Best time to go to Barbados

Thanks to its tropical setting, Barbados stays toasty warm all year round – temperatures tend to hover in the mid to high 20s, although the mercury can top 30 at times. Trade winds stop things getting too scorching, though. Bear in mind that the island has a rainy season – if you want the driest weather, head here between December and May. There’s also a small risk of hurricanes between June and October, but these are rare, and hotels are well prepared for them.

Just a heads up – the beaches here are sometimes affected by sargassum, a type of seaweed. It’s influenced by things like weather patterns and the currents in the sea. If your hotel’s affected, the staff will do everything they can to clear it.

Passports and Visas

British citizens don’t need a visa to enter Barbados, but must have a valid passport. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit

All travellers must complete the online immigration and customs form 72 hours before arrival.

Also, don't forget to arrange your travel money and insurance before you go.

Health and safety

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover you while you’re away. For the latest health and safety information, visit

Further Reading

  • Overview
  • Things To Do
  • Key Facts

    • Capital - Bridgetown
    • Language - English and Bajan
    • Timezone - GMT -4
    • Population - 273,331
    • Currency - BBD:Barbados Dollar
    • Flight Time - 9 hours from Gatwick

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