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Visiting Barbados in February

The Barbados winter tourist season is the prime opportunity to combine some of your favourite equine pursuits.  The sport of kings kicks off its season with the Annual Boxing Day race programme at the historic Garrison Savannah. Set on the outskirts of the capital city of Bridgetown, ‘The Savannah’ has been home to local horse racing since its introduction to the island in 1845 by the standing British Regiment of the era.  The parade ground became the local race track pitting the best of the Regiment against the Planters from the country and wealthy city merchants.

With its spectacular grand and field stands, the facilities at the Garrison Savannah are enjoyed each Saturday of racing during any of the three annual seasons.  However, the true charm of a day at the races in Barbados is to enjoy a picnic around your car on the perimeter of the track while listening to commentary on the radio, Bajan Style. Vendors, selling everything from nuts to snow-cones and everything in between, wending their way through the parked cars and mingling crowd add to the atmosphere and authenticity of your tourist experience.

If you prefer your tailgating with posh nosh and exclusive surroundings, then another local favourite equine pursuit is on your vacation agenda: Polo.  Also at the height of its season during the local winter tourist season, polo has been played in Barbados since 1884 and its traditions remain strong to this day, with the island boasting no less than 4 active polo fields! Many visitors will not only want to be mobile to commute to matches, but also to be able to enjoy all the attractions which the island has to offer on those days between polo matches.

Local teams play host to many foreign teams from across the polo world. Annual series are anticipated with a fervor usually reserved for the party crowd, mainly because the post-match socials are epic and legendary. It is not unusual to mix it up with celebrities and the odd royal all enjoying the action from the comfort of the clubhouse or just picnicking adjacent to their car on the outskirts of the field.  If the dexterity and speed of horses is your thing, then you’ve come to the right place. Just make sure that you order the GPS option when you collect your car.

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