The Sporty Island of Barbados

What some people may not realise when getting a vacation rental in Barbados, is that the island is big on a range of sports. Surprisingly, the number one sport that the island is known for is its cricket. The island is well known in the Caribbean for its sports tourism, and the locals demonstrate a passion for a range of activities such as polo, water sports, horse riding, track and field, tennis and golf to name just a few others. This passion, as well as an abundance of sporting history, had lead to a number of excellence sporting facilities cropping up over the island, and the locals take part in a number of international competitions.

 

Cricket

Organised cricket started to take place in Barbados back in 1892, and today the sport is played all year round. There are a number of cricket grounds, but the most well-known is the Kensington Oval, which is in Bridgetown. For many, cricket is not just a hobby, but a way of life, so no matter what time of year you decide to get a Caribbean villa, Chances are there will be some sort of match taking place in the Oval. Over the years, a number of Barbadian players have become well known for their skill on the pitch.

 

 

Surfing

The south coast of the island is the perfect place to get a vacation home in Barbados if you are looking to find that perfect wave. People come from all over the world to surf the south coast surf, with the most consistent breaks found at South Point and Brandon’s. November to June is the best time for surfing in Barbados, and at low tide, as it is here that the waves come in very quickly.

Golf

The island of Barbados is home to 5 PGA Standard golf courses, many which have some lovely Caribbean luxury villas located around them. As well as just playing for fun, visitors are also eligible to take part in a number of competitions during their stay such as the Barbados Open and the Festival of Golf.

 

Sailing

The island continues to attract a number of professional and recreational sailors every year, who come to take in the beautiful sights and make use of the number of sailing facilities. The conditions are often labelled ‘champagne sailing’, and due to this a number of World Sailing Championships have been held in Barbados. Sailor or not, there are many sailing festivities to take part in or watch throughout the year.


Island Highlight – St Jean

Although Gustavia may be the most populated part of the island, then second most popular tourist area on the island is St. Jean. Located in St Barts heart, it is a town simply full of amazing dining opportunities, large and uncrowded shopping plazas, and a range of tiny, unique boutique establishments. It is also nearby the islands only airport, making transport links to your villa in Barbados easy.

Once you have filled your days with shopping, wandering down the picturesque streets and having a bite to eat in one of the many pavement cafes or upscale restaurants, it is time to hit the beach. The beach of St. Jean is actually two beaches, split by the Eden Rock which sits proudly on the coastline, with a hotel perched on the top.

The bay is a beautiful crescent of powder soft, white sands, and is home to a natural coral reef which helps to make it a swimming hot spot. People come from vacation rentals all over the island to dive beneath the waves and see the huge array of marine life that thrive just below the surface.

If water sports are your thing, then there are a number of water sport centres around the town and bay that offer the rental of sporting equipment such as snorkel gear,snorkel gear, windsurfers and much more, as well as an array of other beach toys.

Due to the stunning bay, St. Jean is also home to the St. Barts Fun Cup in February, which is three days of Regattas. The lively atmosphere, excitable crowd and festival atmosphere make it a great time to have accommodation in Barbados.

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