Sports in Barbados

Look­ing For Sport­ing Action? This is whats avail­able in Barbados.



For many Bar­ba­di­ans and vis­i­tors, the con­cept of “bowl­ing in Bar­ba­dos” con­jures up thoughts of Kens­ing­ton Oval and the West Indies Cricket team; how­ever don’t break out the conch shells and the Banks beers just yet! In this sin­gle instance, we are refer­ring to bowl­ing alleys, pins and bowl­ing balls right here on our shores!

If you are a lover of this sport, then head over to Casa Grande in Christ Church for an evening of 10 Pin bowl­ing fun that the whole fam­ily can enjoy. In addi­tion to the 8 bowl­ing lanes, the facil­ity also boasts restau­rants, bars, karaōke, bumper cars, a go kart rac­ing cir­cuit, video arcade, games room, one armed ban­dits and an air­port hotel.


sports  games barbados ltd facebookYou can­not go any­where in Bar­ba­dos, or even the Caribbean for that mat­ter, and not feel the pas­sion we have for Cricket! Bar­ba­dos has always had a renowned rep­u­ta­tion for pro­duc­ing stel­lar crick­eters, and Bajan crick­eters have always made up a large con­tin­gent of the West Indies Cricket Team.

You are likely to spot and enjoy a game of cricket any­where across the island. The Kens­ing­ton Oval , Queens Park, the Three W’s oval are fre­quently home to inter­na­tional one day’s and test matches, as well as local friend­lies, while play­ing fields, beaches, pas­tures and back yards host the games of the aver­age enthu­si­as­tic cricket fans and play­ers. The only require­ments for this fan­tas­tic spec­ta­tor sport… a beer, a friend and a cricket hat…

The game is pre­dom­i­nately played on the grounds of the recently ren­o­vated (2007) Kens­ing­ton Oval, also known as the ‘Mecca of local Cricket’. The Oval has seen its fair share of illus­tri­ous cricket matches, with some of its high­lights dat­ing as far back as 1930 when a West Indian, Clif­ford Roach, made the first Test Cen­tury on its pitch. Also in 1895, it was the first West Indian ground to host an Eng­lish tour­ing team. Other more recent high­lights for Kens­ing­ton Oval include being the venue for the World Twenty20 finals in 2010 and the Cricket World Cup final between Aus­tralia and Sri Lanka in 2007– the rea­son for its dras­tic upgrade to a world-​class venue

A statue in the like­ness of Sir Garfield Sobers, stands guard at the entry of this sta­dium. This Bar­ba­dian cricket leg­end is known as one of the finest crick­eters of all time and he is also recog­nised as a National Hero in Bar­ba­dos. Bar­ba­dos is also well known for its many high cal­i­bre of crick­eters, with some of the more famous names being George Chal­lenor, Joel Gar­ner, Sey­more Nurse, Gor­don Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Con­rad Hunte, Mal­colm Mar­shall, Garry Sobers, Clyde Wal­cott, Ever­ton Weekes, Char­lie Grif­fith and Frank Wor­rell.

Famous Bar­ba­dian Cricketers


Bar­ba­dos has a his­tory of suc­cess­ful com­peti­tors in the area of cycling as well as a num­ber of excel­lent bike routes and tracks. When the weather becomes unbear­able in north­ern hemi­spheres, Bar­ba­dos is a great get away for cycling enthu­si­asts. Bar­ba­dos’ won­der­ful cli­mate, at tem­per­a­tures of 28 degrees Cel­sius, allows for an excel­lent year round cycling destination.

Join a group and get rid­ing. The beauty of the land­scape is amaz­ing. Climb the steep hills on the east­ern side of the island, ped­dling high above the east coast. Take in the panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and wit­ness the surf break­ing. Cruise along roads framed by lush, trop­i­cal veg­e­ta­tion and his­toric build­ings. Whether you want to chal­lenge your­self or enjoy a smooth relax­ing ride, you can do it in Barbados.

Div­ing in Bar­ba­dos

Bar­ba­dos has some of the best div­ing in the Caribbean, with warm waters and few cur­rents and clear waters. These crys­tal clear waters hold many hid­den trea­sures and gems, revealed only to those will­ing to go for the adven­ture. The allure of div­ing off Bar­ba­dos is often irre­sistible, with stun­ning reefs and sunken ships teem­ing with col­or­ful marine, life includ­ing sev­eral beau­ti­ful species of fish and a num­ber of “tame” sea turtles”.


Golf Web Info - Image - Premier - Barbados Golf Club GolferSunny weather in Bar­ba­dos is the only excuse some indi­vid­u­als need to head to the golf course, pro­fes­sional, inter­me­di­ate and novice alike. Dur­ing the year many golf­ing enthu­si­asts flock to the shores to par­tic­i­pate in tour­na­ments, which take place around the island. Its no won­der… as
Bar­ba­dos has been described as a pre­mier golf­ing des­ti­na­tion, and said to have sev­eral of the Caribbean’s top world class golf courses and a dif­fer­ent golf­ing loca­tion for every day of the week. Notably Bar­ba­dos has hosted the World Golf Cham­pi­onship World Cup in 2006 held at the Sandy Lane Coun­try Club.

Bar­ba­dos Minia­ture Golf

Bar­ba­dos boasts of a num­ber of top-​class, full-​sized golf courses, but for those who pre­fer a more fun filled, scaled down ver­sion of the game, there are also sev­eral minia­ture golf courses. For a frac­tion of the cost and loads more fun, mini golf is an ideal fam­ily out­ing. It is whole­some out­door fun, enjoyed by both chil­dren and adults alike.

Hike Bar­ba­dos

Hik­ing in Bar­ba­dos has become more and more pop­u­lar over the years. Per­sons see it a great form of exer­cise, while social­iz­ing and learn­ing about Bar­ba­dos. Hike Bar­ba­dos, the main hik­ing group on the island, takes you var­i­ous hid­den and sur­pris­ingly inter­est­ing areas like cane fields, gul­lies and his­toric com­mu­ni­ties, to explore the ins and outs of Bar­ba­dos. These hikes are planned by the Bar­ba­dos National Trust and though you are not required to pay, any dona­tion would go towards the work of pre­serv­ing Bar­ba­dos’ her­itage. The route changes weekly, con­tin­u­ously offer­ing hik­ers a new area to explore. There are dif­fer­ent groups which cater to the var­i­ous desires and fit­ness lev­els, allow­ing the casual walker to the fit­ness buff the oppor­tu­nity to enjoy this expe­ri­ence. Make sure you dress appro­pri­ately and walk with a bot­tle of water to stay hydrated.

All morn­ing hikes start at 6:00 a.m.
After­noon hikes (Stop ‘n’ Stare only) start at 3:30 p.m.
The Moon­light Walks start at 5:30 p.m. (A flash­light is rec­om­mended for these walks)

Walk Descrip­tions: (All hikes last approx­i­mately 3 hours)
“Stop ‘n’ Stare” group walks for 56 miles
“Here ‘n’ There” group 810 miles
“Grin ‘n’ Bear” group 1214 miles.

Horse Rac­ing

horseracing sporting barbados fbThe Sandy Lane Gold Cup is syn­ony­mous with horse rac­ing in Bar­ba­dos, and event where per­sons get to see their favourite horse go for the gold and risk tak­ers put their money where their mouth is. It is fun filled and loads of excite­ment and con­sid­ered, to Bar­ba­di­ans, to be a fam­ily fun day. The youngest mem­ber to the old­est decks out in their best, as though they too are on show. But horse rac­ing in Bar­ba­dos is not lim­ited to that one day. Planned by the Bar­ba­dos Turf Club, horse rac­ing can be enjoyed weekly. It is, for some, is as blood pump­ing a sport as the Olympics. Every Sat­ur­day, you can head down to the Gar­ri­son Savan­nah, place your bets and wit­ness the horses on show. See you at the races!

The first week­end in Decem­ber marks the Run Bar­ba­dos fes­ti­val. A Fun Mile, a 5k, a 10k, a Half-​Marathon, and a Marathon make up this event. Since its incep­tion in 1983, many world renowned com­peti­tors have par­tic­i­pated in this char­i­ta­ble event. Run Bar­ba­dos fes­ti­val is open for per­sons of all fit­ness lev­els, from the highly com­pet­i­tive down to the stroller. While many are in it for the com­pe­ti­tion, some see it is the oppor­tu­nity to get the blood pump­ing while inter­act­ing with friends.

Para­sail­ing and Paragliding

Ever wished you could fly? Here is your oppor­tu­nity. Soar high in the sky, admir­ing the lush green land­scape, the white, sandy beaches and the ocean blue, har­nessed in the safety of your para­chute. Para­sail or paraglide over the beau­ti­ful seascape sus­pended hun­dreds of feet in the air. Imag­ine that you are a bird, look­ing down over every­thing and every­one feel­ing your adren­a­line pump­ing. More infor­ma­tion on paraglid­ing and para­sail­ing can be obtained from the Bar­ba­dos Paraglid­ing Asso­ci­a­tion and var­i­ous water-​sports shops across the island. Be aware though, this is not for the acro­phở­bic nor the weak hearted.

Bar­ba­dos Polo
Inter­na­tion­ally acclaimed, Bar­ba­dos’ polo grounds are of the high­est stan­dard, allow­ing the sport to grow pop­u­lar in the island. Enthu­si­asts, both local and vis­i­tors, go reg­u­larly to sup­port their pre­ferred teams. Bar­ba­dos is reg­u­larly vis­ited by inter­na­tional teams, an influx which has made polo one of the lead­ers in sports tourism. The large crowds and high inter­est in this sport, have led to the devel­op­ment of sev­eral new polo fields and pos­si­bil­ity for more in the future. Come and enjoy this fan­tas­tic sport in Barbados.

Road Ten­nis

professional road tennis association fbRoad ten­nis is the exhil­a­rat­ing game com­bin­ing ele­ments from lawn ten­nis and table ten­nis. Road ten­nis, indige­nous to Bar­ba­dos, was orig­i­nally referred to as “poor man’s ten­nis”, only requir­ing an 8 inch net, a ten­nis ball, wooden pad­dles and a 21ft by 10ft flat sur­face; that is the road.The 1930s saw the dawn of this new sport, which has been evolv­ing ever since. It has become one of the more pop­u­lar pas­times on the island, lead­ing to inter­na­tional recog­ni­tion by a num­ber of ten­nis fanatics.


Ten­nis is an exhil­a­rat­ing game played all over Bar­ba­dos. In 2011, Bar­ba­dos’ hosted “Ten­nis Pon De Rock” observ­ing play­ers like Venus Williams, Vic­to­ria Azarenka and other big names in the sport. You too can enjoy this sport here, com­pet­i­tively or just for fun. With numer­ous hotels offer­ing ten­nis avail­able to guests, you can eas­ily find your­self out on the court. If, per chance, your hotel does not have these ameni­ties, you can pay for a day pass at most of the facil­i­ties across the island.


Body Surf­ing /​Boo­gie Boarding

Bar­ba­dos’ make up, with the rough Atlantic Ocean to the east and the gen­tle Caribbean Sea to the west, means that where the two meet you will find con­sis­tent medium sized waves. These con­di­tions are just right for boo­gie board­ing and body surf­ing. This ideal area trav­els along the south and south-​east and where there is a host of invit­ing beaches and secluded spots to choose from.

Water sport facil­i­ties and rentals are avail­able at a num­ber of hotels and resorts. If your hotel is not one, how­ever, don’t be alarmed. There are many water sports shops located around the island where you can rent or pur­chase gear. If this is your first time, take a few lessons before rid­ing the waves.


The hybrid sport of kitesurf­ing, has quickly become one of the most pop­u­lar extreme sports to reach Bar­ba­dos’ shores. Com­bines aspects of wind­surf­ing, surf­ing, paraglid­ing, and gym­nas­tics, thrill seek­ers are offered the oppor­tu­nity to show their skills. With its opti­mum con­di­tions and stun­ning beaches, it is no ques­tion why Bar­ba­dos has quickly become a top pick for kitesurf­ing vaca­tion­ers. Bar­ba­dos is con­sid­ered a kitesurfer’s par­adise. Make it your next vaca­tion destination.


yatch club - sporting barbadosBar­ba­dos’ lovely weather, calm seas and view of the gor­geous land­scape make sail­ing off Bar­ba­dos incred­i­ble. Char­ter a small or large cata­ma­ran. Cruise along the west coast tak­ing in the panorama. Enjoy a day on the relax­ing Caribbean Sea or spend a night tak­ing in the stars and the beau­ti­fully lit coast. Fun with friends or a roman­tic cruise for two, the option is yours.

If it is a sail­ing com­pe­ti­tion that you are in search of, that too is avail­able in Bar­ba­dos. There are annual regat­tas just of these shores. Rang­ing from big boat to dinghy rac­ing, the Bar­ba­dos Sail­ing Asso­ci­a­tion and the Bar­ba­dos Yacht Club offer an excit­ing race show for enthu­si­asts. With activ­ity year round, you are sure to find some­thing excit­ing going on in Barbados.

Scuba Div­ing

Bar­ba­dos’ under­wa­ter expe­ri­ence is com­pa­ra­ble to the best in the world. The nat­ural marine life and that cre­ated by the numer­ous ship wrecks are fas­ci­nat­ing. These form the excel­lent div­ing sites which Bar­ba­dos boasts. Folk­stone, one of these sites, is home to the 360-​foot Greek freighter Stavronikita, one of the most remark­able ship­wrecks in the Caribbean. Carlisle Bay, another home to ship wrecks, is con­sid­ered a good begin­ner dive because of its easy access from shore. The warm, clear waters and excel­lent vis­i­bil­ity make div­ing off Bar­ba­dos a year round activ­ity. For a great scuba div­ing hol­i­day, visit one of the many dive oper­a­tors in Barbados.


The up to 70 feet of vis­i­bil­ity in Bar­ba­dos’ waters cre­ate con­di­tions per­fect for snor­kel­ing. The diver­sity of trop­i­cal fish, colour­ful coral and numer­ous wreck­ages cre­ate pris­matic under­wa­ter scenery. Expe­ri­ence the bril­liant snor­kel­ing quest which Bar­ba­dos has to offer. Swim with the tur­tles in the calm waters of the west coast with the assis­tance of any one of the dive oper­a­tors on the island. Begin­ner or advanced, an adven­ture awaits you.

Stand Up Pad­dling /​Pad­dle Boarding

Another new and invig­o­rat­ing water­sport in Bar­ba­dos is stand up pad­dling. It com­bines aspects of surf­ing and kayak­ing for a refresh­ing expe­ri­ence. Coast along the waters with sun caress­ing your body. Bar­ba­dos’ calm west coast waters are per­fect for begin­ners while the east coast’s rougher seas cre­ate a thrill for the expe­ri­enced wave catch­ers. Learn to pad­dle board with the assis­tance of one of the many instruc­tors across the island or head straight to a water-​sports shop and rent your gear.


Surfing IMG 0763A surfer’s par­adise is what awaits you in Bar­ba­dos. Here you will find the most east­erly island of Caribbean with the Atlantic Ocean fring­ing the east coast. Trav­el­ling a great dis­tance to get here, the unin­ter­rupted waters of this vast ocean are then per­mit­ted to unleash pow­er­ful waves on this side o the island. This though does not imply that the only surf­ing spots are on the east. The coral reefs sur­round­ing Bar­ba­dos cre­ate sat­is­fac­tory breaks all around.

Home to inter­na­tion­ally acclaimed surf pros, Bar­ba­dos’ Soup Bowl is well known across the world for its excel­lent waves. Here, wave junkies can enjoy the annual Inde­pen­dence Surf Fes­ti­val dur­ing the month of Novem­ber. Stay­ing in the east or south east of the island is rec­om­mended for vis­i­tors focused on rid­ing the waves. Removed from the hive of activ­ity, you can find your seren­ity and be one with the ocean.

Visit Bar­ba­dos for a fan­tas­tic surf­ing vaca­tion.

Waverun­ning or Jet­ski­ing

Pop­u­lar the world over, wave run­ners are per­fect for the explo­ration of Bar­ba­dos’ mag­nif­i­cent waters. Hire a jet ski, as they are more com­monly known, from one of the many oper­a­tors across the islands shores and you could be skim­ming across the clear blue water. Rent a jet ski for 30 min­utes or more and feel the wind blow­ing through your hair. Be care­ful while oper­at­ing how­ever, as you will not be the only per­son or ves­sel in these waters.


The even wind and per­fect waves allow Bar­ba­dos to be one of the best wave wind­surf­ing spots in the world. The warm waters of the south offer begin­ners to experts, opti­mal con­di­tions for wind­surf­ing. Novem­ber to June is con­sid­ered the best period for a wind­surf­ing vaca­tion because of the con­stant, mod­er­ate wind speed.

While the waves are not com­pa­ra­ble to those of Hawaii, they are still pow­er­ful enough to be enjoyed by pro­fes­sion­als in the sport. These slower, less pow­er­ful waves also mean they can also be enjoyed by begin­ners. Sil­ver Sands is the most pop­u­lar spot to wind­surf in Bar­ba­dos. Here, you can find board rentals and spare parts on the beach nearby.

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