If you’re planning an extended Caribbean vacation or traveling with a large group, rental properties may be the most practical and economical lodging.
From small villas to entire islands, Caribbean rental properties can be private and often quite charming. Some may be in stunning beach locations and others may be in out-of-the-way hamlets. Rental properties' amenities vary; some offer maid service and cooks, but others are not staffed. If there are staff members at your property, you should tip just as you would in a hotel.
When you’re considering a property rental, it’s best to keep in mind that when it comes to renting in the Caribbean, you get what you pay for. Before you arrive, specify every detail of what you expect from the property to make sure you get what you want. The owners of each individual property maintain them and set the prices.
A rundown of rental options in the Caribbean:
Rates vary according to season, size of the villa or apartment, and luxury level of the villa.
Minimum stay requirements of villas are generally longer than those of resorts or hotels, sometimes more than one week.
Beachfront properties are generally more expensive than in-town locales.
Villas are subject to rental taxes, which are generally around 7% or 8%.
Villa rentals are extremely popular during high season and may be booked up to a year in advance for the winter holidays.
Small villas and apartments are generally not staffed.
Villas are an ideal choice for weddings and honeymoons and can be perfect for an intimate wedding party. Special wedding packages may be available.
Former plantation houses from the colonial times can vary widely, but are often decorated with tasteful classic furniture.
These properties generally have air conditioning and television.
Some plantation homes have guesthouses where additional guests can stay.
Plantation houses are generally more expensive than rental villas.
Private island rental is the most expensive of all rental options.
Islands come with a full, attentive staff who keep the island stocked with everything you’ll need to enjoy your stay.
Island rentals are marketed often to corporations for company getaways
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