Barbados is an idyllic Caribbean island, most famous for being pop superstar Rihanna’s home town. If you’re after holidays in the sun, look no further than this tropical paradise – perfect weather is pretty much guaranteed, as are friendly locals, plenty of attractions and your own spot on a palm-fringed beach.
Barbados Holidays Factfile
Top Resorts and Hotels
Barbados caters to all budgets, with pockets of quiet fishing villages to sprawling resorts catering to your every need. For a luxury holiday, head to Western Barbados and the parish of St James. A playground for the rich and famous, St James is full of beachfront mansions, A-list shopping boutiques and fine dining restaurants.
To the south is Oistins, a local fishing village known for its Bajan specialities, including freshly caught fish cooked down on the beach. Oistins is also a great spot for watersports, particularly surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. There are a few relaxed bars and cafés, while the lively St Lawrence Gap is only 1km away.
If you like to be kept busy then Palm Beach and the capital Bridgetown are the perfect bases. From Palm Beach you’ll be in easy reach of the white sand beaches, as well as some of the main tourist attractions, including the Barbados Garrison, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Attractions and Things To Do
The beaches are the main reason tourists flock to the island, and they definitely don’t disappoint. The northern beaches are backed by rocky cliffs, giving you a stunning view across the sea. Head down along the coral reef for snorkelling spots teeming with sea turtles, and make the most of the surf swells to try some watersports.
Sand and sea aside, there are also ancient caves, such as Harrison’s Cave, one of the most beautiful natural geographical attractions in Barbados. In the centre of the island is St Nicholas Abbey, an old sugar plantation house and one of the few Jacobean mansions in the Western Hemisphere. Kids will love visiting the Wildlife Reserve, where you can play with cheeky monkeys and spot native birds including parrots, flamingos and peacocks.
If you happen to be in Oistins on a Friday night, make sure you check out the traditional fish fry where you can sample some delicious barbecue seafood and join in the evening entertainment.
Annual Temperature and Rainfall
Barbados enjoys a typical Caribbean climate, with a wet season (June to November) and dry season (December to May). The average annual temperature is a pleasant 26, with mild breezes to keep you cool.