Life in Barbados

White-sand beaches, sparkling seas, and historic buildings will be the setting for your daily life as a Ross Med student.

Barbados in the Sun

Quick Facts About Barbados

History and Traditions

Settled first by Amerindians, then the Portuguese, and finally the English in the 1620s, Barbados gained full independence from Britain in 1966. The local culture is a distinct mixture of English, Scottish, Irish, and African heritages, evident in the island’s creole-inspired cuisine and the traditional music, a combination of Scottish fife and African drum. Most people on the island speak English.

Caves and Cliffs on a Coral Island

Barbados is known for its natural beauty—here, you can visit the cliffs at Bathsheba Beach, go spelunking in Harrison’s Cave, and see macaws and green monkeys at the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. And don’t forget to explore the island’s “seven natural wonders."

City Life

Take a stroll through the white colonial buildings in Bridgetown as you visit the rum shops and sample the street food. Head down to the village of Oistins on Fridays for a fish fry that’s out of this world. And don’t forget to join in the celebrations during the colorful Crop Over Festival.

Island Weather

The average daily temperature on Barbados is about 80˚ F—with cooling, coastal northeast trade winds from the Atlantic Ocean. (In other words, ideal weather for snorkeling, surfing, or just taking a stroll.)

Around The Island

Dining and Food

You’ll have plenty of options when it comes to dining during your time on the island. While you can find many of your favorite brands and foods from home in the local grocery store, you can also grab a bite at local restaurants that serve up mouthwatering creole cuisine and fresh seafood.

Barbados Campus Cuisine
Campus Cuisine

On campus, visit the LESC to fuel up at The Coffee Bean or Island Caterer’s Cafeteria—or take a short walk to Starbucks or Sky Mall for coffee, pizza, and Caribbean food.

Barbados local faire
Local Fare

Explore restaurants featuring both local and international cuisine just steps from your front door in Coverley Square.

Shopping in Barbados
Be the Chef

A grocery store located at the Villages of Coverley carries a variety of brands as well as garden-fresh local produce and specialty products, including gluten-free, allergen-friendly, and organic options.

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