Barbados Sports & Outdoors

  • Kensington Oval
    Kensington Oval
    by Gillybob
  • Kensington Oval
    Kensington Oval
    by Gillybob
  • Hightide Watersports
    Hightide Watersports
    by MikeAtSea

Barbados Sports & Outdoors

  • West Sice Scuba Center

    I dove with West Side Scuba Center. They're a pretty nice shop. The staff is friendly, and seemed to be fairly competent, as far as warm water dive shops go. Divemasters seemed capable in the water and had an idea what they were doing. And its employees didn't try to sell me weed, unlike my experience at another dive op on the island. Most of the...

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  • Cricket

    Cricket is by far the most popular sport on this Caribbean island. The Barbados Cricket Association administers cricket on the island and arranges many tournaments. The national team play in inter-regional competitions throughout the Caribbean, including the Carib Beer Cup and the KFC Cup. Players who prove themselves during these competitions may...

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  • Bathsheba Surfing

    There's a competition at the end of November, but there is apparently good surfing on the Atlantic coast most of the time. This area is called the Soup Bowl. We were in Barbados staying at the Edgewater Inn in Bathsheba at the time of the surfing competition in 1996 (photos 3 and 4). We saw surfers there again ten years later. Because it is on the...

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  • Folkestone Snorkeling

    About one mile north of Holetown is the government-run Folkestone Marine Park. This is basically an underwater park with exhibits, and beach facilities. I was told that there was an underwater trail there. I was also told that it had been destroyed in the last hurricane.Neither the people in the gift shop or the folks at the aquarium knew anything...

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  • for the more energetic type

    There are lots of activities to choose from, just 100 yards along the beach. Everything from glssbottom boat trips, banana rides/doughnut rides, snorkling, horse riding. You can book full day boat trips either for leisure, sun bathing, or sea fishing. Prices can be negotiated, the more people the cheaper per person. See if any other guests fancy...

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  • Water sports

    Lots of watersports on the beach areas, local guys will pull up on there jetskis tel you how much for an hour take it or leave it.Also get locals using aloe vera to massage your body while sunbathing,sometimes they are pests but if your friendly enough they soon get the message and leave you alone, unless you want one of course.

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  • See a game of Cricket

    Get yourself down to the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown to see a game of cricket. Its a great way to meet the locals, they love taking about cricket.I went to watch the cricket at Kensington Oval to watch Barbados play England 'A' in the Busta cup and have a few cold beers in the "Garfield Sobers " bar....A great experience.

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  • Escape the Sun

    Going to the cricket is great in Barbados. They are a knowledgeable crowd and really get behind their team.If you get to go to a regional or international cricket match, remember that it can get pretty hot sitting there all day. If you want to escape the sun, try to get seats on the western side of the ground so the grandstand will protect you. It...

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  • Cricketing Icons

    If you're attending a cricket match, keep your eyes peeled and you may just see a familiar face. Barbados produced many of the big stars of the past, such as Sir Garfield Sobers, Desmond Haynes, Joel Garner, Gordon Greenidge and the late Malcolm Marshall.After the day's play had ended between Pakistan and the West Indies, the guys and I ran into...

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  • Cricket

    Cricket is far and away the number one sport in Barbados. The atmoshere at international cricket matches is incredible. The locals are very animated and knowledgeable about their cricket. The premier venue for this sport is Kensington Oval. Barbados will host the cricket World Cup final in April 2007.Barbados hosts at least one test match per year,...

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  • Water skiing

    I took to waterskiing like a duck to water, and would go out with Godfrey, our instructor, several times a day. He became a good friend during our three weeks in Barbados. I actually became quite good at it too, and with Alastair would do a double act, or I would perform acrobatics on a stunt board. When we got back to the UK, we bought a speed...

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  • Parasailing

    On the beach a number of water-bourne activities were offered, including parasailing. You are tied to a parachute while on the beach, make a run for it to help the chute fill with air, then a boat tows you around the bay. Great views of the beach and very exhilerating!

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  • Golf

    There are three main golf courses in Barbados - Sandy Lane (>36 holes), Royal Westmoreland (18 holes) and Barbados Golf Club (18 holes).Sandy Lane is truly world class but quite expensive to play at. Royal Westmoreland is exclusive and only members or people staying at affiliated hotels can play there. Barbados Golf is reasonably priced.There...

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  • Hockey Festival

    The Banks Hockey festival is held annually in late august every year. They've had teams from the Caribbean, Europe, Britain, South America, the United States and Abu Dhabi before.The hockey festival has been described as the biggest single annual field hockey tournament in the hemisphere. It is divided into men's, women's, veterans and mixed-team...

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  • Cricket

    Cricket is the national sport of Barbados. Thousands of Barbadians, other West Indians and visitors flock to world-class matches at Kensington Oval, Barbados to watch first class and Test matches.You can catch a good game of cricket almost any time in Barbados. It could be an international Test Match or One-Day at Kensington Oval, an exciting local...

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  • Soup Bowl and other surf spots

    Soup Bowl is a world class wave on the east coast of barbados it recives year round trade wind swell and is surfable year round. It delivers a powerful wave with good barrel sections when the wind is right. A rip will take you right out into the line up, but watch out for Urchins on the inside. . . especially after a storm.There are also many more...

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  • Catamaran cruises

    First and foremost this is not a personal recommendation, as those of you who know me, will be well aware boats and me do not bond well.Friends have been on both of the Catamarans listed below, and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. So this tip is really for those who like to ride the ocean waves.Tiami Catamaran Cruises :- Navy Gardens, Christchurch....

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  • Anyone for Golf ?

    There are numerous gold clubs in Barbados, so if you fancy a game I would suggest you either ask at your hotel, pick up a copy of "Sporting Barbados" (usually this free book is at your hotel) or contact the Barbados Golf Association - (246 ) 423-4111The Barbados Golf Club was redisigned and completely reconstructed in August 2000. log onto for...

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  • Kite Surfing at Silver Rock Resort

    A steady breeze and a good surf make Silver Sands beach a great kite surfing beach in Barbados. If you do not have your own kite or board have no fear there is equipment to rent on the beach.

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  • a day's fishing with a local guy

    my boyfriend was taken out for a full day's fishing with a guy called shaun(you can mail me and I will tell you how to get in touch with him)in a little fishing boat.They had a great day, just the 2 of them, caught tuna, snapper and nin-nin's.A great value day out, he really had a great day. shaun provided lines,bait, lunch etc.Make sure u put on...

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  • Surfing at the soup bowl

    The Soup bowl located on the east coast is where the serious surfer goes.Main competitions are held here, and attract names such as Brian Talma, Andrew Burke, O'Neal Marshall - ( I have only seen Brian Talma)to find out more contact the Barbados Surfing Association, tel. (246) 2326

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  • For cricket fans [ Memorial to Sir Frank...

    The University of the West Indies which was established in l948, and is one of the Caribbean's top education centres, has the ashes of Sir Frank Worrell buried there.The site is marked by a huge concrete wicket, erected in l995. see picture.Sir Frank was a batsmen of the late l950's.

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  • Explanation !

    Let me explain to you folk who read my pages and my references to cricket. Cricket was introduced to the colonies almost two centuries ago by the British Military.Now here is an explanation of the game !!!!"You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that's in the side that's in, goes out and when he's out he comes in and the next...

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  • Anyone for rugby?

    If you are a member of a rugby club, Barbados welcomes opposing touring teams. I do not have photo's but I know someone who used to play rugby for one of the island teams. Play is usually on the Garrison Savannah, and you can watch them on training days. too.If anyone from a club is interested in taking a touring side to Barbados, and to combine it...

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  • Cricket anyone ?

    If you are a member of a cricket club, then I would thoroughly recommend that you take a touring cricket team to Barbados. As an Island of cricket lovers, and they certainly know their cricket, you will have a wonderful time. They welcome touring teams.The local people are so friendly, and our first trip in l985 was with our local cricket team,...

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  • Horse Racing

    The horse racing circuit in Barbados is called the Garrison Savannah, which is in the parish of St Michael. There are usually meets on a satuday, but are also a number of special events, such as the Gold Cup, which is often seen throughout the world. The circuit is excellent and makes for an enjoyable day out. Entry ranges from $10 BDS - $25 BDS.

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  • Dive the Stavronikita

    The S.S. Stavronikita is a 365ft Greek freighter that burned down and was subsequently sunk back in the 70s as an artificial reef. The Stav, is probably one of the most spectacular wrecks I have ever dived. It sits perfectly upright in 140ft of water at the sand. All the more remarkable is the fact that its fore mast reaches all the way up to only...

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  • Scuba Diving in Barbados

    If you're a diver, you will definitely want to make a few dives while you're on Barbados. Just about all diving to be done on the island is from boat. I heard there're a couple of shore sites, but I'm not sure where they are. There're quite a few reefs, and several wrecks. We only dove one of the wrecks, the S.S. Stavronikita, which is an...

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  • Sail Away!

    I do remember a native coming around the beach asking people if they would like aride on one of these things! It wasn't much.I was one taking these few pics. It was a fun ride.

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  • Surf the Soup Bowl

    The best surfing in Barbados is at the Soup Bowl at Bathsheba, St. Joseph parish. Most of the waters off the east coast are treacherous and too dangerous for any kind of swimming, but the soup bowl is a great place to surf.

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  • Kite Surfing at Rockley Beach

    While at Rockley Beach, we saw people doing all sorts of water sports including kite surfing, which we had never seen before. It looks like a blast!

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  • All kinds of sporting adventures

    Although, we were not able to get any pictures of this, if your into horse racing, they do have a small track there. We didn't stop so we can't help you with this much. If your into beach sports, there's plenty of opportunities for volleyball or any other sport you would see at any beach. They also have small sailboats to rent, and windsurfing...

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