Thanks for the good advice. I will go to Mayaguez first. And for the Thornless Path tip. Looking at Luperon, it looks like a big beat to windward if you go in the bay but will read Van Zandt's book first.
Now for some gear questions: Do you know if it is possible to rent an EPIRB? The local safety gear places have not called back, they may go south for the winter themselves.
I sure can't wait to go south and get outta this cold, rainy, dark New England, if only for two weeks.