From Usain Bolt and the unbeatable Jamaican sprint team, to Brian Lara and the heroes of West Indian cricket, the Caribbean is a hot bed for sporting superstars! Is it the year-round sunshine and cooling sea breeze that promotes such prowess?
We're not entirely sure, but what we do know is that a luxury Caribbean holiday is a great choice for everyone who loves sport; either watching it or getting involved. So, here is our pick of five top sports that active holidaymakers to the region simple shouldn't miss!
With so many island nations, taking to the waters had to be the first on our list! Most luxury Caribbean resorts offer complimentary non-motorised watersports, with many also providing yachting trips and scuba diving instruction. Not least among these is the Bitter End Yacht Club, a fantastic British Virgin Islands resort that boasts the largest complimentary fleet of watercraft in the world. The Sailing School here caters to all ages and abilities too. Or, if a luxury yacht holiday is more your thing, our Travel Specialists can arrange for you to sail around the islands in the comfort of a chartered vessel.
You can't mention sports and the Caribbean in the same breath without thinking of cricket. Across the islands there is an obsession with the gentleman's game. Apparently, even Usain Bolt is a pretty handy fast bowler! From kids playing in the street with make-shift wickets, to glorious and iconic grounds like the Kensington Oval in Barbados, those with a passion for cricket can revel in the shared love of locals on many Caribbean islands.
Our sister company ITC Sports Travel provides bespoke sports tours, which started back in 1989 with a love for West Indian cricket. Organised, hosted tours are put on for many major England cricketing events, as well as holidays created on an individual basis for those who wish to travel to almost any sporting event worldwide. On their large tours, ITC Sports Travel boast some amazing sporting celebrity hosts and guests - one year Bolt himself and fellow sprinter Asafa Powell dropped in!
Rain rarely stops play in the Caribbean, making this a great destination for those who like to enjoy a spot of tennis with their luxury holiday. Resorts on many of the islands feature impressive courts and tennis coaching, with one particular highlight being the annual tennis camps at Curtain Bluff, Antigua. Here lucky guests are hosted by former professional tennis players for a week of expert coaching and all-inclusive luxury. Tracey Austin heads up one of these annual events, which our clients absolutely rave about!
Why not take in a polo match as part of your next luxury Caribbean holiday? The sport's appeal is growing and a trip to see a fixture is always a grand day out. Several professional polo competitions are held throughout the year in Barbados, and our Concierge service will be happy to arrange a day of first class hospitality so that you can sit back and enjoy. ITC Sports Travel can also put together a more comprehensive luxury polo holiday package for those with a real passion for the sport.
The Caribbean islands are positively littered with 18-hole courses, making a luxury holiday here a golfer's delight. At Half Moon in Jamaica guests can enjoy the sensational greens at the Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed, 18-hole championship golf course. There's expert tuition available at the world-class Half Moon Golf Academy for those who'd like to work on their game. Alternatively, there's the world famous Green Monkey course - just one of three courses at Sandy Lane, Barbados - which was designed by Tom Fazio and built around an old stone quarry. So, whether you want to learn the basics or enjoy a real challenge, there's a place for you!
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to activities available in the Caribbean. Whether you'd like to take a sunrise yoga class or go horse riding at sunset, we'll find you the perfect resort in the perfect location. Our Travel Specialists are ready to take your call on 01244 355 600, or start a webchat with you now. Our years of Caribbean expertise mean we can offer you up to the minute knowledge and some fantastic offers to boot!