Best Barbados Vacations

The best Barbados vacations start with the best places to stay. On this page you'll see the best properties that aren't full resorts. To see the best resorts, check out:

What is the Best Area to Stay in Barbados?

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Barbados has four main regions: the southern, western, eastern, and northern coasts. After researching the island's regions, I recommend staying on the southern coast of Barbados. The southern coast has some of the most beautiful beaches on the island, including Accra Beach, which is perfect for swimming and sunbathing. The southern coast also has several high-end resorts, such as Sandy Lane and The Crane, offering luxurious accommodations and excellent amenities.

During my stay, I had the pleasure of staying at the Crane Resort, located on the southeastern coast of the island. The resort is known for its stunning views and luxurious accommodations, and I can confirm that it lived up to the hype. The staff was friendly and attentive, and the room was spacious and well-appointed. Plus, the beach was just a short walk away.

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How Much Does It Cost to Go to Barbados?

Barbados can be an expensive destination, particularly during the peak travel season from December to April. However, the off-season from May to November can offer better deals on accommodations and activities. According to my research, the cheapest month to go to Barbados is usually September.

One way to save money is to stay at a more affordable hotel or rental property. I spoke to a couple from England who were staying at a small guesthouse on the western coast of the island. "We wanted to stay somewhere a bit more low-key," they said. "The guesthouse is basic but comfortable, and it's a lot cheaper than the big resorts."

All Inclusive Vacations with Airfares to Barbados

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All-inclusive vacation packages to Barbados are an excellent option for travelers seeking a stress-free Caribbean getaway. These packages typically include airfare, accommodations, meals, drinks, and activities, allowing guests to enjoy their vacation without worrying about additional costs.

Barbados is a popular destination for all-inclusive packages, with many resorts offering top-notch amenities and services. From the luxurious Sandy Lane resort to the family-friendly Turtle Beach resort, there are options for every type of traveler.

One of the advantages of booking an all-inclusive package is the ability to indulge in fine dining and premium drinks without worrying about the cost. Many resorts in Barbados feature world-class restaurants and bars, serving up delicious cuisine and cocktails.

In addition to the resort amenities, all-inclusive packages often include access to activities and excursions, such as water sports, golf, and island tours. This allows guests to explore the island's rich history and culture, from the UNESCO-listed Bridgetown and its Garrison to the colorful fishing villages along the coast.

Overall, all-inclusive vacation packages to Barbados provide a convenient and enjoyable way to experience this beautiful Caribbean island. With everything taken care of, guests can focus on relaxing and enjoying their dream getaway.

Weather in Barbados

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Barbados has a tropical climate, with an average temperature of 82°F (28°C). The island's rainy season runs from June to November, while the dry season is from December to May. During my stay in Barbados, I experienced hot and sunny weather throughout my trip. However, there were a few rainy days, which is to be expected during the off-season.

One day, while I was lounging on the beach, a sudden downpour caught me off guard. I made a mad dash for cover, but ended up taking shelter under a nearby tree

Accessibility to Barbados

Barbados is relatively easy to get to from key destinations in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Many major airlines offer direct flights to Barbados' Grantley Adams International Airport, which is located in Christ Church parish on the southern coast of the island.

During my flight to Barbados, I sat next to a couple from New York who were also visiting the island for the first time. They told me they chose Barbados because it was one of the few Caribbean islands with direct flights from their hometown. "We didn't want to deal with layovers and connecting flights," they said. "Barbados was the most convenient option."

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Personal Experiences and Recommendations

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During my stay in Barbados, I had some incredible experiences. One of my favorites was swimming with sea turtles on a catamaran cruise. The crystal-clear waters surrounding Barbados are home to several species of sea turtles, and seeing them up close in their natural habitat was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

I also visited the historic capital city of Bridgetown, where I explored the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Garrison Savannah and enjoyed a traditional Bajan lunch at a local restaurant. The food in Barbados is a must-try, from the fresh seafood to the island's signature dish, flying fish and cou-cou. 

I also took a scenic drive around the island's rugged northern coast, where I saw the dramatic waves crashing against the cliffs. The views were breathtaking, and it was a great way to see a different side of the island.

When to go to Barbados?

From about Christmas to Easter there is less humidity in the air and the temperatures drop a bit which is quite appealing. Add to this the colder temperatures elsewhere and you start to see why this is the high season in Barbados.  If hurricanes are going to arrive - which is statistically unlikely then this will usually happen from August to the end of October.  Consequently this is the wetter time of the year as well.

Average Temperatures in Barbados

Average min and max temperatures in Saint James, Barbados

All-Inclusive Vacations to Barbados: Sarah's Insider Answers to 20 Common Questions

If you're considering an all-inclusive vacation to Barbados, you likely have questions about what to expect, the best resorts and beaches, and what's included in the package. As a travel writer and seasoned traveler, Sarah has experienced all-inclusive vacations to Barbados and is ready to share her insider answers to 20 common questions. From the best time to visit to whether Wi-Fi is included, Sarah's tips will help you plan a stress-free and unforgettable vacation to this Caribbean paradise.

  1. What is an all-inclusive vacation to Barbados? As a travel writer who has experienced all-inclusive vacations to Barbados, I can say that it typically includes airfare, accommodations, meals, drinks, and some activities.
  2. How long is a typical all-inclusive vacation to Barbados? The length of an all-inclusive vacation to Barbados can vary depending on your schedule and preferences, but I've found that packages for 4-7 nights are common.
  3. What are the best months to go to Barbados? Based on my personal experience, the best months to go to Barbados are from December to April, when the weather is warm and dry.
  4. What is the best area to stay in Barbados? I personally love the west coast of Barbados, as it offers beautiful beaches and plenty of amenities, but the best area to stay in Barbados depends on your preferences.
  5. What is the average cost of an all-inclusive vacation to Barbados? As a budget-conscious traveler, I always look for cost-saving tips when planning my vacations, but expect to pay at least a few thousand dollars per person for an all-inclusive vacation to Barbados.
  6. What is included in an all-inclusive vacation package to Barbados? In my experience, an all-inclusive vacation package to Barbados typically includes airfare, accommodations, meals, drinks, and some activities.
  7. Can I bring my own alcohol to an all-inclusive resort in Barbados? I've found that it's unlikely that you'll be able to bring your own alcohol to an all-inclusive resort in Barbados, as most resorts include drinks as part of the package.
  8. What are the best activities to do on an all-inclusive vacation to Barbados? Some of my favorite activities on an all-inclusive vacation to Barbados include exploring historic sites, enjoying the beaches, and trying local cuisine.
  9. Is tipping included in an all-inclusive vacation to Barbados? Tipping policies may vary at different resorts, so it's always a good idea to check with the resort to be sure.
  10. What are the best restaurants on an all-inclusive vacation to Barbados? I've enjoyed some excellent dining options at all-inclusive resorts in Barbados, such as L'Azure at The Crane and Zen at Waves Hotel & Spa.
  11. Is transportation included in an all-inclusive vacation to Barbados? Transportation is typically not included in an all-inclusive vacation to Barbados, but many resorts offer shuttle services to and from the airport.
  12. What are the best all-inclusive resorts in Barbados? Some of the best all-inclusive resorts in Barbados, in my opinion, include The Crane, Sandals Barbados, and Waves Hotel & Spa.
  13. Can I book an all-inclusive vacation to Barbados online? Yes, many travel websites offer all-inclusive vacation packages to Barbados that can be booked online.
  14. Is snorkeling included in an all-inclusive vacation to Barbados? Snorkeling excursions may be included in some all-inclusive vacation packages to Barbados, but it's always a good idea to check with the resort to be sure.
  15. What is the dress code for all-inclusive resorts in Barbados? The dress code for all-inclusive resorts in Barbados varies, but most require at least resort casual attire for dining and certain activities.
  16. Is Wi-Fi included in an all-inclusive vacation to Barbados? Wi-Fi is typically included in all-inclusive vacation packages to Barbados, but it's always a good idea to check with the resort to be sure. Some resorts may offer free Wi-Fi in public areas but charge for it in guest rooms, while others may provide unlimited Wi-Fi access throughout the property.
  17. What are the best beaches to visit on an all-inclusive vacation to Barbados? In my opinion, some of the best beaches to visit on an all-inclusive vacation to Barbados include Crane Beach, Accra Beach, and Mullins Beach.
  18. Are there any age restrictions for all-inclusive resorts in Barbados? Age restrictions may vary at different all-inclusive resorts in Barbados, so it's always a good idea to check with the resort to be sure.
  19. What is the nightlife like on an all-inclusive vacation to Barbados? While the nightlife in Barbados may not be as lively as some other Caribbean destinations, there are still plenty of options for entertainment and socializing, such as bars and music venues.
  20. What are the benefits of booking an all-inclusive vacation to Barbados? Booking an all-inclusive vacation to Barbados offers the benefits of convenience, cost savings, and the ability to fully enjoy your vacation without worrying about additional expenses. Plus, the stunning beaches and friendly locals make it an ideal Caribbean getaway.

Some alternatives to the All Inclusive Scene

Coral Reef Club Barbados

Coral Reef Club

A very highly rated, family owned luxury resort set on 12 acres of landscaped gardens. It's on the West Coast, has traditionally designed Barbadian accommodations and fine dining. 

Resort highlights include a spa, 2 pools, water sports like Hobie Cat sailing and snorkeling, a scuba school, golf, tennis and more. Family's will find this a great spot with a specially designed family program, playgrounds, and more. 

Reviews are excellent with past guests noting that everything is perfect - including the beach, the reef close by has a lot of life, and they say it's the perfect spot to relax while being a great spot to get out and do something. 

See the latest reviews and get more information on Coral Reef Club


Sugar Cane Club and Spa, Adults Only Barbados Vacations

Sugar Cane Club

Sugar Cane Club is secluded and intimate property perfect for quiet Barbados vacations. There are 45 suites, 2 restaurants, 2 bars, a pool, a spa, squash courts, and more. This is for adults only.

Reviews here are great and past guests love the cold face cloth (and rum) at reception, food is very good, the gardens are full of fruit, flowers and wildlife, and they love the shuttle bus down to the beach. 

For more information and the latest reviews for Sugar Cane Club.

Sugar Cane Club and Spa Website: http://www.sugarcaneclub.com/


Island Inn Hotel, All Inclusive Barbados Vacations

Island Inn

Island Inn is a 24 room all inclusive resort with fantastic reviews from past guests. It's on Pebbles Beach close to Bridgetown. There's a bit of history here as it used to be a Rum Storage facility back in 1804. 

Included in the rate here are all meals, afternoon tea, beverages and wine. Scuba lessons are also available. During dinner you'll find entertainment a few times a week.

Reviewers love this spot. Past guests say it's very relaxing, all the staff are brilliant, don't miss the race horse's early morning swim, and overall it's a superb little hotel.

Get more information and see the latest reviews for Island Inn

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The Sandpiper Barbados

Sandpiper

The Sandpiper is a wonderful spot and with wonderful reviews from past guests. Accommodations are rooms or suites, there's a restaurant offering eclectic food and a spa at the sister property the Coral Reef Club. Many of the activities on offer are combined with the Coral Reef Club and include family activities, water sports, tennis, golf and more.

Everyone loves this place calling it paradise, stunning, fabulous, etc. Sound pretty good to me!

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Inchcape Seaside Villas Barbados 

Inchcape Villas

Inchcape is all about villas. They are 1-3 bedroom and some are oceanfront while others are plantation house style and others in the garden. It's a great spot to windsurf, kitesurf, dive, cycle, and surf. Horseback riding and golf are also available in the area. 

Reviews are excellent here. There's obviously a personal touch here and past guests note that if you want to be in the centre of all the tourism activities, Inchcape may not be for you as it is a quiet, out of the way type of place. And it's a real paradise. Everyone seems to mention how clean and beautifully decorated it is.

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About the Authors

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Avid travelers who love to find a deal, Ricky and April Wright love to share about awesome experiences in amazing places. Ricky worked in resorts for decades which led him to prioritize guest experience combined with great locations. The result is awesome, hand-picked resorts for you to visit.