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Barbados Vacation

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.

  • Local cuisine

    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.

  • Nightlife

    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.

  • Windsurfing

    For the best windsurfing, hit the Silver Sands area between November and April.

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Barbados Vacation Packages

Hotel only $116

1 Coconut Court Beach Hotel

3 stars
3.7 / 5 7 reviews

Garrison Historic Area Map

SAVE 30%

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

Hotel only $140

2 Sugar Cane Club Hotel and Spa

3 stars
5.0 / 5

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US$150 PER PERSON FREE SPENDING MONEY - MAX US$300

The Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa is graciously located on the North West Coast & Caribbean side of the Island Barbados. This 4 star deluxe Boutique Hotel is set upon a hilltop and has a charming Mediterranean architecture amongst tranquil and tropical ambiance. The... More

Hotel only $79

3 Infinity on the Beach

3 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

St. Lawrence Gap Map

Infinity on the Beach is an intimate hotel which is located on the stunning South coast of Barbados, right on Dover beach and in the heart of St. Lawrence Gap. The main property of our 66 room hotel sits on the famous Dover Beach known for its coveted stretch of flawless,... More

Hotel only $306

4 Mango Bay - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.0 / 5 4 reviews

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Special Offer

All-inclusive resort with boat tours, beachfront dining and free Wi-FiThe beachfront, all-inclusive Mango Bay resort provides a wide range of accommodation options in St. James parish on the popular Platinum Coast. Nearby Holetown offers bars, restaurants and boutiques,... More

Hotel only $188

5 Ocean Two

4 stars
4.4 / 5 7 reviews

Dover Map

SPRING SALE - SAVE 35%

Ocean Two is a brand new, beachfront, condominium-hotel and is unlike any property on the South Coast of Barbados! The resort and residences provide spacious and well-designed rooms with the ultimate in modern conveniences and amenities! Guests have a choice of hotel... More

Hotel only $68

6 Pirate's Inn

2 stars
3.2 / 5 5 reviews

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FREE INTERNET ACCESS

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

7 Little Good Harbour

4 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

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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

Hotel only $66

8 All Seasons Resort - Europa

3 stars
3.8 / 5 11 reviews

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Self-catering one-bedroom apartments around an outdoor pool and gardensThis value hotel is a steal on the fashionable Platinum Coast of Barbados, with comfortable one-bedroom apartments, relaxed common areas and a sunny pool surrounded by palm trees. Each suite features... More

Hotel only $187

9 Beach View Barbados

4 stars
4.3 / 5 27 reviews

Paynes Bay Map

25% Off

Condo property offers casual-contemporary style and sea viewsBeach View Barbados is a recently constructed property on three acres of landscaped gardens overlooking Paynes Bay on the Platinum Coast. Each room offers  convenient access to gorgeous, postcard-perfect... More

Hotel only $189

10 The Crane Resort - All Suites

4 stars
4.1 / 5 77 reviews

St Philip Map

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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

Barbados highlights

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  • 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.

  • Flower gardens

    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. 

  • Shopping

    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.

  • Golf

    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 Synagogue

    Originally 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.