Barbados offers an eclectic mix of sporting activities for all visitors. Whether you’re a participant or a spectator, there’s a sport for you on-island.
In this post, we are going to check out the top sports to try when you visit Barbados. So, once you have your Barbados villas organized, flights booked, and suitcases packed, start thinking about which exciting activities you want to add to your vacation itinerary.
Barbados Water Sports
As you might expect, water sports are a favorite activity for many Barbados visitors. Surfing is popular, too. The beaches on the Atlantic side of the island are blessed with spectacular waves. Surfers hang out at Surfers Point, Sand Bank, and Dover Beach waiting for the next Atlantic rollers to come barrelling in. Why not join them?
If surfing isn’t your thing, have a go at boogie boarding, kite surfing, or kayaking. The livelier the sea, the more fun these sports become.
For those who would rather chill out and take it easy, the sheltered west coast beaches are the place to be. You can rent water sports equipment from many of the more popular beaches. Have a go at snorkeling in the calm waters or try some gentle sailing. Stand-up paddleboarding is a popular sporting activity around these parts, as you will already know if you have spent time in St Martin villas on a previous vacation.
Explore the Island on Foot
There’s an excellent network of hiking trails across Barbados. You can explore dramatic coastal footpaths or meander along cool forest trails. Follow guided trails and learn more about Barbados’s history or take your camera and check out some of the fabulous coastal views. If you want to hike in company, get in touch with the Barbados Hiking Association. They organize group walks every Sunday, ranging from short flat trails to longer walks with sustained climbing for more experienced hikers.
Golf on Barbados
Barbados has six golf courses. The oldest and most venerable is the Old Nine on the Sandy Lane Estate. Others include Apes Hill and Royal Westmoreland. Buy a Golf Around Pass if you want to play at more than one course.
Cricket is a national pastime and the island is fanatical about the sport. The Test series takes place between January and May, so if you are a cricket fan, time your vacation to coincide with some Test series matches. Outside of this, you may spot many local matches being played. Don’t be afraid to take a seat and watch some talented players in action.
Barbados is home to the Garrison Savannah, one of the oldest and most historic race tracks in this part of the world. Horse racing has a long tradition on the island. If you love horses, head to Carlisle Bay in the early morning to watch the horses and their handlers swimming in the sea. It’s a magical experience. Be sure to keep your distance, as some of the horses can be feisty.
Other sports you may want to try include fishing, cycling, and running.