Land Sports

For a relatively compact island Barbados is big on sports. Whether you are seeking activities on land or in the water, there are pursuits in Barbados for all.

 

Golf

Barbados has long established itself as the premium golfing location of the Caribbean. With 4 acclaimed courses from which to choose. Boasting 48 holes across three distinctive courses Sandy Lane is a popular choice of play for guests and residents alike.

 

Royal Westmoreland boasts a par 72, 7045 yard championship course designed by Robert Trent Jones Junior. Offering rolling fairways, striking views and a lush tropical landscape it is consistently rated as one of the top courses in the Caribbean. Being a private estate, golf access is available only to those living or renting in Royal Westmoreland, although limited rounds may be secured by pre-scheduled appointment. Browse our properties to rent in Royal Westmoreland. 

 

Other courses on the island include those at Rockley and Apes Hill on the West Coast and Barbados Golf Club, located to the South; each of which are openly available for play with set rates and tee times. Whilst these courses are of a smaller scale all offer beautiful views and opportunity to enhance your handicap through their own unique challenge.

 

                   

 

 

 

Equine Sports

 

Horse Riding

Whether you are an accomplished rider aiming to avoid withdrawal having left your four legged friend at home or a beginner inspired by taking in the beauty of Barbados from the saddle, horse riding is offered at a number of locations on the island, predominantly across the West Coast.

 

Take a hack through windy lanes and picture perfect villages, or canter across the stunning sandy shores of bath beach as cool trade winds wash over you.

 

Ocean Echo Stables, in St James offers a selection of packages for all abilities, including an adrenaline rich night ride centred around nocturnal wildlife and the magical full moon. Whilst Steve's stables, situated just off St James' road offers exhilarating beach rides along with a full sized menage for those wishing to school a new friend in the sun.

 

 

                   

 

 

Polo

The first polo match in Barbados was played in 1884, after British cavalry officers introduced the sport from overseas. The game synergised perfectly with the Barbadian lifestyle, where horses were part of everyday life; harvesting crops, transporting sugar cane and allowing affluent plantation owners some much needed respite after a hard days work.

 

Nowadays polo is played to a high standard in Barbados and has become a popular spectator sport as well as part of the islands heritage. The polo season begins shortly after Christmas and runs through to May, with many high profile International games. Local games are enjoyed all year round, as long as the sun is shining.

 

Perched 1000 metres above sea level and showcasing spellbinding views, Apes Hill Polo Club is the most exclusive on the island, offering a large field, polo tuition and first class facilities which include a bar and Country Club, all bordered by the prestegious properties of Apes Hill Estate. Beyond Apes Hill there are a number of other polo fields on Barbados. That at Holders Hill, which is situated next to Holders House, has been a focal point on the island for many years, with games played here since 1965. Today it plays host to international games as well as being a communal hub where locals and visitors come together to socialise and embrace the sport throughout the year.

 

Wherever you choose to enjoy the game, Polo matches accross the island are generally accompanied by light refreshments; ranging from light afternoon tea to the customary Caribbean rum punch and with games commencing late afternoon serves as a wonderful way to spend the evening and wind down after a day in the sun. 

 

                       

 

Horse Racing

Dating back to the 1800's horse racing is now a key facet of Barbados heritage. There are a number of race venues on the island, with the sport being centred around the historic track Garrison Savannah, which is situated just outside Bridgetown on the West Coast.

As with many sports on the island the Bajans have turned horse racing into a celebration in itself, with visitors welcome to attend any race throughout the year and partake in the customary festvities around the event. In true Bajan style, these include: a tipple or two of locally brewed rum, fruit punch and light refreshments in the stands. The most prestegious race of the year is the Sandy Lane Cup, which generally falls on a date in March and attracts spectators from all over the world. Keen equestrians may like to head down to Carslile Bay where a local trainer runs his retired racehorses in the clear waters each morning around 7am. It is quite a magnificent sight. 

 

 

                  

 

 

 

Tennis 

For those seeking a sunshine fueled rally Barbados offers tennis clubs, courts and racket hire for all abilities. Many popular residential developments boast communal tennis facilities, as do a select number of our detached villas for rent. If you are looking to play and socialise Apes Hill tennis club allows for enjoyment of both within a welcoming gated community amidst lush tropical gardens and offers tennis tuition as well as court hire for guests and residents alike. Sugar Hill tennis village boasts the most prestegious tennis facility on Barbados, with olympic sized courts offered for use of visitors as well as those living on the complex. View our properties to rent in Sugar Hill. 

For those staying outside communal tennis facilities Barbados Raquet Club, situated in Holetown offers use of three flood lit tennis courts, clubhouse and pro shop for all. Perfect for friendly rallies or more competitive games the club offers annual memberships as well as a varierty of organised events and activities throughout the year, including sponsored matches, tuition and summer tennis camps for the whole family.

 

                                 

 

 

In contrast to traditional tennis games you may also partake in road tennis whilst in Barbados. Created by the Bajans for the Bajans in the 1930's the sport is now open to all and is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in the sun. With almost no equipment needed and best played with bare feet, your court is the road!

 

 

 

Microlighting

For adrenaline seekers who want to feel the freedom of soaring above the sweeping coastline and its dramatic landscape why not soar into the sky at 1500ft aboard an ultra-light aircraft, or fly low above the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean, and rugged terrain of the Scotland district. With an open cockpit seating two and a rear motor, the Microlighting experience provides a fun and exhilarating adventure for all, while offering a birdseye view of the island’s stunning sights and hidden alcoves.

 

   

 

 

 

 

Hiking

 

A magnificent way to take in the sights and sounds of Barbados whilst enjoying the revitalising Caribbean air, guided hikes are availble across the island, tailored to all levels of fitness. Climb Mount Hillaby, which, situated in the Parish of St Andrew is the highest point on Barbados at 1,115 ft, where you will experience truly captivating panoramic views of the island. Or take a relaxing stroll via sleepy fishing villages and pristine beaches from the West to the South Coast.

 

      

 

 

 

 

Segway

 

A releatively new pursuit on Barbados, to be enjoyed by the whole family, Segway tours offer a fun way to experience the island whilst gliding on two wheels. Guided tours run from Cove Bay and Little Bay on the West Coast, three times a day, seven days a week. Tuition is included.

 

           

 

 

 

Cricket

One of the most revered activities in Barbados, long proclaimed the national sport of the island and the West Indies, is cricket. The energy and atmosphere at Bajan cricket games is magnetic. With locals picknicking on local cuisine and the punch flowing, whether you are an accomplished player or new to the sport it makes for a wonderful day out.

For a small Island, Barbados has produced some of the greatest Cricketing Legends of all time, which has attracted many touring teams from clubs, schools and universities worldwide. Charlie Griffith, Desmond Haynes, Sir Clyde Walcott, Sir Everton Weekes, Sir Frank Worrell and of course Sir Garfield Sobers are just a few of those famed, some of whom remain active in the development of Cricket in Barbados and the greater Caribbean. 

One of a number of cricket venues on Barbados, including Kensington Oval which has played host to international games since 1981 and was redeveloped in 2005, a visit to the Sir Garfield Sobers stadium will bring you a master class and a fun family experience. Enjoy watching a game where there is no chance of it being rained off, and take in some great entertainment, along with live music, refreshments and a tipple or two. 

 

 

               

 

Shopping

For the shopaholics amongst us Barbados does not disappoint. Whether you are partial to locally made crafts, jewellery, sampling inspired food and drink, are a bit of a bargain hunter, or wish to peruse fine art and fashion, the island offers something for all. The most exclsuive shopping area in Barbados is Lime Grove in Holetown. Home to a vast array of designer brands such as Louis Vuitton and Cartier, along with a number of high end independant retailers, bars and restaurants this is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. The centre itself is a beautiful, clean building with a pleasant ambiance and a nice place to browse even if you do not wish to make a purchase.

 

Those seeking a striking stone or shopping for that special someone may like to head to Diamonds International in Bridgetown, where you will find a collection of exquisite pieces of jewellery for your consideration. Art lovers can wander the gallery of Caribbean art; situated in Speightstown down a quiet backstreet this treasure trove of creativity showcases the work of local artists, with select pieces offered for sale. Holders farmers market is another popular spot for shoppers, here you will find a variety of stalls selling Bajan arts, crafts and produce, with the setting exuding a great energy for visitors and locals alike. 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

We would be pleased to provide further information of activities on Barbados, or co-ordinate your chosen activities for your trip. Just ask.

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