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Islands 2008: Think Small

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Sunday, March 2, 2008; Page P01

Finding an island to visit in the Caribbean is about as hard as finding a star in the night sky. But look closely, and sometimes it's the smallest flecks in the heavens that shine the brightest.

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Turns out it's the same way when it comes to islands. Size truly doesn't matter. That said, when we set out to find smaller isles off most tourist radars, we figured we'd find pretty much the same thing. Empty roads. No cruise ships. Untrammeled beaches. Friendly locals.

In other words, perfection.

What we didn't count on was the sense of adventure each provides. On Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, we swam amid hulking boulders pounded by the sea ( Page P4). In the waters off the Grenadines, we sailed on a cramped boat with an energetic mutt (Page P7). And on Montserrat, we came face to face with a smoldering volcano and the people determined not to let it hold them back (Page P8).

Small wonders indeed.

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