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Barbados holidays are renowned for the pristine beachfront, cool breeze, swaying palms, and luxurious resorts. Add to that its world-famous rum, fascinating colonial history, and vivacious culture, and you have one of the best islands to visit in the Caribbean.

For beach lovers, a holiday to Barbados is all about the island’s ‘Gold Coast’ in the west. Here, you’re spoilt for choice for picture-perfect beaches. For endless miles of coral sand and turquoise crystal-clear waters, head to Brownes Beach in Carlisle Bay. To rub shoulders with the rich and famous, Sandy Lane’s unspoilt beach delivers on beauty and prestige. While the golden sand at Folkestone in St James is fringed by trees and picnic areas, making it a fantastic family day out.

Discover Barbados’s rich history and culture

No holiday to Barbados is complete without a visit to its capital, Bridgetown. Head to the Garrison area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which dates back to 1650. Here you can visit Charles Fort, the Parliament Buildings, George Washington’s House, as well as the recently discovered Garrison Tunnels. It’s a fascinating introduction into Barbados’s colonial past. You should also check out the harbour in the heart of the city, where yachts and fishing boats live side by side. And, be sure to sample the island’s refreshing ice cones from the local restaurants, bars and food stalls.

Another must-do on a Barbados holiday is to sample the delicious rum. Barbados is considered the drink’s birthplace, and it’s still very much part of the Barbadian way of life. Visit Mount Gay Rum distillery to sample the world’s oldest rum; see the operational cane-grinding mill at St Nicholas Abbey; or simply grab a rum punch and mingle with the locals at the numerous rum shops dotted about the island. Rum shops, which include London Bar, Hercules, Braddies and Lexies, are still the meeting places where locals gather to drink, gossip, listen to music and play domino.

Fancy turning your Barbados adventure into a Caribbean multi-centre holiday? Try coupling Barbados with another Caribbean island, such as St Lucia or Antigua, for the ultimate Caribbean experience. Or perhaps you’d prefer to mix the laid-back relaxation of Barbados with the bright lights of New York? Our Destination Specialists can help you put together any tailor-made holiday itinerary. Call us today and we’ll help you create the holiday you’ve always been dreaming of.

Destination Highlights

  • Take an underground tram ride and discover Barbados’ magical underworld of caverns, flowing streams, shimmering deep pools and towering columns at Harrison’s Cave
  • Swim alongside the delightfully gentle giant sea turtles at Pebbles Beach, a crescent-shaped stretch of white sand lapped by turquoise water in Carlisle Bay
  • Barbados rum is widely considered the best in the world. Sample this golden nectar, and learn about its history and secrets, on a fascinating rum tour
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Barbados’s capital, Bridgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in the historic sites; stroll the harbour with its yachts and fishing boats, and stop for a refreshing ice cone at one of the colourful food stalls

Great sample itineraries


We’ve created an inspiring selection of itineraries that can be included in your Barbados holiday package. Tailored for couples, families or solo travellers, almost anything is possible, so please give us a call to discuss all your options.

St Lucia Beach

Antigua, St Lucia and Barbados Multi Centre Holiday

  • 15 Days
  • Guide Price £3,899 PP
Explore three incredible islands in one unforgettable trip, with our multi-centre Caribbean holiday to the sun soaked islands of Antigua,...
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Couples Holidays
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New York And Barbados Twin Centre Holiday

  • 11 Days
  • Guide Price £2,899 PP
Embark on a dream holiday that combines both city sight seeing in action packed New York and idyllic beach time...
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City holidays

Our favorite hotels


The hotels and resorts in Barbados are known for their luxurious feel and beautiful settings. You’ll find some of the very best hotels in the Caribbean in Barbados. From stunning all-inclusive resorts to unique boutique hotels, Hayes & Jarvis will help you find your ideal holiday accommodation. Please call us to chat to our Destination Experts who will be more than happy to help.

Bajan Blue Restaurant
Barbados

Sandy Lane

Awarded and recognised as one of the leading and most famous luxury resorts in the world, people from across the...
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Guide Price £4,089
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Barbados

The House By Elegant Hotels

The House by Elegant Hotels is an intimate hotel which blends chic minimalist design with the essence of the Caribbean....
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Guide Price £1,909
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Barbados

Sea Breeze Beach House

Located on the beautiful south coast of Barbados, Sea Breeze Beach House is an intimate and charming setting for your...
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Guide Price £3,049
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Barbados

Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels

Offering a laid back and modern boutique experience on the beachfront of West Coast Barbados, Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels...
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Guide Price £1,779
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Explore Barbados

Time Zone

GMT -4 hours

Flight Time

Approx 9 hours; Direct flights from the UK are available.

Currency

BBD - Barbados Dollar

Visa Information

British citizens do not need to obtain a visa for stays of under 30 days

Language

English

Health Info

No vaccinations required, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid are recommended.

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Arbados Food Tour

The Bajan Way is an exciting culinary adventure where you can get to know the flavours of Barbados by dining out...
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Sea Turtle

Barbados Snorkeling Excursions

Discover a land beneath the surface on this underwater adventure. Join the captain and their crew and set sail on a...
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Barbados Excursions

Come and explore Barbados and discover the history with a visit to Speightstown, Cherry Tree Hill and more of the most...

Island Safari

Explore the island of Barbados onboard an open top 4x4, experiencing both on and off road terrain. For those who enjoy sightseeing, you will be treated to some of the more scenic views of the island that are difficult to reach by foot, both coastal and inland. Be prepared for breath taking panoramic views as you stop off at Edge Cliff, and for some serious off road action as you drive through Joe’s River Forest.

Rum Factory Tour

A holiday in Barbados, the original birthplace of rum, wouldn’t be complete without a tour of the famous Mount Gay Rum distillery. Uncover the secrets behind the world’s oldest rum, learn the history and process of how it is made, and you can even choose to enjoy premium samples.

Sailing adventure

Give in to the temptation of the azure blue seas and find your sea legs with a sailing trip around the island. The sailing boat tour offers unequivocal views of the island, stopping at some of the more remote beaches for a true cast away experience. You will be taken to beautiful coral reefs to snorkel amongst the marine wildlife, and you can even have the opportunity to swim alongside local sea turtles at Carlise Bay.

Best time to visit Barbados

Barbados is hot and sunny all year round, with average temperatures of 26℃ - 28℃. The best weather - and the best time to go - is December to May. The high season falls between December and April. The hurricane season runs from June to October, peaking in September and October.

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  • Average Weather

Average Weather in January

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Barbados
26° C
68 mm

Average Weather in February

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Barbados
26° C
44 mm

Average Weather in March

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Barbados
27° C
55 mm

Average Weather in April

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Barbados
27° C
55 mm

Average Weather in May

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Barbados
28° C
74 mm

Average Weather in June

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Barbados
28° C
104 mm

Average Weather in July

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Barbados
28° C
118 mm

Average Weather in August

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Barbados
28° C
153 mm

Average Weather in September

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Barbados
28° C
186 mm

Average Weather in October

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Barbados
27° C
169 mm

Average Weather in November

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Barbados
26° C
185 mm

Average Weather in December

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Barbados
26° C
105 mm
Melissa, Destination Specialist

"If diving or snorkelling is not for you, but you’d love to see Barbados’ marine underworld, book a submarine tour. Whether you go during the day or at night, the submarine dives down 150ft. You’ll glide through the water, looking at the pretty coral, the array of tropical fish, stingrays and sea turtles all from the comfort of a submarine! It’s an unforgettable experience."

Melissa
Destination Specialist
Martyn, Destination Executive

"On Friday night, head to the fish fry at Oistins Bay Gardens for the tastiest and freshest seafood and a chance to mingle and drink with the locals. Whether you prefer lobster, marlin, tuna, swordfish or mahi-mahi, you can watch as the fresh fish is either fried or grilled in front of you. The al fresco setting, the delicious food and the soothing reggae, all makes this a wonderful Caribbean experience."

Martyn
Destination Manager
Macey, Destination Specialist

"The Hawksbill and Leatherback turtles are two of the rarest sea creatures in the world, and they make their nests on the beaches of Barbados between April and November."

Macey
Destination Specialist

Events & Festivals

Barbados offers a huge selection of fun events throughout the year and you can plan your holiday to ensure you experience them! Here are a few of our favourites

Crop Over

Across the months of June, July and August, Barbados’s biggest annual festival comes to town. This three-month long summer festival dates back to the 1780s, when Barbadians held a huge celebration to mark the end of the sugar cane harvest. Today, the tradition continues and is heralded as the Caribbean’s most colourful carnival! Enjoy the calypso, soca music as you wander around the many stalls selling local food, arts and craft. The finale of the festival is the Grand Kadooment, which sees a huge carnival parade featuring large bands and gorgeously elaborate costumes take to the streets. The parade ends in a big party at Spring Garden. Rihanna is a regular attendant too!

Barbados Food & Rum Festival

Join with Barbadians and celebrate the island’s rich culinary and rum history. Every October top local and international chefs come to the island to serve up the best of Barbadian food. It’s the perfect event for foodies and rum connoisseurs alike!  

The Holetown Festival

Celebrating the first English settlement in Holetown nearly 400 years ago, this festival showcases Holetown’s unique culture and historical past. Check out the nightly concerts with gospel, calypso and Tuk bands. Or enjoy the historical re-enactments, the Bajan Carnival and the street fairs and parades.  

Local Cuisine

Barbados is the culinary capital of the Caribbean. It’s known for its fresh flavours and love of chilli. There are many different influences that have shaped Barbados’s traditional fare. The resulting tasty dishes are a mix of African and English traditions and Amerindian and European techniques. Here are a few of our favourite Barbados’s must-tries. 

Cou Cou with flying fish

As the national dish, this is a must-taste when on holiday in Barbados. Barbados’s is often referred to as the land of the flying fish, due to the abundance of flying fish in its waters. Its symbol is even found on some of the Barbados coins. So, it’s no surprise that the national dish should feature flying fish. This delicious fish stew is served with cornmeal or polenta and a great hit of Caribbean spice. 

Rice and peas

This traditional dish is often an accompaniment served with fried fish or beef, chicken or pork stew. Pigeon peas are used within the recipe and their savoury flavour are packed with protein. You can often find this dish served at many local restaurants, rum shops or food trucks. 

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