Caribbean Trips Now a Breeze, Travel Editor Says

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Foodies: Without question, Anguilla. Though the island is small and untouristy it has more first-rate restaurants, including Blanchard's and Mango's, than any other island in the Caribbean.

Beach Lovers: Antigua is renowned for its miles of pristine beaches. Barbados also has great beaches. Negril, Jamaica's seven-mile beach, is still spectacular but it isn't the paradise it once was because of overdevelopment.

Nightlife: Aruba is often referred to as the Caribbean's Las Vegas, because it has so many casinos and clubs.

Snorkelers: Bonaire has been the place to go for the last decade. Cozumel also has good snorkeling, and Saba is an up-and-coming destination for avid snorkelers who want a new place to explore.

Music Buffs: You can't go wrong in Jamaica because the indigenous culture is deeply rooted in reggae. Plus there's the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, which is state-of-the-art and quite remarkable. The islands of Trinidad and Tobago are also great bets during Carnival (February 23-24, 2004).

What is the most romantic resort you've ever visited in the Caribbean?

Half Moon Club in Montego Bay, Jamaica (www.halfmoon-resort.com). It's an old, charming hotel that has been there for nearly 50 years. It's very British and just gorgeous.

Besides cruising, how can travelers see many islands in a week or two?

I love to tour the islands by sailboat. But if you don't want to be on the water, you can take a puddle jumper from island to island. You can start in Tortola and travel all the way down the Grenadines to Trinidad and Tobago.

Are there any virtually undiscovered islands left?

St. Kitts and Nevis, which are part of the Grenadine islands, are tiny and more difficult to get to than some islands. So they aren't on many people's radar screens. They're like many of the islands in the South Pacific, small and lush without all the casinos and clubs. If you really want an intimate experience, these are the islands to visit.

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