Leisure Activities on Barbados
Motor rallying is very popular in Barbados and our road network is especially suitable for this sport. Drivers, local and regional, participate in special stages and rallies. Rallies are often based on the Tulip international system of navigation which allows competitors from overseas to compete on even terms with their Barbadian counterparts.
Barbados is most probably not the first destination coming into
someone's mind when planning a holiday associated with bicycle riding.
And it is not widely known that race bicycling as well as mountain
biking is very popular amongst locals on the Caribbean island of
Barbados. But Barbados has quite a history of successful competitors as
well as a number of excellent bike routes and tracks.
The multi-purpose Gymnasium is part of the
Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex.
Sunny weather all year round makes Barbados an ideal location for golfing and the perfect vacation spot for golfers and "would-be" golfers! These glorious weather conditions are complemented by excellent golf courses and facilities and several hotels offer special golf packages. Several golf tournaments are hosted throughout the year, attracting participants from a number of countries including Europe and North America. In addition most golf clubs offer professional instruction.
Golf Courses: Barbados has several golf courses, each designed with the club-swinging visitor in mind.
BARBADOS GOLF CLUB
SANDY LANE GOLF CLUB
ROCKLEY GOLF COURSE
ALMOND BEACH VILLAGE
BELAIR GOLF CLUB
(Not open at present)
Special Golf Packages
Bougainvillea Beach Resort offers a
unique golf package that is ideal for golfing enthusiasts of all ages
and levels of skill. The 7-day package includes 3 days of unlimited golf
at Barbados Golf Club with reserved tee times. If you are staying at
Villas and Apts, the management will gladly accompany you to play at the
prestigious Royal Westmoreland course at a very favourable member guest
rate. T-times and lessons at other courses can also be arranged in
advance on your behalf.
Hiking/Walking: Hike Barbados takes you through cane
fields, gullies, tropical forests and coastal communities to explore the
unique geological and social structure of Barbados. Along the way you
will meet new friends, enjoy healthy exercise and observe the delicate
balance of the unique heritage and environment of Barbados. The hikes are FREE but donations are
welcome towards the work of the Barbados National Trust (preserving our
built and natural environment) and Treading Lightly (problem-solving for
Horse riding: Explore Barbados on horseback! These
riding centres offer a variety of trail rides and exciting, scenic rides
along the beach for those with any level of experience.
Barbados Horse Racing: For an afternoon of fun and excitement, join the sport of kings at the Garrison Savannah! The racing season runs for almost the entire year and a number of thoroughbred horses and creoles run for handsome prize money. The main event of the Barbados horse racing season is the Sandy Lane Gold Cup (formerly the Cockspur Gold Cup), which attracts entrants from across the Caribbean and jockeys from the United Kingdom and Canada.
Explore Barbados by kayak! Enjoy a
fascinating experience in the warm tropical breezes as you glide across
the crystal clear Caribbean waters and past white sandy beaches. This
scenic trip can take you over colourful coral reefs, afford you a
glimpse of our breathtaking underwater life and grant you an
unforgettable experience with friendly sea turtles. For those who want
to experience this adventure on more calming waters, the west coast's
waters are ideal. For a more exciting adventure, journey to the south
coast, where you can rent kayaking gear from many of the water sports
shops there or at
Windsurfing has gone through a turbulent development since it's invention by Hoyle Schweitzer and Jim Drake back in the seventies. Jim Drake had experimented already in the early stages of windsurfing with a wing, more shaped like a hang glider. A little later I had the pleasure of testing a wing developed by the innovative sail designer Andre Lefebvre. Time has gone by and the wing became a kite which finally turned out to be an appropriate alternative to accelerate a surfboard using the wind power.
Since kite surfing really started taking off about two years ago, the still relatively small kite surfing community learned quickly that special circumstances are needed to make kite surfing a safe and enjoyable experience.
Barbados isn't only blessed with it's unique windsurfing conditions, it also has the most ideal kite surfing beach possible. It would probably not mean to exaggerate to say that this might be one of the most ideal kite surfing beaches in the world. Just a couple of minutes away from Inchcape a gorgeous, tropical, mile long beach with slightly onshore winds has all the requirements for the ideal kite surfing spot.
harnessing into a parachute and skiing off into the sky high above the
boat and beach .... or jumping off a cliff to soar in the wind, admiring
the gorgeous view below. In Barbados, these dreams can come true!
Polo is also played to a high level in Barbados, with several first-class matches between the Barbados team and visiting international teams, throughout the year.
Contact the Barbados Polo Club at (246) 432 1802 for more details
There are several Barbados yachts and catamarans available for
TIAMI CRUISES, 246-436-6424
HEAT WAVE SAILING CRUISES, 246-423-7871
REGENT ONE, 246-421-6767
FREE SPIRIT, 246-230-1865
IRISH MIST CRUISES, 246-436-9201
LIMBO LADY SAILING CRUISES,246-420-5418
SECRET LOVE SAILING CRUISE, 246-437-7490
Scuba Diving: The fringes and reefs found off Barbados blossom with healthy sponges, coral and plant life. There are several types of reefs, each one unique in its own special way. The barrier reefs, located 1/2 - 2 miles from shore contain large coral heads which form the habitat for thousands of beautiful fish. Larger organisms are also found on these reefs, feeding on the smaller fish. The Hawksbill turtle can also be found on these reefs. Fringes and patching reefs are found closer to shore and have smaller coral formations and more abundant plant life then the barrier reefs. These reefs are home to Sea Horses, Frog Fish, Giant Sand Eels and many other marine creatures. Wrecks form fascinating habitats for marine life and Barbados has several excellent sites for wreck diving. Carlisle Bay, with 200 reported wrecks, and the Stavronikita, located at Folkestone Marine Park, are two of the most popular sites. Barbados is ideal for year-round diving but is probably best in the summer months. The visibility ranges from 40 to 70ft and the water temperature is a consistent 80 degrees F. There are several dive operators who will provide equipment, advice and guided tours to ensure that your diving experience is extremely enjoyable!
Surfing and Windsurfing:
As Barbados is a Coral island, a coral reef
stretches all around Barbados' coastline, providing for unlimited surfing
conditions all over. No matter whether a swell approaches the island from
a northerly or westerly direction or whether it's moving in from the East
or the South, Barbados is guaranteed to have surf somewhere along it's
shores at almost any given day of the year.