Need a break from this snowy weather and bitter cold? If, so you might want to consider a Caribbean beach vacation sometime soon.
As a travel trend, many Washingtonians flock south to white sand beaches and low-key island life, according to booking data collected by Airbnb. And right now, there are many short-term rentals available with all-inclusive amenities and perks.
Here are the top five most popular Caribbean islands that Washingtonians book the most on Airbnb. And we’ve also picked a few of our favorite rentals each with luxury amenities and extraordinary views.
1. Puerto Rico
The number one Airbnb booking destination in the Caribbean for Washingtonians is Puerto Rico. And this winter San Juan is buzzing with energy, thanks in no small part to Lin-Manuel Miranda and his hit Broadway musical Hamilton, which currently is in the middle of a three-week run. But there are plenty of other reasons to visit San Juan, including cheap nonstop flight deals, as well as gorgeous Airbnb accommodations, like this art deco mansion located by the Old San Juan Gate and available for $215 per night.
2. Dominican Republic
Of course, nothing beats an ocean-front view, and that might be why the Dominican Republic is the second most popular Airbnb booking destination for Washingtonians. Not only do you get white sand beaches in a private retreat-like space, but this villa comes with a personal assistant, so you don’t have to lift a finger come check-in.
3. Western Jamaica
For a value-driven vacation, Western Jamaica might be best for you. It’s also the third most popular destination for Washingtonians who book on Airbnb, and with easy nonstop service from Dulles (United) and BWI (Southwest), it makes for a no-brainier even if it’s a short weekend stay. We like this condo that’s only $165 per night and includes access to an infinity pool overlooking Montego Bay.
Looking to go all out with a beach vacation for you and your #squad? Then the Bahamas might be your best bet. It’s the fourth most popular booking destination for Washingtonians on Airbnb, and here the villas are super-sized for group stays. While the price point on homes might seem steep, like this Cable Beach villa, it could be a cold-hard bargain with enough friends—the house sleeps 10 people at $450 per night.
5. St. Croix (U.S. Virgin Islands)
You won’t need a passport to travel to St. Croix—it’s the largest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands--and it’s the fifth most popular place for Airbnb bookings in the Caribbean. Many of the mansions here are perched high into the jungle hills overlooking picturesque beaches and bays, including this Sion Farm retreat featuring an open floor plan, library, and pool deck overlooking the Salt River Bay National Park.