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Barbados is best for...

Animal lovers

Swim with turtles - hop aboard a catamaran for an unmissable experience.

High Flyers

Helicopter tour - discover Barbados by air – take to the skies for a spectacular tour!

Sun worshippers

Sit and enjoy clear blue water and immaculate white sands on Palm Beach.

Fast Facts

Language: The language spoken in Barbados is English.

Currency: The currency used in Barbados is Barbados dollar ($).

Local time: Barbados is 4 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: The only airport on Barbados is Grantley Adams International (BGI), on the southeast of the island, 13km (8 miles) from Bridgetown.

Flight time from UK: Around 8.5 hours

Tourist Information: Further Barbados tourist information can be found here.

Visa & Health: Before you travel, click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Barbados.

Weather & Climate

Temperatures: Average temperature of 26°C

Best time to visit Barbados: December to March is generally the traditional high season in Barbados

Good weather in the Caribbean is guaranteed; the weather in Barbados is practically perfect all year round. The dry season is January-June and the wet season is July-December, but average daily rainfall is less than ¼ inch, so don’t let that put you off! The brief, light showers make a refreshing contrast to the tropical weather.

Getting Around

By taxi: Taxis are available across Barbados, and are easy to spot as they have the letter ‘Z’ on their number plates.

By bus: A cheap and comprehensive bus service runs but can be crowded at rush hours. You can easily identify the buses as they are blue with a yellow stripe.

By hire car: A wide range of car hire options are also available.

Events

February festival For a taste of Barbados’ history, visit in February and you can take part in the Holetown Festival, a celebration of the first settlement on the island in 1627.

Bajan History Experience local arts and crafts throughout the event and get an understanding of Bajan history, as well as a taste of traditional local rum!

Police tattoo One of the most popular events of the Holetown Festival is the Police Tattoo. The Royal Barbados Police Force organises a parade of music and dancing on the only Friday night of the Festival, featuring performances from the canine, motorcycle and mounted units.

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Recommended offers in Barbados

Barbados, St James

The Club Barbados Resort & Spa
4 Stars

7 nights All Inclusive flying from Manchester

  • Oceanfront location
  • Exclusively for adults
  • Ideal romantic honeymoon getaway
Thomas Cook

Stay from £1253

Barbados, Palm Beach

Amaryllis Beach Resort
3 Stars

7 nights flying from Manchester

  • Situated on the white sands of Palm Beach
  • Shopping plaza with a wine bar and coffee shop
  • Close to the capital, Bridgetown
Thomas Cook

Stay from £947

Barbados, Oistins

Butterfly Beach Hotel
3 Stars

7 nights flying from Manchester

  • Located on the white sands of Barbados' southern coast
  • Laid-back bar and restaurant
  • 1km from the lively resort of St Lawrence Gap
Thomas Cook

Stay from £828

Barbados, St Lawrence Gap

Southern Palms Beach Club & Hotel
4 Stars

7 nights flying from Manchester

  • Stunning beachfront setting
  • Watersports available
  • Attractive gardens
Thomas Cook

Stay from £883

Barbados, St James

The Club Barbados Resort & Spa
4 Stars

7 nights All Inclusive flying from Manchester

  • Oceanfront location
  • Exclusively for adults
  • Ideal romantic honeymoon getaway
Thomas Cook

Stay from £1253

GreBarbados, St James

Travellers Palm
3 Stars

7 nights flying from Manchester

  • In the heart of the west coast of Barbados
  • Close to public transport options
  • A few minutes' walk from the beach
Thomas Cook

Stay from £599





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