Stacey’s top tips
Stacey Lusty, from the Virgin Holidays store in Woking, tells us why life’s a beach in the Caribbean.
Best beach for a barefoot wedding?
“Make your way to the pink sand beaches of Barbuda. They’re completely secluded, open and vast – so if you’re planning a private, intimate ceremony, this is the place. With the pink sand and turquoise water as a backdrop, it’s hard to imagine a more romantic setting.”
Best day out with friends or family?
“If you’re in Antigua, you can get a speedboat out to swim, feed and play with stingrays. It’s an unforgettable experience. For shipwreck snorkelling, head to Barbados. Carlisle Bay has interesting wrecks just below the surface, and the bay itself is beautiful. Or, if you prefer to stay dry, you can saddle up and go horseback riding on the beaches of St Lucia.”
Favourite Caribbean dish, and where to get it?
“Nothing beats jerk pork straight from the grill on Friday nights in St Lucia. It’s grilled in foil with tongue-tingling spices, and you eat the meat straight from the foil. Another favourite is the fruit – especially watermelon, papaya and bananas. Or, for a real local experience, try a home-grown sugar apple or cashew straight from the tree.”
Best place for pampering?
“The sulphur springs in St Lucia and Dominica are both fun and invigorating. Don’t get put off by the smell – once you’ve been in and out, you’ll feel refreshed and energised. If you opt for the springs in Dominica, you can dive into the waterfall pool to wash off afterwards.”
Best souvenirs to bring back?
“Go for something handmade and unique to the places you’ve been. From canvas paintings to carved wooden ornaments, you’re bound to find something that’ll remind you of your travels for years to come. If you’re a rum lover, keep an eye out for homemade bottles of spiced rum in St Lucia.”
Most breath-taking sight while snorkelling?
“Getting up close and personal with turtles and corals in Carlisle Bay. There are several sunken ships to explore – one dates back almost 100 years. Barbados definitely offers some of my favourite boat and snorkelling trips.”
Best place for an old-fashioned rum punch?
“St Lucia has some of the best rum cocktails and punches. You can pick and choose from many local varieties, but look out for their best – Chairman’s Reserve, spiced.”
Most fun you had dancing?
“The jump-up street party in St Lucia on Friday nights is a ton of fun. Musicians and DJs pitch up with their sound systems and before long, everyone is dancing. For another soulful experience, Oistins in Barbados is worth checking out – especially the fish fry on Friday nights.”
Think Stacey knows it all? Then imagine – she’s just one of the hundreds of Destination Gurus here at Virgin Holidays. To start planning your own adventure, give us a ring on 0344 739 5922, pop into your nearest Virgin Holidays store or check out our latest Caribbean offers.