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Barbados Holidays

Barbados enjoys dry, sunny and hot beach weather. So why not pack your beach bag and treat yourself to an amazing winter holiday? Barbados holidays simply ooze indulgence, relaxation and luxury. With stunning white Caribbean beaches and crystal clear waters, Barbados pushes all the right buttons for holidaymakers looking for a little bit of paradise and some sunshine.

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The weather in Barbados is a hit with British holidaymakers, averaging between 27°C and 30°C all year round. You can expect between 7 and 9 hours of sunshine per day. December to May is the island’s dry season and for that reason is a popular period for holidays. Although perfect for beach lovers, holidays to Barbados have a lot more to offer than palm trees and sunbathing. With its host of cultural activities and events, bars, restaurants and vibrant clubs, this Caribbean island has plenty to keep you entertained. Set to the south-east of its Caribbean counterparts, Barbados’ location makes it an enticing choice for those keen on combining tranquillity and excitement in one unforgettable holiday. Fringed by Caribbean Sea-fed waters to the east and the more extreme waters of the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Barbados is resplendent with more than 60 beaches around a stunningly verdant interior, making it ideal for those looking to do nothing more on their Caribbean holiday than relax with an authentic rum cocktail in hand. However, Barbados is also a utopia for lovers of watersports, the frothy Atlantic Ocean providing the ideal conditions for lovers of the surf, while keen golfers will find pleasure teeing off on one of many championship courses. For warm sunny days, pleasant nights, and inviting warm water, Barbados is the destination for you. Located in the Caribbean, Barbados is great for British holidaymakers as the official language is English.


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Best Time to Visit Barbados

Enjoying more than 3,000 hours of sunshine every year, Barbados is sunny year round with an average daily high of 30ºC. Being so warm, you need to make sure that you have spare flip-flops, plenty of shirts and shorts as well as a hat that covers your head. The high season for tourists tends to run from December through April as this misses the humid hurricane season of June to October. July gets 18 days of rain and takes the title for wettest month while the driest months are between February and May. This is more or less the same for the whole Caribbean region and, considering how the climate is, it is the early months of the year that see the highest prices but it never gets cold so if you take your chances, you can get a bargain.

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Things to do in Barbados

What to do in Barbados

This island is quite literally a tropical paradise, where you can relax on the beach, snorkel with sea turtles, and try some local rum at a rustic rum shop. There are water sports including snorkelling, sailing and kayaking, as well as a range of expeditions, such as biking tours and fishing trips. If you are looking for a city break, visit Bridgetown. Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados, and the largest city on the island. There are lots of things to see and do. Soak up some of the culture by visiting the Barbados museum and St. Mary’s Church, take in the architecture of Careenage and Parliament, and hit the shops to do some duty free shopping. If that wasn’t enough, why not take a tour of the Mount Gay Rum Distillery, then round off the day by sampling some of the delicious local cuisine.

Nightlife in Barbados

If you are looking to partake in the vibrant nightlife Barbados has to offer, you should visit St. Lawrence Gap. St. Lawrence Gap is a stretch of road in Christ Church that is host to some amazing bars, restaurants and hotels. You can shop during the day and party in the night. The nightclubs St. Lawrence Gap has to offer include the Reggae Lounge, an open-air nightclub, Lipgloss, open seven days a week, and Sugar Ultra Lounge, which is both modern and sophisticated. Why not combine your holiday with a national festival or celebration? A major event in Barbados is the Crop Over summer festival, taking place all over the island. There are markets, carnivals and calypso. These events span across the months of May, June, July and August.

Barbados Luxury Accommodation

For all inclusive luxury Barbados holidays for the whole family, take a look at Crystal Cove . Both parents and kids can enjoy a variety of beach activities. If you are heading off for a holiday to Barbados without children, you can enjoy the spa, fitness facilities and golf courses Crystal Cove has to offer. For a wedding or honeymoon in Barbados, the Mango Bay all-inclusive hotel may be the option for you. This hotel provides a range of wedding packages, as well as guest rooms that overlook the sea, as well as penthouse suites and apartments. If you are looking for a group or self-catering holiday, you should check out the Divi Southwinds Beach resort . This resort is situated on half a mile of beach and has tropical gardens on the grounds. Divi Southwinds is perfect for those looking for a diving holiday. 

Key Highlights of Barbados

  • Having your breath taken away by Barbados’ stunning sugary beaches
  • Diving to the depths of Barbados’ coral rich waters
  • Catching the waves in the surfers’ paradise of the Soup Bowl
  • Relaxing with a freshly-prepared cocktail mixed with locally produced rum
  • Descending into the striking limestone cavern of Harrison’s Cave
  • Teeing off on one of Barbados’ fabulous championship golf courses
  • The Barbados capital is Bridgetown
  • Currency-The Barbadian dollar is the national currency of Barbados. It isn’t always readily available from a bureau de change and you can often get a better exchange rate once in the country
  • Language-A commonwealth country, the official language is English but some people do speak the English-based Bajan language
  • Time Zone-GMT -5 hours

Barbados Packing Tips

Generally sunny all year round, as long as you don’t forget your swimwear you should be fine. But, while you may only need a minimal amount of clothing, it is important to make a checklist to ensure you don’t forget anything. For the evenings, it is worth taking some smart pants because a lot of the better restaurants have this as a requirement. Sometimes there will be downpours so people often take an umbrella with them in case they are caught in the rain. In terms of toiletries, aside from suntan lotion, insect repellent is the other must-carry item in your luggage, probably with antiseptic cream. Most things are available on the island but at a much higher price. Plug sockets tend to be two flat pin plugs so an adapter will come in handy.

Expert Insights

It’s hard not to have a perfect day in Barbados. A tiny island in the Caribbean that covers just 167 square miles. You can drive around the whole island in less than a day. But where is the fun in that? Barbados is an island that likes to take things slowly. It really does feel like “Bajan time” is a real thing. Nobody is in a hurry, everybody just takes things in their stride and at their own pace. This is a big part of the charm for me, really be absorbed into a culture where you can’t live at the frenetic pace you do at home.

You feel like you are on holiday the minute you step off the plane.

Being such a small island means that generally speaking within a couple of hours of that plane landing you are at your hotel or villa, whether you have chosen to stay in the capital Bridgetown, in the bustling area known as The Gap, in surfers paradise on the Atlantic Coast, or an all inclusive resort on the Caribbean. You will have landed around 3pm (there are daily direct flights with both BA and Virgin Atlantic from the UK) and by 6pm you can have a cold Banks in your hand watching the sunset.

What to do on each day of your holiday can be dependent on the weather. Unlike some other Caribbean islands, Barbados can be rainy, especially in the summer. Well you can’t have an island as green as Barbados without rain. But it is never for very long and it will still be warm, it will just mean that you might need to postpone that morning on the beach and do something inside instead, such as visit one of the “Great Houses” or take a tour underground at Harrison’s Cave, a system of caves over 2km long that features an area known as “The Great Hall” which is 50ft high.

Barbados though is famous for its beaches and if you want to lie on a golden sandy beach under the shade of trees, you can do just that. In fact you could do that every day for a fortnight and not sit on the same beach twice. There are deserted beaches and there are beaches that have a bar where a waiter will bring you an ice cold drink right down to your sun lounger.

Or if lying around is not your thing, there are world class golf courses, scuba diving lessons, water sports, horse riding the list of more athletic activities is endless.

For me though my perfect day is spent on a glass bottomed boat out on the sea. With no agenda other than to spend the day with friends, drinking rum (ask for a rum and coke in a bar and don’t be surprised when you are presented with a ¼ sized bottle. It’s how it is done in Barbados) and watching the world go by. There are several spots along the Caribbean coast where turtles like to play and are happy for you to join them off the side of your boat. As you snorkel they will come and pose for your underwater camera so if you have a waterproof video camera, do take it with you. A sunken ship just off the famous Sandy Lane beach is the perfect spot for you to get up close and personal to fish, though if you would rather watch from a safe distance take a couple of slices of bread and feed them from the side of the boat, but have your camera ready! As the sun sets and you come back into shore it is time for a cocktail on the beach to watch the sun go down. Our favourite has to be Zaccio’s in Holetown. The bar is right on the beach, with steps down to the sand so you either sit at the bar, or lean against the palm tree as you see the sun disappear on the horizon.

For dinner you can either stay there (their pizzas are legendary, as is the coconut shrimp) or take a short stroll to Tides. Again it is right on the beach so do ask for a “rail side table” to make sure you have a great view. The food is Michelin quality and the service is second to none, with a great list of non-alcoholic cocktails for children too. Barbados certainly isn’t sniffy about you taking children to high end restaurants! There is always a catch of the day, but don’t be alarmed when they tell you it is dolphin, it isn’t dolphin as we know it! Try it blackened with rice, you’ll never want fish and chips again!

Though if that is slightly out of your budget then how about going down to Enterprise Beach where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean so the waves make it perfect for body boarding, and buying a bag of fish balls from Mr Delish? It costs about £5 and as you sit and eat them on the sand you realise that holidays really don’t get more perfect than this.

Why Travelbag?

Stunning white sand beaches, turquoise waters and some of the finest rum on the planet, it is easy to see why Barbados is so popular. If you would like to know more about Travelbag’s excellent tailor-made holidays to Barbados, call us on  0203 139 7074 and speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable travel experts. Whether you are looking for a cheap deal, a 5 star resort or a business class flight, we have packages and deals to suit all requirements. Use our search facility and tell us exactly what you want. We can help you to put the perfect holiday to Barbados together!

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