There are two nonstop flights to Barbados from the East Coast, American Airlines from New York and Eastern from Miami; the fare is about $425 round trip at midweek excursion rates. It costs another $66 round trip from Barbados to Grenada on LIAT. If you pay in advance for at least three nights at one of the island's major resorts when booking your flight, you can save about $100 per person by qualifying for a tour-basing fare.

Transportation on Grenada itself is, as they say, "no problem." Grenadian buses run regularly between St. Georges and the resort areas, and there are many taxis. It costs $20 U.S. per cabload or $50 EC (Eastern Caribbean currency) to get from the airport to the resort areas.

The most luxurious accommodations on Grenada are at Secret Harbor or in the private pool suites at Spice Island Inn; each charged $175 a day for two, MAP, during last year's winter high season. Rates are reduced roughly 40 percent between April 15 and Dec. 15. For a pleasant beach suite at Spice Island, off season, we paid $86 a day for two, MAP. There are half a dozen hotels to choose from, and several resorts that offer housekeeping apartments. At Twelve Degrees North, for example, you can rent a one-bedroom apartment for a week, off season, for $280.

Grenada is more of a visual treat than a gastronomic one. Meals are not cheap, and my wife had to make a special request to get brewed Grenadian coffee served in place of instant American brands for our last dinner at Spice Island. But good local food -- such as dolphin fish, callalou (like spinach) soup, and sapodilla fruit -- can be found, and is well worth the effort. The Ross Point Inn is known as the best restaurant for local cuisine; we also enjoyed the Red Crab, a pleasant, inexpensive cafe frequented by students.