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The best time to visit Barbados is winter through spring, from December to April. Barbados is generally warm and sunny, enjoying 3,000 hours of sunshine annually, with relatively mild temperatures. Only about five degrees separate the year-round high temperatures.

From mid-December through mid-April, the dry season, the island receives the least amount of rain, with precipitation increasing slightly through May.

Summer is also a popular time to go to Barbados despite somewhat higher temperatures and humidity, and more rainfall.

Visiting Barbados By Season

Aerial view of Barbados beach

Barbados

Summer

Barbadian summers are pleasant since the temperatures vary little from season to  season. June through August temperatures average 82℉ ( 28℃), about three degrees higher than January through March’s average of 79℉ ( 26℃). Daytime highs can reach 88℉ (31℃).

Summer brings more rain than winter but less than fall. The wet season begins in June with rainfall of about four inches (103mm), increasing to five inches (127mm) in July, and five and a half inches (140mm) in August.

Since it rarely rains all day long, there’s plenty of sunshine to enjoy the west coast’s sugar-soft beaches and turquoise waters.

Fall

Temperatures continue to be mild in fall, averaging around 82℉ (28℃) in September, October, and November, with highs of  88℉ (31℃.) Since fall is Barbados’ rainiest season, expect showers sometimes.

October sees the highest rainfall of seven inches (178mm) with September and November experiencing six inches (152mm).

During the relatively brief showers, consider indoor tours of some of the sights that Barbados is known for, such as Harrison’s Cave, Mount Gay Rum Distillery, and the Agapey Chocolate Factory.

View inside Harrison’s Cave

Harrison’s Cave

Winter

Winter is the best time to go to Barbados because of the pleasant weather. Temperatures from January through March average of 79℉ (26℃).

In winter, Barbados receives the least amount of rain. January’s average is 2.7 inches (70 mm), dropping to around 1.5 inches (38mm) in February and March. Winter is a great time for snorkeling in Barbados, as well as relaxing at the beach, ziplining, and touring the inland Flower Forest Botanical Gardens.

People snorkeling in Barbados

Snorkeling in Barbados

Spring

Like winter, spring is a prime time to visit Barbados. Temperatures average about 81℉ (27℃) with highs of 88℉ (31℃). Rainfall increases throughout spring, with June receiving four inches (103mm).

Much of the time, there’s sunshine coupled with comfortable temperatures for exploring the island and enjoying Barbados’ best beaches.

When is Rainy Season?

Barbados’s wet, or rainy season, straddles the U.S.’s summer and fall, stretching from July through early December. Rains increase from June, with October the wettest month, and the rains dying out again by early December.

When is High Season?

Barbados’ high season is the heart of the island’s dry season from mid-December through mid-April. This is when visitor numbers increase, especially over the December holiday season.

When is Shoulder Season?

Shoulder season occurs from mid-April through June and in November. Crop Over Festival, Barbados’ popular annual celebration, draws visitors in July and August.

Couple strolling the Bathsheba Beach

Bathsheba Beach

When is Low Season?

The height of the rainy season, September through October, corresponds with the low season, when visitor numbers are lower.

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