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When is the Best Time to Visit Barbados?

Month-by-month information to help you decide when to visit Barbados. A comprehensive guide with monthly weather and event details for holiday planning.

Our month-by-month guide to the weather and events will help you to decide when is the best time to visit Barbados for you. With 3,000 hours of sunshine a year there is not a bad time to visit Barbados.  However, depending on your personal preference there are great times to go and good times to go.  

Weather Overview: When is the Best Time to Visit Barbados?

Barbados has two distinct seasons: the hurricane season (low season) runs from June to November whilst the dry season (high season) runs from December to May.  

Although storms tend to be worse in September and October, Barbados has not been directly hit by a hurricane since 1955. Its far-easterly position in the Caribbean helps to protect it from the worst of the weather and it doesn’t suffer in the way places like Haiti do.

Inevitably, the most popular times to visit Barbados are during the high season. Accommodation prices are higher during this time, with December said to be the most popular time to visit.  This is certainly reflected in the prices around Christmas and New Year! For many, the winter months of December to February are one of the best times to go to the Caribbean and Barbados is a top winter sun destination.

We visited Barbados in June and spent the weeks leading up to it feeling apprehensive about the weather.  We shouldn’t have worried, however, as we enjoyed beautiful sunny days and hot temperatures.  There was very little rain and what rain there was fell in short bursts, giving way to gorgeous sunshine.  Being a less popular time to visit, we made the most of the lower prices and the uncrowded beaches.

For more on things to do on the island read our top 10 tips for a holiday in Barbados.

Month-by-Month Guide: When is the Best Time to Visit Barbados?

January

Averages:

Max. day time
temp.

Min. night time
temp.
Water temp.Rainfall
27°C23°C28°C86mm

After the hurricane season, January is one of the first of the drier months to visit.  Any rainfall tends to be brief tropical showers which soon clear to reveal all-day sunshine.  January is a popular time to visit Barbados and this is reflected in the accommodation prices.  Booking in advance is essential.  With water temperature averaging 28°C sea swimming is a must.

What’s On?

January sees the launch of the Barbados National Trust’s Open House programme and the Barbados Horticultural Society’s Open Gardens programme.  The Barbados Polo Season starts in January and runs until the end of May.  Other events include the Barbados Independent Film Festival and Barbados Sailing Week.  The highlight of the Sailing Week is the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race, an international event with teams competing from around the world.

February

Averages:

Max. day time
temp.

Min. night time
temp.
Water temp.Rainfall
27°C23°C27°C46mm

Temperatures are very similar to January but the average rainfall drops to 46mm.  Humidity levels are low and so February experiences ideal beach holiday weather.  However, it is still peak season and travelling during school holidays sees a hike in prices. There is a strong case for arguing that February is one of the best times to visit Barbados.

What’s On?

The main event in February is the Holetown Festival, a week-long celebration to commemorate the arrival of the first settlers on 17 February 1627.  The Festival is one of the best-known events in Barbados.  Activities include a carnival, street parades, markets and food stalls offering traditional Bajan cuisine, dancing, and concerts.

The annual Waterman Festival takes place over a February weekend.  Spectators gather to enjoy competitions in all sorts of water sports, including windsurfing, surfing, kiteboarding, and swimming.

View out to sea from Bathsheba Beach. For surfers, the sea conditions are at their optimum in winter making it one of the best times to visit Barbados.

March

Averages:

Max. day time
temp.

Min. night time
temp.
Water temp.Rainfall
28°C23°C26°C82mm

Temperatures in March are starting to rise but it is the last month before the heat and humidity really start to increase for the summer.  As hurricane season is still a way off it is a popular time to visit Barbados.  

What’s On?

The beginning of March sees the Sandy Lane Gold Cup Race, the Caribbean’s most prestigious horse race and organised by the Barbados Turf Club.  March is also when the annual Caribbean Fine Art Fair is held, celebrating visual art and the role Caribbean art plays on the international art scene.

April

Averages:

Max. day time
temp.

Min. night time
temp.
Water temp.Rainfall
28°C24°C27°C52mm

April marks the transition from peak season to low season.  Prices start to decrease and a holiday in the shoulder season takes advantage of good weather and lower rates.  If you’re looking for a cheaper time to go then the next few months are the best times to visit Barbados. However, the Easter/Spring Break periods see an increased number of visitors and prices can be higher around this time.

What’s On?

Following the first event in 2018, the Vujaday Music Festival takes place over five days in April. Festival goers are fully immersed in the culture of Barbados whilst exploring the island.  The main event over the Easter weekend is Oistins Fish Festival on the south coast, celebrating the island’s fishing industry with a host of mainly free events.  The Barbados Chocolate, Pastry, and Wine Festival also takes place in April.

Visit Barbados for stunning beaches scene - aqua sea and golden sand

May

Averages:

Max. day time
temp.

Min. night time
temp.
Water temp.Rainfall
29°C25°C28°C55mm

May is the last month of the shoulder season and, whilst the temperature is rising, cooling winds temper the heat.  Prices continue to fall, although they rise around the May half-term break.

What’s On?

There are two music festivals in May.  The first, Gospelfest, is the Caribbean’s premier music and arts festival.  Gospel music features, but also dance, jazz, comedy, theatre, and even cricket.  The second festival is the Barbados Celtic Festival, a week-long celebration which was started in the 1990s by a Welsh woman.  It now has Celtic nations from around the world participating, including the UK and Nova Scotia, Canada.

June

Averages:

Max. day time
temp.

Min. night time
temp.
Water temp.Rainfall
29°C26°C28°C89mm

June is the first month of the official hurricane and rainy seasons.  The temperatures and humidity are high but when the rain falls it is a welcome break.  As said above, we have visited Barbados in June and enjoyed lots of good weather.  By June, the prices have dropped and the crowds have dissipated.

What’s On?

June is the start of the six week-long Crop Over Festival which ends in August.  The Festival celebrates a 200-year-old tradition honouring the end of the sugar cane season with parties, markets, and foodie street fares.  For footballers aged over 40 and 50 the Barbados International Masters Football Festival takes place over the Whitsun weekend.  

For ideas on how to use your annual leave to get even more time off for work for experiences like this read How To Maximise Your Annual Leave.

July

Averages:

Max. day time
temp.

Min. night time
temp.
Water temp.Rainfall
29°C25°C28°C140mm

Although into hurricane season, the risk is low and July is still a good time to visit Barbados.  Showers pass quickly and temperatures are hot.  Prices are low, especially if you can visit outside of the school holidays.

What’s On?

The Crop Over Festival is in full swing (see June) and Dive Fest also takes place in July.  This is a festival featuring island scuba diving, a recycled boat race, beach clean-ups, and a kids’ swim programme.

August

Averages:

Max. day time
temp.

Min. night time
temp.
Water temp.Rainfall
30°C25°C29°C147mm

August is the height of the summer and it can get very hot and humid.  The rainfall is gradually increasing but it continues to fall as short showers rather than prolonged spells.

What’s On?

The finale of the Crop Over Festival, Grand Kadooment Day, takes place in August and includes a masquerade carnival parade.  It is said to be the island’s most exciting day of the year and it is a public holiday. If you want to experience local life in all of its vibrant, colourful glory, August is one of the best times to visit Barbados. The Annual International Hockey Festival sees teams from around the world participating in a week-long competition.

If you’re planning a trip to Barbados and want an accommodation recommendation on the Platinum Coast check out our post Fantastic Accommodation Experiences.

September

Averages:

Max. day time
temp.

Min. night time
temp.
Water temp.Rainfall
30°C25°C29°C169mm

September is the height of the rainy season but there are still warm sunny days and vacation prices are at their lowest.  However, as it is one of the quieter months to visit Barbados some hotels, bars, and restaurants will be closed.

Dusk view of sea and pier in Barbados

October

Averages:

Max. day time
temp.

Min. night time
temp.
Water temp.Rainfall
29°C25°C29°C174mm

Although October sees the highest rainfall, full days of rain are rare and the average daily sunshine is 8 hours.  Prices are much lower at this time than other times of year.

What’s On?

The Barbados Food and Rum Festival takes place in October.  Events include a cook off, food and rum pairings, fine dining experiences, and a beach party.  Also in October is the Barbados Jazz Excursion and Golf Weekend.

November

Averages:

Max. day time
temp.

Min. night time
temp.
Water temp.Rainfall
28°C25°C29°C155mm

At the end of the hurricane season the humidity starts to decrease, as does the rain. There are still showers but certainly nothing that will have you seeking cover for hours on end.  November is at the end of shoulder season and rates are still low so it is a great time to visit Barbados.  November sees a number of events, picking up from the quieter months of September and October.

What’s On?

2017 saw the first Barbados Sunshine Music Festival – 8 days of music for fans of reggae, soul, R&B, and funk.  The Festival is at the beginning of November, as is the Barbados Open Water Festival.  Swimmers from all over the world descend on Carlisle Bay to take part in different events, including 1.5K, 5K, and 10K races.  Staying in the water, the PEG Independence Surf Festival takes place in November.  Surf contests take place over a period of around 5 days at Bathsheba’s ‘soup bowl’ with beach parties most nights.  Independence Day is on 30 November, marking the day Barbados was granted its freedom from the UK, and various celebrations take place around the island.  The National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) is one such event: a month-long festival featuring displays and competitions in all of the creative arts.

December

Averages:

Max. day time
temp.

Min. night time
temp.
Water temp.Rainfall
28°C23°C28°C101mm

December marks the end of the hurricane season and the start of peak season.  Prices start to rise and they are particularly high around Christmas and New Year.  Although there is still some rainfall, it is considerably lower than in the previous months.  December is one of the most popular times to visit Barbados!

What’s On?

Run Barbados is a 3-day event with races ranging from a fun-mile to a marathon and parties in the evenings.  Continuing the sporting theme, Barbados Rugby World 7s takes place at the Kensington Oval over a December weekend.  Men’s and women’s teams from around the world compete in the Elite or Open competitions. The social events include a charity dinner, a fancy-dress carol singing competition, and an after-party.  Cobblers Cove hosts ‘Cobblers LIVE!’ – four nights of food, cabaret, and music with cooking demonstrations and sumptuous dinners. In the run up to Christmas there are a number of concerts held around the island.  

So there you have it, a month-by-month guide to help you plan your visit to Barbados.  With consistent year-round temperatures there is always a good time to visit the island.  Even in low season you can enjoy hours of sunshine and it is very rare for the weather to be so bad that a visit is a washout!

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