So you’ve just landed on a small Caribbean island — what’s next? Here’s what we would do…
Grab a coconut water from one of the roadside stands on the way from the airport — you’re on island time now.
Head to St. John’s Arts & Crafts Market to wander in search of local wares. Watch the artisans at work, select an Antiguan-made straw hat and browse the painted conch shells, made-to-order dresses and leather goods… because what’s a trip without a souvenir?
Time for a leisurely lunch at Catherine’s Café, a beachside spot for a French-inflected meal. Watch the sailboats go by as you dig in to your catch of the day. Rum punch included.
Do a little hiking and take in the sweeping, postcard-perfect views at Shirley Heights, which overlooks the rocky coastline below. If it happens to be a Sunday, enjoy the sounds of the live steel bands and reggae that punctuate the air.
The water is calling — take a dip at Half Moon Bay, a national park known for its soft white sand and sublimely turquoise water. Then, snack time — grilled local lobster, anyone? — at the fish shack right on the beach.
Arrive at Curtain Bluff resort for check in — and for a bit of sport, your choice: tennis, water skiing, snorkeling, basketball, squash… or maybe a sail. Nearby English Harbour hosts a world-class sailing regatta, after all.
For dinner, you don’t have to go far. Check out Curtain Bluff’s own Tamarind Tree restaurant — and make sure you ask for a seat on the terrace.
Sink into bed with a good book — like James Michener’s Hawaii. Because you’re always thinking about your next trip…