Your Barbados vacation
Perhaps the most British of all the Caribbean islands, Barbados is a sophisticated yet unspoiled destination, steeped in tradition and dotted with picturesque places to soak in the sun. Spend lazy afternoons on white sand beaches and relaxing at luxurious resorts. Visit historic sites and play golf. Enjoy sumptuous flying fish dinners accompanied by delicious Bajan rum punch.
Whatever you plan on your Barbados travel, let Orbitz guide your itinerary. Our Barbados vacation guide highlights the best time to go, top 10 highlights and insider gems from fire-throwing shows to private home tours.
Best time to take a vacation to Barbados
Barbados weather is pleasant in year-round, with an average daily high temperature of 78 degrees, and an average daily rainfall of less than a quarter of an inch. Crowds and rates spike from mid-December through mid-April. Hurricane season, which lasts from June through October, is the best time for discount prices and fewer crowds.
Major annual events include Crop Over, a five-week summer festival that dates back to the 1780s which marked the end of the sugar season. Today, it's the island's biggest celebration with parades, parties, live Calypso music and more.
Insider tips for Barbados travel
Open house tours
There's nothing like connecting with the locals to really understand a destination. The Barbados National Trust's Open House program, which takes place on Wednesday afternoons, allows vacationers to visit elegant private homes and find out how Bajans live.
Be sure to try flying fish, so popular it's now an island symbol. The Waterfront Café in Bridgetown is an ideal place to sample it, perhaps accompanied by Cou Cou, a tasty corn meal and okra dish.
One of the liveliest places to enjoy Bajan nightlife is at Harbour Lights, a nightclub that stages a colorful dinner dance show -- complete with fire throwers and acrobatic performers -- on the beach, every Monday and Wednesday.
For the best windsurfing, hit the Silver Sands area between November and April.
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Bajan breezes, hot Caribbean sun and Coconut Court Beach Hotel are only a plane ride away. Get your bags packed, because the beach and Barbados are calling your name! Coconut Court Beach Hotel is located within the UNESCO World Heritage Site district of the Garrison... More
Marble floors- painted furniture- antique sofas and cushions embroidered with gold thread the interiors of Cobblers Cove on Barbados envelop you in English elegance just a few steps away from a fine sandy beach edged by tropical forest. Here the days begin with a generous... More
Newly rebuilt beachfront Hotel set on Carlisle Bay featuring panoramic views of the turquoise waters of Barbados. With 124 new renovated rooms and suites including two Executive Floors, the new South Beach styled rooms offer 42" flat screen TV"s, complimentary... More
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Family-friendly hotel located on premier Barbados beach This redesigned 4-star resort on the west coast of Barbados features 104 contemporary and spacious guest rooms and suites, all with private balcony or patio as well as facilities like cable flat-screen TV, air... More
Historic Barbados resort offers up-to-date conveniences This residential resort is renowned for its unique cliff-top setting on one of the most beautiful pieces of beachfront in the world. Contemporary additions have transformed the Crane Resort and Residences from a... More
Fun-loving Barbados hotel keeps guests coming backWith a name like Pirate's Inn, expect this hotel to be a bit rebellious. This is not the place for posh candlelit dinners -- guests come to the Pirate's Inn to cut loose and have fun. The hotel motto is "comfortable,... More
Boutique hotel captures the true spirit of Barbados This off-the-beaten-path gem caters to in-the-know travelers who look for casual sophistication with the privacy and amenities of a larger hotel. Little Good Harbour is well-known for personalized service and the... More
Tranquil resort within walking distance of lively St. Lawrence Gap In a desirable location on the south coast of Barbados, this 59-room hotel is actually spread over three blocks just off the lively St. Lawrence Gap, an area internationally known for its wide variety... More
Serene Barbados resort retains the social cachet of a colonial-era clubThe Colony Club by Elegant Hotels earned a AAA 4 diamond award for attentive, personalized service, refined spaces, elegant Barbadian decor and hard-to-beat gardens. Once a private colonial-era club,... More
Butterfly Beach Hotel is located on the South Coast of Barbados in an ocean front location with white sand beaches and offers a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.The hotel consists of a mix of island view and ocean view studios with kitchenettes, one and two bedroom... More
Mount Gay Distillery
Bajan rum is legendary, and you can enjoy it right at the source with a distillery tour. Follow it with dinner at the facility's Verandah restaurant overlooking the sea.
Gorgeous tropical flowers dot the island of Barbados, but for an especially big eyeful, head to Andromeda Gardens, the Flower Forest and Orchid World.
The Crystal Room in Harrison's Cave
Take an electric-powered cart through the cave to explore the subterranean world. Dramatic stalactites and stalagmites punctuate the scenery at the Crystal Room, where streams, lakes and waterfalls create an idyllic setting to explore and take photos.
St. Nicholas Abbey Plantation
Built in the mid-17th-century, lovely St. Nicholas Abbey is home to one of only three Jacobean mansions in the entire western hemisphere. Take a free, guided tour of the antiques-laden home as well as the rum distillery.
For high-quality artistic gifts and souvenirs, check out Earthworks Pottery, where artisans create custom-made works. For unique jewelry, head to Heather Harrington Jones, a jeweler that carries beautiful pieces from Barbados designers.
Sunbury Plantation House
Ever since it first opened in 1660, Sunbury has been a symbol of Bajan grandeur and wealth. Today, you can tour the plantation and dine at its Courtyard restaurant.
Island Safari Tour
Hop on the Island Safari's 4x4 Land Rovers and bounce through gullies and forests. Explore lesser-known corners and coastal roads with stunning views.
Barbados vacations are ultra rewarding for golfers, thanks to five scenic countryside courses. Choice spots include the Barbados Golf Club, Sandy Lane Golf Club, Royal Westmoreland Golf & Country Club, Rockley Golf Club and Almond Beach Club Resort.
Surfing the Soup Bowl
Located on the northeast Atlantic coast, the Soup Bowl is heaven for surfers, especially when the swells arrive. Just starting out? Several surf schools dot the area.
George Washington House
The only house where young George Washington lived outside of the United States, this lovely restored home hosted the future president and his brother for two months in 1751.
The Nidhe Israel SynagogueOriginally built in 1654 and largely destroyed by a hurricane in 1831, this historic synagogue -- sitting on what is considered the oldest Jewish consecrated land in the English-speaking western hemisphere -- is now part of the Barbados National Trust.