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.
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.
The only airport on here is Grantley Adams International (BGI), on the southeast of the island, 13km from Bridgetown.
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. Although, if you’re in the mood for water sports, travel to Dover Beach in St Lawrence, where you can try bodyboarding.
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.
Food & Drink
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.
HOLIDAYS IN BARBADOS
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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