Barbados is a beautiful island with long white sand beaches, a different style of sea every few kilometres and stunning weather: temperatures sit at roughly 27˚C all year round.
The food’s wonderful, the islanders are warm and welcoming and some of the world’s best hotels are happy to call this little slice of perfection home. If there’s anything that Barbados doesn’t do beautifully, its millions of ardent admirers haven’t heard.
Barbados is mid-haul and flights from UK to Bridgetown all year round take just under 9 hours.
Average temperatures of 27˚C year round with cooling trade winds.
June to November is officially ‘rainy season’ and low-season for holiday costs – London has more rain in July and August than Barbados.
The island’s spectacular Crop-Over Festival runs from late June to the start of August each year.
Only 33km long by 14km wide and far less hilly than most Caribbean islands, Barbados is good for cycling and buses charge a flat fee of $2 for all journeys.
Barbados Garrison in Bridgetown is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
English afternoon tea and cricket are as much part of life on Barbados as Calypso and Caribbean cooking.
The west ‘Platinum’ coast is where calm seas are sheltered by coral reefs and most of Barbados’ exclusive hotels are built, including celebrity haunt, Sandy Lane. A little further south, luxurious family resorts have a more relaxed atmosphere and many are so turtle focused they have special beach lighting during winter hatching season. The south coast also has the advantage of being less than 20 minutes from the airport and closer to Bridgetown for a wide range of kids activities.
Antigua’s a small island but dense with interesting places to visit, hiring a car is the best way to get about. Cycling is very common too and there are several bike hire shops in St. John’s. The catamaran ferry runs to Barbuda every day and walking on the island is the only way to go.