Caribbean Real Estate: 6 Great Places to Stay

Published November 5th, 2019
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With breathtaking scenery and exciting locales, the Caribbean is a popular destination for many. From sandy beaches to dense rainforests, the Caribbean has it all, but there are likely way more islands in the Caribbean than you think.

With hundreds of beautiful islands making up the Caribbean, there are a plethora of choices for your next vacation. From popular destinations to hidden treasures, here are five great places to stay when you travel to the region.

The Dominican Republic

Cap Cana Resort Dominican Republic Punta Estada golf course as a location for the Equity Residences luxury villa

First discovered by Columbus in 1492, the Dominican Republic was initially named Hispaniola, or “Little Spain.” With beautiful weather and world-class beaches, it’s easy to see why this has become an increasingly popular holiday destination.

With flights as short as 3 hours from New York, getting to the Dominican Republic is easy. In no time you can be exploring the north coast of the island, home to some of the finest beaches in the Caribbean. Additionally, the east coast offers a sportsman’s paradise with the newest designed golf courses in the entire region.

Where to stay 

Cap Cana Resort Dominican Republic luxury villa by Equity Residences areal view

Equity Residences Cap Cana Resort Luxury Villa

This luxury 5-bedroom, 5-bath villa is located on the coast, overlooking the 8th hole on the number-one-rated golf course in the Caribbean and Mexico, the Punta Espada golf course. The world-renowned course was designed by a golf legend Jack Nicklaus.

Beyond the beautiful views and easy access to the island and the Cap Cana Eden Roc Beach Club, the best part of this home may be the personalized service you will receive from the local live-in caretaker. This personalized, unique experience can be extenuated with your own private chef.

What to do

The Dominican Republic offers visitors stunning mountain scenery, vibrant cities, and colonial architecture, making it one of the Caribbean’s most geographically diverse countries. Because of this, there are many things to do around the tropical island including:

Read our Dominican Republic destination highlight.

The Riviera Maya

Equity Residences South Akumal Villa private beach

The Riviera Maya features world-class restaurants, a thriving nightlife, world-class golf courses and is home to some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world. The Riviera Maya features the best of all worlds; the peninsula hasn’t become completely urbanized, allowing you to become one with nature as you explore the extensive coral reef or exotic beaches.

Where to stay

Equity Residences South Akumal Villa patio

Equity Residences Luxury South Akumal Beach Villa

This beautifully extravagant villa is located halfway between hip Playa del Camen and boho-chic Tulum. With your own private pool, two generous master suites and your very own private beach you’ll be living in luxury as the two wonderful caretakers are at your service, at all times.

What to do 

As we mentioned, Riviera Maya has some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world. Take advantage of its location by exploring the vast coral reef located just offshore. Once you’re done exploring you can check out other activities including:

Ambergris Caye, Belize

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While it’s likely you have heard of our first two destinations on the list, Ambergris Caye, Belize is definitely the less-traveled option. Ambergris Caye is the largest island in Belize, at 25 miles long and just over a mile wide.

The island has become a hotspot for divers and fishermen as the Belize Barrier Reef is just half a mile from shore. At just over 15,000 people, this small town is becoming increasingly popular with scuba divers and deep-sea fishermen who are looking for a more rural experience.

Where to stay

When visiting Ambergris Caye, you’ll want to stay at the private island of Little Harvest Caye, available through our affiliate ThirdHome.

Little Harvest Caye offers a one-of-a-kind Caribbean real estate experience, featuring the services and amenities of other private luxury homes on the mainland, with the exclusivity and privacy that a private island offers. Just a short 5-minute boat ride from Placencia, Little Harvest Caye allows you to relax while also getting to enjoy the restaurants, bars, shopping and attractions located in Placencia Village.

What to do

Ambergris Caye is home to what National Geographic has dubbed the most sacred cave in the world. Additionally, there’s lots to do outside the caves including:

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

St. Thomas US Virgin Islands port

St. Thomas is a little island that has managed to pack a million miles worth of things to do into it. At just over 32 square miles, St. Thomas is by no means large but has become world-renowned for its prestigious golf courses, picture-perfect beaches, and incredible nightlife.

Where to stay

The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, available through our affiliate ThirdHome, allows visitors the chance to find inspiration in an enchanting setting complete with understated luxury and graceful service

The Ritz-Carlton Club, St. Thomas is made up of a small group of plantation-style buildings situated on 30 oceanfront acres with idyllic powder-white beaches. Book here to experience unparalleled pampering, from dinner at one of the elegant restaurants to a cliff-side massage to a sunset cruise.

What to do

Beyond relaxing, there are a number of things to do on St. Thomas. You can:

St. John, US Virgin Islands

a boat on a rocky beach

St. John is a tranquil neighbor to St. Thomas. Two-thirds of the island is occupied by the Virgin Islands National Park. There are many ways to enjoy your time in St. John. You can go to one of the many beaches this island offers, sample local seafood, take boat tours, go snorkeling, swimming, or kayaking.

Where to stay 

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Equity Residences Waterfront Villa located in Chocolate Hole 

This residence combines the best things St. John has to offer: easy access to the bay, so you can go paddle boarding or snorkeling; expansive views of the Caribbean sea; a short drive to Cruz Bay with its plethora of restaurants and beaches; and a private garden where you can relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

This is a new addition to the Equity Platinum Fund portfolio, and we can’t wait to welcome our investors to enjoy the residence.

What to do

Read our guide to St. John and chose your own adventure.

Turks and Caicos

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Turks and Caicos isn’t only an idyllic destination in the Caribbean; it is one of the most beautiful places in the world. With 350 sunny days a year, Turks and Caicos is home to magnificently beautiful turquoise water and soft white sand beaches, as well as the third-largest coral system in the world.

Where to stay

Villa Capri, Turks and Caicos by Equity Residences

Turks and Caicos Equity Residences infinity pool

Villa Capri in Turks and Caicos is the newest addition to the Equity Platinum Fund portfolio. Set upon the Chalk Sound National Marine Park, this stunning residence offers some of the best water views in the entire Equity Platinum Fund portfolio.

What to do

There is truly no better place in the world to sit and relax on a beach then Turks and Caicos, but if you’re looking for more to do you can take in many of the island’s activities including:

For more ways to enjoy your Turks and Caicos vacation, read our blog.

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re traveling to Belize, Turks and Caicos, St. John, or one of the many beautiful islands that comprise the Caribbean, you can find a beautiful, luxury experience that’s right for you. Explore Equity Residence’s Home Collection to find your ideal Caribbean real estate option.

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