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Holidays in Barbados

Life is bliss
Today's high
28°C
Direct flight
9 hrs
7 nights from

Barbados highlights

Beaches for days. Smiles for miles. So kick off your shoes and let your hair down on this gem of an island. Barbados has it all. The only thing missing is you.

We fly to Barbados 7 times a week

Virgin Atlantic flights M T W T F S S
London Gatwick
London Heathrow *
Manchester
* Winter only

Barbados at a glance

  • Beautiful beaches
  • A cosmopolitan and historical vibe
  • Fresh fish
  • Plenty of rum and sunshine
  • Island music in the background
  • A little something for everyone
The famously friendly islanders
Barbados at a glance

When to go to Barbados

Price (£)
Temperature (°C) Rainfall (Inches)
Average price based on 2 people staying at a 4V all-inclusive resort for 7 nights, with Virgin Atlantic flights.
Average daily temperature based on previous 5 years
Average monthly rainfall in inches based on previous 5 years

Discover Barbados in

  • Plenty of sunshine and warm temperature
  • There's hardly any rain, so it's much less humid
  • The windy weather makes it a great time to watch (or even try) kitesurfing
  • See the round-the-island sailing race
  • A popular month, so book early for flights and hotels
£ £4,543
26°C
66mm

Typical values based on the last 5 years

Typical values based on the last 5 years

  • Travel early or late February to avoid half term crowds and higher prices.
  • Sleep easy with the coolest nights and low humidity.
  • Held over seven days, Holetown Festival is a highlight of the Bajan calendar.
£ £4,601
26°C
28mm

Typical values based on the last 5 years

Typical values based on the last 5 years

  • Last month of peak season but the UV index is still high so pack plenty of sun cream.
  • Spring Break and Easter holidays fall towards the end of March so prices may be high.
  • Experiencing Oistin’s Fish Festival is one of the most popular things to do in March.
£ £4,165
26°C
33mm

Typical values based on the last 5 years

Typical values based on the last 5 years

  • Things start hotting up, however northeast trade winds keep things comfortable.
  • Avoid the Easter school holidays in early April for fewer crowds and lower prices.
£ £3,464
27°C
36mm

Typical values based on the last 5 years

Typical values based on the last 5 years

  • Early May is nestled between high season weather and low season rates.
  • Explore the island or relax on the beach without getting too sweaty.
  • The last month of dry season and a month before the official hurricane season begins.
£ £3,399
27°C
58mm

Typical values based on the last 5 years

Typical values based on the last 5 years

  • Heat and humidity are broken by the odd afternoon rain shower
  • First month of the rainy season but still plenty of hot sunshine
  • If it does rain, take cover in Harrison’s Cave or a rum shop.
£ £3,105
27°C
112mm

Typical values based on the last 5 years

Typical values based on the last 5 years

  • A great time to visit with long warm sunny days
  • You’ll encounter a shower or two, but it shouldn’t disrupt your holiday
  • You’ll find Crop Over festival events island-wide
  • Thoroughbred Horse Racing takes place at the Garrison Savannah
£ £3,230
27°C
147mm

Typical values based on the last 5 years

Typical values based on the last 5 years

  • The middle of the rainy season, but sunny weather is rarely far away
  • Expect short bursts of rain usually followed by sunny skies
  • It’s the most affordable time of year to visit – great on a budget
  • Crop Over carnival week – the island’s biggest party!
£ £2,890
27°C
147mm

Typical values based on the last 5 years

Typical values based on the last 5 years

  • Get your daily Vitamin D - the sun’s shining for 9 hours daily
  • The sea temperature is a perfect 29C - Dive in!
  • Turtles nest on Barbados beaches mainly between mid-May and late October
£ £2,650
27°C
170mm

Typical values based on the last 5 years

Typical values based on the last 5 years

  • As summer ends in the UK, Barbados still has all that lovely wam sun
  • Expect short bursts of rain usually followed by sunny skies
  • Its low season - the most affordable month to visit (just be aware of school half term dates
  • It’s the Barbados Chocolate Pastry & Wine Festival - what’s not to like?
£ £3,106
27°C
178mm

Typical values based on the last 5 years

Typical values based on the last 5 years

  • Plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the high twenties
  • There will probably be a few downpours - see it as an opportunity for a rum punch
  • The sun is out for 8hrs a day, so you’ll still get a chance to flop on that sun lounger
£ £3,202
27°C
206mm

Typical values based on the last 5 years

Typical values based on the last 5 years

  • Plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures
  • Those rain clouds are drifting further away
  • It's coming in to peak season so prices start to rise
  • Open your pressies on the beach this holiday season
£ £4,507
26°C
97mm

Typical values based on the last 5 years

Typical values based on the last 5 years

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Know before you go

Today's weather

28°C - Patchy rain possible

Time

4 hours behind GMT

Prices

Starting from £780 pp for 7 nights (room only) including flights

Currency

US or Barbados dollars

Virgin Atlantic direct flights from

  • Gatwick – daily
  • Heathrow – Tues & Sat (winter)
  • Manchester – Tues & Fri

Language

English and Bajan

Driving

Drive on the left, just like home

Water

It's perfectly safe to drink the tap water

WiFi

Free across the island and in most hotels, but not as fast as in the UK

Tipping

10% as standard, but not expected in all-inclusive resorts

Mosquitoes

Most active between June and December, but we recommend bringing insect repellent all year round

Beaches

These are public and open to all, so people may approach you selling local trinkets. If you smile and politely decline, you’ll generally be left alone.

Electricity

Two-flat-pin sockets with 110 voltage

Visa

No visa needed for UK nationals

Tourism tax

Barbados has a tax on accommodation (typically 2.5% of the nightly rate) that hotels charge at check-out

Health

Most hotels have nurses on site and you’ll never be more than half an hour from a hospital

Insider info

Virgin Holidays staff and local friends share tips to help you get the best from Barbados.

Why visit Barbados with Virgin Holidays?

barbados virgin difference

We know every nook and cranny

Barbados and Virgin Holidays go way back (30 years, in fact), so you can pack your suitcase knowing we’ve got every last detail of your island stay covered.
barbados departure beach

The world’s first Departure Beach

On your last day, we’ll pick you up, check you in for your flight, and drop you at our Departure Beach to relax and squeeze every last minute from your time on Barbados. We think life should be a beach every day of your holiday – especially on the last one.
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Double your fun

Combine your time on Barbados with other islands or connect to a Caribbean cruise. If you can dream it, we can deliver it
Your holiday is protected
Our people on the ground know how to look after you – and they do. Nothing is more important to us than your holiday happiness and safety. So we make sure our hotel partners are up to scratch.
And, as you’d expect, we’re ATOL and ABTA bonded.

Barbados holidays

Find your bliss
from £699pp
including flights and transfers