Barbados

The name Barbados instantly conjures up images of white-sand beaches and gin-clear waters – maybe even lush green interiors and sprawling plantation houses – but there’s way more to Bajan life beneath the surface. Locals love an excuse to celebrate, and this has cemented the island’s reputation as the cultural and culinary hub of the Caribbean.

The festivities heat up in summer, with a range of art and music events, and then attention quickly shifts to celebrating the island’s food and rum traditions. From the fine-dining in 5-star hotels and luxurious waterside restaurants to the bijou cafés tucked away in shaded shopping malls, and of course their famous rum shops, there’s always a place to stop, kick back, and get a real taste of Barbados.

The combination of natural beauty, architectural splendour and tropical climate has made Barbados the number-one choice for British holidaymakers heading to the Caribbean. Many people instinctively head straight for the south and west coasts. And with good reason – here you’ll find the calm waters and palm-fringed beaches of your castaway fantasies, alongside 5-star resorts and stellar dining options.

However, it would be a mistake to overlook the east coast. This is another Barbados, rocking to an altogether different beat – a culturally rich stretch of coastline where you’ll find spectacular plantations and staggering rock formations pounded by the Atlantic, where locals come to unwind on uncrowded beaches.

Wherever you choose to base yourself, you’ll undoubtedly feel the urge to get out and explore. Don’t fight it. We recommend hiring a car and hitting the road, exploring the interior, stopping at a rum shop, getting a taste of local life and meeting the friendly people that make this such a special place. And there’s only one way to round off any day on Barbados: a plate of fried flying fish and a glass of rum punch.

Start planning your escape now. In this section you’ll find lots of ideas for things to see and do in Barbados, plus all our latest Barbados deals.

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Average Temperature

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29°C
84°F
30°C
86°F
29°C
84°F
31°C
88°F
30°C
86°F
31°C
88°F
30°C
86°F
30°C
86°F
31°C
88°F
30°C
86°F
31°C
88°F
29°C
84°F

Average Rainfall (mm)

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Today's Weather

26°C / 79°F

Weather in Barbados

With average daily highs of 26°C and 3,000 hours of annual sunshine (not to mention water temperatures that hover around a deliciously warm 26-29°C all year round) Barbados has more than earned its reputation as a destination for lovers of warmth and sunshine.
Another key feature is the refreshing north-east trade winds that blow most days, bringing cooling air and fuel for Barbados’s resident kitesurfers.

Average Flight Times

8 hrs 50 mins London to Bridgetown
8 hrs 50 mins Manchester to Bridgetown

Flight Information

There are four airlines operating flights from the UK to Barbados – British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Thomas Cook and Thomson. Flights will be most expensive during the high season, which runs from December to April. May, June and early July are good months for bagging a bargain.

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