• Antigua hosts its 36th annual Sailing Week April 27 to May 3. The
event is expected to draw more than 200 entrants from 30 countries
and loads of onlookers who will line the shores and cliffs on race
days and fill the restaurants and bars at night.
Hotels have special packages; visit www.Antigua-Barbuda.org for details.
• Montserrat, an hour's ferry ride from St. John's, Antigua,
makes a great day trip.
Rent a trail bike from Imagine Peace Bicycles (the name is a
tribute to John Lennon) for $15 a day. Guide service also is
• Bonefish the saltwater flats of Great Exuma in the Bahamas.
Shops stock rental gear, and plenty of locals serve as guides.
Check out the construction site of the new Four Seasons Emerald
Bay resort, scheduled to open in November and propel the Exumas
into bigtime tourism.
• St. Vincent has a fleet of minibuses that cover most places
along the south coast for $1 per ride.
Cars also can be rented in Kingstown for an average daily rate
of $50. Check the Web site at www.svgtourism.com for details.
• Glass-bottom boats operate between Speyside on Tobago's east
coast and Little Tobago Island just offshore, a sanctuary for sea
birds and a paradise for nature lovers.
• A diet of brine shrimp accounts for the bright pink colors of
Bonaire's 15,000-plus flamingos, the largest flock in the Western
Most hang out in Goto Meer saltwater lagoon in the north. Best
viewing months are January through June.
• Kids will love the Arecibo Observatory on Puerto Rico's north
coast, especially the 1,000-foot-wide radio telescope that appeared
in "Goldeneye," Pierce Brosnan's first James Bond flick.
• Lucayan National Park on Grand Bahama Island is all about
preserving ecosystems and natural resources.
Visitors can kayak through the park's mangrove-lined channels
far from the crowds.
• Belize's Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, established by
the Wildlife Conservation Society in 1986, is the place to spot
jaguars, if you're lucky.
Park scientists confirm that chances of seeing even one of the
14 big cats are slim to none, but the park has trails, waterfalls
and friendly guides.