’s almost guaranteed to put hairs on your chest. With a steady influx of tourism each year (there were 522,583 visitors in the first nine months of 2019 alone!), the country is made up of a … Read more

How To Find A Job In Barbados

The beautiful island of Barbados is an enticing prospect for expats seeking work. Due to the popularity of the island as a destination, competition for employment is quite stiff, but a range of jobs are to be found, including many in the tourism and hospitality sectors – the island is a popular tourist destination, too.The … Read more

How To Set Up A Bank Account In Barbados

A bank account is essential if you are living and working in Barbados. Opening an account with one of the many banks available is relatively easy. Expats will need to take along two different types of ID and one of these must be a passport. The other can be a driver’s license or copy of … Read more

Femi Mascoll, Special Needs Education Teacher, Barbados

Femi, you're a home-school and special needs education teacher in Barbados. Tell us about your job: what does a day in your life look like? To say that my days are quite hectic is an understatement. My students and I normally begin our day with something fun like story-telling or animated videos. I am a … Read more

Private Schools In Barbados: An Expat Guide

Barbados is a beautiful holiday destination, but have you ever considered moving there? While the small island nation is densely populated (its the 18th most populated country in the world, in fact) it is not hugely popular with expats. That’s not to say that you can’t find life hugely satisfying in Barbados if you’re planning … Read more

How To Stable Your Horse In Barbados

If you’re concerned about stabling your horse in Barbados, then congratulations – this is a great problem to have! It’s not always easy to find livery yards on the island, but in fact there are quite a few options.This shouldn’t surprise us. Barbados has long been associated with matters equestrian, primarily polo and racing, but … Read more

Ten Essentials You Need To Pack For A Move To Barbados

The island destination of Barbados, located in the eastern Caribbean, is home to a population that takes pride in their cultural heritage, while also extending a warm welcome to foreigners. Expats moving to Barbados can expect to live a tranquil outdoor lifestyle with plenty of interesting activities. They can also take advantage of the country’s … Read more

Running Your Own Business In Barbados – Five Things You Need To Know

Starting a new business, or moving your current one, to a new country can feel like a daunting prospect. Fortunately, starting up a business in Barbados is relatively simple, especially if you are well informed and prepared. This country has a history of stable economic performance. Moreover, the Government of Barbados has refined its legislation … Read more

Barbados – Top Expat Blogs

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Barbados and some of the bloggers who write about living there. Three Kinds Of Sunshine Yvonne is a freelance magazine journalist originally hailing from … Read more

The Traditional Music Of The Caribbean: Artists You Should Know

The Caribbean is a small region near the Gulf of Mexico, situated roughly between the North and South American mainland. This area of less than 250,000 square kilometers contains around 30 different countries and territories, made up of over 700 islands, reefs, and other land formations. Naturally, this makes for an incredible variety in terms … Read more

Health Risks For Expats In the Caribbean

Tropical island life – beautiful beaches, lush, green hills, fresh fruit, coffee and rum, and a generally laid-back way of living – that’s what most people think about when they think of the Caribbean. Of course, there’s always a lot more to these dreamy locations, and some of it is not very pleasant, especially when … Read more

5 Things You Should Know Before Moving To Barbados

Moving to an island paradise in the Caribbean is a common dream, one that many people in the US and Europe actively plan for and work towards. The beaches, the sun, and the climate in general are of course major draws, and for some, cultural aspects such as music and cuisine are also important. In … Read more

The Most Desirable Neighborhoods for Expats Living in Barbados

The warm, breezy and picturesque isle of Barbados is well established as one of the major tourist destinations in the Caribbean (coming in at #4 in U.S. News and World Report's current rankings). It is politically untroubled – ranking only behind spotless Canada in Transparency International’s trusted index on corruption – and offers a very … Read more