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ST. JOHN
WHERE TO STAY Concordia Eco-tents (800-392-9004); canvas-walled units complete with wind- and solar-powered kitchenettes start at $110. At Concordia's older and rougher sister resort, Maho Bay Camps (800-392-9004), tent-cottages start at $105. If tents aren't your style, you'll prefer the deluxe Caneel Bay Resort (888-767-3966), where doubles start at $400.

WHERE TO PLAY Private tennis lessons at Caneel Bay's Peter Burwash International (340-776-6111) are $70 per hour. The Caneel Bay Beach Hut offers snorkeling, kayaking, and other water activities.

WHERE TO EAT Shipwreck Landing (340-693-5640) entrées $6-$18. Miss Lucy's (340-693-5244) entrées $15-$24.

GETTING THERE American Airlines (800-433-7300), Delta (800-241-4141), US Airways (800-428-4322), and Continental (800-231-0856) fly to St. Thomas. There's a 40-minute cab ride to the ferry station at Red Hook, where ferries to St. John run hourly, from 6:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.; $3 per person.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
WHERE TO STAY At Bahía de Arena (809-571-0370) doubles start at $85. Beachfront condos from Cabarete Palm Beach Condos (800-822-9994) start at $72 for a studio, double occupancy.

WHERE TO PLAY At Iguana Mama (800-849-4720) a half-day mountain-biking trip costs $55, including bike, helmet, breakfast, and guides.

WHERE TO EAT Sandros, a roadside stand in Cabarete, offers inexpensive local fare. At night, there's fine French dining at Otra Cosa (809-571-0897); entrées $12-$18.

GETTING THERE TWA (800-892-4141) and American (800-433-7300) offer direct flights from New York to the Puerto Plata airport. Taxis to Cabarete cost about $20.

SBARBADOS
WHERE TO STAY The boutique gem, Lone Star Restaurant and Hotel (246-422-1617); doubles start at $675. For a more traditional resort, there's Colony Club (407-363-5112); doubles start at $542; Glitter Bay (246-422-5555); doubles start at $529; and the Royal Pavilion (246-422-5555); doubles start at $679.

WHERE TO PLAY Sign up for windsurfing lessons ($100 per hour, including rental equipment) at Blue Water, the water-sports stand out on the beach, about 25 yards from the Lone Star.

WHERE TO EAT Lone Star Restaurant (246-419-0599), entrées $9-$21; Ragamuffin's (246-432-1295), entrées $15-$22.

GETTING THERE American Airlines (800-433-7300), Air Jamaica (800-523-5585), and BWIA (800-538-2942) offer direct flights from New York to Barbados.

ANGUILLA
WHERE TO STAY CuisinArt Resort & Spa (800-937-9356); doubles start at $695. Complimentary cooking classes are offered twice weekly by executive chef Denis Jaricot. Additional demonstrations featuring visiting chefs are offered throughout the year.

WHERE TO EAT Santorini (800-937-9356); entrées $20-$45. The Pumphouse (264-497-5154); entrées $9-$22.

GETTING THERE American Airlines (800-433-7300) flies to Anguilla, and Continental (800-231-0856) offers direct flights to St. Martin, just a twenty-minute ferry ride from Anguilla.


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