Purim is a holiday celebration like no other
Although July is the wettest month, it is also sugarcane harvest time, when the island holds its biggest festival, the three-week Crop-Over. March and April have perfect weather; avoid Christmas peak prices.
How to go
British Airways and Virgin fly direct to Barbados from London (from £700), Manchester (from £728) and Edinburgh (from £760). Grantley Adams International Airport is 10 miles from Bridgetown.
You can get everywhere by public bus for a fare of 50p. Independent car rental agencies operate on the island, prices vary little and most will deliver a car to the airport or your hotel (£50 per day; barbados cars.com). Most hotels will arrange bikes too (£30 deposit).