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October is synonymous worldwide with everyone in #thinkpink mode celebrating their part in the fight against breast cancer. Barbados is no different, with awareness campaigns at a fever pitch and the definite Caribbean twist is evident in the various events and initiatives planned for the month. However, this year things are a little different. We’re in the final countdown to Celebrating 50! On November 30, 2016, we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary of Independence from England. There will be Bajans from all over the world converging on the island to join the celebrations. The diaspora has been awakened by the global outreach programmes targeting them and ensuring that everyone is aware of the plans. Integral to those plans is going to be making sure that if you’re travelling, that you’ve booked your hired car well in advance. Car rentals are projected to be at an unprecedented high for this time of year. If you’re not coming for the celebrations, have no fear, all of the regular attractions available across the island are in full swing. With some planning there are even some off-season bargains to be had, as October is traditionally the month of preparation for much of the tourism stock in the island. Initiatives such as Re-Discover Barbados Dine Around Programme offer visitors the chance to eat top class 3 course meals for a fraction of the normal prices for nosh like this. Having the freedom of a rental car to drive around the island, also allows tourists the chance to experience the quaint Barbadiana which is Moontown by night, while still being able to make it clear across the island to check out the Friday night action at the Oistins Bay Garden Fish Fry. You can also make the most of your days, with 4-hour catamaran cruises leaving you enough time to nip into Bridgetown for a quick round of duty free shopping or zip up the coast to the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre for luxury shopping par excellence. No matter what your plans are for your vacation enjoyment or if you’re visiting on business, mobility is the key to making the most of your trip to the island. Barbados is well covered by public transport and there are many taxis available at known tourist points. However, you cannot beat the convenience and savings of having your own hired car at your disposal. Choosing the right rental car company and hiring the right GPS equipped car, is integral to you buckling up and enjoying the ride of a lifetime in Barbados! 
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So you’ve been wondering where the tropical holiday of your dreams awaits and up pops Barbados at the top of your list. Now what? Well thanks to the efforts of the Barbados Tourism Management Inc. (BTMI) airlift into the island from the United States and Europe is on a high and continues to grow, making it easier for you to get on island and to the business of vacation. With the winter coming, it is high time you made that booking to escape to the warm tropical waters of our island. This is also great news for the diaspora, as Bajans abroad and friends of our little island get ready to celebrate 50 years of Independence, culminating on November 30, 2016. This once a lifetime celebration kicked off earlier in the year in Independence Square in Bridgetown, and has continued throughout the year to touch all coasts and corners of the island. As a visitor looking to celebrate with native Bajans, the only way to enjoy the celebrations is with the freedom of a hired car to get around the island. Across the 11 parishes and 4 major towns of Barbados there continue to be a plethora of events under the theme 50Barbados: celebrating Pride & Industry with many based around the travels of the ceremonial Broken Trident. Having a rental car at your disposal would make your participation a cinch. Of course, with Independence around the corner and celebrations well underway you will need to make your decisions now in order not to be disappointed. And with the party continuing to the end of the year, winter plans are in order now. OK, so you’ve managed to get here and now what? Barbados is an extremely vibrant island, especially by Caribbean standards. Being able to move freely and drive the length and breadth of the island makes a huge difference to the average visitor’s enjoyment and quality of their holiday. Having a quality hired car from world recognized brands backed by fantastic rental service and roadside assistance, if needed, makes the difference to our clients. While Barbados is relatively small, it has one of the most dense paved road networks in the world. Utilising a rental car is the perfect solution for the traveller looking for adventure and convenience while enjoying your Barbados vacation. Catering to the business traveller is also at the top of our list, as not all visitors to the island are here just for the stunning sea and sand. A visit to our pristine white sand beaches is just a perk for some, as they are on island to participate in business meetings and transactions across the island. Having a hired car is perfect in this situation, as the freedom to do business on your terms means you can improve your efficiency and make the most out of your trip. Choosing the right rental car company and hiring the right GPS equipped car, is integral to you buckling up and enjoying the ride of a lifetime in Barbados!
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You’ve made your choice and Barbados is the winner. You’ve carefully planned your itinerary and all you need to make it all work is the freedom to drive around the island on your own schedule. Choosing the right hired car for your travels makes all the difference and that’s where we come in. We can offer more cost-effective transportation solutions for you, especially when compared to getting around the island by taxi. At Stoute’s Car Rental we offer a range of small to mid-sized cars to suit your needs and to enhance your comfort on the smaller Bajan roads. Many of our country lanes can be quite narrow and are far easier to navigate in smaller vehicles. Many of our clients, especially those from North America, find it much easier to adjust to the smaller proportions in a proportionately smaller automobile. Our range goes from the Kia Picanto to the ever popular and reliable Toyota Corolla. The Picanto is a versatile little car which is best suited to a couple or those with a couple of young children. This vehicle is comfortable and well powered for its size with the ability to easily maneuver both on the road and in tight spaces and the city.  While small on the outside, interior room is great and is further enhanced by the ability to fold flat the back seats to create a cavernous space into the hatch. If you require something a little bigger our Toyota Yaris sedans are just the right fit for you and your family. With one of the best in class interiors for both size and functionality it is hard to beat this versatile little number. The Yaris is especially adept at swallowing a couple child seats, either forward or rear facing making ideal for your young family. Just up in size, and perfect for those trips in groups of 4-5 are the mid-sized sedans – the Toyota Corolla or the Kia Cerato. These are some of the more popular and reliable models of car seen on the roads around Barbados and their ideal size makes them perfect for your family’s hire car choice. Offering all of the right creature comforts, either of these sedans will easily accommodate 4-5 adults in air-conditioned comfort as you make your way around the island. The great styling easily lets you slip from the luxury of the west coast to the rugged beauty of the east coast and everywhere in between without feeling like you’ve pulled up in the wrong automobile. For more information on these or any of our other comfortable and reliable models on offer, visit our website and make the best choice for your island adventure in paradise. Free yourself from the bus schedules or taxi itineraries and hire the right GPS equipped car, buckle up and enjoy the ride of a lifetime in Barbados!
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So you’ve decided to come to Barbados for a visit and now you’re planning your daily movements. For the true freedom to enjoy your vacation a hired car is the only way to go. Getting around Barbados by taxi is not going to be as cost effective as renting a car. Many visitors prefer to rent an SUV for the duration of their stay. The simple fact is that many drivers feel more confident in an SUV, especially when navigating unfamiliar roads and terrain.   Stoute’s Car Rental has a range of 4x4 vehicles to suit your needs. For the single or couple, we have the perfect small SUV in the Suzuki Jimny. This versatile go anywhere vehicle is the right size for two people, but will also carry 4 persons in comfort over short distances, or two kids in the back seat. Many of our renters also find the size perfect for the roads in Barbados. It is easy to navigate the smaller country lanes and is very easy to park and negotiate tight spaces. At Stoute’s we have the Jimny available to you in both hard and soft top for maximum enjoyment.   If you require a little something larger in the SUV family of vehicles, we also have the Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota RAV4 or the Ford EcoSport. Both of these capable vehicles offer more space and luxury than the smaller Suzuki Jimny, and are a great rental car for those travelling in groups of 4/5. Apart from the aforementioned attributes, we recommend this hired car for the adventure traveller. Those enjoying the many action sports which Barbados has to offer like surfing, kiteboarding, windsurfing, etc. find this choice to be a good one for the go-anywhere ability.    However, if you’re looking at moving people and stuff then your best bet, in the range, is going to be the Suzuki APV. This versatile 7 seater is a favourite for those with larger families or travelling in larger groups. Configured right, they are also great for those moving around with lots of gear, like a photographer, surfer, windsurfer, kite boarder, musician, etc. These capable vans are a worthy alternative to the SUV if your needs require an appropriately sized people mover to traverse the island.   As always, there is plenty do around Barbados especially if you have the freedom of a hired car. So when you’re booking your trip and looking for the perfect itinerary; remember, load up the GPS and buckle into your rental car for the trip of a lifetime in Barbados!
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So we’re safely and happily through another very successful FLOW King of the Hill and SOL Rally Barbados.  As a sponsor of the event we want to congratulate Jeffrey Panton and Michael Fennel Jr. on back-to-back wins on the Rally in their Rubis Ford Focus WRC08. Jeff made a clean sweep of the week, as he tied for first overall in the previous week on the King of the Hill event. Thanks to all of the fans, marshals, officials, organisers and competitors who helped to make this event another undeniable success. This means that we’re about to transition to our next season: Crop Over – Celebrating our Culture. Showcasing our Pride.  June sees the completion of all of the band launches revealing costumes to the potential revellers and raising the excitement level and sense of anticipation of the ‘Crop Over Bear’. The ‘Crop Over Bear’ is the legendary reveller who ‘hibernates’ all year long to appear with the first calypsos of the year and continuing to party until the end of Grand Kadooment. The upcoming summer months will be devoted celebrating the end of the traditional sugar cane harvest during The Sweetest Summer Festival. There will be a distinct island feel throughout Barbados with soca music on the radio and in stores and restaurants island-wide. The whole country will be dancing to a different beat. As you drive around in your rental car there will be unmistakable atmosphere of an imminent carnival celebration wanting to break out on every junction. To say nothing of the nightlife. If you’re the partying sort, then you will love the choices that multiply during ‘the season’. Of course as always the pristine white sandy beaches await the traveller who doesn’t fancy the unique party lifestyle and wishes to explore the island at their leisure.  There’s always the Hero (Caribbean Premier League) CPL T20 cricket, as well, which ramps up in July at the legendary Kensington Oval. The Barbados Tridents will be in action for four matches in July, which promises to add even more drama and excitement to an already packed summer. Driving around the countryside in your rental car you are treated to cricket matches in full swing on strategically placed roadside grounds, oft times bordered by the beach on one side and the coast road on the other. As always, there is plenty do around Barbados especially if you have the freedom of a hired car. So when you’re booking your trip and looking for the perfect itinerary; remember, load up the GPS and buckle into your rental car for the trip of a lifetime in Barbados!
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DJ Bravo’s hit Champion Song has summed up the prevailing mood in the Caribbean and Barbados right now. Our Under 19, Women’s and Men’s cricket teams took on all comers in India and came out champions in all of the ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup divisions. An unprecedented feat! Sufficed to say, it is a great time to be in Barbados to soak up the atmosphere, thicker than normal with swelled Bajan pride in Caribbean citizenship. As we gear up for the annual Crop Over celebrations including our world famous Kadooment Day masquerade carnival, the festivities are wending their way into another great reason to have a good time. Revelry is the name of the game and from the end of this month until the first Monday in August, the cultural showcase is epic. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. On our way there, we first have May, the month of motorsport in Barbados. This year sees competition happening every weekend in disciplines including karting, circuit racing, drag racing, and International rallying. There is something for everyone. The month opens with a bang with the Barbados Festival of Speed. This event is a mix of international and local motorsport, including Superbikes, Radicals, Suzuki Swifts, Monster Trucks, Banger Cars, Classic Cars and features 3-time Formula 1 World Driver’s Champion Lewis Hamilton, MBE in his Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 car. The month culminates with the annual SOL Rally Barbados – the premiere rally event in the Caribbean which features WRC and top 2WD machinery from the Region, UK, Ireland & Europe vying to dethrone local aces. Our charge is led by Roger ‘The Sheriff’ Skeete in his Subaru Impreza WRC S12B. This local rally legend has won this event an unprecedented 13 times! If you’re a motorsport lover, jump in your rental car and get ready to follow these champions across the island. Of course, the beautiful sunsets and scenery promised in the brochures is still in full effect. Sun sea and sand is definitely on the agenda. So if motorsport is not your thing, worry not. You can still hire a car and explore to your heart’s content. Barbados has got plenty to offer and the freedom to drive all over safely and confidently makes all the difference making your vacation epic. Remember, load up the GPS and buckle into your rental car for the trip of a lifetime in Barbados!
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The one thing you will notice as you drive around Barbados is the proliferation of churches of all denominations spread across the island. From the humble one room worship hall to the grandest of cathedrals and parish churches. This would give you a heads up to the fact that Easter is just as important to Bajans as Christmas. As such, our celebrations tend to reflect this with the Easter weekend having the feel of a celebration after the somber observance of Lent, and reverence of Good Friday. Easter is also kite flying season in Barbados, and any island tour involves looking to the skies to follow the gentle buzz of the ‘bulls’ of a Bajan round kite or singing angel. The bright colours and myriad patterns of colourful paper dot the skies on every day, except for Good Friday.  Tradition dictates that on that day all kites are silenced and only black kites are flown, with the colour returning on Easter day in celebration. The strong trade winds washing across the island which are equaling good for kite flying as they are for sailing and other aquatic wind sports. The horizon is usually dotted with colourful spinnakers and kites for the avid kite boarders and ‘foilers’ dancing across the tops of waves. Regattas are the order of the day, with the odd international competition thrown in for good measure. Drive from beach to beach in your hired car and enjoy the splendor first hand. That would be our advice. During the Lenten season Barbadians eat a lot of fish, especially on every Friday. As a result, the island’s fish markets and restaurants are full of life and fish of every conceivable species is available for the taking. If you’re a fish lover, then this is the time of year to be here. Celebrating mother ocean is the name of the game over Easter weekend with the annual Oistins Fish Festival taking centre stage in the south of the island. There are fish boning and skinning competitions, music and revelry, fishing boat races and of course awesome cuisine to be enjoyed all weekend long. Just cruise on down and park your rental as you stroll through this piece of Barbadiana. Back to those kites: Easter Monday is the traditional peak of the kite flying season with the annual kite flying contests. Across the island freshly cut sugar cane fields and sports grounds host entries from the smallest to the largest, some competing for cash prizes, and all competing for pride! Plan to spend a day on the road zipping from field to field using the skies as your guide. The aural and visual spectacle is not one you’re likely to forget soon. We’ve only barely scratched the surface of the memories you can make over Easter in Barbados. No matter your view or persuasion there is something for everyone at this time of year, and if you’re really lucky the Easter Bunny will have paid you a visit. Remember, load up the GPS and buckle into your rental car for the trip of a lifetime in Barbados!
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Can you believe we’re two months into 2016 and motoring on into March? Neither can we.  This means that the Sandy Lane Gold Cup is just around the corner. The Southern Caribbean’s biggest race day and most prestigious race is a staple on the first Saturday in March. This year is no different. The pomp and pageantry is not to be missed, as there is no other atmosphere like horse racing in a UNESCO heritage area while enjoying a tropical carnival atmosphere that only Barbados can deliver. If horses are indeed you thing, then you’re in luck. A short drive north from the Garrison Historic Area to the West Coast/Gold Coast of the island and you’re going to find yourself in the epicentre of the local polo scene. Late winter polo in Barbados is a tradition going back over 130 years. With 3 active polo fields and a strong local cadre of players there is usually polo to be found every Thursday and Sunday afternoon at this time of year. For the even more adventurous, there are also opportunities for polo lessons on the teaching fields. Traditionally strong trade winds are a hallmark of this time of year on the island. While that may be excellent for kite-surfing, wind-surfing and sailing, it proves to be a great challenge for golfers of all abilities. With its excellent courses, Barbados’ golfing scene is very vibrant and locals and visitors alike are spoilt for choice and spectacular views while enjoying their favourite game. Just load up your rental car and make your way either south or west, and you’ll soon be within shouting distance of a championship course. Of course, you can always just load up the hired car and embark on a driving adventure crisscrossing the island and its vast network of paved roads, which all seem to lead to the beach! Punctuating those lazy days on the beach are opportunities to visit numerous open house and gardens in the programme run by the Barbados National Trust every Wednesday afternoon during the season. Being mobile also means diversity in beaches, since you can mix up your days with calming turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea on the West Coast with the more rugged surf of the East Coast with the raw power of the undisturbed Atlantic Ocean. Whether the beach is your thing, or you’re looking for a more balanced holiday; belt yourself into a hired car and enjoy our island. So remember to book your rental early and make sure you take the GPS option if you’re planning to maximise your time in the sun! Barbados invites you to escape your winter and make the most of your tropical getaway!
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As winter continues to rage on and the storms get worse, your resolve wears thin and the need to escape to a warmer climate grows within. Barbados is the tonic you’re searching for. Snowzilla has so far been the worst of the North American winter storms for snow and its impact on the larger metropolitan areas of the eastern US, but luckily Barbados is just a few hours away from JFK or MIA, allowing the lucky travellers a chance to change their latitude and their attitude on the same day. January ended with a bang, as the Team Concise 70 trimaran, Ms. Barbados (MS70), shattered the round the island record in the 70th anniversary Mount Gay Round the Island Race. By almost 50% was the record lowered by both Ms. Barbados and her sister boat Phaedo3.  Also falling by the way side was the windsurfing round the island record, at the hands of Charles Trevor Hunte.  The J/24’s were almost in on the act, but missed by the slimmest of margins this year. If yachting is your bag, there’s plenty more J/24 action coming up in the first half of the year. The steady tradewinds also bring with them the windsurfers and kiteboarders frolicking in the warm Caribbean waters and enjoying the cooler winter temperatures during the day and night. To keep up with the winds and the swells a hired car is a must, as the freedom allows for maximum fun! Also on the water the fishermen are kept busy with the charter season in full swing, and plenty of boats and adventures for visiting anglers to find the right fit for them. Barbados in February also means that polo is kicking off, and Thursdays and Sundays take on a whole new meaning for the glitterati. Driving from field to field is a part of the allure, as are the tailgate picnics and teas. If you’re visiting, rentals cars, are a must if you would like to enjoy the matches like a local.  Of course there’s also the full VIP experience also available and is another popular option among visitors and locals alike. For those really missing the sports of the summer, the appeal of world class golf in the middle of your winter must make a visit to Barbados top of your list. Because of the lower daytime temperatures, golf is that much more pleasurable at this time of year, but the challenge also increases with the steady northeast trades blowing strong across any of the island’s championship courses.  Whether you’re on the Old Nine at Sandy Lane or playing the public course at Durants, the feeling is the same when you know your neighbour is shoveling snow and you’re swinging your clubs. So remember to book your rental car early and make sure you take the GPS option if you’re planning to maximise your time in the sun! Barbados invites you to escape your winter and make the most of your tropical getaway!
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As the throes of winter grip the southern Caribbean we in Barbados are trying to make the best of the average 26°C (79°F) temperatures sweeping the island! Life’s rough in the tropics! Don’t you wish you could ‘complain’ about the same in your beloved homeland? January in Barbados is well and truly in the height of our winter tourist season and, as such, demand is quite high for all things tourism related. Whether it is hotel rooms, hired/rental cars, ground tours, airline bookings or just dinner reservations, if you haven’t already made your arrangements then you’ll be in a bind to get your pick of activities and attractions for your vacation. The relatively cooler temperatures during the day, and at night, make it perfect for our friends from the north to escape their winter to the very pleasant cooling breezes provided by the prevailing trade winds. Beach going is especially comfortable at this time of year, as the intensity of the sun’s rays is mitigated by the lower temperatures.  Similarly, going out at night is a joy in the ‘chilled’ air. During the high season many restaurants, especially on the Gold & Platinum Coasts (West Coast) tend to take on a more formal posture at night, and as such, long pants/trousers and long sleeves become de rigueur for the more swanky restaurants and lounges. For the more adventurous or active amongst us January, and especially cold fronts from the north can bring with them the coveted north swell. For surfers, this is the swell that they are looking forward to all year. The arrival of these swells means that there will be some of the best surf in the world wrapping all the way around from the world class Soup Bowl to the West Coast of the island.  The only way to effectively get the best out of these brief epic conditions is with a car. Hired SUV’s/Jeeps are the way to go if you’re chasing the elusive perfect wave. The previously mentioned prevailing and sustained trade winds blowing across the island also make it perfect for wind sports. Kite surfing and wind surfing take to the fore in the south east of the island, with Silver Rock and Silver Sands coming alive with professionals and highly skilled amateurs honing their skills and training for the upcoming summer seasons in their native lands and on the professional circuit. Also world famous is the round Mount Gay Round Barbados Yacht Race. Now in its 80th year, this race features yachts from around the world and throughout the Caribbean all vying to break the records and beat their class rivals to line honours. If you love sailing, you are treated to everything from MOD70 Trimarans doing 40 plus knots, to J/24 racers. Following this series around the island in your rental car is a must in January. Remember, book your car early and include the GPS option if you want to thoroughly enjoy your January experience in Barbados. The island has so much to offer, especially at this time of year, that you’ll miss it all without the freedom of your own transportation. You can decide if you want to enjoy or endure the winter!

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