Barbados

There could scarcely be a better time to visit Barbados. Of course, there’s never a bad time to visit this glittering island of white-sand beaches and gin-clear waters, lush green interiors and sprawling plantation houses, but right now there’s something special going on. In November, 2016, Barbados will celebrate 50 years of independence. The rum punch is expected to flow freely — and to celebrate, we’ve rounded up the best deals for holidays to this Caribbean gem in 2017.

The island is sprinkled with reminders of its colonial past. Beyond the beaches and luxury resorts, one will find plantation houses and sugar mills, plus the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Garrison area of the capital Bridgetown. This unique mix provides an unforgettable backdrop and underscores the historical importance of this most easterly of all the Caribbean islands.

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 shack, 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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Barbados at a Glance

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Average Temperature

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29°C
84°F
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86°F
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Average Rainfall (mm)

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Today's Weather

27°C / 81°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.

What do You Get For Your Money in Barbados?

Cup of coffee £2.90
Big Mac meal £6.30
Large bottle of water £2
1 litre of petrol £1.30
1 mile taxi journey £4

Today's Exchange Rate

£1=2.55BBD

Currency Information

The national currency is the Barbados Dollar (BBD), which is pegged to the US dollar at a rate of 2:1 (i.e. 2BBD will buy you 1USD).
Thanks to the plethora of high-end hotels on the island’s glamorous west coast, a perception persists of Barbados as an expensive holiday destination. However, a holiday here doesn't have to break the bank, particularly if you self cater and shop locally.
Barbados is also renowned for duty-free shopping - jewellery and designer goods are often available with discounts of 30-50% compared with Europe, the USA and other parts of the world.

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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