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When the mailman delivers the latest edition of these cruising guiddes, it's like getting one of those fruit or candy boxes Aunt Sarah and Uncle George send to celebrate a special occasion: the contents look beautiful, but they taste even better.

Both of these guides have been around for more than a quarter century, and each new edition is carefully updated to invlude all the changes and improvements - afloat and ashore. Doyle covers Grenada to Martinique (he also has a guide to the Leeward Islands to the North), while the Scotts have filled their guide with the latest information on the British and American Virgin Islands.

Both guides have mothwatering photos of harbors and beaches, detailed sketch charts of anchorages and approach routes and lots of tips on where to provision and where to find the good restaurants once you've dropped anchor.

They're standard equipment aboard almost every charter boat working these islands, but they're also perfect for planning your own dream trip to sample the delights awaiting you in the Caribbean.

Cruising Guide to the Virgin Islands Cruising Guide Publications, 248 pps, $31.95. 2009-2010 Sailors Guide to the Windward IslandsCruising Guide Publications, 432 pps, $29.95

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