Barbados is one of the first words you think of when dreaming of Caribbean holidays and it’s no wonder. This tropical island has plenty to offer, from swimming with turtles and relaxing on the beach in the day, to enjoying fresh seafood and great music in the evenings. With non stop sunshine, white beaches and a welcome breeze, Barbados holidays are perfect for anyone dreaming of a Caribbean escape.
With steady annual temperatures between 20°C and 30°C, Barbados never gets too hot thanks to the cooling winds.
Grantley Adams International Airport, just 8 miles from the capital, Bridgetown.
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The Caribbean was once a far off paradise, a place that only brochures could show you. But now finding cheap deals to Barbados and similar islands is easy with the great range from Airtours. From sunbathers to sailors, explorers to animal lovers, everyone is catered for with our range of beach holidays in Barbados.
Barbados isn’t all beaches and bars; Harrison’s Cave is a maze of tunnels that’ll be enjoyed by young and old alike. With stalactites and rock pillars, this huge cave system is easy to explore thanks to an underground tramway. At the end of the line, in the deepest section, is a stunning waterfall and plunge pool.
Barbados sits well away from any large continents and is surrounded by the Atlantic. This makes its waters extremely clear and also makes it a home for turtles, whales and dolphins. Go snorkelling to see the tropical fish or enjoy a boat trip out to see the dolphins. Whether you want to recline on the deck of a catamaran for a day trip or go deep with a SCUBA school, the waters of Barbados are perfect.
This island is, of course, known for its beautiful white sand beaches. Spending a day on any of Barbados’ beaches ismade easy with the range cafes, restaurants and bars available. Fancy a massage on the beach? Spa treatments beachside will get you so relaxed you’ll return home feeling like a new person. If you like to mix your holiday with golf, what could be better than roaming the course with a tropical beach as the view? From rugged east coast cliffs to winding sandy beaches, Barbados will give you more than you expect.
Watersports enthusiasts: With stable winds and clear water, Barbados offers fantastic snorkelling, SCUBA diving, watersports and sailing. Dolphins and turtles make this beautiful island their home too.
Beach lovers: Relax on the clean, white sand beaches and soak up the rays. Beach lovers are well catered for in Barbados with excellent beachside bars, restaurants and hotels.
Foodies: You won’t find anything but the freshest seafood here; it’s even celebrated with the Oistins Fish Festival. At any time of year you can enjoy delicious seafood as well as a range of other Caribbean dishes, beers and rums.
Language: English as well as Bajan, a unique local dialect of English and West Indian languages.
Currency: The Barbados Dollar (BDS). 2 Barbados Dollars are equal to 1 U.S. Dollar.
Size: This Caribbean island is just 21 miles by 14 miles.
Population: Just 285,000 people.
Time Zone: Barbados is 4 hours behind GMT in the UK
Flight time from UK: Approximately 8 hours from London.
Sport: The national sport is cricket but the island is also great for golf, tennis and many other sports.
Health and Visa information: As for all holidays, it’s good to check out extra info on health and visa requirements. Visit here for up to date information.
Temperature: 20°C to 30°C year round and 25°C to 30°C in June, July and August.
Best time to visit Barbados: Barbados sits in the Atlantic trade winds, so doesn’t get too hot. January to April are the dry seasons with the summer months being more likely to get thunderstorms, rain and humidity. Barbados avoids the majority of tropical storms and hurricanes that can occur in the Caribbean between May and October.
By taxi: There are a lot of taxis in Barbados but they don’t have meters. Instead the fare should be arranged with the driver before starting on the journey. Taxis can be identified by the ‘Z’ on the licence plate and standard taxi fares are displayed on a board as you exit customs at the airport.
By hire car: Hire cars can be booked before your arrival or when you’ve already settled in.
By bus: Barbados Transport Board operates buses throughout the island and this is a cheap way of travelling around. A route map and more information can be found at www.transportboard.com.
By ZR van: Privately owned ZR (Zed R) vans are more like people carriers and small minibuses than actual buses. These play loud music, navigate roads at high speeds and can always fit one more person in!
For foodies: Seafood is a huge part of Barbados’ culture and the historic fishing town of Oistins hosts the Oistins Fish Festival every year on the Easter weekend. With a boat race, the climbing of the Greasy Pole and the main event, the deboning fish competition, this is a food festival that will have you entertained and fed for days. Holidays in Barbados just aren’t complete without at least one seafood meal.
For reggae lovers: The Barbados Reggae Festival is a huge, weeklong music festival held every year at the end of April. With beach parties, dance shows and, of course, a lot of reggae, this is a must for anyone who’s ever turned up the volume of a Bob Marley track.
For families and fun seekers: Crop Over is a six week long festival originally created to celebrate the end of the sugar cane harvest. Now it’s a festival that brings locals and tourists in with dance, music, food, children’s events, markets and more.