A sophisticated Caribbean paradise boasting some of the world’s finest resorts

This small coral island is big on personality, culture and unadulterated Caribbean indulgence. With a culture that blends an array of national influences, Barbados has long been a favourite destination for those who seek the finer things in life.

Discover award-winning restaurants, enjoy a host of watersports, head to Bridgetown for duty-free shopping, or learn about the history of Barbados’ rum. Retreat to one of the island’s most luxurious and iconic hotels set on white-sand beaches, sample the laid back way of life, mingle with the affable locals and enjoy the Barbadian rhythm of life.

  • The fashionable west coast plays host to the island’s iconic resorts, chic hotels and impossibly clear waters
  • People flock to the livelier south coast for the family-friendly resorts, nightlife and the island’s prime wind and kite surfing spots
  • The UNESCO-listed capital Bridgetown was once a key British trading and naval port
  • A stay in Barbados is easily combined with time spent on another Caribbean island
  • The birthplace of rum – be sure to try a rum cocktail or two.

Good to know

Time difference:

GMT -4 hours

Capital:

Bridgetown

Currency:

Barbados dollar. US and Canadian dollars are also accepted.

Flying time to destination:

8½ hours

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When to visit Barbados

Jan

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Feb

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Mar

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Apr

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

May

Recommended

Good time to escape

Jun

Recommended

Good time to escape

Jul

Recommended

Good time to escape

Aug

Recommended

Good time to escape

Sep

Recommended

Good time to escape

Oct

Recommended

Good time to escape

Nov

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Dec

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

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Recommended Barbados Hotels

Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa

7 nights, Room Only, 21 Sep '16

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The Fairmont Royal Pavilion

7 nights, Room & Breakfast, 21 Sep '16

from £1,554

Ocean Two Resort & Residences

7 nights, Room Only, 21 Sep '16

from £921

The Club Barbados Resort & Spa

7 nights, All Inclusive, 21 Sep '16

from £1,385

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Caribbean & Mexico 2017

Kuoni Insider

Barbados offered a true flavour of the Caribbean from the moment we stepped off the aircraft. You can’t help but relax into the slow way of life, and will find that you’re permanently grinning.

This may be down to the odd rum punch cocktail or just the glorious sunshine, but the locals are always happy and smiling and it’s very infectious. Take a catamaran around the island, windsurf on the east coast, enjoy a romantic sunset, devour a sumptuous seafood supper or hire a Mini Moke and be totally independent, recording all your wonderful memories with fantastic photo opportunities everywhere.