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If you go: Cooper Island

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Globe Correspondent / October 23, 2005

How to get there

The Cooper Island boat leaves from the Prospect Reef dock in Road Town, Tortola. If you fly into St. Thomas, the Road Town Fast Ferry, a high-speed catamaran, takes passengers directly from Charlotte Amalie to Road Town for about $40 round trip. Walk or take a short taxi ride to the Prospect Reef dock. If you fly into Beef Island, Tortola, take a $20-$24 cab ride to Road Town.

Where to stay

Cooper Island Beach Club

Parlmes Enterprises Inc.

PO Box 512, Turners Falls, MA

413-863-3162

800-542-4624

www.cooper-island.com

E-mail: info@cooper-island.com

The eight-day, seven-night Dining Delight package includes meals, lodging, transportation on the regularly scheduled Cooper Island boat, sea kayak and snorkel equipment rental, welcome package, taxes, gratuities, and more. It's $1,099 per person ($1,499 with two dives each morning for five days) Dec. 15-Apr. 14; $799 ($1,199) April 15-May 31 and Nov. 1-Dec. 14; and $699 ($1,099) June 1-Oct. 31. Continental breakfast included in winter only. A Bare Bones package without meals is $699 in winter, $489 spring and fall, and $389 in summer.

Fort Burt Hotel

Road Town, Tortola

888-692-0993

www.bviguide.com/fortburt

E-mail: fortburt@caribsurf.com

If you need a night or two in Road Town before or after your stay at Cooper Island, this is ideal. It is near the ferry and has air conditioning, TV, and a pool. It also has an excellent open-air dining room overlooking Road Town Harbour that is operated by students from the New England Culinary Institute's Tortola campus. Rooms from $99 late December through mid-August.

What to bring

Cooper is casual. Although some visitors like to dress up a bit for dinner, it's not necessary. Bring bathing suits, T-shirts, shorts, windbreaker, lightweight sweater, sandals, flashlight, snorkeling equipment, camera, sunscreen, beach towel. If you are planning to visit Tortola, sneakers and socks and nice shorts and a shirt are a good idea for touring. If you are visiting in the shoulder or off-season when breakfast is not included, either bring cereal (milk is provided) or arrange for your kitchen to be stocked with breakfast items.

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