Overwater Bungalows in the Caribbean

You don't have to fly all the way to Tahiti thanks to these new overwater bungalows in the Caribbean

  • Once exclusive to Tahiti and the Maldives, overwater-bungalow-style accommodations are popping up closer to home. A few of our favorite overwater bungalows in the Caribbean can be found in Jamaica, Panama and Belize.

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    Sandals Royal Caribbean, Montego BayCourtesy Sandals Royal Caribbean, Montego Bay
  • Sandals Royal Caribbean, Montego Bay — Jamaica

  • Touted as the Caribbean's first all-inclusive overwater bungalows, Sandals Royal Caribbean, Montego Bay features many of the same amenities as their Tahitian inspiration — glass floors, private butlers, over-the-water hammocks, infinity pools and outdoor showers — so you won't have to fly halfway around the world to check the bungalow experience off your bucket list.

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    El Dorado Maroma, a Beachfront Resort, by KarismaCourtesy El Dorado Maroma, a Beachfront Resort, by Karisma
  • El Dorado Maroma, a Beachfront Resort, by Karisma — Riviera Maya, Mexico

  • The adults-only, all-inclusive overwater Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma, a Beachfront Resort, by Karisma are easily accessible via a nonstop flight to Cancun and boast the same amenities you'd find in a Tahitian bungalow. Bonus: Your personal butler can arrange a private picnic on Maroma Beach, one of Travel Channel's top 10 beaches in the world.

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    Viceroy Bocas del Toro PanamaCourtesy Viceroy Bocas del Toro Panama,
  • Viceroy Bocas del Toro Panama

  • Set to open in 2019, Viceroy Bocas del Toro Panama will feature 42 overwater bungalows with private plunge pools set on 457 acres of coastline. A quick trip from Panama City, choose to arrive at the resort by boat, seaplane or helicopter. We suggest the seaplane for a James Bond-esque entrance. 3 miles of beaches, rainforest zip-lining and snorkeling will round out your close-to-home overwater-bungalow experience.

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    Cayo Espanto, BelizeCourtesy Cayo Espanto
  • Cayo Espanto — Belize

  • With six traditional villas and just one overwater bungalow, Cayo Espanto offers the ultimate in privacy. Located at the end of a 150-foot dock that stretches from the four-acre island, Casa Ventanas ensures that during your stay, you'll only see one other person: your butler. Meals are served on the bungalow's deck, and if days spent snorkeling has left you with some knots, a masseuse will come to your bungalow to help work them out — massage table and all.

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