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Holidays in Barbados 

Barbados is 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 here are ideal for sightseeing.

Picture yourself on a white sand beach with dazzling blue waters fringed by palm trees, and you’re almost there! Start planning your perfect Barbados holiday today.

26 - 29 °C

Enjoy a tropical climate with a dry season between January and June, and a wet season from July through December. As you might expect, winters are generally very warm and pleasant, whereas summers are slightly hotter and more humid. So, if you're looking for beach weather on your holiday, you can come here at any time of the year.

 

Approximately 8.5 hours.

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

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

Halcyon Palm

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Close to the beach
  • Intimate 25-room property
  • West Coast location

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Based on 135 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Recommended offers in Barbados

Sugar Bay Barbados

14 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • On a white sand beach
  • A choice of four restaurants
  • Family suites for up to five

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Based on 810 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

£2130

Turtle Beach Resort by Elegant Hotels

14 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Choice of three restaurants
  • Coffee shop and ice cream parlour
  • Golf offer at Barbados Golf Club

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Based on 2790 reviews

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Based on 2 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

£2210

Island Inn

14 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Originally built as a rum store
  • Charming 24-room all inclusive hotel
  • Weekly rum punch party

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Based on 594 reviews

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Based on 1 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

£1778

Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels

14 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • New Vista coffee shop and wine bar
  • Great range of watersports
  • Dine Around programme

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Based on 1893 reviews

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Based on 1 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*

£2424

Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels

14 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • West Coast beachfront location
  • Two à la carte restaurants
  • One spa treatment per stay

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Based on 322 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

£2733

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.

If you're interested in history, don't forget to visit George Washington House during your Barbados holiday, where you can explore an 18th century plantation home that was once visited by George Washington, the first President of the United States. Or spend some time at St. Nicholas Abbey, a 17th century sugar plantation and mansion where you can learn about the history of rum.

If you're a fan of horse-racing, visit the Garrison Savannah near Bridgetown, which holds the prestigious Barbados Gold Cub for Thoroughbreds and the Barbados Triple Crown series. Other places worth visiting are the Barbados Museum & Historical Society, the 18th century Morgan Lewis Windmill, and the unique Mallalieu Motor Collection.

Unsurprisingly, one of the main reasons people book holidays to Barbados is to relax on its gorgeous beaches. You'll find stunning white sandy beaches all around the island, one of the best of which is Silver Sands, a world-class windsurfing beach and the location of the Waterman Festival, a windsurfing, kite surfing and general surfing competition. Visit picture-postcard Bottom Bay with its crystal-clear water and coconut palms, or go swimming or water skiing at Dover Beach on the south coast.

One of the biggest attractions here is the Animal Flower Cave in the far north of the island, which has an amazing coral floor and natural rock pools. In the centre of the island you could also visit Harrison's Cave, an enchanting underground limestone cavern with dramatic stalactite and stalagmite formations.

Get in touch with Caribbean nature during your paradise getaway by taking the family to the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, where you can see many fascinating species such as green monkeys and parrots. Another place definitely worth putting on your list is the Andromeda Gardens in the Saint Joseph area, a beautiful botanical garden full of tropical trees and plants.

Because this country is popular with holidaymakers from all over the world, the food here is diverse, with a dynamic mix of Caribbean, European and African influences. Fish and seafood are incredibly popular; one of the main dishes is 'flying fish' with spicy gravy and a cornmeal and okra mix known as Cou Cou. In many hotel resorts, you can expect anything from pizzas and hamburgers to fine-dining cuisine, so there's something for everyone on their holidays to Barbados. Try some of the island's famous rum and Banks beer, or order a cocktail with fresh tropical fruit juices.

BARBADOS IS BEST FOR...

Animal lovers: Hop aboard a catamaran for an unmissable experience that’ll take you out to waters so clear you can see the turtles swimming past in their natural habitats.

High flyers: Go on an adrenaline-boosting helicopter tour to discover the glorious scenery from above.

Sun worshippers: Sit and enjoy clear blue water and immaculate white sands on Palm Beach. It’s the perfect destination for a winter escape, too.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken is English.

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

Local time: It’s 4 hours behind GMT/UK time.

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

Flight time from the UK: Around 8 hours 30 minutes from UK airports.

Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found here https://www.visitbarbados.org.

Visa & health: Before you travel, click on this link https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/barbados/entry-requirements for recommendations and advice on visa and health requirements.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: 26 - 27 (°C)

Good weather in the Caribbean is practically guaranteed, and the temperature here is almost perfect all year round. There’s a bit more rain from the start of summer through to the middle of winter, but don’t let that put you off! Any rain that does fall is usually a brief shower that’s quickly replaced by calm, sunny weather. Come in spring for the driest weather and up to 10 hours of sunshine a day.

Because this is an island, it rarely gets too hot, even in the summer, and the sea is warm enough for paddling and swimming all year round. If you’re spending lots of time outdoors during your holiday to Barbados don’t forget to slap on the sun cream regularly to protect your skin. The island can occasionally experience tropical storms or hurricanes, although these are extremely rare before July or after October


GETTING AROUND

By taxi: Taxis are widely available and are easy to spot, as they have the letter ‘Z’ on their number plates. Just make sure you always agree the fare before you set off.

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 for your holiday. This can be a convenient way to get around, although it's by no means essential, thanks to this island's good public transport network.


EVENTS

Making a splash: Head to the crystal-clear waters of Carlisle Bay, and watch swimmers from all over the world compete in November’s Open Water Festival.

 

Eat, drink and be merry: In November, you can get a taste of the best flavours in the Caribbean at the vibrant Food & Wine and Rum festival.

On your marks, get set, go: Don’t miss the lively Run Barbados Marathon Weekend in December, where you can cheer on the runners as they race around the historic island.

Hitting the right notes: Feast your ears on this stunning music festival. Everything from classic works to current pop will be performed by a world-class orchestra for two days in December.


Why choose Thomas Cook

With hotels available to suit every person and every budget look no further than Thomas Cook for your getaway this year!

  • Thousands of hotels to choose from
  • Dedicated online customer service
  • Over 175 years of travel experience
  • Award winning travel company
  • Thousands of destinations worldwide

Holidays In Barbados 
All Inclusive, Package 

Weather In Barbados

Overview, Jan, Feb, March, April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec

Recommended Hotels
Almond beach, The Club Barbados, Butterfly Beach, Turtle Beach, Time Out

Similar Destinations
Antigua, Cancun, Cuba, Jamaica, Dominican Republic

 

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