GETTING THERE: Round-trip flights from all three Washington area airports generally begin at about $490. Most major carriers connect through either Tampa or Miami.

DEALS: As of press time, only four major properties on Grand Cayman are accepting guests.

Doubles at the Westin Casuarina Resort and Spa (Seven Mile Beach, 345-945-3800, begin at $260 a night during the winter season. Doubles at the Marriott Courtyard (1590 West Bay Rd., 800-228-9290, start at $158. Cobalt Coast (18A Sea Fan Drive, 888-946-5656, offers rooms and suites with kitchens, with rooms beginning at $210 throughout the winter. A dive shop is on the property outside of town; there is no sandy beach, but a pool overlooks the water. The Avalon (Seven Mile Beach, 345-945-4171, is a luxury condo with apartments for four starting at $650 per night in winter.

Other properties on Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, which reopened to visitors immediately after the hurricane, are listed at the tourism bureau site (see below).

INFORMATION: Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, 877-4-CAYMAN, A book on the hurricane's aftermath, "Spirit of Cayman -- The Aftermath of Ivan" by Sheree Ebanks, is available for $36 (soft cover) at

-- Cindy Loose