Renowned for its incredible beaches, Barbados is an island with so much more. As well as white powdery sand and stunning turquoise waters, you'll find awesome nightlife, a Unesco World Heritage–listed cruise ship capital in Bridgetown, real surf on the isolated east coast and all of it inhabited by a warm and welcoming local population.
Located in the eastern Caribbean, Barbados is an independent British Commonwealth nation that sits outside of the principal Atlantic hurricane belt - useful to know when considering your next Caribbean adventure between June and November.
There's a lot to see on this incredible island from St Nicholas Abbey, one of the oldest plantation houses in the Caribbean, to The George Washington House, Oistins' bustling seaside fish market and Speightstown, with its old colonial charm and battered façades.
When it comes to Bajan cuisine, expect a fusion of Indian, African, Creole, British and Irish. The national dish of Barbados is Cou-Cou & Flying Fish, you might also try 'Pudding and Souse', pickled pork with spiced sweet potatoes and of course, seafood is king in the Caribbean. If it's the rum that interests you, The Mount Gay Rum visitors centre claims to be the oldest remaining rum company in the world.
The country typically experiences dual seasons with the wet season from June to November and the dry season from December to May. Average temperatures remain consistent throughout the year and range between 20°C and 30°C. Being situated in the south-east of the Caribbean means Barbados sits just outside the principal Atlantic hurricane belt and major hurricanes strikes about once every 26 years on average. The last was in 2010, though damage was minimal.
There really is a wealth of things to do and see in Barbados, and with over 40% of its visitors each year hailing from the UK, we clearly know something about special places to visit. Book your trip now and don't miss out.
When to visit
If you're planning a holiday in Barbados, our top picks for the best time to travel would be andanuary
The dry season's approaching so January sees increasing sunshine and less rain. With a cool breeze coming off the Atlantic, evenings get balmier by the day as the steel drums and rum cocktails emerge
Things to do in Barbados
Weather in Barbados
Our month-by-month guide to the weather and climate in Barbados