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As we bobbed gently in our motor launch a few hundred yards offshore from one of the all-you-can-eat, compulsory-drinking-games-and-high-jinks resorts off the south-west coast of Antigua, our skipper, Prince, summed it all up. Passing us another beer as the sun went down, he nodded in the direction of the beach: "I worked there for five years, but now I can't imagine being anywhere but Carlisle Bay." We had to agree with him, and as he pushed the throttle and turned the boat, we thanked our lucky stars that that was where we were bound ...

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If you've decided to stay at home over the millennium with a mug of cocoa, why not take advantage of the drop in prices in the New Year to indulge your travel fantasies? The sun will still be shining, even in 2000.

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