Barbados is very easy to reach, with direct scheduled and cheaper but more restrictive charter flights to the capital Bridgetown from the UK, taking 8–9 hours. In general, you're looking at fares of around £500pp, but most families travel on package deals. Barbados is GMT-4; see our jet-lag advice. Alternatively, many people visit Barbados as part of a cruise.
For getting around, Barbados has ‘route taxis/ZRs’ (mini-buses) and normal taxis, but it’s fun to hire an open-sided mini moke (or standard car) to explore.