Barbados is consistently ranked as one the world’s top vacation destinations and there’s no doubt as to why. The temperatures tend to stay in the 70s and 80s all year and it has two seasons: wet season (June to November) and dry season (December to May). A large percentage of travelers to Barbados are from the UK, US, and Canada. English is the official language, but you’re also likely to hear Bajan, an English-based creole language. In addition to the idyllic weather, Barbados offers something for every type of traveler.
People who are looking to relax and unwind can bury their toes in a wide variety of beaches and soak up some sun. You can let go of the details and take in some half-day and full-day tours that cover everything from nature to architecture. Craving some local delights? Stop by a tiki bar or visit the Hastings Farmers Market where you can find everything from fruit to hand-crafted jewelry.
Distillery tours, brewery tours, art galleries, and artisanal shopping are all available for someone who wants a multicultural experience with the relaxed attitude that permeates island culture.
Looking to reconnect with Mother Nature? Visit Welchman Hall Gully, the only forest on the island that’s open to the public. Barbados is home to four species of nesting turtles and has the second largest Hawkbill turtle breeding population in the Caribbean. Explore botanical gardens that range from the eccentric like Hunte’s Gardens, which entertains the plants and visitors with classical music to the traditional Andromeda Botanic Garden, which has everything one would expect in a Rainforest garden.
More active travelers can busy themselves with all the fishing, snorkeling, diving, and surfing they can handle or take in a Polo or Cricket match.
If you’re feeling particularly festive, you’ll want to visit between June and the first Monday in August for the Crop Over festival. It’s overflowing with music, food, drinks, artisanal shopping, and street parties. The activities build to a grand finale called The Grand Kadooment.
From the peace of nature to the fortissimo of a street festival, you can find anything you desire in Barbados. Book your vacation today and leave your continental worries behind. Make sure you check out our Vacation Planning Resource Center for information to guide you on your next trip!
- Botanic Gardens
- St. Ann’s Fort at The Garrison, Saint Michael (Barbados Defense Force, friendly to USA
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