Barbados General Information

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Barbados General Information

Posted on December 12. 2012

Overview

Barbados is what most people think of when they think of the Caribbean. Located in the Lesser Antilles, the island still has many of its roots in the British Empire and its gorgeous pink sand beaches are the cover shots of many glossy magazines. Duty-free shopping, a vibrant nightlife scene and delicious local cuisine, make Barbados a popular spot for Caribbean holidays of all kinds.

Weather

Receiving more sun than many of the other Caribbean islands, Barbados is mostly dry year-round. With average daily temperatures of between 70-83 degrees, the rainy season, which lasts from July to November is still fairly dry, with short showers and approximately only 18 days of rain. Visitors should be aware that Barbados is sometimes susceptible to hurricanes during the months of September and October.

Time Zone

Barbados is in the Atlantic Time Zone which is UTC-4. The island does not observe Daylight Saving Time.

Sightseeing

  • Sunbury Plantation House – This old plantation house offers a guided tour, a restaurant and gift shop.

  • Heritage Park & Rum Factory – This is the first distillery on the island since the 19th Century and as such features a park, a handful of shops and stalls selling handicrafts and local food.

  • One of the most popular attractions in all of Barbados is Harrison’s Cave, a natural cave park of pools and bubbling streams and housing an impressive array of stalagmites and cascades.

  • Andromeda Botanic Gardens – The location of this lush botanic gardens is worth the visit as much as the floral collection, due to the fact that it’s perched atop a cliff overlooking the east coast.

Activities

  • Golf

  • Hiking

  • Fishing

  • Horseback riding

  • Scuba diving

  • Snorkeling

  • Windsurfing

  • Tennis

 Beaches

  • Almond Beach – One of the widest beaches on the island, this is a paradise for windsurfers who love the cooling winds which prevail year-round.

  • Silver Sands Beach – Located on the south coast, this beach has white sand and a pleasant beach bar.

  • Paynes Bay – A great spot for watersports, this beach is popular with locals and tourists and so may get crowded, although there is good reason for this – the wonderful white sand and great snorkeling.

  • Crane Beach – A palm-lined stretch of white sand which is the synonymous image of Barbados’ beaches. Surf is a bit rough for swimmers but good for watersports.

  • Bottom Bay – Overlooked by a dramatic cliff line, this white sand beach is a picturesque spot to do some sunbathing.