December 01, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST

A Trip to the Beach: Living On Island Time in the Caribbean

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Melinda Blanchard, Robert Blanchard
Clarkson N. Potter
Nonfiction, Travel
We gave it a B

A Trip to the Beach: Living on Island Time in the Caribbean, the Blanchards’ memoir about opening a high-end restaurant on the island of Anguilla offers anecdotes about their experiences with local bureaucracy and red tape that oscillate between frustration and fun. On the one hand, they pay a total of $215 (FedEx, duty fees, etc.) for a $3 ice-cream-machine part; on the other, their lease signing is so laid-back that the ”desk” they sign the papers on is the hood of a jeep in the middle of a parking lot. Add to that the not-so-tough break of having to test eight jerk-sauce recipes before choosing the right one, and the ultimate plus of spending Christmas day lazing on a sunny beach, and Trip sounds as easy as a light breeze off the Caribbean — especially since these entrepreneurs manage to disguise their diligence as a semi-languorous vacation. B

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