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Best and Worst Times to Visit Barbados

The island of Barbados receives more than 500,000 overnight visitors and 600,000 cruise visitors every year.

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

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

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December, January and March are the most popular months for overnight visitors to the island. The least popular months are June, September and October.

More 100,000 visitors from the United Kingdom head to Barbados each year. The United Kingdom is closely followed by the United States, which accounts for 135,000 visitors each year.

Cruises make up a huge percentage of the island’s tourist industry. Approximately 664,000 cruise passengers visit the island each year.

Visiting During the Dry Season

The island of Barbados follows a weather pattern similar to the rest of the Caribbean. The weather on the island is divided into two distinct seasons: the wet season and the dry season.

The dry season runs from January to May when rainfall averages about two inches or less. The average high temperature during the dry season hovers around 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

During this season, there is very little rain. 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.

Visiting During the Wet Season

The Caribbean rainy season, also known as the hurricane season, officially runs from June to November.

Rainfall on Barbados increases dramatically during the wet season, especially from August through November.

The dry season receives an average of about two inches of rainfall per month. During the wet season, the average rainfall amount increases each month until it reaches a high point of nearly seven inches in October.

Best and Worst Times to Visit

April and May are the best months to visit Barbados for warm temperatures and low risk of rain.

Cruises travel to Barbados year round. To increase chances of good weather, it is advised to travel during the dry season.

Visitors to Barbados during the wet season may luck out with good weather, but it is important to travel prepared for rain.

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March 16, 2017

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