Barbados in November

Thinking about visiting Barbados in November? This off-peak month is an ideal time to go if you want great weather, cheap prices and plenty of fun things to do. 

The sun shines all year round in Barbados so there really is no good or bad time to go – it all comes down to your own personal preferences. This guide will tell you more about visiting Barbados in November and give you advice on the best places to stay, the top events to check out and what to expect weather-wise.

Barbados in November

The weather

November is both the last month of the rainy season and the end of the hurricane season in Barbados. The soaring temperatures and heavy rains of the preceding months begin to wane during the first few days of the month, and while you might still see some rain, any showers tend to pass quickly leaving fresh blue skies behind.

Even as it heads towards winter there are a good 8 hours of sunshine a day with temperatures peaking at around 84F. The sea temperature hovers at around 82F which is ideal for swimming, snorkeling and water sports. Things stay pleasant in the evenings too with warm temperatures balanced by the refreshing trade winds blowing in from the Atlantic Ocean.

The island’s balmy weather and warm seas make it the perfect destination for Christmas getaway. Barbados in November is generally quieter than in the school holidays although you’ll still find plenty going on including Barbados Independence Day on the 30th. As the peak season of December is still a month away the prices for flights and accommodation in will be lower.

Visiting Barbados in November

The intense humidity of summer may have passed but UV levels are still high in November so make sure you pack plenty of sun cream. Also bear in mind the small risk of bad weather and make sure you get a comprehensive travel insurance policy to cover you if the weather prevents you from traveling.

Things to do

In addition to the pristine beaches that fringe the island you’ll find buzzing nightlife, a Unesco-listed capital and a beautiful interior packed with natural attractions. You can sunbathe at famous beach clubs, explore historic sites, tee off on top golf courses and shop ’til you drop at the many malls. What’s more, if you visit in November the beaches and attractions wont be packed with tourists.

Celebrate Independence Day

November 30th is celebrated as Independence Day and is a national holiday in Barbados. It marks the day in 1966 when Barbados was granted independence from the UK (although it has chosen to remain as part of the British Commonwealth). A special military parade is usually held at the historic Garrison Savannah on November 30, however the whole month is full of sports events, fairs, craft shows and cultural activities.

Take part in a swimming competition

Each year in early November, Carlisle Bay in Bridgetown comes alive as hundreds of swimmers from all over the world take part in the Barbados Open Water Festival. The spectacular bay is a protected marine park and lies in the heart of a designated Unesco World Heritage site. Swim events include 1.5km, 3.3km, 5km, 10km and ‘Just for fun’ swims, plus SUP races and kayak team races. The festival is open to swimmers of all ages and abilities.

Recommended villas in Barbados

Carlton 2
Carlton 2
4 bedrooms – sleeps 8
Mullins Beach 3
Mullins Beach 3
8 bedrooms – sleeps 16
Barbados 328
Barbados 328
4 bedrooms – sleeps 8

Visit a cultural festival

The National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) runs through November and features a packed line-up of fantastic events. Visitors can enjoy free admission to the NIFCA Goddard Book Fair at the Frank Collymore Hall in Bridgetown. There will also be dance shows, theater productions and photography exhibitions throughout the month.

Do some Christmas shopping

If you’re looking for the best duty-free shopping then you should head to Broad Street in the capital city of Bridgetown. There’s also the Pelican Craft Village on the outskirts of the city where you can purchase locally made crafts and see locals at work on some of their products. There are Chattel Villages located in Holetown on the west coast and in St Lawrence Gap in the south. You’ll also find beach vendors, markets and rum shops where you can purchase souvenirs, clothing, jewellery and locally-produced rum.

Barbados November vacations

See the world’s best surfers in action

Another exciting event in Barbados in November is the adrenaline-fuelled Pro Surf Festival. The biggest event on the Barbados Surfing Association’s calendar, it features amazing surfing from two huge international competitions – the November Pro and the Caribbean Junior Championships. Aside from the surfing there are stunt demonstrations from local and regional skateboarders, bikini contests, live music, arts and crafts markets and local food.

Hang out with the locals

Taking place on the scenic south coast every Friday night is the renowned Oistin’s Fish Fry. One of the highlights of the Bajan social calendar, this weekly food fest attracts hundreds of locals and visitors alike. There’s live music, a beach party and plenty of freshly fried fish. The atmosphere is great here, the locals are friendly and the music, drinks and food flow all night long.

Make the most of the dining scene

Also running through November is the amazing Re-Discover dining programme. Dozens of top-notch restaurants are offering delicious 3-course meals including wine for just $50 USD per person. You can also get 10% off your lunch bill at participating restaurants. All you have to do is visit the website, browse the restaurant menus then download your voucher. Make sure you request the Re-Discover deal when making your reservation and ordering.

Where to stay

If you’re visiting Barbados in November and you’re looking for the best places to stay, the options offered by Top Villas are some of the best on the island.

Recommended condos in Barbados

Mullins Beach 6
Mullins Beach 6
2 bedrooms – sleeps 4
Christchurch 21
Christchurch 21
3 bedrooms – sleeps 7
Barbados 328
Portico 1
3 bedrooms – sleeps 6

You’ll find everything from cozy 1-bedroom condos in affordable resorts to huge mansions where you can relax in ultimate style. While prices for vacation rentals tend to go up in the high season, you can still get some great deals if you book in advance or look out for last-minute offers. If you want to be updated on the latest Barbados villa deals, you can subscribe to our mailing list.

Christ Church 50

Barbados in November

This spacious 2-bedroom condo in Christ Church is available at very reasonable rates all year round. It has an open-plan kitchen and dining area, a spacious balcony for alfresco meals and a large communal pool. It’s located close to the beach and is also within easy reach of local shops, restaurants and nightspots.

The Garden 8

If you want to splash a bit more cash you can opt for something a little more elaborate like this luxury villa in St. James. It has a huge private pool and gorgeous sea views from every room. The villa is fully staffed with a cook and a housekeeper included in the price. Guests also get complimentary use of the resort’s private beach club.

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