When to visit Barbados

by SmarterTravel Staff

Barbados is a year-round resort destination, but December 15 to April 15 is the most popular time, when visitors flock to the island to escape the cold weather up north. The rest of the year is less busy. Spring and fall can be an ideal time for a getaway as the prices for Barbados travel are lower, and the island is less crowded in general.

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  • high season: late December to mid-April
  • low season: late June to mid-October
  • shoulder season: late April to mid-June, late October to mid-December

Weather Information

Barbados has a year-round tropical climate, with temperatures averaging between 75 and 85 degrees. Gentle sea breezes consistently cool the island, providing reprieve from even the hottest days. January through June usually have the most ideal weather, while July to November are the rainier months. However, even rainy days experience a good amount of sunshine.

Crowd Information

The winter months, as well as the Crop Over festival in July/early August, attract the most visitors. Other popular events include the Barbados Jazz Festival in January, the Holetown Festival in February, Holders Season in March, and Run Barbados in December.

Closure Information

Some hotels and restaurants close during the summer for renovation, but reopen in time for the winter season.

When to Save

Prices are significantly lower during June, August, and September; while prices peak during the winter months.

When to Book

It is best to book far in advance, especially for travel during the high season when repeat visitors are all booking the same time. In general, booking two months in advance is usually safe.

Information provided by the Barbados Tourism Authority.

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