Dreaming of endless beaches, turquoise waters, and a laid-back nightlife? A Caribbean condo rental could be the perfect thing. Caribbean travel has a reputation for decadence—with staffed condo resorts, high-end amenities, and fine dining—but there are Caribbean apartment rentals to suit many different budgets. You've got so many different islands to choose from, and each one has its own distinctive vibe, culture, and history.
St. Thomas condos
St. Thomas is one of the most popular of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and a St. Thomas condo rental is a great introduction to the Caribbean. As a bonus, the island's brimming with buccaneer history, with one of its most famous sites being Blackbeard's Castle. Set in the island's capital of Charlotte Amalie, this embattled 17th-century watchtower once guarded against pirates, as did nearby Fort Christian. St. Thomas also has plenty of family-friendly vacation attractions. Coral World Ocean Park has a huge range of marine exhibits, while Magens Bay is a fantastic place to enjoy snorkeling and white-sand beaches.
Condos in Puerto Rico
The lively Caribbean island of Puerto Rico is best known for its lush rainforests and picturesque natural landscapes, as well as for the many attractions of its capital, San Juan. The historic city is a great place to look for a Puerto Rico condo rental, and you won't want to miss its elegant Spanish colonial architecture or its imposing fortresses—El Morro and San Cristóbal. Many vacationers also make for El Yunque National Forest, the only rainforest on U.S. territory. If you're wanting a Caribbean seafront condo, Puerto Rico has loads of great resorts where you can swim, surf, snorkel, or even take a nighttime boat trip to see bioluminescent organisms.
Condos in Jamaica
In the Caribbean, Jamaica holds its own when it comes to sheer beauty with its turquoise waters, endless beaches, mountains, and banana groves. Much of the most luxurious accommodations are on the north coast in the area round Montego Bay, and it's here that you'll find the really plush Caribbean vacation rentals with staff and private chefs. For some travelers, a trip to Jamaica is all about chilling out on the beach, but the island's also got lots to see. You could hike up to Blue Mountain Peak, explore the famous Dunn's River Falls, or celebrate Kingston's most famous son at the Bob Marley Museum.
Grand Cayman condos for rent
Grand Cayman is a decidedly upmarket place for a Caribbean condo rental. Famous for its white sand and coral reefs, its high-end shopping and its luxury vibe, it's the perfect place for an upscale vacation. One of the island's most iconic sights is the huge expanse of Seven Mile Beach, but Grand Cayman's almost as well known for its natural wonders. Among the most impressive of these are the East End blowholes, and the curious black limestone formations known as "Hell." A Grand Cayman condo vacation rental is also a great opportunity to go snorkeling with the local marine life, and the rays at Stingray City are a popular attraction.
Aruba condo rentals
Aruba is actually part of the Netherlands, and it's a super-laid-back place to find yourself a vacation rental. Though it's well known for its upscale resorts and its amazing beaches—Eagle Beach and Baby Beach being among the most famous—there's much more to this charismatic little island. Arikok National Park makes up nearly 20% of the island, and is full of intriguing rock formations, pools, and caves that adventure-seekers can explore. Those who like that livelier Caribbean vibe might want to look for a vacation rental in Oranjestad, where there's plenty of shopping and nightlife.
Turks and Caicos condo rentals
The Turks and Caicos islands have a reputation for offering the last word in all-inclusive luxury. You'll find many of the villas, apartments, and condos have high-end perks like pools, private beaches, and even on-site chefs and staff. The archipelago is made up of several different islands, but the busiest and most popular of these is Providenciales, the main island. Many of the main resorts are centered around the 5-mile-long Grace Bay, and a Turks and Caicos condo rental is the perfect opportunity to indulge in water sports, hiking, and even whale-watching.