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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.
You 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”.
Sunny 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. both children and adults alike.
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 5 – 6 miles
“Here ‘n’ There” group 8 – 10 miles
“Grin ‘n’ Bear” group 12 – 14 miles.
The 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
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.
Body Surfing /Boogie Boarding
Stand Up Paddling /Paddle Boarding
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