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Windsurfing

Windsurfing – along with surfing, Barbados is also a popular place for windsurfing as well as kiteboarding).  The chances of wind are high and the waves are perfect for jumping and waveriding in sideshore winds.  The best time to spend your windsurfing (or kiteboarding) vacation in Barbados is the period of time when the cooling trade winds blow with high consistency over the island’s shores, namely from mid November to the end of June. But that does not mean the rest of the year couldn’t be as good or even better. During the hurricane season which starts 1st of June all the way through to November all sorts of conditions are possible. The trades usually blow at a moderate wind speed.  One popular spot for windsurfing in Barbados is Silver Sands, on the island’s southern coast.

Windsurfing & kiteboarding expedition outfits operating in Barbados include: www.briantalma.com, www.planetwindsurfholidays.com; http://endlesskiteboarding.com


Surfing

Surfing – Barbados’ location in the eastern Caribbean, makes is attractive for surfers. Its eastern coast (in particular) catches the waves arriving from the heart of the Atlantic Ocean.  Whether a swell approaches the island from a northerly or westerly direction or whether it’s moving in from the East or the South, Barbados is guaranteed to have surf somewhere along its shores at almost any given day of the year.  In fact, the island’s biggest wave, nicknamed “Soup Bowl”, is generated toward the fishing village of Bathsheba, and draws in professional surfers like Kelly Slater, who declared Soup Bowl “one of the top three waves in the world”.

Surfing expedition outfits operating in Barbados include:  www.dreadordead.com, www.surfbarbados.com, www.surfing-barbados.com, www.zedssurftravel.com


Silver Sands-Silver Rock Beach

Silver Sands-Silver Rock Beach (off Hwy. 7, Christ Church) – located between South Point (the southernmost tip of Barbados) and Inch Marlow Point, this is another attractive stretch of white sand.  Because of the strong winds here, it attracts wind surfers and kite boarders.  Silver Point Hotel is within this beach’s vicinity.

Royal Westmoreland Golf Course

Royal Westmoreland Golf Course (Ronald Mapp Hwy. Km 1.1 East, St. James Parish)  – designed by renowned golf architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., this Par 72, 7,045-yard course makes skillful use of natural features and has an abundance of bunkers carved out of the astonishingly lush green turf.  Voted the best golf development in the Caribbean, this spectacular course calls for every club in the bag and promises a wonderfully challenging and pleasurable game.

Those interested in playing are advised to contact its management for details:  (Tel.:  246-419-7244 or 7242).

Rockley Golf and Country Club

Rockley Golf and Country Club (Rockley, Christ Church)  – this is the oldest golf club in the island, with a nine-hole (par 70, 5610 yd.) golf course.  Rockley Golf Course goes through a residential development on Barbados’ southern coast.  With long Par 3’s and strategically placed trees on Fairways and around Greens the course makes one think through every shot.  The picturesque First hole looks easy but well placed pin positions ensure there is a sting in the tail!  The toughest hole is the 5th, a 456 yd. par 4 with a narrow fairway and sloping green, well protected by bunkers.  Those interested in playing are advised to contact its management for details:  (Tel.:  246-435-7873;  Email:  teetime@rockleygolfclub.com)

Pebbles Beach

Pebbles Beach (off Bay Street, south of Bridgetown, Needham’s Point, St. Michael Parish) – located just south of Bridgetown, this white sand beach is one of Barbados’ best (with the southern end wrapping around the Hilton Barbados hotel).  Due to its calm waters, it’s ideal for swimming (including children).  Such waters are also ideal for paddle boarding enthusiasts.  Horseback riders have also gone through these waters.

There is not much shade at Pebbles Beach so bring along a beach umbrella. Snacks and cool drinks can be purchased from the mini mart at the Shell Gas Station just a few minutes’ walk away. Most visitors and locals who bathe at Pebbles Beach will tell you not to miss the opportunity to savor some of the best fish sandwiches (cutters we call them!) from Cuz’s Fish Stand right next to the beach. While food trucks are now all the rage in the U.S., Barbados has always had a culture of food stands and food vans.

 

Mullins Beach

Mullins Beach (Hwy. 1, Mullins Bay, St. Peter Parish) – located just south of Speightstown, this nice beach is considered safe for swimming and snorkeling.  One major nearby amenity is Mullins Restaurant (which, along with providing meals, also rents out beach chairs and umbrellas).

Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race

Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race (Pebbles Beach, Aquatic Gap, St. Michael Parish) – this yachting event, held every January and conducted from the Barbados Cruising Club, dates back to the 19th century and is based upon bragging rights for the fastest “Trading Schooner”. This was a prize worth its weight in gold to captains in an era where prices for cargo arriving ahead of rival ships commanded a massive premium.  Whilst most boats sailed for the honor of the fastest time, the consolation prize of a barrel of Mount Gay Rum for the slowest certainly spurred on some captains, and had to be discontinued after two boats remained out at sea for days stalling to take the prize.

 

For further details, please visit the event website: www.mountgayrumroundbarbadosrace.com

Mount Gay Distillery and Visitor Center

Mount Gay Distillery and Visitor Center (Spring Garden Highway, Bridgetown, St. Michael Parish) – drinkers all over are in some way familiar with Mount Gay brand rum.  Here is the facility where it’s made.  On site, there are regular 45-minute tours (from 9 am to 3:45 pm, from Monday to Friday).  Along with witnessing the rum-making process, visitors get free tastings of the rum.  A souvenir boutique is close by, for those who want to take some bottles back home.  Basic tour costs US$10 per person (there are also two extended tours:  the “Cocktail Tour” – for US$50 (no children allowed); and the “Bajan Buffet Lunch Tour”, which includes lunch on the verandah after the basic tour – for US$62 / children half-price).  The expanded tour requires a reservation, but the basic tour can accommodate walk-in visitors.

Visitors will learn, among other things, that rum has been produced in Barbados since the 1640s (and expanded at one time to the point where locally-produced rum was called “Barbados water” in London, along with it becoming a staple on British war ships).  Call Mount Gay’s Visitor Center for more info:  (246) 425-8757.  Mount Gay’s tour web page is:  www.mountgayrum.com/pub/n/docs/Mount_Gay_Visitors_Centre.pdf

Miami Beach

Miami Beach (Enterprise Beach Road, Enterprise, Christ Church) — located in a mostly upscale residential area (on the island’s south central coast), this white sand beach (with cliffs on either end) is quiet except on weekends, when residents nearby come for a swim. You can find a palm-shaded parking area, snack carts, and chair rentals.  The Little Arches Hotel is also near this beach.