Barbados sport & leisure
With over 100 kilometres of stunning coastline, Barbados has a deserved reputation as a top beach destination. The west Caribbean coast has the best beaches with quiet calm seas, but if you're looking to surf, your best bet is to take your board over to the Eastern Atlantic Coast, where there are fantastic waves throughout the year. The South has a combination of both, and is a great place to windsurf and snorkel.
The National sport is cricket, and the game is played everywhere by groups of men in white. The West Indies as a whole is a test playing nation, and if it's possible to time your visit to the country with a cricket tour, it's definitely worth watching some first class matches.
Barbados has 4 major golf courses (including the world famous Sandy Lane), all of which offer rounds to tourists and are reasonably priced. You can also enjoy polo at many places on the island.
Most hotels offer a variety of water sports to tempt you into the sea, in a safe environment with good instructors. Scuba diving off the coast is good, and an excellent way to get out of the sun for a while. Many hotels have their own diving school or can recommend one nearby.
Sandy Lane Golf Course is widely considered to be one of the best in the world, and is challenging even for the professionals. A highlight of a trip to Barbados for golf fans is a chance to play a round on this legendary course. It is vital to book in advance, as the course is busy throughout the year.
St Lawrence Gap is the nightlife centre of Barbados, where clubs compete with each other to attract clientele with a heady mix of rum and music, from Calypso to Reggae. The party goes on until dawn with the friendly Bajans enjoying themselves as much as the tourists.
Most Barbados hotels take dining out very seriously, and boast some truly amazing restaurants. Barbados seafood is some of the best in the world, and there are many 5 star fine dining restaurants to enjoy. If you fancy something a bit more laid-back, there are just as many beach-side restaurants, where you can eat in a casual atmosphere and enjoy one of the best views in the world: a Caribbean sunset.
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