5 Caribbean Destinations for Your Next Vacation Home
When it comes to vacations dreams are made of, it’s hard to go wrong in the Caribbean. Famous for its turquoise waters and vibrant cities, the Caribbean offers diverse holiday experiences across more than 7,000 islands and countless pristine beaches. Whether this is your first time close to the equator or a return to a favored spot to set down roots, here are five Caribbean vacation properties you won’t want to overlook.
The Turks and Caicos Islands
Nina Siegenthaler, Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty
Made up of more than 40 different islands, Turks and Caicos is a British Overseas Territory with 230 miles of beach and an up-and-coming luxury sensibility. Home to the French Cay wildlife sanctuary and the Columbus Landfall National Park, the islands offer up an abundance of options for diving, snorkeling, and nature-spotting. Adventure into the azure waters from this Providenciales estate, situated in a low-density area only minutes from Grace Bay. The tranquil master bedroom includes a private beachfront deck and custom-built spa, while the property’s common areas include a formal dining area and multi-level pool. A separate gatehouse comprises two one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartments, ensuring that guests can be as social or as secluded as they like.
Scott Hauser, Anguilla Properties Sotheby’s International Realty
An island that takes less than half an hour to traverse by car, Anguilla is an ideal option for those looking to get away from the crowds. Tourism is on the upswing on this island known for its over 33 white sand beaches and championship golf course. While property ownership in Anguilla requires an Alien Land Holding License for those without family ties to the island, this Long Pond Bay oasis is well worth the additional effort. Venture down to Lover’s Cove for an ocean dip, or bathe with a book in one of the property’s three soaker tubs. Outdoor showers, a private patio, and an open-to-the-outdoors design take this home from serene to sublime.
Brittany McCann, Belize Sotheby’s International Realty
With the lowest population density in Central America, Belize is an ideal destination for vacationers looking for just a little extra room to relax. Featuring tropical forests, the world’s second-largest barrier reef, and accessible Mayan ruins, this culturally-varied country welcomes visitors and expats from around the world. Enjoy an average yearly temperature of 84° in this lagoon-view home, with its expansive island and kitchen for entertaining, locally-inspired decor, unique semi-circular upper-floor living area, and 14’ palapa roof. Just north of San Pedro Town, this property includes 75 feet of ocean frontage, and plenty of opportunities to sip rum on the patio while watching the palm trees bend in the breeze.
Barbados Sotheby’s International Realty
Bustling and inviting, Barbados is the Caribbean port of call for international luxury travelers. The country hosts the third oldest parliament in the world, in uninterrupted governance since 1639, and the Crop Over celebration, a 200-year-old Bajan tradition marking the end of the sugar cane season. Experience Barbados for yourself from this conceptual retreat, designed with light and premium features in mind. Terraces on the ground level and the roof allow for lounging in every available bit of sunlight, while the double-height ceilings make available sweeping vistas of rippling trees and the Caribbean Sea. With an outdoor guest shower and neutral tones throughout, this property has the corner on island serenity.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Michelle Bess Bellegarde & Nadia Black, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Sotheby’s International Realty
Populated with eco-friendly villas and breathtaking mountains, St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a remote vacationer’s paradise. Hike to the top of the still-active volcano La Soufrière, yacht between islands, and dive in the evocatively-named Devil’s Table or Moonhole Wreck while visiting this tropical destination. The Tobago Cays Marine Park is a visual feast of flora and fauna for daytrippers, and ambitious scuba divers can explore the wreck of a British gunship sunk in 1918. Get away from it all in this Bequia estate, featuring a main house and four guest lodges for any number of holidayers. Bask in the infinity pool, gather for drinks on the balcony, or entertain in the commercial-grade kitchen; at this well-appointed escape, the world is your oyster.
With every comfort considered and adventure just outside the door, a Caribbean abode is a wise choice for the discerning traveler looking for something permanent. Make the island lifestyle your own, and settle in to the perfect pace of the Caribbean.