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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.

26 °C

December to March is the traditional high season in Barbados.

8.5 hours

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

For a truly luxury holiday and some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, book a holiday to Barbados with Thomas Cook.

Recommended offers in Barbados

The Club Barbados Resort & Spa

St James, Barbados

7 Nights, All Inclusive

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£1301

Island Inn hotel

Bridgetown, Barbados

7 Nights, All Inclusive

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Based on 415 reviews

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  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
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  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

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£1312

Sea Breeze

Maxwell, Barbados

7 Nights, All Inclusive

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Based on 509 reviews

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  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

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£1372

Turtle Beach Resort by Elegant Hotels

Dover Beach, Barbados

7 Nights, All Inclusive

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Based on 2081 reviews

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  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

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£1416

Mango Bay

Holetown, Barbados

7 Nights, All Inclusive

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Based on 1171 reviews

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  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

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£1507

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.

For a unique zoo experience visit the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, in the north of the island. As well as parrots, reptiles and peacocks, you might spot the Barbados Green Monkey, an olive-coloured primate native to the country. Or try one of the island’s most famous exports and visit one of three rum distilleries. The spirit has been brewed here for over 300 years and Mount Gay, Rum Factory and Malibu are still made on the island. If you’re not sure which one to choose, the Malibu and Mount Gay distilleries are close to each other in south-west Barbados

With its brilliant white coral sand and clear waters, it’s no surprise beaches are one of the top attractions in Barbados. In the north, alcove beaches can be found between high cliffs, from which you get stunning views of the sea. In the south, expect flawless beaches protected by coral reefs. The east coast beaches are wide, facing the Atlantic Ocean and making it a favourite destination for surfers. The relaxing west side of Barbados is calmer and a great place to try out some watersports while you enjoy the tropical climate

There are many places in Barbados which offer turtle tours, combining a catamaran ride with a session of snorkelling. Take the chance to leap into the cool ocean water to see hawksbill and leatherback turtles swimming in their natural environment. Catamarans are also available for fishing charter so you can take a guided tour of the island and enjoy a day learning how to fish. For more experienced fishermen, book a boat for a day of deep sea fishing – barracuda and marlin can both be caught around Barbados.

For a real flavour of Caribbean nightlife, one of the best places in Barbados is St. Lawrence Gap. Visiting ‘The Gap’, as it is simply known, is a great chance to enjoy a range of global and local cuisines, with restaurants serving Italian, Mexican, Chinese and Caribbean dishes. Once you've refuelled, wander the 1.3km strip of bars and clubs and pick a place to drink. Visit the Reggae Lounge for an open-air nightclub playing reggae and calypso music, or go to Lipgloss, a club open 7 nights a week with its own house DJ.

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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 wordhippers: 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 at www.barbados.org

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/barbados for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Barbados.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE


Temperatures: Average temperature of 26°C

Best time to visit Barbados: December to March is 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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