Visiting Barbados? You have found my personal notes and travel tips, such as the best time to visit Barbados and miscellaneous facts which I obtain from a variety of sources such as first hand observations, personal conversations, magazines, newspapers, websites, books and so forth.
Best Time to Visit Barbados
Short Answer: Year-Round.
Longer Answer: The winter (December-March) will feature the highest rates as it is the peak season. After that point, rates start to fall. By summertime, most people don’t have the Caribbean on their mind and in addition, it is hurricane season. These two facts combine so that this becomes the cheapest time of year, continuing through October/November timeframe.
I visited Barbados in late November and the rates were good although the touristic nightlife was rather dead. Also, there are rain blasts that come through and last for 10 minutes or so before the sun comes back out at this time of year. It is actually quite nice to be in the water for these, but most people ran for cover like trained monkeys.
In any case, Barbados is really a nice place to visit at any time of year. It really comes down to your reason to visit.
Surfing in Barbados is good between November and June.
Miscellaneous Travel Tips for Barbados
The whole island can be driven in one day if you aren’t making lots of time consuming stops. The people are very friendly and the beaches are nice.
On Friday nights you can check out the Oistins fish fry when a bunch of rickety shacks come to life with fresh fish, fire, drinks and dancing. There are fish fries (of smaller scale) in other parts of the island, such as at the fishing village in Half Moon Bay, St Lucy, another at Six Mens Bay and another in Speightstown near the wharf.
For surfing, check out Bathsheba.
For a Bajan punch, it is roughly 1 part lime juice, 2 parts simple, 3 parts rum, 4 parts water/ice.
Rum & sugar industry has strong roots in Barbados