BLANCHISSEUSE BEACH RESORT / LAGUNA MAR NATURE LODGE, 65^ Mile Marker, Paria Main Rd., Blanchisseuse; s 628-3731, fax 628-3737. This German-style guest house currently has 12 rooms with bath and a separate four-bedroom cottage with kitchen; more units are planned. Rooms are $55 single, $75 double, not including service charges and a 15% tax. Located toward the end of Paria Main Rd. at the Marianne River, fishing is good and ocean swimming is nearby. The German owners, the Zollnas, have created order in a tropical setting. The guest house consists of two white buildings with six rooms each. There is a large veranda for relaxing and rooms come equipped with mosquito nets. Across the street they've opened the small Coco's Hut Restaurant and Bar. See Where To Eat for more information.

Amenities: Restaurant.

Good for: Singles, couples, small families.

Comment: If you want only rain forest views in this oceanside town, this is the place.

NORTH STAR/BOUGAN VILLA, L.P. #4, Paria Main Rd., Blanchisseuse; s 637-4619. Bertram Blackman and his sister Sandra built this small guest house under the guiding influence of their gracious parents. The house sits by the water with five rooms, three up and two down, all with shared baths, for $35 a day. The best option is either of their two new apartments built right over the water for $50, all-inclusive. Rooms are comfortable and attractive, there's a fully equipped common kitchen, and a grassy lawn with steps leading down to the beach.

Amenities: Beachfront, kitchen facilities.

Good for: Singles, couples.

Comment: These are very nice people and they'll do their best to help you enjoy your stay.

SECOND SPRING BED & BREAKFAST INN, Lamp post 191, Blanchisseuse; s 669-3909, fax 638-7393. Owned by Frenchwoman Ginette Holder, this guest house offers four nicely designed apartments, all with ocean views, terraces, and kitchenettes. The one cottage rents for $50 single, $60 double, and $70 triple. The studio units are $40 single and $50 double. Prices include continental breakfast and service charge. The setting is high on a hill at the edge of the rain forest. There's no AC, but with the sea breezes you probably won't need it. With tiles and wood and touches of antiques, this is a lovely spot. If you're having trouble finding it, just ask for directions to Mrs. Holder's guest house when you get into town. (Ginette promises to have a sign by the time you get here.) If you would like complete meals, Ginette will prepare them for an extra charge. If you're really lucky, she'll have figured out a way to open an antique shop like the one she had in Port of Spain. It was wonderful.

Amenities: Great views, stylish setting, continental breakfast.

Good for: Singles, romantic couples.

Comment: Blanchisseuse offers both rain forest and ocean. Second Spring gives you both in style.

SURF COUNTRY INN, North Coast Rd., Blanchisseuse; s/fax 669-2475. Owned by Mr. Andrew Hernandez, Sr., the Surf Inn is a charming and romantic guest house perched on a hill. Only three rooms are currently open, but they are planning to build a few more. Rooms have either balconies overlooking the bay or terraces by the garden. They are not large, but offer a small fridge, a hot water pot for tea or coffee, fresh flowers, a mosquito net, and ceiling fan. Rooms are $60 single or double, inclusive of tax and service charge, and the price also includes a full breakfast. See Where To

Amenities: Mini-fridge, flowers, hot water pot, restaurant. Good For: Singles, couples, especially romantics. Comment: We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Blanchisseuse offers more in the way of romantic accommodations than other places, and Surf Country Inn is no exception. Flowers in the room, pretty views, and candles are just the needed touches.



"We stayed in the [Bougan Villa] apartments Eillsp hanging over the water. They were great!" Green-5S593 berg and Angelucci, Mahwah, NJ.


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