Sport and leisure, relaxation and exercise are inseparable in the Caribbean. Whatever you choose to do and wherever you choose to do it, you also become an observer, enchanted by the beauty of your surroundings as you're warmed by the sun and fanned by gentle breezes, infected by the enthusiasm of the spectators around you.
One of the most pleasant ways of enjoying our spectacular scenery is a sport in itself. On horseback, you can canter along our magnificent coastlines or explore lush inland trails. Excellent mounts can be hired from our stables and equestrian centres. In some places, you can even get a game of polo.
Sea and sand have shaped our land-bound sports as well
as those on the water. The golf is spectacular because most of the courses – many designed by today’s top names – have truly magnificent views of the Caribbean from elevated tees and promontory greens. Golfing vacations don’t come any better than this.
If you've never seen a cricket match, this is the time to try. Our many famous cricketers are renowned for playing the game the carefree West Indian way, with style and dash, to the accompaniment of steel bands, conch shells and dancing supporters. You can join in a game on the beach where they learned to play cricket as children.
Tennis enthusiasts enjoy a perfect climate for the sport. Courts are widely available at many hotels and island clubs, as are fitness centers. If you prefer to exercise US-style, you will find facilities for basketball, baseball and volleyball. And in islands where baseball is king -- like the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Curaçao -- you may spot the next Sammy Sosa or a future 'El Duque' or Andruw Jones before they make it to the major leagues.
If you’re feeling adventurous, try jet-skiing, parasailing or sky-diving. If you don’t need to burn off last night’s dinner – or today’s lunch – you can enjoy a gentle game of bowls or boules. Just don’t expect to get an easy win over the local experts.