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  • Horse Racing in Barbados

    horse racing in Barbados

    Horse racing in Barbados, grab your hat, we’re off !

    Racing in Barbados first began when wealthy plantation owners, merchants and cavalrymen started to challenge each other on horseback in the 1700s. This then carried on until the 1800s where a track was created, on what was then the parade ground, by British army officers at Garrison Savannah; just south of Bridgetown in St Michael. The course is six furlongs in length and races are run from 5 to 11 furlongs, with horses running clock wise, which if you’re familiar with racing is unusual. I know of only one other course that runs this way which is the ancient walled Roman city of Chester in the UK.

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  • Local Barbadian Artist

    Local Barbadian Artist holding a painting of marine life

    Sadè Payne is a young, up and coming, talented, local Barbadian artist. Her art expresses a pureness of form that she says comes from within. She has an autonomy of expression using both light and dark to create atmospheric portrayals of fantasy and realism. This is a reflection of the natural, impulsive, carefree individual that she is. Sadè’s art is limitless, her vision is towards new and unique creations.

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  • Ylang Ylang

    yellow ylang ylang flower

    Let me introduce myself: I am an ylang ylang tree (pronounced “ee-lang ee-lang”). My botanical name is Cananga odorata, my species is Annonaceae, but let’s not be formal. I was planted in Karen’s garden in April 2017. I arrived in a 6-inch pot, just a small little sapling about 4 inches tall with a few leaves. It is now July 2018 and I have just produced my first flowers!

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  • Barbados Watersports

    Barbados watersports are really popular.  Whether on top of the water or below the surface, there is something for everyone. Let me introduce you to Above and Below Watersports, located on the west coast, near historic of Speightstown. They are your one stop shop for everything that’s fun to do, above or below the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Above and Below Watersports offer the best in customer service and provide detailed information before you arrive in Barbados. Whether you’re an experienced diver or a casual cruiser, they will take care of you and make sure you get the very most out of your water sports experience.

    Barbados Watersports Speedboat

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  • Cruising the Caribbean

    Cruising the CaribbeanCruising the Caribbean Sea in style and luxury is an opportunity you won’t want to miss.  Sleek and luxurious, ECSTASEA is the latest option in stylish cruises in Barbados.  This 350 horsepower vessel is the newest addition to the SEADUCED Luxury Charters fleet.  Join us for the perfect day out on the aquamarine water.

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  • Play Golf in Barbados

    Barbados golf course Play Golf in Barbados

    Play golf in Barbados!  Come on holiday and indulge in your favourite activity.  On the West Coast of Barbados, there are three fabulous clubs: Sandy Lane, Apes Hill and Royal Westmoreland.

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  • Northern Island Tour Of Barbados

    Join us for our Northern Island Tour of Barbados

    Tour duration: 5 to 6 hours.

    Tour includes: Pick up & drop off, entrance fees and a drink in a rum shop.

    Price per adult: US$ 125.00 | Price per child: US$ 67.50.

    Minimum 2 adults. Maximum 4 people.

    Lunch, if required, is at your own expense.

    East Coast View

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  • Southern Island Tour of Barbados

    Join us for our Southern Island Tour of Barbados

    Tour duration: 5 to 6 hours.

    Tour includes: Pick up & drop off, a picnic lunch and ice cream.

    Price per adult: US$ 120.00 | Price per child: US$ 75.

    Minimum 2 adults. Maximum 4 people.

    boardwalk on south coast

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  • Barbados West Coast Island Tour

    Join us for our Barbados West Coast Island Tour

    West Coast Island Tour duration: 3.5 to 4 hours.

    Tour includes: Pick up & drop off, a private rowing boat trip.

    Price per adult: US$ 100.00

    Price per child: US$ 80.00.

    Minimum 2 adults. Maximum 4 people.

    The Limegrove Lifestyle Centre at Holetown Barbados West Coast Island Tour

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  • Holiday Evenings Out In Barbados

    Planing your holiday evenings out in Barbados needn’t be difficult.  Let us help.  You don’t need to worry about directions, driving, taxis or anything stressful at all.  That’s not what your holiday is for!  We can pick you up, take you to some some of the iconic, ‘must-see’ local places, wait for you and bring you safely back home after a great night out.  It’s the perfect solution, you can relax and enjoy the rum punches without having to worry about getting behind the wheel, or what time to tell the taxi to pick you up. Take a look at our suggestions for two great fish-fry destinations.

    chef at BBQ

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  • Private Island Tours Of Barbados

    Private island tours of Barbados are without doubt the best way to really get to see our island, understand the heritage and know the people.  Travelling in style and comfort in an air-conditioned Suzuki Vitara with a friendly, local tour guide, you will take in all the sights and the very best that Barbados has to offer.  Fabulous vistas, stunning views, wonders of nature and beautiful beaches.  Your tour guide will use his vast knowledge of the island to take you to hidden gems you would never otherwise see.  He will be able to answer your questions and talk to you about Barbados with equal measures of knowledge and camaraderie.  It really will be a superb day out, enhancing your visit to Barbados and leaving you eager for further exploration.

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  • Sea Turtle Holiday Experience

    Sea Turtle Holiday Experience HatchingLet me tell you about our sea turtle holiday experience.  Sea turtles were something we had only seen on TV wildlife programmes.  However, during one of our holidays, staying on the west coast of Barbados, we were lucky enough to have a truly magnificent and unforgettable experience.  Around 7.45 one evening we had just taken our seats on the decking outside one of the beachfront restaurants in Holetown, when we spotted a large dark brown shape, dimly illuminated by the restaurant’s lights, on the shoreline nearby. We thought at first that it might be a large crab or a ray swimming in the shallows. As it came closer, much to our joy and amazement, this soon revealed itself to be a hawksbill sea turtle. Continue Reading

  • Barbados Holiday Concierge Services

    Our Barbados holiday concierge services are free of charge when you book your accommodation with us.  Paradise Rentals offers you so much more than just great places to stay, we are your ‘insider guide’ to Barbados.  We use our local knowledge and contacts to make your holiday the very best it can be.  We have 100s of satisfied customers who can testify to just how much value we can add.  This is a recent quote from happy guests who stayed at one of our villas :

    “This is our third time staying at Blue Moon and we would book again anytime we plan to return to Barbados. Karen and her team are super service oriented and we have never been disappointed. We have stayed with a large family group twice, including small children and this last time was “girl’s vacation” for four. The house is maintained extremely well, has everything you need to enjoy a comfortable vacation including wi-fi, maid service and the chefs that Karen recommends are amazing. We spent many mornings on the front porch with our coffee and in the afternoons enjoyed some sun on the side deck/plunge pool. The beach passes are a great perk, grocery stores, restaurants, shopping and other services are just a few minutes drive from the house. I have booked many vacation homes around the world, and Blue Moon is one of our top experiences….highly recommend it.”

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  • Barbados Holiday Eco Tours

    Barbados Holiday Eco tours might not be the first thing you think of when you are coming on holiday.  However, I am often asked about things to see and do in Barbados.  Of course, there are the wonderful beaches, the fabulous dining and great nightlife.  As tempting as those options are, I also think it’s great to tear yourself away from the beach just for a while and get off the beaten track to see the whole of Barbados, in all its glory.  You might be surprised just what you find, especially for nature lovers, conservationists, and anyone interested in history and heritage.  There’s lots going on.  I highly recommend a trip to PEG Farm and Nature Reserve in the parish of St Joseph, on the East of the island – a fabulous bio dynamic farm offering holiday eco-tours for all the family – a really great day out.Barbados pig Continue Reading

  • Carizma On The Hill at Sugar Hill Resort

    A really good place to eat in Barbados is Carizma on the Hill, the restaurant based at the exclusive Sugar Hill Resort in the parish of St James – on the west coast.  Not only is Carizma within the fabulous grounds of Sugar Hill frequented by the well to do and famous (as well as us ordinary folk!), the view is magnificent and the menu extensive and affordable. The restaurant is open to everyone and access is easy.  You will see their signs from the road.  Carizma staff

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  • St Nicholas Abbey

    Barbados culture and history is not always the first thing you associate with your holiday in the sun.  However, you might be surprised.  There are many unique things to see and do during your Barbados holiday.  There truly is something for everyone, which is what makes Barbados such an ever-popular holiday destination.  One of the ‘not to be missed’ attractions is St Nicholas Abbey – one of only three Jacobean Manor Houses still standing in the Americas today. St Nicholas Abbey Barbados Culture and History Wedding at the Abbey

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  • Sunshine Yoga

    Yoga on the beachJoin us for Barbados holiday yoga.  The perfect opportunity to enhance and maintain your practice or to try something new – Yoga in a beautiful space and in a convenient west coast location, close to Holetown.  You’ll find Sunshine Kula Studio welcomes you with a smiling heart and dedication to all. Pamela opened the studio in September 2011 after years of experience teaching Yoga around the island to locals and visitors. It’s a sanctuary in the trees, near the sea and the spacious, airy room is open to nature. Continue Reading

  • Caribbean Love Affair

    Caribbean Love AffairThe Caribbean love affair began when I first came to Barbados on my honeymoon many years ago.  Little did I know that it would be the start of two lifelong love affairs – one with the man I married and one with the island paradise in the sun.

    I could tell you about the virtues of being married to Arthur but I suspect you’d rather know what brings me back to Barbados year after year, and why it will always have a special place in my heart.

    When I tell you I come from Canada (aka The Great White North) you’ll know the winters are seriously long and frigid.  In -20 c. temperatures and deep snow, the thought of that wonderful Bajan sunshine in January gets me through the dark November days.  By December, I’m mentally packing my bag with sunglasses, sandals and sarongs and can hardly wait to leave the down coat and polar fleece behind!  I know that aches and pains will disappear and the sunshine (not to mention the odd tropical cocktail) will have a therapeutic effect as soon as I step off the plane.

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  • Seaduced, Caribbean Catamaran Cruising

    Caribbean catamaran cruising doesn’t get any better than this.  Indulge in pure luxury, on board SEADUCED 1, a 47ft luxury catamaran.  We will have towels and snorkel equipment, you just bring yourself – ready to relax and have fun.

    Prepare yourself for wonderful waters, perfect for swimming, fantastic food and a great time on board.  Take a look at this video and then, if you need any more convincing, read what we have to say!

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  • Holiday Horse Riding

    Horse riding in BarbadosSaddle up and enjoy some holiday horse riding on the wild side of Barbados! What could be better than exploring the beach on horse-back with your family and friends. Or maybe with that special someone, for a romantic wander or a gallop through the foaming white surf as it laps the shore, with the wind blowing through your hair.

    You can enjoy fantastic views while on horseback, it’s a great way to see the island; maybe taking a trek down to Bath Beach and back, at a leisurely pace, perfect for the novice rider. You can experience miles of great action in the saddle with the wonderful Barbados Atlantic Ocean breeze to cool you down. Riders are likely to spot mongoose or green monkeys along the way as we trek through lush vegetation on down to Bath Beach.

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  • Cricket in Barbados

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  • Paradise at Hunte’s Gardens in Barbados

    Gardens in BarbadosThere are many beautiful gardens in Barbados but Huntes Gardens really is something special.  Located in the lush hills of St Joseph, just 20-30 minutes drive from Holetown.  On a gentle stroll around this enchanting garden, all five senses are indulged: touch, sound, smell, sight and taste!

    When you enter the garden, stand still for a moment.  Close your eyes momentarily and experience everything that surrounds you.  Feel the Caribbean warmth.  Maybe a gentle breeze is blowing softly against your skin.  Bird song calls to your ear like a gentle bell among the classical music that wafts magically though the garden. Breathe in deeply through your nose whilst catching the merest scent of tropical blooms in the air.  Now, pause a moment; and then open your eyes and absorb the botanical crescendo that’s being played out by nature’s sublime orchestra.  The scent, the sounds, the feel; the beauty is right there for you to explore, the rich and colourful tapestry that is a ‘garden’.

    These fabulous gardens in Barbados, have been created by the horticulturalist Anthony Hunte, whose ancestors arrived on the island in the 1600s in service.  Anthony spent two years turning the large natural sink hole into the beautiful garden we see today, and he opened it to the public back in 1997.

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  • Holetown – Barbados Villa Rental

    Barbados villa rental holetown festivalHoletown is a popular choice for a Barbados villa rental holiday. Located on the West Coast of Barbados, in the parish of St James, this is where the English sea captain, John Powell, came ashore and claimed the island for the English King James I in the 1600s. It was given the name of a natural inlet channel where ships could be off loaded and cleaned, before a new cargo would be loaded up.

    Today Holetown is no longer a port but an interesting, eclectic mix of shops, bars, restaurants and hotels apartments and it’s a great place for your Barbados holiday.  We have a range of villas and apartments in, or near to, Holetown; for example:

    Blue Moon4 Mango Court, 161 Cordia Avenue, and The Palms Penthouse.

    The exclusive Sugar Hill Resort is very close to Holetown, just a 5 minute drive away. Here we can offer many accommodation options for a great Barbados villa rental, such as Apartment 209C, Westholme and Orange Walk Studio.

    So, let’s take a brief walk around Holetown, starting at the Chattel Village. Continue Reading

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