The main tourist season in Barbados runs from December to April, coinciding with the standard, crowded high season for the rest of the Caribbean. The weather during this time generally stays mild and dry, with rare storms and average temperatures from the mid-70s to low 80s. Prices for hotel rooms and villas hit their peak during the winter.
The summer low season runs from June to October. This is also considered the hurricane season, though landfalls are rare this far south. While the average summer temperatures are higher, it’s generally just by a few degrees, hovering in the high 80s. However, increased rain—more than double the winter precipitation—brings with it a blanket of humidity that can linger on windless days. For travelers willing to overlook these seasonal shortcomings, a Barbados vacation during the summer down-season can shrink crowds and costs all around. To save some money without enduring the brunt of the Caribbean summer, plan strategically to hit Barbados during the shoulder seasons either before the Christmas rush (early December) or after spring break (late April).
For surfers, there’s never really a bad time to visit Barbados, which has decent waves almost year-round on the east side. Summer can be a gamble, with either disappointments due to windless days or adrenaline-pumping rewards in the form of towering breaks pushed in by tropical storms further north.