Sunshine and Smiles All Year Long
The sunny tropical island of Barbados sits in the North Atlantic just above the equator. Though not technically in the Caribbean Sea, Barbados is often included in the Caribbean Islands as the culture, climate, and geography so closely match those other tropical oases.
The weather in Barbados is split into two distinct seasons: the dry season and the wet season. The former runs from January through June while the latter runs July through November. But don’t let the fear of rainy weather keep you inside! Barbados enjoys over 3,000 hours of sunshine per year! And even in the rainy season the storms are over and done with before you know it.
Best Seasons to Visit
When is the best time of year to visit Barbados? Anytime!
Typically you’ll be able to enjoy better rates on everything from accommodations to excursions and possibly even food and entertainment during the rainy season. Island vendors drop their prices to entice international visitors and offer special discounts during the “off season.”
On the other hand, the dry season—especially the holiday season when Barbados really comes to life—is when the majority of the annual events are held. It’s also when the A-List celebrities usually visit island. You might spot famous faces like Simon Cowell, Robert Plant, Hugh Grant, Liz Hurley, and Rhianna (a native Barbadian herself) just to name a few.
Hot But Not Too Hot
You might here a few Barbadians (Bajans as they call themselves) complain about the cold when the temperature drops below 35 degrees Celsius (78 degree Fahrenheit). You may even see people on the street in sweaters! That’s because Barbados hovers right around 30 Degrees Celsius every day of the year.
To you that might seem hot but the island is uniquely situated to take advantages of prevailing trade winds. These breezes blow across the landscape almost constantly keeping the heat from become unbearable. Unless you’re in the heart of the island surrounded by the lush rain forest-type vegetation, you’ll likely enjoy the breeze whenever you’re out and about.
Barbados and Hurricanes
Yes Barbados sits in the hurricane belt. But strangely enough these storms almost always pass by to the north. This is because it is uniquely situated precisely where it needs to be to avoid most all tropical storms.
“If a hurricane forms to the east of Barbados,” says retired meteorologist Deighton Best. “There is a 90 per cent probability that it will pass to the north of the island . . .” Best goes on to explain that this is because of something called Coriolis Force – a combination of the Earth’s anticlockwise rotation and the direction of the Trade Winds. In fact, hurricanes rarely land on Barbados with the last storm to make landfall here in 1980.
When it Rains . . .
The interesting geography of Barbados means that even when it rains it’s over in a flash and the water quickly dries up (thanks to the sunshine), seeps into the porous soil, or drains into the sea within minutes. The storms that do blow through offer the perfect opportunity for visitors to experience a nice long lunch, do a little interior sightseeing, or even take a well-earned afternoon siesta before heading back out to experience more of what Barbados has on offer.
In short, don’t let the weather stop you. Feel free to plan your Barbados escape any time of the year.