BarbadosAn under $450 round-trip fare to the British West Indies proves there’s a silver lining to even this economic cloud. The regular $149-a-night rate at Sea-U Guest House is slightly outside our box, but grab the winter special - seven nights in a studio for two with breakfast and car rental for $1,490 - and enjoy this tony island from a romantic East Coast perch. In the Sea-U neighborhood, splurge on a traditional Bajan brunch at the storied Atlantis (scheduled to reopen late this month, $37.50). Hike with Sea-U staffer Sea Cat to Bath beach, a reef-protected seaside park ($17.25). After playing in the surf, tip a Banks brew with the local crowd at Surf Side rum shop, or dine seaside at Round House, a 19th-century inn restored by a former Connecticut family, the Manleys.
Farther afield are more attractions than on almost any other Caribbean island to explore in the car that comes with your package. Just remember: “Left! Left!’’
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