Barbados in August
With its white sandy beaches and tropical sunshine, the Caribbean island of Barbados is a great destination for a properly summery vibe.
It's definitely warm in August and even if it rains it's likely to be sunny again 10 minutes later. Plus, if you want a fancy hotel or a villa with a pool during the summer holidays, it's cheaper than Europe.
In a nutshell
- Will suit: families with children of all ages
- Flying time: 8 hours from London
- Time difference: GMT-4 (-5 in summer)
- Average temperature in August: 28-30°C
- Tourist information: VisitBarbados.org
How to get there
- British Airways has daily, direct flights to Barbados from London Gatwick.
Where to stay
- Turtle Beach Resort - all-inclusive, all-suites resort, located on a 1,500ft stretch of white sandy beach on the lively South Coast of Barbados.
- Amaryllis Beach Resort - a four-star ocean-front property located on the south coast of Barbados. The 150 self-contained-room hotel is located in close to a wide variety of restaurants, and bars, and is directly opposite Hastings Plaza, where there is some duty-free shopping.
- Three Star Escape at the Gap - a friendly hotel, right on the beautiful wide beach at St Lawrence Gap – the island's main area for nightlife.
What to do
A real 66ft submarine dives 150ft to the bottom of the ocean, day or night, providing spectacular views of coral gardens, shipwrecks and tropical fish, sea turtles or more.
A living cavern of crystallised limestone, with crystal clear pools and flowing streams, the beauty of Harrison's Cave is breathtaking.
Families can snorkel with fish, swim with turtles or simply relax on deck and enjoy the view.
Located in woodlands, this reserve offers a unique opportunity to observe tortoises, monkeys, iguanas and other local animals in their natural habitat.
- Visit the Oistins Fish Market on a Friday or Saturday night and enjoy the excitement and buzz of Barbados' most popular market place. Enjoy rubbing shoulders and partying with locals to the strains of Calypso music coming from the dance hall in the middle of the markets.
- If you've got an appetite, head for the nearby food and beverage stalls and enjoy traditional Bajan fare such as fish cakes, Jug-Jug (guinea corn and green peas), fried fish and pudding, all washed down with a cool Banks beer. Local arts and crafts can also be found in abundance.
- Sample the delicious Flying Fish with Cou Cou (a popular corn meal and okra dish) at the Atlantis Hotel and the Waterfront Café.
- The Island Safari tour is a great way to get to grips with Barbados.
What Mumsnetters say about holidays in Barbados
- We have been to Turtle Beach five times, and would highly recommend it - they have a fantastic kids' club. BecauseI'mWorthIt
- Hire a car and drive to the east coast - just beautiful. The children just adored the big waves and watching the surfers. Pagwatch
- Barbados in August is lovely. You may get tropical rainshowers but they won't last long and it will still be lovely and hot. PestoSurfMonster