Hotelkeepers all over the Caribbean last week raised their rates to winter levels, officially opening what promised to be the rum-punch belt's splashiest sin-and-sun season yet. Wide-open Havana, nonchalantly bent on pleasure despite a running revolution against Dictator Fulgencio Batista, offered visitors the biggest hotel built there since 1930. Jamaica also welcomed tourists to a new hotel, the island's biggest yet.

Swank & Slot Machines. The 20-story, 400-room Havana Riviera (up to $40 a day for a double room) is a modern-style palace with egg-crate fagades, wall-to-wall marble, a 78-cabaña pool and...

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