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  • Horse Racing in Barbados

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    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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  • 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

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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

  • 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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  • 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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  • Barbados Holiday Villa Spa Services

    spa massage in gardenBarbados holiday villa spa services from Paradise Rentals – because we want you to get the absolute most out of your holiday experience.  It’s important to us that you are as relaxed and pampered as you can possibly be.  We understand the stress and tension involved in getting ready for your holiday and that a long flight can leave you feeling stiff and uncomfortable.

    So; we recommend you take the very first opportunity to indulge in a fabulous spa treatment in the comfort of your very own holiday rental villa.  Many of our villas and apartments have private gardens or a balcony; for example Retreat House , Bolli Heights or Apartment 209C at Sugar Hill.  What could be more delicious than a long lingering massage under the stars to the sounds of the night.  You will truly realise that you’ve arrived in paradise.   Continue Reading

  • The Supreme of St. James Vacation Rentals

    Going on vacation to Barbados? Looking to rent somewhere on the West Coast? Paradise Rentals offer an extensive choice of St. James vacation rentals, self catering villas and apartments of first class quality.

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  • Luxurious St. Peter Vacation Villas – About St. Peter

    Recommending Paradise Rentals for the best St. Peter vacation villas, guaranteed first class accommodation with a professional service.

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  • Sports and Recreation by Barbados Villa Rentals

    villa rentals in Barbados - recreation and sportsBarbados has a huge choice of sports and recreational activities to enjoy, whether you want to participate or simply observe, you are guaranteed an action-packed holiday. Our wonderful island is only 21 by 14 miles in size, so when staying at one of our Barbados villa rentals you are just a short trip away from lots of sporty fun and relaxation. Continue Reading

  • Barbados Villa With Pool – Head For The Beach

    villa rentals with pool - Barbados beachesEven though many of our visitors choose to stay in a Barbados villa with pool, it is still great to head for the beach, feel the warm sand beneath your feet, smell the ocean and taste the salt !  Barbados has over 70 miles of palm fringed, white sandy beaches just waiting to be explored.  A day on the beach will leave you refreshed and relaxed, sun-kissed and renewed.  Walk along the shore collecting shells and pebbles, paddle in the crystal clear waters or get a bit more energetic and go waterskiing or snorkelling.  Whatever activity you choose, Barbados beach life is something special. Continue Reading

  • Exclusive Villa Holidays In Barbados – Great Shopping

    great shopping when staying at our exclusive villa rentalsExclusive villa holidays in Barbados are so much more than the beach and the ocean.  Of course the beach is wonderful and we all love to spend time there enjoying the crystal clear waters and all the activity – even if that is just snoozing in the shade, reading a book or an afternoon of people watching !  However, many of our guests like to wash off the sand and head for the shops for some serious retail therapy. Continue Reading

  • Barbados Villa Holiday, Away From The Beach

    villa holiday in Barbados, away from the beachWhile enjoying your Barbados villa holiday and exploring the island you can’t fail to notice the arable land.  The main crops grown in Barbados are sugarcane, vegetables and cotton.  The vegetables commonly grown include sweet potatoes, eddoes and yams.  These vegetables are usually sold locally by street vendors and not grown for export.  Barbados cotton fields can be seen but are scarce in comparison to sugar and vegetables.  You’ll see many sugarcane fields.  Over 37% of the land in Barbados is arable land and sugarcane is the main crop.  Sugarcane is the second largest industry in Barbados, with millions of dollars worth being exported each year.  Continue Reading

  • Luxury Barbados Villas – West Coast Dining

    West Coast dining by Barbados luxury villa properiesWhen staying in one of our luxury Barbados villas, you will have every amenity.  The houses are beautifully furnished and the kitchens fully equipped.  You will have everything you need to prepare delicious meals using our wonderful local ingredients.  However, if you don’t fancy the heat of the kitchen, then we can arrange a first class chef to cook for you.

    If you can tear yourself away from the comfort of your ‘home from home’, there are plenty of fabulous places to eat out.  All just a short distance from your villa.  There are dining options that will gratify even the most discerning palate and to satisfy all tastes and budgets.  From fine dining with the rich and famous to local Bajan eateries to roadside food fresh from the pan, variety and quality abound.  You can dress up for dinner in your finery or eat at the roadside in shorts and sandals ! In Barbados food is taken seriously and wherever you go, you’ll be well fed !

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  • Barbados Holiday Villas – Events Throughout The Year

    Barbados holiday villas promoting events throughout the yearBarbados is a year round holiday destination and Barbados holiday villas are always in demand.  There’s a great deal to see and do whatever your taste or budget.  Of course if your idea of a perfect holiday is to do nothing at all…  well we can easily arrange that !  We offer you the option of extra staff or services so you can just chill out and be taken care of.

    Maybe you’d like to plan your holiday to coincide with one of the many annual events that take place in Barbados ?  There are many to choose from.

    Of course Christmas in Barbados is something special.  Bajans go to town with the decorations and lights.  At night time it looks magical and seasonal music is played everywhere.  There is always a good reason for great food in Barbados and Christmas is definitely a time for feasting – we can even arrange for a private chef to prepare Christmas dinner for you, or a Christmas cake perhaps?.   Continue Reading