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Holidays in Barbados 2024/2025

  • Beautiful stretches of golden beaches
  • Crystal-clear turquoise waters
  • Treasure trove of forests and sugar cane fields
  • Charismatic, smiling locals

Rightly lauded for its gorgeous stretches of powder-soft beach, Barbados holidays often top the charts for a luxury escape to the Caribbean. It’s a dreamy island that leaps off the postcards, its fringes dominated by palm-flecked sands and secluded azure bays.

The island emanates sun-drenched Caribbean cool from the picturesque sugar cane fields to the UNESCO-listed capital and across the beautiful coastlines, and it’s charming locals really leave a lasting impression.

Outside the city, sugar cane plantations and rum distilleries patchwork the rolling countryside of Barbados’ stunning interior. But its A-grade beaches aren’t too far from any visitor’s mind. As well as its superb sands to collapse on, the unique geographical position Barbados finds itself in offers two different sides to its coast – the wild Atlantic in the east is a haven for thrill-seeking surfers or hikers, and the sleepy Caribbean coast in the west is an oasis of mill-pond calm. North Point is a spectacular place to see where these two great seas meet, a natural phenomenon which mirrors Barbados’ charismatic collision of cultures.


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Discover an underground wonder

Right in the heart of Barbados lies one of its best natural living wonders: Harrison's Cave Eco-Adventure Park. Head deep below the forested hillside to discover a 1.5-mile long cavern dripping with mammoth stalagmites and stalactites that catch the eye in some of the cave’s landmarks, such as the Village and the Great Hall. Hop on a tour aboard a tram and go deep into its spectacular galleries, winding past subterranean streams, glassy mineral pools, a luminous waterfall and a plethora of stalagmites and stalactites. It’s a magical underground world laced with a fascinating history which will leave you gasping at every turn. Stay a little longer to enjoy a rum experience or have a go at the gully challenge or monkey zipline!

Cool beachside dining

The beautiful island of Barbados has an amazing food scene with a little something for everyone. The vibrant culture is reflected among the many restaurants and their menus, infused with international cuisines. Delicious seafood - from local flying fish to fresh lobster from the Grenadines - is a must try when visiting the island! Oistins Fish Fry on Friday evenings is renowned for bustling market style food stalls and energetic live music. 

The island offers an incredible selection of restaurants to suit everyone: fine dining offering gourmet cuisine or casual toes-in-the-sand fare overflowing with trendy style and authentic charm. And most are oceanfront boasting fantastic views of the Caribbean Sea. The perfect spot for a sundowner too!

Incredible views

If you’re after the best view of Barbados, then Hackleton’s Cliff arguably has it. The climb up this over-1,000 foot escarpment – one of the highest points on the island – is worth it for the panoramic views of the lush rugged slopes and wild Atlantic coastline. A great morning out for any hiking enthusiast! 

Rum & history

Take yourself inland and admire the treasure-trove of dense forests, sugar cane fields, and trees full of wild green monkeys on the way. Stop in at St. Nicholas Abbey, Great House & Rum Distillery to see history and culture all in one. Built in 1658, it’s one of only three Jacobean manors left in the Western Hemisphere! The well-preserved grounds, architecture and furniture are a treat to wander, while a charming museum sheds more light on its captivating history. Tours will often include rum tasting and with Barbados considered the birthplace of rum, there’s no better place to savour this spirit. Part of St. Nicholas Abbey’s plantation, Cherry Tree Hill is also worth stopping at for that Kodak moment, offering sweeping views over most of the East Coast of Barbados.

Catamaran cruise

The calm waters of Barbados’ west Caribbean coast are ideal conditions for a relaxing catamaran cruise. Admire the calm sea views before taking a dip to snorkel with turtles or see a shipwreck resting on the ocean floor. Dry off for a tasty Bajan buffet meal served on deck with rum punch. You can choose from day or sunset cruises, the latter adding a splash of romance to your watery adventure.


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Where to stay in Barbados

Famed for its platinum-blonde beaches, Barbados' dreamy shoreline is also where you'll find luxury places to stay. There are grand colonial style buildings tucked within tropical gardens to stay in or luxury beach resorts fringed with palms, all of which offer postcard-perfect views of the Caribbean Sea.

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The best time to visit Barbados

Barbados is a year-round holiday destination, with temperatures averaging a pleasant 28°C.

December to April marks Barbados’ high season, where warm temperatures are matched with cloud-free skies, while trade winds bring cooling breezes – the ideal winter sun escape. May is a great time to visit being one of the drier months and just outside of high season means the crowds have thinned and the prices drop.

June to November represents the Caribbean’s official hurricane season but Barbados’ south-easterly location means it often avoids the brunt of the storms. Humidity and the chance of rain is higher during this time and while the threat of tropical storms does exist, they rarely materialise into much. If you don’t mind braving the odd shower, then visiting during the summer months gives you a great opportunity to soak up the colourful Crop Over Festival (August), a carnival which marks the end of the sugar cane harvest.

Travel Guide

Barbados travel essentials

Do I need any vaccinations for Barbados?

No vaccinations are recommended for Barbados but the country is regarded to have a risk of contracting the Zika virus. However, please consult your GP at least four to six weeks prior to travel for current advice.

What is the time difference between Barbados and the UK?

The time difference is GMT -4 hours.

How long is the flight to Barbados?

The flight time from London to Bridgetown is from around nine hours.

What is the currency in Barbados?

The currency is the Barbadian dollar, although US dollars are widely accepted.

Do I need a visa for a holiday in Barbados?

British passport holders don’t need a visa to travel to Barbados.


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