Boards, fins and clubs
Barbados's best-known break is the Soup Bowl, near Bathsheba on the east coast. Also on the east coast, Ragged Point and Parlors are popular while, to the south, Silver Sands has its fans. To the west and north, Maycocks, Sandy Lane, Tropicana and Duppies are top spots. Barbados Surf Trips (001 246 262 1099; surfbarbados.com), Burkie's Surf School (001 246 428 7915; surfbarbados.net) and Zed's Surfing Adventures (001 246 428 7873; zedssurftravel.com) arrange everything from lessons to beach hotels.
Barbados is surrounded by coral reefs that are great for snorkelling and diving; try Eco Dive Barbados (001 246 243 5816; ecodivebarbados.com).
The island also features some of the best championship golf courses in the Caribbean, though some offer non-members restricted access, usually through preferred hotels such as the Colony Club (0800 917 3534; colonyclubhotel.com). It has links to Royal Westmoreland (001 246 422 4653; royalwestmoreland.com).
The Barbados Golf Club (001 246 428 8463; barbadosgolfclub.com) is more relaxed, and accepts direct bookings.