Barbados, known as the home of pop singer Rihanna, is one of the most beautiful of the Caribbean islands. The 430 km² island is located on the easternmost edge of the "Lesser Antilles" between the Venezuelan coast and the Virgin Islands. Together with Martinique, Grenada, St. Vincent and St. Lucia Barbados belongs to the larger of the "islands across the wind". This means the island is in the direct area of influence of the northeast trade wind, which provides rain all year round. However, Barbados is comparatively flat, which is why it rains much less here than on the more mountainous islands. But rain here is by no means to be equated with the typical German continuous rain, instead there are short but heavy tropical showers. These provide a welcome refreshment in the year-round tropical heat, moreover, already shortly after such a shower the sun laughs again from the sky. Otherwise, it is warm all year round with an annual average temperature of about 26 °C.
Apparently the most beautiful feature of the island is its breathtaking landscape. In total, Barbados has about 180 kilometers of beaches - from snow-white sandy beaches with sparkling azure waters to miles of secluded natural beaches, water enthusiasts will find everything their heart desires. Off the coast are wonderful diving and snorkeling areas where huge coral reefs and sponges can be discovered. Furthermore, the island has preserved a rainforest area of about 18 km², which is home to over 700 tropical plant species and countless animal species. The grandiose landscape of the Chancery Lane Swamp nature reserve is characterized by its colorfulness: even from a distance, the pelicans living here glow pink. Especially the capital Bridgetown impresses with its colonial style. Most of the buildings in the old town date from the 17th to 19th centuries and have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for several years.
The temperate tropical climate of Barbados is somewhat tempered by the constant influence of the northeast trade winds. It is relatively warm throughout the year, with temperatures rarely dropping below 21 °C. However, it also just as rarely gets hotter than 31 °C. The rainy season falls between July and November, with occasional tropical cyclones occurring at the same time. Barbados is located at the foothills of the so-called hurricane belt, but is rarely hit. The driest period is from February to April with about eight rainy days per month. During the rainy season, it rains an average of 15 days per month. The best time to travel is during the winter and spring months between December and May.