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Experience Your Best 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 trip 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.

Things to do in Barbados

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Top Rated Hotels for your Barbados Vacation

Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados
Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados
4.0 out of 5.0 Aquatic Gap, Carlisle Bay, Bridgetown, St. Michael
Free Cancellation
$149
4.1/5 (57 reviews)

Nice location & awesome beach! One negative comment is they did not honor the 20% discount with regards to alcohol consumption. Discount is for food & beverage. I guess alcohol is not a beverage? I did not want to argue about this because overall, we had a great time!

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2020
Guests staying at Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados enjoy an outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and free WiFi in public areas. You can take advantage of ...
Accra Beach Hotel & Spa
Accra Beach Hotel & Spa
4.0 out of 5.0 Rockley, Rockley, Christ Church
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3.9/5 (119 reviews)

Accra Beach hotel is in a great location with a small shopping mall and food court across the street. We had a nice hot tub on the balcony. The food is a little pricey and you need to ask the attendant for your own beach chair at the pool and beach. Overall we had a nice vacation!

Reviewed on May 28, 2020
At Accra Beach Hotel & Spa, guests have access to a full-service spa, 2 outdoor pools, and a spa tub. Limited parking is available. The front desk is staffed ...
Round House
Round House
3.0 out of 5.0 Bathsheba, Bathsheba, St. Joseph
$125
4.6/5 (5 reviews)

What to feel real Barbados charm? That's for you! You'll enjoy delicious food, one of the most spectacular beaches on Barbados. Want to try to serf? You'll have a chance!

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2019
Dating back to 1892, Round House offers a rooftop terrace, free WiFi in public areas, and a gift shop. Staff members can help with accommodation requests, and ...

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