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In September 2017, Hurricane Irma caused extensive damage across the island. Many places closed for rebuilding. Frommer's recommends that vacationers check in advance with all businesses before traveling.

It's little more than a treehouse hanging over the sand, but this sunny, friendly Duke Street beach bar/restaurant is a beloved hang of locals and visitors alike. The Sandbar is owned and run by two radiant and convivial Canadian sisters who also own the Manta House, a spiffy three-suite B&B across the street that's popular with visiting divers (weekly rates: winter $1,500 Jungle Bungalow, $1,500 North Bungalow, $1,700 Middle Bungalow; off-season $995 Jungle Bungalow, $1,300 North Bungalow, $1,500 Middle Bungalow; dive packages $75 per person/day). Sandbar is both watering hole and dining destination—don't be surprised to see the capital's movers and shakers tucking into a Sandbar burger or the shrimp and avocado salad. That's because the food at Sandbar is reliably fresh and tasty, including island favorites like cracked conch and curry chicken.