Four locals share their favourite island spots.
Hit the Daiquiri Shack at The Caves for a delicious fresh fruit smoothie, then grab a conch salad from Hilary's stand in Adelaide on the main road. Sunset cocktails at Compass Point can't be beat and Drifters on Arawak Cay serve drinks ‘island-style’ in tin cans with sea grape leaf placemats. When I want to step it up a notch, I stop by Greycliff. Cocktails in their glorious old living room is a must and don't miss their spectacular wine cellar.
- Fina, co-owner of Island Concierge Ltd. www.iclbahamas.com
The Wallings Dam is probably Antigua’s best-kept secret and perhaps the finest hiking and cycling trail on the entire island. O J's Bar & Seafood Restaurant is THE spot to eat. And, of course, the Antiguan Black Pineapple – by far the sweetest – needs to be tasted.
- Maria Esbrand, Manager at Bike Plus Limited
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
My favourite spot is Coki Point beach on St. Thomas. On Sundays you can find locals relaxing from sunrise to sunset in the crystal clear water. Then it’s off to Cuzzin’s Restaurant located in the heart of downtown Charlotte Amalie for a hearty serving of fresh seafood. Take the ferry over to St. John, where ninety percent of the island is protected as National Park, I love exploring new areas and soaking up the natural, breath-taking scenery.
- Joneisa, Manager at Swittswoo. www.swittswoo.com
Afternoon mojitos at Calypso Grill; a quiet picnic on the sailboat tucked into Booby Key; casual Sunday lunches at Duke’s munching crabby fries; evening walks along Boggy Sand Road to watch the sunset. The best of all though is an afternoon anchored at the sand bar, feeding the stingrays, boat hopping with friends and slowly sailing home at dusk.
- Michelle Butler, Owner Design Studio. www.designstudio.tc