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In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, you will find the island chain of the Lesser Antilles. Barbados is definitely one of the most popular of the islands, and with good reason! The island inspires with its breathtaking sandy beaches, luxurious resorts, and impressive nature. The perfect destination for your vacation in the Caribbean!
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As a US citizen, you do not need a visa to enter Barbados. Unless you plan to stay longer than 180 days. ;) You also need an onward and return ticket and a passport.
The Caribbean island of Barbados is blessed with a tropical climate. However, it is one of the "Leeward Islands" and therefore has a slight damper climate. The northeast trade winds bring humidity to Barbados and it often rains.
It gets particularly humid in the rainy season. You have these in the summer/fall months in Barbados. The most rain falls from June to November, but mostly short tropical showers. Even during the rainy season, you can count on eight to nine hours of sunshine per day!
If you want to be on the safe side, plan your vacation in Barbados between December and May, i.e. in the dry season. The months of February, March, and April are particularly dry and therefore the best travel time for Barbados. In terms of temperature, however, the seasons in Barbados hardly differ.
The island of Barbados is a sight in itself. The palm trees, the beaches, the sea - that's probably what you come to Barbados for. But you certainly don't want to spend your entire vacation just lying around lazily, do you? Here you can find out what you must see and experience during your vacation in Barbados.
Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados, so there's always something to do here. The town consists mainly of shops and restaurants, either Victorian or Colonial in style. If your main reason for visiting Bridgetown is shopping, then we recommend Broad Street. There you will find porcelain, cameras, watches, perfume, and much more. All of this costs between 25 and 50% less than in the USA (tax-free!). But of course, Bridgetown also has many great sights such as the George Washington House or the beautiful city beach of Carlisle Bay. Incidentally, Rihanna was born here and to this day she keeps coming back to her homeland, especially for the famous carnival.
Many think the Animal Flower Caves deserve to be counted as one of the wonders of the world and that may be saying something. The grotto directly on the Atlantic is always impressive! It is also the only accessible sea cave on the island. The Animal Flower Caves are located on the northern tip of Barbados. When the sea is calm, you can splash in the natural rock pool located in the grotto or gaze out at the Atlantic Ocean through the windows that face the sea. If you are lucky, you can even see humpback whales!
The Barbados Wildlife Reserve is a conservation park in a mahogany forest where you can find thousands of rare green monkeys in addition to many species of animals and birds. And that too at comparatively low prices (BDS$30.00 for adults). We think it's particularly great that the animals can move freely in the park and are not locked in enclosures.
Our pirate tip: The best time to see the animals is 2 pm as this is when they are fed. Don't miss this!
White sandy beach, tall palm trees, coral cliffs, and a panoramic view of the south coast of Barbados: this is what awaits you in Bottom Bay. If you fancy a beach vacation, you've come to the right place, because a beach can hardly be more beautiful! However, the beach is NOT suitable for swimming, as there are very strong waves here. If you get bored with the beautiful view or the perfect weather, you can try your luck and look out for turtles and whales below the cliffs. Another must-do here is a photo in front of the imposing rocky backdrop!
Other beautiful beaches suitable for both tanning and swimming are Pebbles Beach and Brownes Beach. This is also where you can indulge in the myriad of water sports activities available in Barbados. Whether surfing, jet skiing, kit surfing, or flyboarding - in Barbados every mermaid will find the right sport. Of course, Barbados is also an ideal destination for diving vacations. Diving in shipwrecks and turtles is particularly popular.
As you can see, Barbados is not only for people who want to relax but also the perfect place for active vacations. However, Barbados not only has a lot to offer on and underwater, but you can also let off steam on the mainland: from cricket to golfing to horseback riding. Big cricket fans should also visit the Cricket Legends of Barbados Museum. Not to forget, of course, the fantastic hiking vacations that you can experience here. We recommend booking a guided hiking tour through the Scotland District. On the hiking tours, you not only get to know new parts of the island and nature, but you also learn a lot about the culture and the local people.
Harrison Cave is a fascinating stalactite cave that you can explore on an electric train. You can discover fantastic stalactite formations, underground lakes, and a waterfall. If you prefer to be a little more active, you can also explore the stalactite cave on foot. If you are on a family vacation, you can also book one of the tours for children. What is special: The cave system of Harrison's Cave is connected by underground rivers. With the same ticket, you can also visit the beautiful Welchman Hall Gully!