The Barbados climate is one of the best in the world. The average daily temperature is 26 degrees. It’s rarely too hot or too cold.
When to fly to Barbados
The high season for flights to Barbados runs from February to May, when the weather is best.
Hurricane season is June to October, so accommodations and flights to Barbados will be cheapest during this time. Bring a waterproof coat if you’re visiting then.
Getting around Barbados
Buses are inexpensive and relatively fast. Cars are available to hire, and taxis are available in the cities.
Barbados insider information
- Bridgetown is the capital, but few tourists spend too much time here. The streets are quaint with lots of colonial buildings and artifacts. The Barbados National Museum is also in town, housed in the building of an old prison. Among the exhibits are a display of the coral structure that makes up the island, furnishings from an 18th-century plantation house and a reference library of books about the island.
- Remember your manners while you’re in Barbados. It is usual to greet people in a shop or when asking for directions, before getting to the request for information. As you pass people on the street or outside their houses, they will often wave hello. Bajans are very friendly and will be happy to assist you, or recommend good places to eat. Recommendations from locals are hard to beat…
- Fish is a staple food in Barbados, for obvious reasons. Grilled fish, fried fish and fish stew make up many meals. The best places to eat fish are round fish markets, where the day’s catches are grilled or fried fresh for the customer. If you're vacationing in the Easter time, don't miss the Oistins Fish Festival which takes place over Easter weekend.
- To wash it all down, try some of the local drink: rum. There are a number of distilleries open to visitors. One of the most famous brands is Mount Gay Rum. The Mount Gay Rum tour takes you to the museum, a reconstructed rum shop, past an assembly line and finally to the bar. The distilleries are in St Michael, close to the Malibu visitor centre.
- There is a vast array of tours on offer from the official tourist board. Whether you’re interested in the wildlife, the sea, arts and crafts, diving or black culture, there is a specific tour designed to show the best the island has to offer. There are even day tours specifically designed for those who have come off a cruise ship.