Note: Travel to any
destination may be adversely affected by conditions including (but not limited)
to security, entry and exit requirements, health conditions, local laws and
culture, natural disasters and climate. Regardless of your destination,
check your local travel advisory board or department for travel advice
about that location when planning your trip and again shortly before you leave.
When to Go:
April through June generally has calm weather, while winter fronts are frequent in January through March. Summer months provide good diving conditions, although June through October is also hurricane season in the Caribbean, with the highest risk around September.
When to Get the Best Deals:
June to November
What to Pack:
Pack a 3/2 mm wetsuit, sunscreen, insect repellant and light tropical clothing. However, some restaurants and bars don’t allow shorts, so bring a nicer outfit or two. DAN card.
Seasonal averages: 25°C/78°F in winter and 28°C/84°F in summer
Seasonal averages: 23-29°C/75-85°F year-round.
Barbados Dollar. US dollar is widely accepted.
All visitors should have a valid passport and a valid return ticket.
A departure tax of $27.50 USD is included in the cost of your ticket.
None needed for travel to Barbados.
What to Eat:
There are lots of choices for cuisine on Barbados, but you can’t miss local Bajan fare such as flying fish and cou cou, which is a polenta like side dish made typically from cornmeal or breadfruit. Fish cakes are popular, roast pork or black and white pudding and souse, conkies, macaroni pie and for dessert coconut bread.
What to Drink:
With Mount Gay as the local rum, most cocktails revolve around rum, although Banks, the local beer, is also quite popular. For thirst quenching, try mauby – a non-alcoholic beverage that comes from the bark of a local tree that has been sweetened, boiled and strained.
Hike the old Bridgetown train tracks, hook up with the National Trust for some off the beaten path choices, and don’t miss the Mount Gay Rum Distillery for some free samples.
Customs and Culture:
Barbados culture takes its cure from British culture and is quite sophisticated and well-mannered. People dress up to go out (or at least tuck their shirt in) and enjoy afternoon tea, cricket and pulling pints during an afternoon at the local pub.
Cropover is the most popular festival, traditionally to celebrate the sugar cane harvest, but celebrations stretch from May to August.
Electricity and Internet:
Electricity is 110 volts/50 cycles. Internet is widely available.
Drink the water?
Water is safe to drink straight from the tap.
English is the national language, but a Bajan dialect is used by the natives.