Best Time to Visit Barbados

Strand Panorama Barbados Bottom Bay (Alexander Mirschel)
On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Barbados. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Bridgetown. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Barbados for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 23 °C to 31 °C
Waves Symbol 27 °C to 29 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 1.467.28 in (8 – 16 Days of Rain)
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Geographical location

Barbados lies in the Atlantic Ocean on the eastern edge of the Caribbean, the island is one of the so-called Lesser Antilles. Barbados was discovered in 1536 by the Portuguese Pedro Campos, shortly afterwards many locals were enslaved by Spanish conquerors and shipped to other islands.

Until it was taken over by England in 1625, Barbados was considered completely uninhabited for a time. The British soon flourished in agriculture, producing cane sugar, syrup and rum. The slave trade also reached a new peak at this time.

It was not until 30 November 1966 that Barbados gained independence and is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, along with countries such as Australia, the United Kingdom, Jamaica, Canada and island states such as St. Lucia and Jamaica. The official head of state is therefore Queen Elizabeth II, who is represented by a governor general in Barbados.

The capital of the island is Bridgetown, with a total of 280,000 inhabitants living on an area of about 270 square miles. Barbados is comparatively flat, with St. Vincent and the Grenadines as well as Saint Lucia and Martinique as its closest neighbours.

Climate in Barbados

Strand der Bottom Bay auf Barbados (Simon Dannhauer / stock.adobe.com)  lizensiertes Stockfoto Barbados (Lesser Antilles) belongs to the “islands above the wind”, so that the tropical climate brings only small temperature fluctuations with itself and is somewhat wetter by the northeast trade wind than the “islands under the wind”. When planning your trip, you should therefore pay particular attention to the rainy and dry seasons. Basically it is very warm the whole year round, the daily values usually lie between 29 °C to 31 °C in the shade.

Even at night it never gets cooler 23 °C. From the end of May to the end of October it is the rainy season in Barbados, although this is not days of uninterrupted rainfall. Rather, the rain usually falls very briefly and vigorously, but on average about 8 hours of sunshine are still reached daily.

Hurricanes in Barbados are rare exceptions, but possible in principle. The Atlantic hurricane season is usually from June to November, with the greatest risk in September and October. The dry season on Barbados is very pronounced from December to May, the weather is now usually constant summery and very pleasant.

Best Time to Visit Barbados: Overview

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The Lesser Antilles are to be described with small restrictions as a year-round goal. Experienced Caribbean vacationers appreciate the rainy season on Barbados as the prices are now very low and the island is visited by only very few tourists.

Basically, the weather is also suitable for a holiday from June to October, as the rain showers are usually only short and hurricanes occur very rarely anyway due to the location. Specifically, there have been exactly 9 hurricanes in the area of Barbados since records began in 1886, i.e. about every 15 years.

But if you want to be on the safe side, you should put your holiday in the dry season. We recommend the months December to May as the best travel season on Barbados, our absolute favorites are February and March.

Climate Chart Barbados

Bridgetown

Climate Chart Bridgetown
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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Barbados

In the following, you will find the climate table for Barbados, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Bridgetown (Barbados)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature29°29°30°30°31°31°30°31°31°30°30°29°
Night Temperature23°23°23°24°25°25°25°25°25°25°24°24°
Water Temperature27°27°27°28°28°28°28°29°29°29°28°28°
Precipitation (inch)2.761.631.472.393.114.065.235.596.27.296.763.53
Rainy days11888811151514161412
Hours of Sunshine899998898888
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Bridgetown is 27 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: August (27.8 °C)
Coldest month: February (25.7 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Bridgetown is 29 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
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Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 50.01 inch on 140 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): October
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 7.29 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Bridgetown.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, February is the sunniest month with an average of 8.8 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 8.2 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Sights and Highlights


At the top of the list of highlights are of course the most beautiful beaches in Barbados, above all the popular Carlisle Bay near the harbour and the beautiful sandy beaches of Accra Beach, Sandy Beach, Miami Beach, Crane Beach, Bottom Bay and Harrismith Beach. Legendary, colourful and worth seeing is also Oistin’s fish market (especially on Fridays).

The best sights in Barbados include the idyllic Hunte’s Gardens, the historic St. Nicholas Abbey and a visit to the capital Bridgetown. Our personal recommendation for trips is a catamaran tour including snorkel stops and swimming with wild turtles.

Exclusive providers such as Calabaza Sailing are definitely preferable to fully-packed “party boats”, even if quality has its price, of course. A tour to the stalactite cave Harrison’s Cave is in our opinion not worth the money. Aircraft fans can view one of the last original copies of the famous supersonic aircraft at the popular Concorde Experience.

Popular Activities

More attractions

Exotic Barbados Island Tour | Barbados: Land and Sea Tour by Jeep and Catamaran | Barbados: 5.5-Hour Island Safari with Lunch | Historic Garrison and its Museum – a Military Story | The Development of a City – Bridgetown: A Walking Tour | Freedom Footprints 5.5-Hour Tour from Bridgetown | From Bridgetown: Private 4-Hour Bus Tour in Barbados |

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Bridgetown (Station Saint Michael)
few clouds     few clouds, 27 °C
Clouds: 20 %       Wind: 16 mph O
Air Pressure: 1013 hPa       Humidity: 78 %
Last updated: 18th Nov 2018, 05:00 am
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Caribbean: Regions

Barbados is part of the holiday destination Caribbean. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

Barbados: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 3 reviews for Barbados holiday already. Average rating is 4.3 of 5 stars.
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    Conny, 54 years old was there in November

    The weather is mostly sunny, have been driving there for 10 years and have experienced a whole day of rain.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Sandra, 31 years old was there in May

    Excellent weather in May, great visibility even under water. We really liked Barbados, despite its small size the island has a lot to offer – especially beautiful beaches!

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Holger, 47 years old was there in June

    Our trip to Barbados went from 22 to 29 June 2016 and we had a wonderful time on this paradisiacal island. The children felt very comfortable and we adults felt even more comfortable. Dream beaches with snow-white sand and a shallow slope have even seen a sea turtle in the water in front of the hotel and many colourful fish. One day we had clouds and rain (but then it really poured), on 6 days it was wonderfully sunny.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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