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Barbados Holidays

Barbados holidays are renowned for the pristine beachfront, cool breeze, swaying palms, and luxurious resorts. Add to that its world-famous rum, fascinating colonial history, and vivacious culture, and you have one of the best islands to visit in the Caribbean.

For beach lovers, a holiday to Barbados is all about the island’s ‘Gold Coast’ in the west. Here, you’re spoilt for choice for picture-perfect beaches. For endless miles of coral sand and turquoise crystal-clear waters, head to Brownes Beach in Carlisle Bay. To rub shoulders with the rich and famous, Sandy Lane’s unspoilt beach delivers on beauty and prestige. While the golden sand at Folkestone in St James is fringed by trees and picnic areas, making it a fantastic family day out.

Discover Barbados’s rich history and culture

No holiday to Barbados is complete without a visit to its capital, Bridgetown. Head to the Garrison area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which dates back to 1650. Here you can visit Charles Fort, the Parliament Buildings, George Washington’s House, as well as the recently discovered Garrison Tunnels. It’s a fascinating introduction into Barbados’s colonial past. You should also check out the harbour in the heart of the city, where yachts and fishing boats live side by side. And, be sure to sample the island’s refreshing ice cones from the local restaurants, bars and food stalls.

Another must-do on a Barbados holiday is to sample the delicious rum. Barbados is considered the drink’s birthplace, and it’s still very much part of the Barbadian way of life. Visit Mount Gay Rum distillery to sample the world’s oldest rum; see the operational cane-grinding mill at St Nicholas Abbey; or simply grab a rum punch and mingle with the locals at the numerous rum shops dotted about the island. Rum shops, which include London Bar, Hercules, Braddies and Lexies, are still the meeting places where locals gather to drink, gossip, listen to music and play domino.

Fancy turning your Barbados adventure into a Caribbean multi-centre holiday? Try coupling Barbados with another Caribbean island, such as St Lucia or Antigua, for the ultimate Caribbean experience. Or perhaps you’d prefer to mix the laid-back relaxation of Barbados with the bright lights of New York? Our Destination Specialists can help you put together any tailor-made holiday itinerary. Call us today and we’ll help you create the holiday you’ve always been dreaming of.

Destination Highlights
  • Take an underground tram ride and discover Barbados’ magical underworld of caverns, flowing streams, shimmering deep pools and towering columns at Harrison’s Cave
  • Swim alongside the delightfully gentle giant sea turtles at Pebbles Beach, a crescent-shaped stretch of white sand lapped by turquoise water in Carlisle Bay
  • Barbados rum is widely considered the best in the world. Sample this golden nectar, and learn about its history and secrets, on a fascinating rum tour
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Barbados’s capital, Bridgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in the historic sites; stroll the harbour with its yachts and fishing boats, and stop for a refreshing ice cone at one of the colourful food stalls

Our favourite hotels

The hotels and resorts in Barbados are known for their luxurious feel and beautiful settings. You’ll find some of the very best hotels in the Caribbean in Barbados. From stunning all-inclusive resorts to unique boutique hotels, Hayes & Jarvis will help you find your ideal holiday accommodation. Please call us to chat to our Destination Experts who will be more than happy to help.

Bajan Blue Restaurant

Sandy Lane

Barbados

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Sandy Lane
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Fairmont Royal Pavilion

Barbados

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Guide Price

 €1,949  pp

Fairmont Royal Pavilion
a pool next to a palm tree

The Sandpiper

Barbados

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Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Guide Price

 €2,209  pp

The Sandpiper
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Sea Breeze Beach House

Barbados

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Average: 4.5 (1 vote)
Sea Breeze Beach House

Time Zone

GMT -4 hours

Flight Time

Approx 10 hours. Indirect flights from Ireland are available

Currency

BBD - Barbados Dollar

Visa Information

Irish citizens do not need to obtain a visa for stays of under 30 days

Language

English

Health Information

No vaccinations required, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid are recommended.

Barbados

Barbados is hot and sunny all year round, with average temperatures of 26℃ - 28℃. The best weather - and the best time to go - is December to May. The high season falls between December and April. The hurricane season runs from June to October, peaking in September and October.

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Average weather in January

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26ºC
68mm

Average weather in February

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26ºC
44mm

Average weather in March

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27ºC
55mm

Average weather in April

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Barbados
27ºC
55mm

Average weather in May

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28ºC
74mm

Average weather in June

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28ºC
104mm

Average weather in July

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Barbados
28ºC
118mm

Average weather in August

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Barbados
28ºC
153mm

Average weather in September

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28ºC
186mm

Average weather in October

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Barbados
27ºC
169mm

Average weather in November

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Barbados
26ºC
185mm

Average weather in December

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Barbados
26ºC
105mm
  • Melissa, Destination Specialist

    Melissa

    Destination Specialist

    "If diving or snorkelling is not for you, but you’d love to see Barbados’ marine underworld, book a submarine tour. Whether you go during the day or at night, the submarine dives down 150ft. You’ll glide through the water, looking at the pretty coral, the array of tropical fish, stingrays and sea turtles all from the comfort of a submarine! It’s an unforgettable experience."

  • Martyn, Destination Executive

    Martyn

    Destination Manager

    "On Friday night, head to the fish fry at Oistins Bay Gardens for the tastiest and freshest seafood and a chance to mingle and drink with the locals. Whether you prefer lobster, marlin, tuna, swordfish or mahi-mahi, you can watch as the fresh fish is either fried or grilled in front of you. The al fresco setting, the delicious food and the soothing reggae, all makes this a wonderful Caribbean experience."

  • Macey, Destination Specialist

    Macey

    Destination Specialist

    "The Hawksbill and Leatherback turtles are two of the rarest sea creatures in the world, and they make their nests on the beaches of Barbados between April and November."

  • Crop Over

    Across the months of June, July and August, Barbados’s biggest annual festival comes to town. This three-month long summer festival dates back to the 1780s, when Barbadians held a huge celebration to mark the end of the sugar cane harvest. Today, the tradition continues and is heralded as the Caribbean’s most colourful carnival! Enjoy the calypso, soca music as you wander around the many stalls selling local food, arts and craft. The finale of the festival is the Grand Kadooment, which sees a huge carnival parade featuring large bands and gorgeously elaborate costumes take to the streets. The parade ends in a big party at Spring Garden. Rihanna is a regular attendant too!

  • Barbados Food & Rum Festival

    Join with Barbadians and celebrate the island’s rich culinary and rum history. Every October top local and international chefs come to the island to serve up the best of Barbadian food. It’s the perfect event for foodies and rum connoisseurs alike!  

  • The Holetown Festival

    Celebrating the first English settlement in Holetown nearly 400 years ago, this festival showcases Holetown’s unique culture and historical past. Check out the nightly concerts with gospel, calypso and Tuk bands. Or enjoy the historical re-enactments, the Bajan Carnival and the street fairs and parades.  

  • Cou Cou with flying fish

    As the national dish, this is a must-taste when on holiday in Barbados. Barbados’s is often referred to as the land of the flying fish, due to the abundance of flying fish in its waters. Its symbol is even found on some of the Barbados coins. So, it’s no surprise that the national dish should feature flying fish. This delicious fish stew is served with cornmeal or polenta and a great hit of Caribbean spice

  • Rice and peas

    This traditional dish is often an accompaniment served with fried fish or beef, chicken or pork stew. Pigeon peas are used within the recipe and their savoury flavour are packed with protein. You can often find this dish served at many local restaurants, rum shops or food trucks. 

Types of Barbados holidays

St. Nicholas Abbey

Barbados Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to Barbados are approximately 8 hours and 30 minutes. There are currently daily direct flights from London Gatwick to Grantley Adams International Airport in Christ Church with either British Airways or Virgin Atlantic. Alternatively, there are direct and indirect flights from other UK airports. 

Island hopping around Barbados is a great way to see more of the Caribbean. With a multi centre holiday you can visit Barbados, Antigua, and St Lucia in one trip, for example, all in the space of 15 days.

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