Anguilla News: April 1997
News reports from on the island, as they were posted to the Net:
Moonsplash 3-day Party at Bankie Banx' Dune Preserve
Every year during the March full moon Bankie Banx, Anguilla's reggae star, puts on a
three-day concert and beach party at his funky Dune Preserve
bar and restaurant on Rendezvous Bay. to learn more about Bankie,
visit this web site with recent
pictures of Bankie and the Dune Preserve.
Then go to the Anguilla Home Page if you want to hear a sample of his sound in Real Audio,
WAV or AU format.
We went on Sunday afternoon
this year and snapped the pictures above (click on them to see a full-size
image). There was a boat race, food,
drinks, lots of boats over from St. Martin, action, sun, sand, music, swimming,
Moonsplash may have a ticket charge, but no one ever asked us
for it and they even gave us a free mixed drink on the way in.
Moonsplash started on Friday night (Bankie himself did not go on until
2 AM, so the full experience is for the young at heart), continued Saturday
night and ran all day Sunday. To reach the Dune Preserve look for
the turn off the main road toward St Martin between the roads to Anguilla Great House and
Lloyds Guest House has Email
Contrary to what you might think by reading about Cap Juluca,
it doesn't necessarily cost a fortune to visit Anguilla.
Our friendly local guest house, Lloyds,
is quite reasonable and can now
be reached by email at
Villa for Sale by Owner
Eighty-four year old Geoff Sims-Davies has lived in Anguilla for many years, first
at Rendezvous Bay and then on the Sea Rocks. Last year
his wife died after a long illness and Geoff now must move
back to Canada to be with his family.
Geeff has decided to sell his home and guest apartment with them panoramic view
Geeff is attemptin this sale on the Internet. Here is the web site:
Leeward Islands Debating Competition
Tara Carter reminds us
that Anguilla is hosting the 25th anniversary of the Leeward Islands
Inter-Secondary School Debates, sponsored by Cable and Wireless.
The debates commence Wednesay, April 2nd and come to a
climax on Sunday. Everyone is invited to come out and support the
Anguillian debating team competing against teams from Antigua, Monteserrat,
St. Kitts and Nevis.
The members of the Anguilla team include:
These evenings at Ruthwill Auditorium in the The Valley
promise to be exciting and extremely informative, so don't be
- Keesha Webster (6th form)
- Tara Carter (5th form)
- Lenox Proctor (6th form)
- Chantal Lewis (5th form)
- Substitutes: Marlon Lake and Kishma Bryan.
- Night 1. April 3rd. 8 PM. Monteserrat vs. St Kitts
- Night 2. April 4th. 7:30PM. Antigua vs Anguilla
- Night 3. April 5th. 7:30 PM. Nevis vs Winner of Night 1.
- Night 4. April 6th. 7:30 PM. Winner of Night 2 vs Winner of Night 3.
There is another new gourmet restaurant in Anguilla, Leduc's,
located on the main West End road between
Cap Juluca and Cove Castles. They are
open every day for lunch and dinner.
We went for lunch and had an incredible meal of Spring Roll,
Baked Goat Cheese Salad, a sandwich of Grilled Eggplant, Zucchini,
cheese and tomatoes, plus Creme Brulee and Frozen French Nouget for desert.
Chef Maurice Leduc and Chef Dominic have designed an
excellent menu and, based on our one visit, they know how to execute it.
For the past ten years Veronica and Maurice have been slowly migrating
westward, starting at Island Harbour with the Fish Trap, then
Pizazz in Sandy Ground and now their new venture west of Cap Juluca.
Maurice is assisted by Chef Dominic, previously at Cove Castle and Casablanca.
Telephone: 264-497-6393 for reservations.
- Chef's Choice Soup of the Day, price varies.
- Fish Soup, traditional Provencal style 7.00
- Classic French Onion Soup topped with croutons and cheese gratin 8.00
- Caesar Salad of crips romaine lettuce tossed with garlic parmesan dressing 7.00
- Mixed Green Salad with basic vinagrette and toasted pine-nuts 6.00
- Tossed Green Salad with apples and crumbled blue cheese 8.00
- Pate of Chicken Liver, tarragon and brandy 7.00
- Spring Roll, shrimp and cilantro salad rolled in rice paper, sesame dressing 9.00
- Escargot Snails garlic herb butter and diced tomatoes served en croute 9.00
- Caribbean Fish Cake with tropical fruit salsa 8.00
- Tomato Pie short crust pastry baked with gruyere cheese and slice tomatoes 8.00
- Crepe Sicilliene with proscuitto ham and spinach, tomato coulis 7.00
- Goat Cheese baked in phyllo, sun-dried tomato sauce 8.00
- Whole Snapper Grilled with home-made lemon-thyme pesto 24.00
- Grilled Snapper Fillet, French creole sauce and honeyed red cabbage 22.00
- Snapper Fillet Grilled with herbs de Provence & basil oil 22.00
- Grilled Tuna Loin crusted with spices, juniper-berry port wine sauce 25.00
- Mahi Mahi pan seared with coconut, served with mango-pineapple chutney 21.00
- Extra Large Shrimp grilled with chilli, lime and ginger glaze 25.00
- Local Lobster Tail split and grilled, French creole sauce. Market Price.
- Seafood Gratin casserole of lobster, shrimp, fish and pumpkin 25.00
- Spaghettini carmelized onions, grilled eggplant, zucchini & goat cheese 21.00
- Spaghettini tossed with mushrooms, tomatoes and basil 17.00
- Penne Pasta tossed with sauteed shrimp, garlic and white wine 24.00
- Penne Pasta Three Cheeses, parmesan, blue and goat cheese 20.00
- Chicken Breast grilled with a light honey-mustard glaze 17.00
- Chicken Roasted with rosemary, garlic and white wine 18.00
- Duck Breast grilled and sliced, served with fig sauce 24.00
- Filet Mignon with roasted shallots and Merlot wine reduction 25.00
- Veal Loin sauted with mushrooms and marsala wine sauce 24.00
- Banana Rum Tart 8.00
- Apple Crepe, thin French crepes wrapped around spiced apples and
laced with Calvados sauce 7.00
- Frozen French Nouget, homemade light nouget of mixed fruits and nuts
with kiwi sauce 8.00
- Chocolate Peper Cookies, crisp slightly peppery and layered with
chocolate mousse and strawberry ice-cream 8.00
- Creme Brulee, chilled cream flan with crisp glazed sugar topping,
garnished with fruit 7.00
- Vanilla Ice Cream 5.00 with topping 6.00 raspberry, kiwi or mango
- Chocolate Truffle Turtlecakes with caramel filling 8.00
Menu prices are in US Currency and a 15% service charge is added.
Local News Tidbits
Salt Fish on Good Friday.
It is tradition on Anguilla that you do not eat anything with blood
on Good Friday. Salt fish is the local dish for the day and
large piles of it are for sale in every store.
Television. New on Cable TV in Anguilla is channel 37, the BBC World New Report.
Easter Talent Show Tonight!Tuesday, April 1st, 7:30 PM.
The Creative Arts Association and the children of the Island Harbour
Primary School present
An Easter Hat Parade Talent Show and Traditional and Modern Hairstyles
Admission: EC$10. Location: Ruthwill Auditorium in The Valley (next door
to the Anglican Church).
School is off for 2 weeks here in Anguilla - Easter break.
Soroptomists are raffling a jeep to raise funds to finish their
nice day care center behind the library. US $100 buys you one
of 400 chances. Purchase from any member, from Alecia Ballin at Alecie's Place
or Olive Hodge at the Anguilla Drug Store.
Hale-Bopp Comet is very visible from Anguilla right now.
Anguilla--Tranquil Isle of the Caribbean, the new book about Anguilla that was
just published, is reportedly on sale in
UK bookstores now. Haven't heard of any bookstores in the USA carrying it yet,
but several people have called the Anguilla Drug Store and ordered a copy to
be mailed to them.
Cellular Phones. Cable and Wireless has erected a new tower in
the West End to extend cellular coverage beyond The Valley.
Pink Mealy Bugs. Despite an embargo of fruits and vegetables from other islands,
the devastating Pink Mealy Bug has been spotted in South Hill, Sandy Ground and
Dance Lessons. Jazz, ballet and tap dance lessons are available
on Anguilla for children, teens and adults. Contact Susan Geyer at 8364.
Mariners New Web Site
The Mariners Cliffside Beach Resort has a new home page to go
with the refurbished look:
Romantic Beach Walk for a Couple
On March 16th, I asked a
recent visitor to Anguilla what stood out as a special activity or place for
a couple? He suggested,
"I would tell another couple planning on going to Anguilla,
who were looking for a romantic spot to be alone, to make sure to
go for a walk at night along the beach at Rendezvous Bay. The beach is long
and dark and the sand is soft, flat and rock-free. You can really get a
good look at the stars out on that dark, quiet stretch of beach, and the
lights off in the distance on St Maarten add to the atmosphere. It is
without a doubt the nicest spot we've yet shared a romantic embrace."
[ His home page ]
You can see a picture of part of Rendezvous Bay in the story above
about the Moonsplash concert.
Or take a look at this picture.
The Caribtalk Forum and the Anguilla Tete-a-Tete
The Travel Talk web site has a forum where people can post questions,
answers, reports and opinions about travel to Anguilla.
For example, Dave Beasley reports that
"Crocus Bay snorkeling is wonderful." Drive up Coronation Blvd from
The Valley toward Koal Keel Restaurant. Continue past
Lloyds Guest House and the old Cottage Hospital. Park at the bottom of the steep hill and swim to the right "along the coast. We saw quite a few sea turtles ... it was awesome."
There is another forum on the net for posting Anguilla messages--Julian Niles
Anguilla Tete-a-Tete. This is a great place to post your trip report
when you get home from Anguilla.
Offshore Finance Web Sites
Vince Cate has
put all of the Offshore Finance Laws of Anguilla online at:
The Anguilla Financial Services Association is online with
a Web directory of its members with links and email addresses:
KPMG Anguilla now has a web page also:
Computer Club's First PC Fixup Party
The Anguilla Library Computer Club really appreciates the surplus computers
that people have donated to us. But they are old and children are active
and the weather in Anguilla is hard on electroncis, so we
had accumulated 10 non-operational computers. To deal with the problem,
we held a party for the student volunteers and invited everyone
who knew anything about computer hardware. The broken PCs were spread out all
over a giant table and our goal was to create one working computer out of them.
We made the students do all the work.
We lubricated people's enhtusiasm with pizza and Ting.
Result: three working PCs (two are 386, one is a 286). Just in time
for 2 new monitors that arrived at the airport with a guest the same
day. Now we just need another working SVGA monitor...
The party was such fun and the students learned a great deal. Therefore, this
is now going to be a monthly event.
Next hardware fixit party is April 23rd. If you know how to fix PC and would like to help, and eat some homemade pizza,
let us know.
Clothing Optional Beaches?
Are there any clothing-optional beaches on Anguilla?
No there aren't. Nude and topless bathing is illegal in
Anguilla. Try any French island such as St. Martin, Gaudeloupe, or Martinique.
St. Barths is nearby, small and very nice.
When you leave your front door open, . . .
Orphan baby goats may wander in, scamper up the stairs,
around the verandah, and tiptoe silently in your bedroom door!
Visit last year's tribute to Anguilla's Goats
New Area Code is 264
As of April 1st,
the new area code for Anguilla is 264 (ANG).
However, the old area code of 809 will also work through September,
after which you must use the new area code. For example, the
old telephone number of Cable & Wireless Anguilla changes from
to the new number of
From a recent email message:
I'm having trouble locating the hurricane season for Anguilla and
the best and worst months to vacation. Can you help?
Hurricane season starts in June and runs until November. In 1996 we had a
small hurricane in early July, which is very unusual.
Statistically, the vast
majority of Caribbean storms occur during the 2-week
period centered around September 10th.
That is why many hotels close for the month of September.
A good source
for current hurricane information is the Weather Net.
Anguilla has comfortable temperature and humidity levels
For example, on Saturday March 29th at 10:10 am the sky is sunny and
the temperature is 81 F (it got down to 74 F during the night).
The best weather in Anguilla is probably
April-May and October-November. Winter temperature is usually
around 80 degrees. Summer temperatures vary from 80-85 degrees with
humidity around 60-75%. Very nice summer weather, compared to the
east coast of the United States.
Here is a site at the Washington Post that has the 5 day
forecast for Anguilla and a satellite image of the Caribbean:
http://www.weatherpost.com/cities/vitv.htm. So far it seems fairly accurate.
News Flash: Incredible Slide Show
Ray Wilmott has put a fantastic slide show of Anguilla
on his home page. Pictures of Rendezvous Bay, Captains Bay,
Jobsie Bay, Cap Juluca, Scilly Cay, Road Bay, and much more. I suggest
you take a look. And it automatically moves on to the next picture
after 30 seconds. You don't even have to click.
Here is the link: http://mars.superlink.net/rwilmott/slide.html
Anguilla Students Win Debating Contest
The Anguillian team was victorious in the recent Leeward Islands
Debating Competition. Congratulations to everyone on the team
and everyone who put on this inter-island event. The debates
were broadcast live every night on Cable Channel 3 in Anguilla.
Rafe's Overlook Barbecue
Rafe's joint is one of the best bargains on Anguilla and a fun place
too. The menu is simple: drinks from the bar, ribs, chicken, and garlic
bread from the barbecue pit. You pay your money at the bar and pick up your
food from the barbecue. The decor is driftwood, galvanized roof, and cast off chairs,
tables and benches. The prices
are great: ribs for US$4, garlic bread for $1.
The location is wonderful: on the back road cliff overlooking
Sandy Ground and Road Bay, you can even hear Johnno's music
from a mile away. [ Here is a picture of the view ]
The clientele is varied. You never know who you will
see at Rafe's: tourists, construction workers,
in for a late-night after-dinner drink, expatriates, artists, business meetings, artists, Goverment
officials. The hours are long: food is available at Rafe's from about 7PM on most nights
and they stay open until the wee hours -- this is where tired party folk gather
after Johnnos and the Pump House and the Disco have closed!
How to find Rafe's? It is located on the one-way road the runs
along the cliff above Mariners Cliffside Resort. This road starts in South Hill
west of the Light House Chinese Restaurant and joins the main road again
at the Bethel Methodist Church. Turn away from St. Martin one block west of
the Chinese restaurant (there is a mirror on the corner and a tiny sign for Rafe's).
If you have been drinking, don't get too close to the cliff -- there is no railing and
one regular has
fallen off the cliff late at night.
If you are visiting Anguilla in May, be aware that there are
3 public holidays. Food stores are closed on holidays, but
there will be boat races to watch (ask around for location and time).
- Thursday, May 1st. Labour Day
- Monday, May 26th.Whit Monday.
- Friday, May 30th. Anguilla Day.
July 27 to August 3--Arts Festival. Anguilla is hosting an International Arts Festival
and Competition with a $10,000 prize.
Read all about it.
The organizers have announced a full schedule of events: historical tour, nature trail, cocktail party, party at the Dune Preserve, hotel tours, sidewalk art show, and final banquet,
plus workshops on nature in Anguilla, history, archeology, boat building and racing, and
Some hotels are offering spectacular discounts for participating
artists: $25-$35pp at Harbour villas, $25-$30 at Masara,
$30pp double at Spindrift,
$50-$75 at Rendezvous Bay, 50% off at Mallliouhana, Cap Juluca,
Arawak, Blue Waters, Caribella, Cinnamon Reef. For more
information, send a fax to 264-497-2735 or email the
Anguilla Tourist Board.
July 31 to August 10--Carnival.
Exciting boat races. Calypso contests. Parade of the troupes. Dancing
in the streets. Stay tuned for more info in future news updates.
The Anguilla Local News Archives
Did you know that all back issues of the Anguilla Local News are
available on-line? And fully indexed. For example,
if you are interested in having a unique Anguillian experience, go
to the index pages and click on
"hidden delights" link. Here is what you will see:
Many enjoyable places and experiences in Anguilla do not have a sign
to them. Remember, there are almost no street names, street signs,
or street numbers in Anguilla.
Here are links to Anguilla's lesser-known,
even hidden, delights.
- Anguilla Local News articles:
- Other web sites:
Chocolat and Captain Rollins
The Internet forums have contained some glowing reviews of
the catamaran Chocolat recently. Click on the picture
to the right for a full-size image.
First, a report from Kenny Schik:
"We spent a very pleasant day with Capt. Rollins on his catamaran, "Chocolat". The cost is $80
dollars per person, but includes lunch and all the beverages you would like to consume! We went
snorkeling on Prickly Pear Island, had lunch on Sandy Island, and snorkeled at Little Bay. The
sailing was fantastic, and Rollins is a great host. We were on the water for 7 hours. I recommend this
for anyone. It was the highlight of our trip to Anguilla!"
Then from Kathy Smith:"
"The best part of our trip was
going out on Chocolat a 35' catamaran with Captain Rollins Ruan. He was delightful and very
Chocolat takes a maximum of 12 people out at a
time... He also does sunset cruises for 2-8 people at
$50 per including hors d'oeuvres and drinks. Private charter are available for $360 for 1-4 people
and $50 per person additional. Drinks included. If you want him to cater lunch, let him know. They
will do that on request..." [email protected]
Your intrepid correspondent volunteered to go out with Captain Rollins Ruan for research purposes.
Spending the day from 9:45 AM to 4:45PM on Chocolat was
a great experience. Here are some pictures I took:
Hint: Before starting out I lathered myself with
waterproof 45 SPF Sun Screen, but I still got a burn where I didn't have enough on my face.
It was a tough assignment, but I can now recommend
the Chocolat excursion from personal experience.
- Our captain in his blue shorts.
Captain Rollins Ruan did a good job of transporting, feeding,
entertaining and educating us, plus he took care to keep
us out of trouble ("no climbing the rope at Little Bay").
- Prickly Pear is an
offshore cay about 6 miles from Road Bay. Beyond it a few
more miles is Dog Island, even bigger and with 5 good beaches.
We dropped anchor at Prickly Pear to snorkel
the reef, explore the beach along the lagoon, and
eat our lunch of barbecued chicken and pasta salad. Rum punches
started flowing freely. There are two
beach bars on Prickly Pear, but both were closed. Although
Prickly Pear is sometimes very busy with yachts and day cruises
from St Martin, it was empty for our visit.
The interior of Prickly Pear has a mangrove pond, but does not
invite exploration without good shoes and protective pants.
Another picture of opening the anchor hatch as
we approach Prickly Pear.
- Sandy Island.
We sailed back toward Road Bay and stopped in the lagoon
at Sandy Island. Again we were alone. We swam, snorkelled and
our Captain bought us a round of drinks at the small beach
bar on the islet. Sandy Island used to be
the most photographed spot in Anguilla, since it was a beautiful
narrow island about 25 by 150 yards with a calm shallow, reef protected
lagoon on the leeward side, covered in swaying palm trees. Since
Luis it has come back, except that it doesn't look the same without
the tall coconut palms. New ones have been planted but they
are only about 7 feet tall. Next season they should be fine.
The beach bar has been rebuilt and
is very nice--we all played with the waitress' young daughter.
The snorkelling on the reef was good -- many species of
tropical fish to see.
- Little Bay (this picture is from Ray Wilmott's Internet
slide show of Anguilla).
We continued on to Little Bay where we had a
close encounter with a turtle that Junior Fleming
spotted. For your information, the turtle was discovered while
exploring just to the west of Little Bay.
To book a trip, phone 264-497-3394.
Bankie Banks Web Page
Jason Butterworth has set up a web page (link dead)
for Bankie Bank, Anguilla's well-known reggae musician
and host of the Moonsplash concert.
Caribbean Week is Online
The Caribbean Week news magazine has joined the web.
Their home page is at cweek.sunbeach.net.
This is like Time magazine for the Caribbean region. They even
have a couple of news items on Anguilla.
The Straw Hat Restaurant
We went to the new Straw Hat restaurant and it was packed.
Located completely over the water on the old fishing wharf
in The Forest, Straw Hat is reached by taking the road around the
east end of the airport.
For dinner, we
split the mixed sausage appetizer and gave it two enthusiastic
thumbs up, followed by the Cuban Pork (incredible black beans!)
and the Seared Shrimp with
Crispy Corn Cake (like a potato pancake). Even though we were
full, we were glad we ordered two desserts-- Creme Brulee and Mango Pie.
This restaurant is the brainchild of four young people from New York,
ably assisted by experienced Anguillian staff.
Chef Dan Rubino and his
wife Rita also run
Cafe Mirage in Port Chester NY on the Connecticut border (which reportedly
was favorably reviewed in the March 16th Sunday NY Times).
The other two key players are:
Peter Parles, formerly a CD-ROM games producer and Producer of Blue's
Clues, a preschool television show on Nickelodeon and his fiancee,
The local staff is headed up by
Claudius Richardson, formerly of Cap Juluca and Koal Keel and Lester
Edwards formerly of Cocoloba.
Reservations are suggested. 264-497-8300.
You can even email your reservation request before you leave home:
The Straw Hat's Menu
Mixed Baby Lettuces, Greens And Other Colors Tossed With Our House Vinaigrette 7.00
Dan's Famous Buck Shot Gazpacho � A Chilled Vegetable Soup With Southwestern Flavors And Black Beans 6.00
Peruvian Style Ceviche � Local Red Snapper Marinated With Vegetables And Lime Juice With A Touch Of Heat � Can Be Made Hotter Upon Request 7.50
Duck Confit And Water Chestnut Dumplings With Spiced Gyoza Dipping Sauce 7.00
Saut�ed Escargot With Roasted Garlic Mushroom Sauce And Tomato Shallot Relish 8.00
"Down The Tubes" - Five Sausages � French Saucisson a'Ail, Moroccan Merguez, Cajun Hot Andouille, Syrian Lamb And Hot Italian Served With A French Green Lentil Salad 9.00
Chipotle Fish Soup � A Spicier Version Of The Classic Served With Chipotle "Smoked Jalape�o" Canap�s 6.50
Thai Ginger Lemon Grass Shrimp � Your Choice Mild, Medium, Hot Or Volcanic 8.00
- Zuppa Di Pesce � Shrimp, Scallops, Calamari, Local Red Snapper And Chopped Clams In A Marinara Sauce Over Linguini 21.00
- Seared Shrimp And Crispy Corn Cake With A Lime Saffron Sauce Fused in Olive Oil 19.00
- Thai Five Flavor Whole Fish "Pla Lat Prik" � Crispy Whole Red Snapper Served In Traditional Thai Style 23.00
- Bouillabaisse � The Classic French Fish Stew With Shrimp, Lobster, And Other Local Seafood Served With Rouille - A Spiced Garlic Mayonnaise 24.00
- Grilled Yellow Tail Fillet In Southwestern Dry Marinade With Citrus Cilantro Sauce And Grilled Vegetables 17.00
- Fusilli Puttenesca � A Spiced Marinara Sauce With Olives, Capers And Anchovies Over Pasta 16.00
All prices are in US Dollars.
A 15% service charge will be added to all checks.
Master Card, Visa and American Express accepted at Straw Hat.
- Jamaican Jerk Chicken Breast � Jerk Seasoning Is Hot And Spicy, Served With Rice, Fried Plantains And Black Beans 16.00
- New York Strip Steak � Your Choice - Au Poivre With A Green Peppercorn Sauce And French
Fries Or Diablo, With A Super hot Habanero Sauce Rice And Black Beans 24.00
- Grilled Lamb Marinated Mediterranean Style Served With Taboule Sauces, Sides And Garnishes 19.00
- Puerco Cubano � Roast Pork Cuban Style With Plantains, Mango, Black Beans And Rice 17.00
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"What Is It?" Challenge Still Open
We have learned that this mystery building is
next door to Skiffles Villas in South Hill and was part of a 19th century
sugar mill, but how exactly did it function in the sugar mill and who actually built it?
We need an amateur archeologist or historian to add more
details to our challenge page.
Add Your Ideas! Fill in the blanks below to add
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US to Caribbean Phone Rates
According to a recent article
from the St. Vincent newspaper The Vincentian,
the FCC has proposed to reduce
the accounting rates for calls made from the US to the foreign telephone carriers,
including those in the
Caribbean. The accounting rate is the amount that is collected by US carriers and
remitted to the phone company at the other end. Here is an article
in Computerworld that describes the FCC proposal.
The change is
being resisted by the Caribbean phone companies. Lester Bird, Prime Minister
of Antigua is quoted as saying: "Right now the accounting rates for
Antigua are 53 cents [per minute] for every call coming in from the U.S. They
wish to reduce that to 19 cents. You can see the tremendous loss in revenue."
If the FCC goes ahead, calls from the US to the Caribbean can come down
by 34 cents per minute (cheapest now is about $1 per minute). This would
not make the rates from the Caribbean back to the US any cheaper.
The article quotes Christine Halgate, Regional Marketing Director
of C&W, as saying that we may see a "tripling of domestic telephone rates
and doubling of charges on overseas calls."
. . . continue virtual vacation