Barbados travel guide

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.

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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: Barbados is 4 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Grantley Adams International Airport. It's usually less than 1 hour to any of the resorts on the island.

Flight time from the UK: The flight time to Barbados is 8 hours.

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

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.

Safety and Security

For up to date advice on travelling to Barbados, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/barbados/safety-and-security