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Barbados holidays

from £769pp
Based on 2 adults departing from London Heathrow on 04 May 2022, staying for 7 nights with Self Catering board basis

Barbados travel guide

Visit Barbados and fall in love with Caribbean island life. Discover beautiful white-sand beaches, a cosmopolitan and historical vibe, plenty of rum and sunshine and island music wherever you go.

Things to do in Barbados

The Barbados know-how

  • Geography

    • Barbados is a small Caribbean island, 21 miles long
    • Bridgetown is the capital city
    • The island lies in the south east Caribbean
  • Health

    • Mosquitoes are most active between June and December, but we recommend bringing insect repellent all year round
    • It's perfectly safe to drink the tap water
    • Most hotels have nurses on site and you'll never be more than half an hour from a hospital
  • Barbados flights

    • It takes about 9 hours to fly direct to Bridgetown from the UK with Virgin Atlantic
    • Flights depart daily from London Gatwick, or you can fly twice a week from Manchester or seasonally from London Heathrow
    • Barbados is 4 hours behind the UK
  • Money and entry visas

    • You don't need a visa to visit Barbados if you're a British national
    • You can spend either the US dollar or the Barbados dollar
    • Barbados has a tax on accommodation (typically 2.5% of the nightly rate) that hotels charge at check-out
  • Eating out and tipping

    • Barbados cuisine is a mixture of African, Creole and British flavours, with fresh fish being particularly popular
    • A 10% tip is standard, but not expected in all-inclusive resorts
  • Weather

    • The weather in Barbados is tropical and sunny all year round
    • The dry season runs from December to May
    • The average daily temperature is between 24°C and 32°C
  • WiFi and electricity

    • WiFi is free across the island and in most hotels, but not as fast as in the UK
    • Electricity is 110 volts with two-flat-pin sockets
  • Out and about

    • The Crop Over festival runs from July to August and is the largest music festival on the island
    • Barbados is home to nesting sea turtles and you can see them across the island
    • Barbados is famous for its alcoholic tipples and there are many rum distilleries and breweries where you can sample the local brews
  • Getting around

    • Cars drive on the left-hand side of the road, just like home
    • Most tourists get around using local taxis or privately run shuttle buses, available from many hotels

Blog posts on Barbados and the Caribbean

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