Planning a Family Vacation in Barbados

Published September 9, 2018

Barbados is a wonderful family vacation destination. The weather is perfect year round, the Bajan people are friendly, and the beaches are to die for. If this is your first family vacation to Barbados, here are some useful tips to ensure you make the most of your time on the island.

The Best Time to Visit Barbados with Kids

There is no bad time to visit the island, but the weather is a fraction cooler between December and April. Humidity is lower so younger kids will find it more comfortable. That said, be aware that this is the peak or ‘high’ season, so prices will rise accordingly. A good time to visit Barbados is at the end of April when it hasn’t gotten too hot, but you are just outside the peak season. The rainy season is between June and October. Heavy rain showers and tropical storms are more common at this time of year, but don’t let this put you off. The rain rarely lasts long and before you can blink, the sun is out and everything is dry again!

Choosing Bajan Accommodation

Barbados has a wealth of accommodation choices ranging from 5-star hotels to beachfront condominiums. Hotels are always popular, but many families prefer the freedom, customization, and service at Barbados villas. Book a villa close to the beach and you can come and go as you please, prepare food when you feel like eating, and stick to your children’s routines as much as possible. If you have a baby and/or a toddler, this is by far the best accommodation option. It also offers a much better value, especially if you want to bring grandparents and other family members along for the ride.

Things to Do in Barbados with Kids

There are a ton of things to do with kids when you visit Barbados. The beaches are picture-perfect and the ones on the west coast have gently sloping sand and calm waters. If your kids are older and they want to try boogie boarding, head to the southern tip of the island where the waves are just the right size. Mullins Bay is popular with families, as the sea is calm and you can rent sunbeds, but it can get a bit crowded at times.

Swimming with Turtles

Paynes Bay is lovely. You can snorkel with turtles if you head under the waters, and there’s quite a few resorts on this beach to choose from. Younger children don’t have to miss out either – book a glass-bottomed boat ride and let them take an up close and personal look at the island’s marine life.

Barbados Wildlife Reserve

Take the kids to the Barbados Wildlife Reserve to get even closer to the island’s furriest residents. 2 PM is feeding time for the Green monkeys, so time your visit with this in mind. You’ll also encounter iguanas, tortoises, and other native creatures.

Harrison’s Cave

Kids will love this fascinating limestone cavern. There are stalactites, stalagmites, and beautiful pools and waterfalls. Parents will enjoy it too! Make sure to wear shoes with traction and pack some towels just in case!

Barbados is a family-friendly island, so if you fancy a change from your usual St.Barts villas this year, head over to Barbados and sample some local Bajan charm.

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