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Join Adventure Life and visit the beautiful country of Barbados. The most popular tourist destination and capital is Bridgetown but Holetown and Speightstown are also fantastic destinations to travel to. Be prepared to swim, snorkel, explore caves, both eat and see unique fish species, explore the Barbados Boardwalk, relax by the many beaches, or explore the underwater reefs. You can also combine a Barbados cruise with a cruise around the greater Caribbean to maximize your travel. Contact Adventure Life's Caribbean travel experts now for more information about a personalized trip!
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Mystique of the Azores$699914May 16, 2024Discover the Azores Islands on this 14-day cruise from Barbados to Portugal, exploring rugged coastlines, volcanoes, and the UNESCO Global Geopark. …
Pearls of the Caribbean$58309Mar 21, 2024Join Le Dumont-d'Urville on its 9-day sailing expedition roundtrip from Fort-de-France and explore the enchanting islands in the Caribbean Sea …
Dream of A Lifetime: Transatlantic Crossing$1572518Nov 26, 2024Be a part of a unique 18-day Transatlantic sailing experience aboard the luxurious Sea Cloud. Cruise across the magnificent Atlantic Ocean on your …
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Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Eastbound Atlantic Ocean Crossing$255015Mar 15, 2025Embark on a 15-day Royal Clipper cruise from Bridgetown, Barbados, and experience the contrasts of Barbados and its red-sand beaches. Encounter …
Grenadine Islands$16608Mar 23, 2024On this 8-day expedition cruise, the Royal Clipper explores the Grenadine Islands. Enjoy blissful, laid-back beach days and appreciate the beauty of …
Classic Yachtsman Caribbean$17008Nov 30, 2024Royal Clipper offers the ultimate sea-going experience as you travel to the beautiful beaches and landscapes of the Caribbean. This 8-day sailing …
Eastbound Atlantic Ocean Crossing$277017Mar 30, 2024Embark on this 17-day Eastbound Atlantic Ocean Crossing cruise aboard Royal Clipper, starting from the port of Bridgetown. Experience the allure of …
Mystique of the Azores$699914May 16, 2024Discover the Azores Islands on this 14-day cruise from Barbados to Portugal, exploring rugged coastlines, volcanoes, and the UNESCO Global Geopark. …
Sailing the Caribbean$118308Jun 19, 2025Experience the Caribbean in the most authentic way under the 30 white sails of Sea Cloud on this 8-day round trip cruise of Barbados. As you delight …
Grenadines & Grenada Adventure$122908Mar 2, 2024Immerse in the beauty of the Grenadines and Grenada on an 8-day cruise aboard Emerald Azzurra. Explore stunning islands, from the crystal-clear …
Windward Islands$16608Mar 2, 2024Board the luxurious Royal Clipper sailing ship for this 8-day roundtrip cruise of the Caribbean, departing from Bridgetown, Barbados to St. Lucia, …
Eastern Caribbean with St. Barths$88908Mar 23, 2024On an 8-day voyage on the Emerald Azzurra, visit St. Barths and the Eastern Caribbean. Discover the azure waters of Tobago Cay National Park while …
Island Yachting$53999Apr 24, 2024Join a 9-day cruise starting from Barbados and back aboard the World Voyager. Explore the lush rainforests, rugged peaks, & hot springs of Dominica. …
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Best Time to Visit Barbados

Between December and April is widely considered the best time to visit Barbados, but it's also when the prices are at their height. This is when hurricane season ends, the dry season begins, and many tourists begin returning to the area, meaning much larger crowds. 

Between May and June is also a good time to visit Barbados, prices will still be relatively high but they'll have dropped by around 25% compared to December-April. Crowds will continue to drop towards the end of the season going in to hurricane season.

Between July and November is the height of hurricane season, but in Barbados, this isn't really much of an issue. Prices will drop as much as 50% in this season and many restaurants and hotels will continue to be open. There will be brief rains many days of this season but they rarely last the whole day and Barbados makes up for this in a ton of island festivities. Also, hurricanes rarely hit Barbados but make sure to keep up to date with the hurricanes in the area so you can be sure to avoid them on the off chance they come close to Barbados. Additionally, the temperatures between the dry and wet season doesn't change much.
Dry Versus Wet (Hurricane) Season in Barbados

The dry season in Barbados lines up with the high tourism season between December and May. The average temperature during the dry season is generally a comfortable mid 70's degrees Fahrenheit (mid 20's degrees Celsius).

The wet season, or hurricane season begins in June and continues until November in Barbados with September and October being the most humid months and having the highest risk for hurricanes. The reason it's not a bad time to travel to Barbados during this season is the island hasn't experienced any significant hurricanes since Hurricane Janet in 1955. But there will still be mild tropical storms that may hinder, but are not likely to ruin your trip. The average temperature during the wet season is generally the same as during the dry season but a little bit warmer and more humid with averages in the high 70's-mid 80's degrees Fahrenheit (high 20's degrees Celsius).
Best Barbados Small Ship Cruise Lines for 2024-2025
  • Silversea Cruises - is the gold standard of luxury cruising, thanks to its iconic European lifestyle and global reach, with locations ranging from Barbados to the Caribbean and Central America. Silver Wind offers all-inclusive voyages, ocean-view staterooms, incredible culinary experiences, and service with a nearly one-to-one crew-to-guest ratio.
  • Star Clippers Americas - introduce passengers to the excitement of sailing on a truly tall ship from Barbados to the Caribbean. Royal Clipper's routes are determined by wind charts, which allows the boat to sail 70% to 90% of the time. They have been recognized as the World's Greenest cruise line for years. 
  • Ponant - the luxury French expedition line, based Le Dumont-d'Urville in Barbados for most of its Caribbean excursions, such as the Pearls of the Caribbean.
  • Sea Cloud Cruises - has always maintained the true value of windjammers, where sails are still set by hand. It is always a spectacular moment when the sailors climb the rigging, loosen the heavy cloth, and powerfully tension the deck lines. Nothing happens at the push of a button. Sail from Barbados round-trip on the classic 58-guest Sea Cloud.

Barbados FAQ

What is the capital of Barbados?
Bridgetown is both the capital and most popular destination to visit.

Is Barbados safe?
Although it's not the safest island in the Caribbean it's generally considered to be a safe place with relatively little crime (especially when compared to a large city)

What is Barbados known for?
The various species of fish, cuisine made of most prominently fish, and rum.

Are there jellyfish in Barbados?
Yes, there are many species of jellyfish including the amazing yet terrifying Portuguese Man O War.

Which side of the road do they drive on in Barbados?
The left side of the road.

Do I need a passport and visa to visit Barbados?
You do need a passport regardless of where you're from but you do not need a visa if your stay will be equal to or less than six months.

What language is spoken in Barbados?
English is the official and primary language spoken in Barbados.

Is it safe to swim in Barbados?
Generally, yes, but we highly recommend that you talk to locals or contact Adventure Life regarding specific places to swim as some places aren't safe to swim at certain times of the year.

Is there Uber in Barbados?
No, but there are plentiful taxis and an app called Beep Cab to call taxis from your phone.

What is the main religion in Barbados?
Around 95% of the citizens in Barbados are Christian.

Should I purchase travel insurance?
You should definitely purchase travel insurance, and Adventure Life makes it easy through our partner, TravelGuard, on our Once You're Booked page.

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