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Barbados Travel Guide

Why Barbados?

  • Golf at Sandy Lane and Royal Westmoreland
  • World-class cuisine
  • Friendly, fun loving culture
  • Tour the plantation manors

Barbados Island Guide

So what is Barbados really like? What is there to see and do when you step outside your villa rental? Find out using the tabs on this page, where you can learn more about Barbados. Whether you want to lounge at the beach or tour plantation homes, you can learn more about these activities and others, as well find out other helpful information before your trip to this fun-loving island.

Barbados Weather/Climate

Average Temperatures
Highs Lows
January 84 ° F 74 ° F
February 84 ° F 73 ° F
March 84 ° F 74 ° F
April 86 ° F 76 ° F
May 87 ° F 77 ° F
June 87 ° F 77 ° F
July 87 ° F 77 ° F
August 87 ° F 77 ° F
September 87 ° F 77 ° F
October 86 ° F 76 ° F
November 86 ° F 76 ° F
December 84 ° F 75 ° F

Average Rainfall
January 1.11
February 0.76
March 0.66
April 0.97
May 1.78
June 1.88
July 2.57
August 2.56
September 2.84
October 3.24
November 3.48
December 1.79


Barbados, the easternmost island of the Caribbean's Lesser Antilles, is a coral island formed in pre-historic times by erupting volcanoes. All that activity has left modern-day visitors a 21-mile-long playground for beachgoers, scuba divers, snorkelers, golfers, fishing enthusiasts and just about anyone seeking fun. You can even go to the horse races if you so desire.

The island is mostly flat. Its rolling hills, deep rifts and gullies provide a scenic home to colorful and interesting plants and wildlife. Its west coast boasts beaches of fine white sand bordering a blue-green Caribbean sea, while the Atlantic Ocean supplies the east coast with waves that inspire surfers and other water sports enthusiasts. The constant breeze of the trade winds gives Barbados a mild and pleasant tropical climate, with average temperatures between 75 and 85 degrees.

Touring here can be done aboard historic ships, submarines, private sailboats or chartered yachts. Or, you may want to spend more time seeing the island's treasures through a dive mask. Coral reefs fringe the shoreline to provide excellent snorkeling and scuba diving amid colorful, undulating sea gardens and bright tropical fish.

Touring on land can be done by rental car, taxi, motorscooter or even on horseback. Although the island's stunning beaches are captivating, you can find many attractions inland as well. Andromeda Gardens in St. Joseph Parish, for example, with its winding paths, ponds and abundance of orchid varieties, trees and other plants is a perfect way to spend an afternoon.

In the evening, you may find visiting troupes performing opera and theater, and an annual jazz festival returns every January. Accommodations range from luxurious hotels and villas, to pirates' castles, to apartments with kitchenettes, to modest seaside cottages.


First occupied by the British in 1627, Barbados remained a British colony until internal autonomy was granted in 1961. The island gained full independence in 1966, and maintains ties to the British monarch represented in Barbados by the governor general. The British influence remains intact, however, as evidenced by the afternoon tea served at many hotels on the west coast, in St. James parish, and English is spoken throughout the island.

Top 5 Things To Do

Top 5 Thing to Do

Aerial Trek Zipline Tour

If you ever wanted to try a Zipline this is the place to experience it!

Glide above the famous "Jack In The Box Gully" - Your tour takes you over eight platforms each with two of our experienced guides who will provide you with information on different areas of the eco-system you are experiencing as well as ensure your safety as you move from platform to platform. You will enjoy beautiful views of our island as well as be informed on the geological formations.

Top 5 Thing to Do

Sandy Lane Beach

The best beach on the island. Walk by the hotel and see if you can spot a VIP.

This magnificent beach is situated on the west coast of Barbados, just south of the Holetown area. The Caribbean waters here are very calm, making this a great spot for swimming. Jet skis and catamarans pass by, along with the occasional local fishing boat. Widely known as the "Sandy Lane" beach, this stretch takes its name from the luxurious Sandy Lane Hotel which is nestled in the mahogany trees, directly off this beach. First opened in 1961, this magnificent hotel has gained a reputation as one of the finest resorts in the Caribbean, and has welcomed royalty, celebrities, and the business elite. Most recently the resort made headlines as the venue for the wedding of golf sensation Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren.

Top 5 Thing to Do

Helicopter Tours

What a fantastic way to see Barbados - from the sky!

There is now a new and fascinating way to sightsee Barbados. Bajan Helicopters, Bridgetown heliport, St. Michaels, offers a tour that involves soaring in an air-conditioned jet 50km (30 miles) over either saw-toothed cliffs and animal-shaped rocks or ultramarine boats floating on serene beaches, depending on which coast you are touring. The helicopter seats up to five people and tours last 20 to 30 minutes.

Top 5 Thing to Do

Zed's Surfing Adventures

Barbados is a surfing paradise. Get Zed to teach you how to surf!

Barbados is the surfing paradise in the Caribbean. The Island is located farthest East than all of the Caribbean Surfing Islands and receives waves to surf from all directions. Book Surfing lessons before you arrive. Intermediate and advanced surfing are handled through the surf tours which are designed to the surfers needs. "Whatever type of surf you are looking for we can find it for you." Surfing in Barbados is made easy this way. Zed Layson was born and raised on the island of Barbados-- he is 5th generation Barbadian. Zed began surfing at the age of 7 and has traveled the world as a competitive surfer for more than 24 years. In 1990, Zed competed in the World Surfing Championships in Japan, and also competed in the 1994 World Surfing Championships in Brazil. Zed placed 17th out of 120, ranking him in the top 20 Amateurs in the world. Zed has gained a lot of great experiences surfing and competing all over South America, the United States and of course, the Caribbean.

Top 5 Thing to Do

Crop Over - July 25th - August 4th

The fantastic Barbadian festival celebrating the end of the local sugar cane crop.

Lasting for approximately 5 weeks, and commencing in July, Crop Over is a Barbadian festival celebrating the end of the local sugar cane crop harvest - hence it's name. If you have never experienced Grand Kadooment Day, then you've been missing out on one of life's great treasures. A summer street carnival, filled with people consumed with "festival fever", dancing to Caribbean soca music and wearing spectacular, multicolored costumes and body paint. It's the climax of the Crop Over festival - "sweet fuh days" - in Barbados. Color, culture and heritage (tuk bands, land ship, stilt-walkers), music (calypso, tuk, ring bang and steelpan), alcohol (locally brewed beer and rum) along with energy, friendly spirited people and fantastic summer weather, are all combined to create the Caribbean's ultimate festival -"more than a carnival, sweet fuh days". Crop Over was resurrected in 1974 from a multi-decade hibernation that began in the 1940's due to hardships of the time and the world war. Since then, it has grown steadily into the island's premiere event, attracting thousands of new and repeat visitors annually. The cultural diversity of the island is showcased throughout the festival through exhibitions, concerts, street markets, parades and of course mega dust-to-dawn parties (also referred to as fetes or bashments).

Transportation on Barbados

Getting to Barbados and getting around. Our transportation tips will help make your trip smoother. More good sand advice.

Entry Documents

Beginning March 1, 2004, travelers from the U.S. and Canada visiting Barbados will be required to carry a valid passport, under new security rules issued by the island's government.

Airlines Flying Here

Barbados is served by British West Indian Airlines (BWIA), British Airways (BA), American Airlines (AA) Air Canada (AC), Canadian Airlines and Air Jamaica (AJ).


Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados (BGI), is 13km (8 miles) east of Bridgetown, in the parish of Christ Church. Facilities in the airport include a bank, bar, duty free shops and restaurant.

Departure Tax

$12.50 U.S


On the left - need a valid driver's license plus a driver's permit. (cost is US$5).

Local Transportation

Barbados has a good network of roads which covers the entire island. Traffic drives on the left. There is a speed limit of 60kmph (37mph per hour), except where otherwise indicated. The road journey from Bridgetown to Speightstown takes about 30 minutes. Also there is a fantastic public and private bus system that all use the sames stops.

Barbados Weddings and Honeymoons

Vacationers don't just stay in Barbados villas - they come to paradise to get married and celebrate their honeymoons! It is very easy to get married in Barbados as there is no required waiting period or minimum length of stay. Application for a marriage licence must be made by both parties in person at the office of the Ministry of Home Affairs in the capital city Bridgetown. You will require:

* Valid passports or birth certificates.

* Return tickets.

* If either party was divorced, an original Decree Absolute or a certified copy of the Final Judgment.

* If either party was previously married and widowed, a certified copy of the Marriage Certificate and Death Certificate in respect of the deceased spouse.

* For a Roman Catholic ceremony, the relevant documents must be sent by your bishop to the bishop of Bridgetown.

* Where necessary, all documents not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation.

A marriage license must be obtained in person from the Office of the Ministry of Home Affairs, General Post Office Building, Cheapside, Bridgetown. Telephone: 246-228-8950; Open Monday - Friday, 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Know Before You Go...® - Barbados Travel Tips

Before making their way to Barbados villas, vacationers like to know a little bit of helpful information to make them feel more at home during their stay. Take a look at our travel tips to make your time in villas in Barbados even more relaxing.

Capital: Bridgetown
Population: 279,912
Size: 431 sq km
Electric Current: 110
Time: 23:05 pm zone:-4 (GMT/UTC -4)
Official Language: English
Topography: relatively flat; rises gently to central highland region
Telephone: international: country code - 1-246

Barbados Tourism Authority

P.O. Box 242
Harbour Road
Bridgetown, Barbados, W.I.

(246) 427-2623
(246) 426-4080

The Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association

(246) 426-5041