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Located in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies, Barbados is a sun-kissed island boasting white-sand beaches, gin-clear waters and warm tropical breezes. Holidays to Barbados are popular with sun-seekers and watersports enthusiasts alike, thanks to the bath-warm waters and rolling waves. But, while it would be easy to spend your entire Barbados holiday lounging on the sand, there’s so much more to this Caribbean paradise than the beach.

Away from the coast, you’ll find lush landscapes of rolling hills punctuated with colonial buildings and grand mansions. You can explore hypnotic botanical gardens and visit historical plantations. And, throughout the year, Barbados’ calendar is chock-a-block with events, ranging from world-class sporting tournaments to lively street and food festivals.

On your holiday to Barbados, you’ll find that local pastimes have an underlying British influence, with days spent playing cricket or enjoying afternoon tea in the sunshine. But there’s also a strong Afro-Caribbean culture that reverberates through the country, bringing with it a delectable cuisine, soulful music and warm hospitality. All this can be seen in full display at Oistins Fish Fry – a weekly celebration where locals and tourists stand side-by-side in queues for freshly-cooked tuna, dance to the sound of reggae, and fill up on glasses of sweet-tasting rum.

Bustling Bridgetown is worth a visit on your Barbados holiday, too. It’s the island’s capital and most populous city. The historical centre and garrison have both been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2012, while the city’s markets, museums and churches allow you to find out more about local life in Barbados, as you wander around and soak up the atmosphere.

Whether you’re travelling to Barbados as a couple or a family, our experts will help you choose the best place to stay. From action-packed child-friendly resorts to romantic adults-only retreats, we’ve got just the thing

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Things to do in Barbados

A holiday to Barbados offers a wide range of fun things to do. You can spend your days recharging on sun-drenched beaches, exploring fascinating cultural sites, and trying your hand at thrilling watersports.

Some of the best beaches in Barbados include Silver Sands, Miami Beach and Accra, where long stretches of sugary sand are lapped by irresistibly warm waters. Both locals and tourists can be seen kitesurfing, swimming, body-boarding and snorkelling. Join in with the fun, or simply recline on your sun lounger with a cocktail in hand.

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Barbados is generally accepted as the birthplace of rum. So, for a true slice of Bajan heritage, sampling the nation’s favourite spirit is a must. Rum is celebrated in every corner of the island and forms an important part of everyday life in Barbados. Make sure you join a tour that takes you from barrel to bottle, providing insight into its history, distilling process and importance to the country.

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Culture

On your trip to Barbados, you’ll notice how cultures collide, overlap and intermingle at every juncture. A British colony for more than 300 years, the island has a distinctly British feel, such as the country’s obsession with cricket – played most famously Kensington Oval – and the enjoyment of afternoon tea. You’ll also notice Georgian architecture peppered across the island. But there’s a strong West African culture, too, displayed vividly in the flavour-filled cuisine, reggae music and carnival-like festivities.

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The annual summer Crop Over Festival traces back to the 18th-century. Reminiscent of Rio Carnival in Brazil, this spectacular event is a kaleidoscope of colour, dancing and celebrations. It marks the culmination of another successful sugar cane harvest and has come to form an important part of Barbadian culture.

If you’re keen to learn about Bajan history, a visit to St Nicholas Abbey is a great way to spend an afternoon. It’s one of only three 17th-century Jacobean-era mansions in the western hemisphere.

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Bridgetown

From fresh fruit markets to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the capital city of Barbados is brimming with life. Bridgetown is the country’s cultural and business centre, as well as playing host to a range of festivals and celebrations.

On the outskirts of the capital, Carlisle Bay is one of the most beautiful and serene beaches in Barbados. You can spend a day swimming with sea turtles, before retreating up the beach to enjoy a classic rum cocktail. Or, if the heat gets too much, escape the sun with a visit to the Mount Gay Visitor Centre. Famous for its rum, this place offers guided tours of the distillery and a glass of their sweet-tasting punch. You can learn all about the history of the facility and sample their premium rums.

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Meanwhile, keen divers should visit SS Stavronikita. This sunken old Greek freighter is one of the most popular dive sites in the whole of the Caribbean, so it’s well worth exploring this underwater world on your holiday to Barbados.

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Best time to visit Barbados

The best time to go on holiday to Barbados is from December to early April. During these months, the weather is dry and temperatures are around 30°C, providing the ideal conditions for relaxing on the beach and taking part in a wide range of watersports. As you might expect, though, this is also when the island is at its busiest, as there’s an influx of tourists from Europe and America, all looking to enjoy a week or two of winter sun.

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If you’re looking for a mix of affordable accommodation and good weather, consider visiting Barbados in the shoulder season instead. In May, June and November, average daytime temperatures are still in the high twenties, but the beaches are much quieter.

July to October is hurricane season in Barbados, so this is best avoided if you want reliable sunshine. On the other hand, this is the best time to visit if you’re a keen surfer – so it depends what your plans are.

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Essential Information

Visa: British passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Barbados

Language: English and Bajan Creole

Currency: Barbadian dollar (BBD)

Time difference: GMT -4 hours

Flight duration from London: A direct flight takes eight hours and 30 minutes

Capital city: Bridgetown

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Things to do

Things to do in Barbados

A holiday to Barbados offers a wide range of fun things to do. You can spend your days recharging on sun-drenched beaches, exploring fascinating cultural sites, and trying your hand at thrilling watersports.

Some of the best beaches in Barbados include Silver Sands, Miami Beach and Accra, where long stretches of sugary sand are lapped by irresistibly warm waters. Both locals and tourists can be seen kitesurfing, swimming, body-boarding and snorkelling. Join in with the fun, or simply recline on your sun lounger with a cocktail in hand.

Show More
Show Less

Barbados is generally accepted as the birthplace of rum. So, for a true slice of Bajan heritage, sampling the nation’s favourite spirit is a must. Rum is celebrated in every corner of the island and forms an important part of everyday life in Barbados. Make sure you join a tour that takes you from barrel to bottle, providing insight into its history, distilling process and importance to the country.

Show More
Show Less

Culture

Culture

On your trip to Barbados, you’ll notice how cultures collide, overlap and intermingle at every juncture. A British colony for more than 300 years, the island has a distinctly British feel, such as the country’s obsession with cricket – played most famously Kensington Oval – and the enjoyment of afternoon tea. You’ll also notice Georgian architecture peppered across the island. But there’s a strong West African culture, too, displayed vividly in the flavour-filled cuisine, reggae music and carnival-like festivities.

Show More
Show Less

The annual summer Crop Over Festival traces back to the 18th-century. Reminiscent of Rio Carnival in Brazil, this spectacular event is a kaleidoscope of colour, dancing and celebrations. It marks the culmination of another successful sugar cane harvest and has come to form an important part of Barbadian culture.

If you’re keen to learn about Bajan history, a visit to St Nicholas Abbey is a great way to spend an afternoon. It’s one of only three 17th-century Jacobean-era mansions in the western hemisphere.

Show More
Show Less

Bridgetown

Bridgetown

From fresh fruit markets to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the capital city of Barbados is brimming with life. Bridgetown is the country’s cultural and business centre, as well as playing host to a range of festivals and celebrations.

On the outskirts of the capital, Carlisle Bay is one of the most beautiful and serene beaches in Barbados. You can spend a day swimming with sea turtles, before retreating up the beach to enjoy a classic rum cocktail. Or, if the heat gets too much, escape the sun with a visit to the Mount Gay Visitor Centre. Famous for its rum, this place offers guided tours of the distillery and a glass of their sweet-tasting punch. You can learn all about the history of the facility and sample their premium rums.

Show More
Show Less

Meanwhile, keen divers should visit SS Stavronikita. This sunken old Greek freighter is one of the most popular dive sites in the whole of the Caribbean, so it’s well worth exploring this underwater world on your holiday to Barbados.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Barbados

The best time to go on holiday to Barbados is from December to early April. During these months, the weather is dry and temperatures are around 30°C, providing the ideal conditions for relaxing on the beach and taking part in a wide range of watersports. As you might expect, though, this is also when the island is at its busiest, as there’s an influx of tourists from Europe and America, all looking to enjoy a week or two of winter sun.

Show More
Show Less

If you’re looking for a mix of affordable accommodation and good weather, consider visiting Barbados in the shoulder season instead. In May, June and November, average daytime temperatures are still in the high twenties, but the beaches are much quieter.

July to October is hurricane season in Barbados, so this is best avoided if you want reliable sunshine. On the other hand, this is the best time to visit if you’re a keen surfer – so it depends what your plans are.

Show More
Show Less

Essential Info

Essential Information

Visa: British passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Barbados

Language: English and Bajan Creole

Currency: Barbadian dollar (BBD)

Time difference: GMT -4 hours

Flight duration from London: A direct flight takes eight hours and 30 minutes

Capital city: Bridgetown

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