• Lizzie Butler

    You’re probably thinking that it’s always a good time to visit Barbados. From the glorious temperatures to the white sand beaches and friendly locals, it’s not hard to have fun on this Caribbean island. And that doesn’t even begin to cover all of the tasty food, Colonial towns, and island’s biggest star, Rihanna. But FYI – due to the tropical climate, you’ll want to consider the time of year you travel. We’ve got the lowdown on the most popular times to visit…

    When is dry season?

    Head to Barbados from December to mid-April and you’re in for a sunshine soaked treat. It’ll be tan lines for days under these Bajan blue skies, with temperatures hanging out in the high 20s. So once you’ve slapped on the suncream, get familiar with the seaside stretches on offer. The white sand beaches of capital Bridgetown faultlessly blend city living and the famous laid back Caribbean lifestyle. Take a dip in the warm waters of Carlisle Bay for turtle-spotting opportunities, or check out a match at the 135-year-old cricket oval. And make time to explore UNESCO World Heritage Site, Historic Bridgetown and the Garrison, to see some of the island’s most standout architecture, which dates back to the 17th century.

    When is rainy season?

    You might get caught out by showers between June to November but don’t let that put you off. You’ll only need to duck under cover in mid-afternoon for short bursts and they’re over quickly. Plus, rainy season tends to up the humidity level, so a shower or two will help cool things down. And the good times don’t stop because of a splash of rain. Check out the annual Crop Over Festival, which takes place at the end of the local Sugar Cane harvest season. The celebration runs for six weeks from June to August, and the party people certainly don’t let a bit of wet weather get in the way of things.

    When is hurricane season?

    According to The Met Office the official hurricane season in Barbados runs from June to November. The highest risk is usually in September and October, so it’s worth considering this when deciding when to visit.

    When is party season in Barbados?

    Dry season is one of the best times to travel as you’re guaranteed great weather, and the locals make the most of it. Rum is the national drink, so if you’re a fan enjoy a glass at Barbados’ biggest celebration, the Holetown Festival in mid-February. It’s the island’s biggest party, and you’re treated to carnivals, street fairs, classic car parades, and steel band concerts. And visiting Barbados in spring is a great way to tick off the Oistins Fish Festival too, which takes place every Easter. It’s Barbados at its best, with street food stalls, reggae music, and local arts and crafts.

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