Inn on the Blue Horizon
Tropically trendy 10-room boutique hotel with fine dining.
From $130 in low season ($160 high); innonthebluehorizon.com; 877-741-2583
An intimate little swath of coral sand shaded by a stand of casuarinas about two miles south of Georgetown, Smith's Cove is a well-known "secret" beach. Get here early enough, and you'll think you've found your private blue lagoon. When there are a lot of ships in, though, company's a comin', and on weekends, this is a local favorite. (Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays are your best shot at seclusion.)
"Smith's is an excellent site for beginner and advanced snorkelers," says Mike Pinnington of Sunset House, the divers' nirvana just up the road from the cove. "A gentle, sandy slope leads into the water, and along the limestone edges of the 15-yard-wide cove, the water's only about 10 feet deep." This natural pool is filled with parrotfish, peacock flounder, juvenile angelfish and surgeonfish. Advanced snorkelers can head straight out of the cove to the edge of the coral reef in about 35 feet of water. "It's about a 200-yard swim," says Pinnington. "But you've got the chance to see southern stingrays, hawksbill turtles and occasionally a sleeping nurse shark or an eagle ray."
WHERE TO STAY
A 55-room dive-centric waterfront lodge with good diving and snorkeling directly offshore and the oceanfront My Bar.
From $182 in low season ($196 high); sunsethouse.com; 800-854-4767