- Barbados Family holidays
If you're planning to take your children on family holidays in Barbados, be sure to tell them how the island got its name. According to most people, the first European explorers to arrive there would have encountered the native Carib people with their considerable facial hair, and named the island 'The Bearded Ones' which, over the years, morphed into 'Barbados'. It might sound a little far-fetched, but the world is full of unusual place names, and either way it's a good story to entertain the kids during the flight.
One local resident you might want to look out for during cheap family holidays in Barbados is the African green monkey. As the name suggests, this originated in Africa - but at some point it seems one or more must have stowed away on the sailing ships that made the Atlantic crossing from Africa to Barbados, and managed to set up a population that has lasted down the ages ever since. The prospect of spotting a genuine cheeky monkey living in the wild should be enough to persuade your children to join you on an adventure as you explore the local landscape, adding some activity and excitement to your vacation.
Barbados has a very family-friendly climate, and while you might imagine it to be very hot all year round, in fact it is a little milder than you might expect. For much of the year the local temperature is just on the lower side of the mid-20°C, while at the peak of the summer it can reach just above 30°C. These kinds of temperatures can make for some very comfortable family holidays to Barbados, even at the hottest time of year, and although very small babies might not enjoy the warmth, for everyone else it should just be a case of covering up and remembering to apply plenty of sun cream.
If your children have any experience at scuba diving - or if you are a diver and they stay on land - then family holidays in Barbados offer the chance to visit some shipwreck sites beneath the waves. There are even submarine tours, and these provide an alternative for the kids to see some of the wrecks without having to master the use of scuba breathing kit.
Why Barbados is so great for families
The Caribbean island of Barbados comes complete with a long history or pirates, sunken ships and marooned sailors. And if that doesn't excite the kids, then nothing will. Take a boat out to explore the tropical seas, and stumble across an ancient shipwreck, or simply have fun in the shallow, calm and warm waters on the beach. As it never gets too hot here, you can explore as much as you like, and the locals are friendly and love kids too. What more could you ask from Barbados family-friendly holidays?