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Barbados

The heart of the Caribbean is Barbados, famous for its picturesque beaches, breath taking scenery and sunshine all year round.

A Caribbean holiday won’t come much better than Barbados. You will find gorgeous coral reefs to swim in, countless attractions to keep everyone entertained and somewhere you will find some of the friendliest locals you would ever wish to meet, a real taste and feel of a paradise island.

You will notice the distinct British feel to the place, the colonial style properties and the odd cricket green here and there. One things for sure the weather is nothing like the typical British weather we experience here. In Barbados there are two seasons, wet season is June to November and the dry season December to May with the average temperature reaching 26°C perfect for those lazy days beside the pool or a stroll along the beach, even for delving deeper into the island and exploring the local history and culture of Barbados.

Barbados holidays are extremely popular not just with the rich and famous, if you head West of the island you could be finding yourself brushing shoulders with the stars. Not only do celebrities tend to holiday here but the island is also the home country to pop star Rihanna.

The island is a pear-shaped, 20-mile (32km) stretch of soft coral, which is permeated by water and over time has formed fascinating underground caverns. The coral reefs enveloping most of the island entice tourists to its picturesque shores for activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, and watersports.

When to visit

The best time to visit the Bahamas is from mid-December to mid-April, the country’s peak season. Though temperatures here are great year-round (they rarely dip below 60 degrees), the islands fall within the hurricane belt, so hurricanes may be a factor between June  and November (the Atlantic hurricane season). Most of these months (plus May) also fall within the region’s rainy season, which can leave you with fewer days spent enjoying the islands’ outdoor activities. But keep in mind that mid-December to mid-May’s sublime weather attracts hordes of tourists, so prices will be at their highest and crowds at their thickest during these months.