Caribbean and Mexico Seafood Dives

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CARIBBEAN AND ATLANTIC

Harry O's, Bay Street, between Jacqueline's Straw Works and Fisherman's Dock, Harbour Island, Bahamas. It's just a walk-up shack with a handwritten cardboard menu, a deck, and glorious water views. The bill of fare is small but tasty: lobster snack, snapper fingers, fried grouper, crab and rice, and conch salad, plus a few side orders. Pick up sodas or alcoholic beverages across the street at Burns House Beverage Depot. (2007)

The Wreck Bar and Grill, Grand Cayman, British West Indies; 345/947-9412 or grandcayman.hyatt.com . "You have to go to Rum Point," gushes an old college roommate, Lori Wood. Later, stretched out in a striped hammock and sipping The Wreck Bar and Grill's island-famous Mudslide, I toast dear Lori. The Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman Resort and Villas operates this uncrowded, out-of-the-way crescent of public beach, with its recently renovated Wreck Bar and the fine-dining Rum Point Restaurant. The Wreck serves chef Gilbert Cavallaro's fish-and-chips, jerk pork and chicken, and conch fritters. Hammocks, lounge chairs, picnic tables, snorkel-worthy waters, and local music on Saturdays invite you to linger after lunch. (2004)

MEXICO

Tres Marias, Avenida Fuerza Aèrea Mex., No. 375 Col. Playa. Pie de la Cuesta, Acapulco, Mexico; 011/52/744/460-0013. For sunset sleuths, the flaming finale from the Pie de la Cuesta sandbar beach, a 25-minute drive from Acapulco, gives reason enough to vacation here. Enjoy a late afternoon lunch of grilled red snapper, shrimp diablo, black beans, rice, and handmade tortillas at Tres Marias, overlooking the freshwater Coyuca Lagoon. At the sun's last call, scoot across the two-lane road to the Pacific side, and take in the final, fiery burst of celestial light. (2004)

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