Soak up the Sun: Top 5 Summer Destinations

From the exquisite beaches of Barbados to the exciting adventure of the Dominican Republic, these are 2018’s most popular summer destinations.

Beautiful weather; time off from school and work; fun cookouts with friends and family…it’s no wonder we spend the rest of the year looking forward to summer, and no wonder that arguably the best thing about summer is going somewhere exciting on a family vacation! However, as great as family vacations are, it can be tough to decide on the perfect place to go — that’s why we’ve put together this list of the top 5 summer destinations for 2018.

The sun setting over the Dominican Republic


5. Puerto Vallarta

Situated on the Bay of Banderas — one of Mexico’s most sophisticated locales — Puerto Vallarta is a favorite destination for travelers from around the world. The perfect spot to relax and recharge, you’ll find yourself surrounded by golden beaches, palm-covered mountains, and a wide range of indulgences, including world-class spas, boutique shopping, and high-end restaurants. Do you have a thirst for adventure? Well, look no further — Puerto Vallarta offers unparalleled diving, snorkeling, horseback riding, and more.

Breathtaking ocean views from Puerto Vallarta


Featured Villa

Azul Celeste, Concha Chinas

Azul Celeste

This traditionally furnished 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom Mexican estate features a host of amenities, including direct beach access, 2 kayaks, heated infinity-edge pool, and a full staff consisting of a cook, housekeeper, and more


4. Dominican Republic

Perfect for romantic escapes, family vacations, and everything in between, the Dominican Republic truly does have something to offer everyone. Explore lush rainforests, relax on beautiful beaches, enjoy breathtaking whale watches, spend the afternoon surfing, or indulge in some of the island’s exciting nightlife — the choice is yours. And for golf enthusiasts, the Dominican Republic boasts three world-renowned championship courses, including the #1 rated golf resort in the Caribbean by Travel + Leisure magazine. 

The world-class golf course at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic


Featured Villa

Los Pinos at Casa de Campo

Los Pinos at Casa de Campo

With classic Dominican design coupled with shared resort amenities, this 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom villa has a private swimming pool, two 4-passenger golf carts, private maid/butler service, and fresh breakfast prepared daily in-villa


3. Barbados

Affectionately referred to as “Little England,” Barbados — a longtime British colony — offers timeless British tradition coupled with irresistible island charm. Visitors can immerse themselves in a game of cricket (Barbados’ national sport) before enjoying a cup of afternoon tea, exploring the island’s picturesque capital of Bridgetown, or marveling at the breathtaking reefs and shipwrecks just off the Barbadian coast. However, as the “birthplace of rum,” no visit to Barbados would be complete without a tour of the Mount Gay Rum distillery.

View of the Caribbean Sea from the beach in Barbados


Featured Villa

Port Ferdinand Marina & Luxury Residences, Speightstown

Port Ferdinand Marina & Luxury Residences

As Barbados’ latest luxury condominium development, 1- to 3-bedroom units are available for rent, each of which features spacious balconies, marble floor tiles, and access to shared beach facility, pool, full-service spa/fitness center, kids’ club, and more


2. St. Martin

St. Martin truly is one of the most unique destinations in with world. Split into two sides, each of which is governed by a different nation, St. Martin offers visitors the opportunity to experience two destinations in one — the French side is known for its European vibe, while the Dutch side is famous for nightlife and casino play that are second-to-none. Throw in the gorgeous beaches, awe-inspiring snorkeling, and world-class dining that have long been synonymous with the Caribbean, and you get one of the most irresistible island escapes in the world.

Nothing compares to the views from St. Martin


Featured Villa

Emvie, Saint-Martin (French)


Cosmopolitan meets hillside hideaway in this ultra-contemporary 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom villa that boasts a fully equipped gym, gazebo, 50’ infinity-edge pool, hot tub, Japanese-style garden with a koi pond, and breathtaking views of Orient Bay


1. Jamaica

Known for her natural beauty, vibrant culture, and friendly locals, it’s no wonder Jamaica is our most popular summer destination for 2018. This pristine island is perfect for those in search of both adventure and relaxation, offering world-class beaches, breathtaking snorkeling and scuba diving, exhilarating cliff jumping, and one-of-a-kind cultural experiences, like Reggae Sumfest and the Jamaica Food & Drink Festival. 

Jamaica at sunset — sure to take your breath away 


Featured Villa

Silent Waters, Montego Bay

Silent Waters

With a full staff consisting of a chef, butler, servers, and more, this 8-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom villa sleeps up to 20 guests and features a wide range of out-of-this-world amenities, including a helipad with night landing lights, lighted tennis court, 80’ infinity-edge pool, and more


Need to get away this summer? Browse our selection of top summer villas in top summer destinations, and start planning your next getaway today.