Barbados is an idyllic vacation destination. It is a tropical paradise in which the beach, music, and gastronomy form a set of attractions that will make it difficult for you to resist enjoying this country.
However, it is important to choose the best time to travel to this country to be able to organize the trip when the climatic conditions are favorable, avoiding certain months in which the climate could be unpleasant. After all, you don’t want to travel to Barbados and not be able to enjoy the blue sea of this island.
In this post, we will explain the weather in Barbados and help you choose when to go to. Read on!
The best time to go to Barbados is from December to Mid-April. At this time, the weather is good with blue skies, lots of sunshine, and hardly any rain. In addition to beach holidaymakers, divers, active holidaymakers, and water sports enthusiasts will also find the best conditions at this time.
However, since this is the high season, the prices of the hotels are then almost twice as high as in the rest of the year. If you are planning a vacation during this time of year, you should be aware that some hotels require guests to prepare a meal plan in advance. You usually don’t need to fill out a meal plan in the off-season. The big advantage of the high season, however, is that it is drier than in summer and autumn. It rains significantly less in the winter months than in the summer.
Temperatures remain pleasantly high from mid-April to June, but prices are lower than in winter. The transition period can be interesting in terms of price, but you have to expect short showers more often.
Although it is possible that there is a storm from July to November, the risk of hurricanes is ultimately low. Despite the occasional rain, this time is ideal because the prices fall by up to 50% even in the posh resorts. Plus, you’re in Barbados when some of the best parties on the island take place with the Crop Over Festival in July or the Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival in November. For bargain hunters, this time of the year can, therefore, even be the optimal travel time, depending on how you feel about some rainy days.
Climate & Weather Barbados
As we have already mentioned, Barbados has a tropical climate, characterized by heat present almost always throughout the year. Fortunately, the effect of the heat is often mitigated by the breezes.
It can be said that Barbados’s climate is quite regular, with temperatures that do not have major changes throughout the year. In fact, the period included in the months from December to April has peaks in minimum temperatures of around 21 degrees and maximum temperatures of around 28 degrees. While in the period from May to October, the minimums reach 23 degrees and the maximums reach around 30.
The weather in this country alternates between a dry and a rainy season. The dry season lasts from December to May. During this period, the temperatures are quite high, and the rainfall quite weak and infrequent. So these months become the ideal time to travel to Barbados and enjoy the secrets and natural wonders of the island. Barbados becomes a perfect refuge at the beginning of winter to escape the harsh winter in Europe and beyond.
The rainy season lasts from June to November. Very high temperatures and abundant rains are witnessed during this period. However, it is important to know that the showers descend quite irregularly. In fact, precisely for this reason, they do not have a great duration. And as soon as they finish, they leave room for the sun to shine again. This explains why the hours of sunshine do not decrease so much. Bur due to the poor condition of some roads and paths, it can be difficult to visit the most natural places in Barbados.
Tourist seasons in Barbados
1. High season (December - April)
The dry period lasts roughly from December to April. And this period is considered the peak season as many travelers prefer visiting when the temperature is ideal, and the risk of bad weather is minimal.
During this time, the island has fewer rainy days, and the rainfall is significantly lower. However, rain showers have to be expected again and again during the dry season. The downpours are usually only of short duration and are perceived by most holidaymakers as a pleasant cooling.
It is particularly dry from February to April. With daily highs around or slightly below the 30-degree mark, it is the slightly cooler season. Barbados has an average of eight to nine hours of sunshine during the dry season during the day.
Due to the influx of tourists during the high season, it is recommended to book your flight and accommodation in advance to ensure availability. During this period, many cultural festivals and lots of activities on the beaches take place.
2. Mid-season (May to June, November)
Barbados has two mid-seasons. That is, from April to June and another one in November. During these months, Barbados has more rainy days and higher amounts of rainfall.
There are mostly intense rain showers, which normally do not last too long and alternate with sunny phases repeatedly. Overall, the sun shows itself less and cloudy weather has to be expected more often. The rainy season is the warmer season. Due to the higher humidity, the temperatures can feel a little warmer.
You can enjoy price reductions for flights, hotels, and resorts during this time. Also, this is the time you can find nearly empty beaches to enjoy.
3. Low season (July - October)
The low season falls within June and October when the prices of most popular hotels and resorts drop as much as 50%. This is because Barbados is still under the influence of tropical cyclones (hurricanes). However, due to the southern location, hurricanes occur more rarely than on other Caribbean islands.
Records over the past few years have shown that strong tropical storms in the Caribbean are to be expected, especially in the period from August to October. In late August 2019, Hurricane Dorian took hold of its destruction in Barbados. While the Bahamas was subsequently almost completely devastated, Barbados “only” reported power outages and minor property damage.
Even if Barbados is rarely hit by hurricanes, storms, heavy rain, and severe thunderstorms are possible during this season. Thus, limiting the number of tourists visiting this island.
If you plan to visit Barbados during this time, you will rarely need a reservation, as most of the hotels will be empty. However, keep in mind that some hotels, restaurants, and bars will be closed.
Best month to visit Barbados
January is the peak tourist season in Barbados, with a high number of visitors to beaches and tourist attractions. Although there are rainy days during this month, it is still among the driest months. Therefore, if you plan to visit Barbados during this time, you should book your flight in advance to avoid increasing travel costs for airline tickets and hotel reservations.
2. February - April
As these are the driest months, the number of tourists usually increases, making it the most popular time to visit Barbados. In fact, there are the months with the fewest rainy days (on average 7mm per month) and the coolest temperatures (between 21 Degrees and 31 Degrees). In addition, this is the perfect time for snorkeling. So expect hotel rates to increase during that period. We, therefore, recommend that you book as early as possible.
May can be a great time to travel. You are slowly moving towards the rainy season, so the air prices are lower. It is raining a little more now, but it is usually still drier than in January, with a lot of sunshine. Since it is just outside of the peak tourist season, you enjoy quieter beaches with lots of festivals taking place on the island. This is a month with great value for the money.
The number of hours of sunshine and temperatures in Barbados in June remains as high as in the rest of the year. However, the chance of short showers increases. Therefore, it is recommended you carry rain gear like a waterproof bag to protect your valuables during those quick tropical downpours. Lower prices make the month a great time to travel.
5. July - November
Attractive offers are only a fraction of what you have to pay in the high season. There is a reason for this, however, because the precipitation is now relatively heavy, although it usually only lasts for a short time at this time of the year. Despite the sometimes heavy rains, there are still many hours of sunshine, and the island landscape is lush with green vegetation and beautiful tropical flowers. The official hurricane season is between July and November. This should always be kept in mind when traveling to Barbados.
December is a relatively dry month, and the island has regained its colorful vegetation after the rain of the past few months. It marks the beginning of the tourist peak season as tourists head to the island for vacation. In addition, since Christmas is a very popular time to travel, many people often book a year or more in advance.
Best time to go to Barbados according to your needs
As earlier said, the weather in Barbados is better from December to April. But many travelers like to plan their trips to match the lowest off-season rates or one of the island’s many festivals and events. Along with its warm, sunny climate, Barbados’ blue sea, sparkling white sandy beaches, and host of cultural and sporting activities make the island one of the most sought-after destinations in the Caribbean.
Below we share with you some of the considerations that can help you choose the ideal time to travel.
Barbados offers travelers a warm and sunny year-round climate, but most people visit from December to May. These months coincide with the dry season, northeast trade winds and provide cool breezes. Hurricane season can be a factor in planning your trip. Residents follow Barbados’ maxim “June too early, October everywhere.” September tends to be the peak month for hurricane risk, although Barbados has historically been spared direct attacks. The last major hurricane to hit Barbados was Hurricane Janet on September 22, 1955.
Peak season across the Caribbean starts in mid-December and lasts until mid-April. That is, if you travel to Barbados during this time, you will pay the highest rates for airfare, accommodation, car rental, and other expenses.
However, you will need to make hotel reservations well in advance of your trip if you are traveling during peak tourist season. Traveling during the off-season can save up to a third on hotels and travel expenses. Consider visiting Barbados during May and June or during early December. Avoid Christmas and New Year, and Easter holidays when demand and rates are highest.
3. Lots of Festivals
Special events and festivals take place throughout the year. In January, there is the Barbados Jazz Festival. In February, the Holetown Festival in St. James commemorates the founding of Barbados’ first European settlement in 1627.
In April, the Oistins Fish Festival marks Barbados’ charter signing with boat competition, boning fish, and other competitions.
Another popular music event is Gospelfest, held in May across the island. The Crop Over Festival in late July and early August attracts thousands of visitors each year. Crop Over culminates with Kadooment Day, a national holiday/street carnival combination held on the first Monday in August.
When not to go to Barbados
As we have seen, this island is sometimes affected by particular atmospheric phenomena: hurricanes. Fortunately, they rarely manifest themselves with great intensity. However, even less severe episodes can create various inconveniences. So, to avoid the highest risk months, it’s best not to go to Barbados Island between July and November.
Basically, it can be said that the amount of sunshine in Barbados is good throughout the year. The sea has warm temperatures throughout the year, so there is always the possibility to swim. Therefore, all things considered, we can conclude that the best time to Barbados depends on the activities you want to do.