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When is the best time to visit Barbados?

The best time to visit Barbados is between December and June, when the weather is driest. The island has a warm, tropical climate year-round, with temperatures averaging highs of 30°C and humidity levels of 70% to 75%. Thanks to the prevailing trade winds, a cool breeze usually provides a respite from the midday sun and evenings can feel cooler.

Official hurricane season in Barbados is from July to November. The rain usually consists of brief, heavy showers, but there is lots of sunshine during the rest of the day. The risk of hurricanes is very small, as they normally pass to the north. However, they can affect the weather on the island and there are also tropical storms at this time of year.

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The Crop Over Festival in August is a great time to visit, with lots of music, dancing and a real air of celebration.

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Barbados Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Bridgetown 29°C 70mm 29°C 56mm 30°C 39mm 31°C 51mm 31°C 66mm 31°C 119mm 31°C 141mm 31°C 163mm 31°C 169mm 31°C 182mm 30°C 178mm 29°C 95mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Barbados

Local fishing boat, Barbados

Visiting Barbados in July - November

Attractive offers make prices a fraction of those offered during the high season. Rainfall is highest at this time, but this usually consists of relatively short showers. Although there are heavy tropical showers, there are still plenty of sunshine hours and the island landscape becomes more lush with rich green vegetation and beautiful tropical flowers. The official hurricane season falls between July and November, and although the risk of hurricanes is very small, you might encounter tropical storms.

Events & Festivals

  • Barbados Independence Surf Festival (November): An event that brings top international surfers to the Atlantic east coast's great waves, creating entertainment for spectators on the shoreline.
  • Crop Over Festival (August): Traditionally celebrating the end of the sugar cane harvest, this is one of Barbados' most popular festivals, with carnival parades, calypso competitions and colourful costumes.
  • Independence celebrations (November): The island celebrates independence with a series of events, including fairs and community activities, culminating in a grand parade on 30th November.

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