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Bathsheba

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Meet Bathsheba

Part fishing village and part tropical paradise, this secluded and peaceful town on the east coast of Barbados is becoming as popular with digital nomads as it is with surfers.

Bathsheba is the primary fishing village in Saint Joseph parish, on the eastern coast of the tiny Caribbean island of Barbados. Its main claim to fame is its dramatic coastline, with pristine white sand beaches stretching between towering cliffs and rock formations. The impressive waves along the coast have made Bathsheba a top destination for surfers, with local surf competitions bringing in athletes from around the world. It’s a popular spot for more laid-back travelers, too, who enjoy the relaxed vibe and unspoiled natural beauty. Though Bathsheba is only about 14 miles up the coast from the capital of Bridgetown, it feels much more wild and secluded than it is. Between the green landscape and the many historic churches, living in Bathsheba feels like stepping back in time. Unlike other small villages in the Caribbean, many residents work in the same family-run fishing businesses as past generations and it doesn’t have the touristy vibe of more developed resort areas.

Where to live in Bathsheba

The town of Bathsheba has a small-town feel and relaxed vibe that’s a refreshing contrast from the bustling, resort-filled west coast of Barbados. You’ll find this same atmosphere throughout St. Joseph Parish. The question of where to live will likely come down to convenience. Living in or around the main town gives you easy access to the beach. On the other hand, living further inland gives you quick access to other parts of the island, and could be a better choice for those looking to explore more of Barbados during their stay.

Best Neighborhoods in Bathsheba

There are several residential properties right in the Bathsheba Beach region. This and Atlantic Park up the coast are the top spots for beach-side living. You’ll also get easy access to the coast in Foster Hall, and its abundant green space gives it an even more secluded, wild vibe than other east coast towns and villages. Keep in mind you’ll never be that far from a beach anywhere on Barbados, so you don’t have to sacrifice sunbathing if you live further inland. Areas like St. Elizabeth’s or Airy Hill are a bit closer to the shopping centers and coworking spaces around Bridgetown, as well as the parks and nature preserves at the island’s heart.

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Atlantis Historic Inn

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Quick Facts About Bathsheba

With its massive boulders and rich biodiversity, the landscape around Bathsheba is uniquely picturesque. Here are some more facts you might not know about this fishing village:
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Work in Bathsheba

From Bathsheba, you can get to any town in Barbados in 40 minutes or less (usually much less). This opens up the entire island if you’re looking for employment. While fishing and tourism are the primary industries in Bathsheba, the island-wide economy is more diverse and has been growing at a rate of 3-5% per year since the mid-’90s. Barbados has been growing as an international business center and is known for being friendly to remote workers, something reinforced by the recent addition of their digital nomad visa program. Aside from tourism and the services sector, major industries include agriculture, mining, off-shore oil production, and manufacturing. Rum production remains particularly big on Barbados even though sugarcane cultivation has dropped in favor of food crops, with three commercial rum distilleries (Mount Gay, West Indies Rum Distillers, and Four Square) as well as smaller craft operations on the island.

How good is Bathsheba for Digital Nomads or Remote Work

Remote work is changing how the global workspace operates. In a trend that is showing no signs of slowing down, remote work is rapidly on the increase all around the world—especially in a place like Bathsheba. And about 25% of remote workers describe themselves as digital nomads—those who like to travel or stay in cities around the world while they work. So, how good is Bathsheba for both of these growing movements?

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Food and Drink in Bathsheba

The beach-side restaurants along Bathsheba’s coast serve some of the best Caribbean food you’ll find anywhere. The historic Round House is a favorite with both locals and tourists. Further down the coast, Dina’s Bar and De Garage Bar & Grill are similarly renowned for their take on local cuisine. For a fine-dining take on local fare, the restaurant at Atlantis Hotel is the top local spot. You can find international cuisine in Bathsheba, too. If you’re in a sushi mood head to Nishi Restaurant, whose eclectic menu also includes homestyle British dishes. When you’re craving American fare, Uncle Joe’s Bar & Grill is a great place to get classic burgers and fries with a Caribbean twist. There are some great spots further inland, too. Farm House Cafe (Easy Hall) is a favorite breakfast and brunch spot, and it’s great for dessert, too. The delightful jungle views at Naniki (Surinam) are just as worthy of a visit as the homestyle dishes on the Sunday lunch buffet.

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