Its picturesque capital, Bridgetown and its shimmering white beaches have won Barbados fans of all ages. Barbados is one of the Lesser Antilles group and although many people think of it as a Caribbean island, it is actually in the Atlantic Ocean about 62 miles east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea.
It is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world and there are daily international flights from the US and Europe. Visitors from the UK, EU member countries and the US don’t require a visa, and driving is on the left. Discover cultural landmarks such as the Parliament Building in Bridgetown, explore colourful Bajian neighbourhoods or just relax on some of the lovliest beaches you will ever find.
Best time to visit Barbados
The island has a ‘wet’ season from June to November and a ‘dry’ season from December to May. However, although rainfall is higher in the wet season, it is still an excellent time to visit as late afternoon or night downpours are over quickly and counteract humidity. Barbados has a ‘tropical monsoon’ climate, but pleasant breezes are common all year round, resulting in tropical moderate conditions.
Average December to May temperatures range from 70F or 21C to 88F or 31 °C, and from 73F 0r 23C to 88F or 37C from June to November, making the island an excellent choice at any time.
Best attractions of Barbados
Surfers should head for the Soup Bowl, as the beach at Bathsheba is known. The beach is dominated by the large boulder called Bathsheba’s Rock and the beach plays host to several international surfing tournaments. The town of Oistins on the south coast is the island’s number one tourist attraction thanks to the famous ‘Oistins Fish Fry’ each Friday. Go along to enjoy the the carnival atmosphere and choose freshly cooked fish and seafood, cooked to a range of delicious local recipes from the beach huts.
Be sure to try flying fish; the fish is the symbol of the island and it is often served cooked in breadcrumbs and accompanied by a fiery sauce made from Scotch bonnet pepper and mustard. If you’re the adventurous type you can zip line over a tropical forest at Jack-in-the-Box Gully near St. Thomas, or try scuba diving around shipwrecks on the coastal coral reefs. If you can’t dive you can still enjoy the underwater world up close and personal with one of the terrific Atlantis Submarine tours.
Dive to depths of 50 metres in a submarine to see marine life, shipwrecks and coral reefs in comfort and style. Explore the historic town of Bridgetown or simply choose a beach such as Colony Club Beach, Brandon’s Beach or Freshwater Bay for sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling in picture postcard settings.