Relax in the ultimate tropical paradise
A Barbados holiday evokes thoughts of powdery blond sand, gently swaying palms, warm Caribbean waters, delicious rum cocktails at sunset, and dancing to the calypso beat till dawn. A trip to Barbados, the most easterly of the Caribbean islands, can be the perfect honeymoon get away, a family beach holiday like no other, or an adventure trip to experience adrenaline sports like wind-surfing, kite-surfing or sailing to name just a few. Grantley Adams International Airport, the gateway to your holiday, is located approximately 10 miles or 16km south east of Bridgetown city centre.
Character resorts and stunning beaches
The island of Barbados is a mere 430 sq km in size, but it's possible to cover a lot of ground during your holiday here. Visitors will enjoy the history and cultural buzz of the capital Bridgetown, with its famous National Heroes Square, ornate Parliament Buildings and St Michael’s Cathedral. Be sure to explore the trendy southern waterfront for unusual shops, bars and restaurants. Other holiday resorts and towns of interest in Barbados include Carlisle Bay, Maxwell, St Lawrence, St James and Oistins. The west coast offers the calmest shoreline and the most beautiful beaches, all of which have public access. The south and east coasts tend to offer wilder conditions, and beaches here are ideal for water sports. Barbados also boasts excellent Caribbean hospitality and superb facilities which will make your stay comfortable and highly memorable.
Visit sugarcane plantations and try the flying fish
Your holiday to Barbados can be far more than a beach break. Enhance your stay with boat trips to enjoy as much of the 97 km of coastline and marine wildlife as you can. Visit a sugarcane plantation such as the Francia Plantation, or explore the Barbados Wildlife Reserve with its deer, monkeys, caymans, tortoises and reptile house. You can eat extremely well in Barbados, and don’t forget to try the local specialities of flying fish, black pudding and souse, round off your day, of course with a lively rum cocktail.
Weather in Barbados
High season here is from mid-December to mid-April when there is little rain and humidity is lower as the cooling trade winds come in from the northeast. Temperatures at this time of 28-30°C are perfect for the beach but not too hot for exploring. Evenings are a little cooler with the average temperature falling to 21-23°C and the breeze stirring the air enough to ensure a good night’s sleep. May is still dry but the humidity does begin to creep up. Barbados is small and relatively flat; the central highland region does rise to around 336 metres above sea level and is slightly cooler and wetter, but otherwise there is little variation from one part of the island to another, except that the west, including Bridgetown, is somewhat sheltered from the prevailing winds.
All Inclusive Holidays in Barbados
All inclusive holidays are featured all over the island, with the most popular west and south coasts home to a wealth of well-equipped hotels. There's a choice of cheap holidays to St James on the upmarket west coast, especially if you travel early or late in the season, or take advantage of a late-availability deal to the more down-to-earth Maxwell, Christchurch and St Lawrence on the friendly south coast. All inclusive holidays allow for maximum relaxation and a stress-free time away thanks to the extensive dining plan featuring meals, local drinks and snacks included in your rate. Guests can really indulge themselves in lavish buffets, poolside cocktails and themed nights, yet not worry about the additional cost of eating out each day. By eliminating expensive restaurant bills and nightly bar tabs, it's a great way to feel thoroughly spoilt, yet not have to think about spiralling holiday costs.