You could lounge on the sand with a good book and a refreshing beverage. You could also go for a submarine tour or helicopter ride, sample the sweet sounds of jazz, calypso and other forms of Caribbean music, test your mettle on a championship golf course, indulge in some retail therapy with tax-free shopping, sail a catamaran, spend a day at the spa, swim with sea turtles, watch a polo match, or finally decipher the rules of cricket. For a start, anyway.
Barbados has a robust history and has preserved and restored many historic sites. The island is teeming with historic attractions such as South Point Lighthouse, Sunbury Plantation House, Sam Lord's Castle, St. Nicholas Abbey, and The Sugar Museum. But the island is not stuck in the past. Barbadians still know how to party and there is a wide variety of options available for entertainment and nightlife. Nightclubs line St. Lawrence Gap and Bay Street and feature live entertainment most nights. There are also several dinner shows where you can experience Barbadian cuisine and culture.
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Flights to Barbados are frequent and available from many airlines. Twelve carriers serve Barbados' sole airport in Bridgetown (BGI) including Air Canada, American Airlines, British Airways, JetBlue, Virgin Atlantic, and WestJet. Due to its close proximity many flights from North American airports are non-stop, making Barbados an especially attractive destination for last-minute and shorter trips.
The climate in Barbados tends to be agreeable all year but, not surprisingly, it is at its best during the tourist high season from mid-December through mid-April. The dry season lasts from January to June and when it does rain it is usually in quick bursts. Most of the time it is sunny with a light breeze and average daytime temperatures of 24-29°C. Temperatures and humidity are higher in the off-season, but not prohibitively so. Hurricane season occurs from June through October although they tend to pass the island by and Barbados has not taken a direct hit from one since 1955.
The best opportunity for big savings is by booking in the off-season, but the deals come with a few trade-offs. Hotels and resorts often save their construction and renovation activities until the high season has passed, so you risk some added noise or inconvenience if you book without checking with the hotel first. It will also be wetter and hotter than if you stayed during high season, but it is bearable and air conditioning is widely available.