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Best and Worst Times to Visit Barbados

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The best time of year to visit Barbados is during the dry season from January through May. The worst time is during the hurricane season from August through November.

The island has steady temperatures throughout the year and big swings in the amount of rainfall.

Barbados receives more than 500,000 overnight visitors and 600,000 cruise visitors every year. The island is most popular with tourists from the United States and United Kingdom.

While traveling to Barbados during the off season may offer more deals and cheaper flights, risky weather can make travel difficult.

Popular Times to Visit


December, January and March are the most popular months for overnight visitors to the island, according to statistics from the Caribbean Tourism Organization. The least popular months are June, September and October.

December and January are popular with tourists who want to escape cold northern winters. March is a popular month for most of the Caribbean with families who have children on spring break. All three months are part of the island’s annual dry season.

The Dry Season


Average Barbados temperatures
Barbados temperatures average in the mids 80s Fahrenheit during the day and mids 70s at night. © 2019 Scott S. Bateman
Barbados follows a weather pattern similar to the rest of the Caribbean. The weather on the island is divided into two distinct seasons: the dry season and the rainy season.

The dry season runs from January to May when rainfall averages about two inches or less each month, according to historical data from the Barbados Meteorological Service. The average high temperature during the dry season hovers around 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

The low level of rain on Barbados is common with other Caribbean islands. Hurricane threats are non existent.

More than 64 percent of overnight visitors to Barbados come during the dry season. The peak month of tourism is December with more than 53,000 arrivals.

Discounts and the lure of fewer crowds could account for the steady amount of cruise passengers visiting the island throughout the year.

The Rainy Season


Average monthly Barbados rainfall
Barbados has low monthly rainfall early in the year and high risk of rain during the fall months. © 2019 Scott S. Bateman
The Caribbean rainy season, also known as the hurricane season, officially runs from June to November.

Rainfall on Barbados increases dramatically during this rainy season, especially from August through November.

During the rainy season, the average rainfall amount increases each month until it reaches a high point of nearly seven inches in October.

For Barbados, the worst weather occurs in October. For more of the Caribbean, the worst weather takes place in September. For these reasons, September and October are the least popular months to visit Barbados.

Best and Worst Times to Visit


Even though December, January and March are the most popular months to visit Barbados, April and May are the best months for a combination of warm temperatures and low risk of rain.

Cruises travel to Barbados year round, although they visit the island more during the dry season than the rainy season. To increase the chances of good weather, vacation planners should travel during the dry season.

Visitors to Barbados during the rainy season may luck out with good weather. But they should consider last-minute vacations with a safe 10-day weather forecast.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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November 15, 2019

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