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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.

Holidays in Barbados

A tropical island with a surprisingly British feel‚ where cricket and afternoon tea are as popular as sunbathing and watersports. With rugged beauty on the east coast‚ calm beaches in the west and lively resorts in the south‚ plus colonial towns and plantations‚ holidays to Barbados are ideal for sightseeing. Picture yourself on a white coral beach and start planning your idyllic Barbados holiday.

Prices start from £678

On the west coast of Barbados, the upmarket St. James resort is a golfer’s dream, as the area is home to an 18-hole course as well as several shorter 9-hole clubs. If you’d like a taste of traditional grilled Bajan seafood, head south to Oistins Fish Fry, an outdoor fish grill venue, where you’ll get to taste the likes of tuna, as well as marlin and even flying fish. For a relaxing day on the white sand, you can’t beat sunbathing on Palm Beach.

Oistins

Oistins, in the south of Barbados, is well known as a fishing community and a great place to taste traditional Bajan seafood. Hotels in Oistins are close to the Barbados Golf Club, as well as the famous Oistins Fish Fry, a weekly outdoor grill of locally sourced seafood.

Palm Beach

Palm Beach hotels give you the very best of Barbados: crystal clear waters, exotic greenery and a long, white sandy beach. From here it’s just a short walk to Barbados Garrison, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to the historic naval dockyard and military barracks.

St James

A holiday hotspot for the rich and famous‚ where beautiful white sands are lined with luxurious hotels and glitzy mansions. Popular for its shimmering beaches‚ top restaurants and great shopping. The hotels in St James are among the most lavish on the island.



Recommended offers in Barbados

Barbados, St James

The Club Barbados Resort & Spa

7 nights All Inclusive flying from Manchester

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

Stay from £1253

Barbados, Palm Beach

Amaryllis Beach Resort

7 nights Room only 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

Stay from £847

Barbados, Oistins

Butterfly Beach Hotel

7 nights Room only flying from Manchester

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

Stay from £828





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