The best time to go to Barbados is during the cooler, drier months of late winter and early spring (December through May).
The climate in Barbados tends to be nice year-round: in January, the average daily high temperature is 83°F (28°C), while the average low is 70°F (21°C). Temperatures come down to average highs of 86°F (30°C), and lows of 74°F (23°C) in July. February to May are the driest months (April averages only seven days of rain), while July is the wettest month with some 18 days of rain.
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Barbados' Grantley Adams International Airport is on the island's southern coast, 16km (10mi) southeast of Bridgetown. Few car rental agencies have booths at the airport, but most will pick customers up. Otherwise travellers have a choice of catching a taxi to their destination or simply walking out onto the road and catching a local bus.
The best and cheapest transport option on Barbados is the bus. There are three kinds of buses: government-operated public buses, which have the most extensive routes; a privately operated minibus system; and route taxis.
Renting a car is another good way of getting around. None of the island's many car rental agencies is affiliated with a major international rental chain, so just call to book a car and someone will swing by your hotel to pick you up. Temporary driving permits are required; they can be obtained for a small fee through your rental agency. In Barbados, you drive on the left.
Taxis are also available and fares are fixed by the government. However, vehicles are unmetered so establish a fare in advance, especially if you hire a taxi for a sightseeing tour. Rent bicycles in Hastings and Maxwell.
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