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The Villa au Soleil, a four-bedroom home in (Credit: St. Barth Properties)

The Villa au Soleil, a four-bedroom home in St. Barthelemy rented by St. Barth Properties (stbarth.com) and owned by comedian Steve Martin.

Renting paradise


A note about renting a villa in the Caribbean: If you're searching online for a rental villa, look for the local companies that specialize in each island. Avoid the websites of wholesale companies, which simply consolidate listings. They can leave you twisting in the wind -- and, granted, it's a pleasant wind tinged with sea salt, but you're still twisting helplessly. Here are some Caribbean islands with an abundance of nice vacation rentals. --Alison Gregor, special to Newsday

The Villa au Soleil, a four-bedroom home in
(Credit: St. Barth Properties)

The Villa au Soleil, a four-bedroom home in St. Barthelemy rented by St. Barth Properties (stbarth.com) and owned by comedian Steve Martin.

The Villa au Soleil, a four-bedroom home in
(Credit: St. Barth Properties)

The Villa au Soleil, a four-bedroom home in St. Barthelemy rented by St. Barth Properties (stbarth.com) and owned by comedian Steve Martin.

The Villa au Soleil, a four-bedroom home in
(Credit: St. Barth Properties)

The Villa au Soleil, a four-bedroom home in St. Barthelemy rented by St. Barth Properties (stbarth.com) and owned by comedian Steve Martin.

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The Villa au Soleil, a four-bedroom home in
(Credit: St. Barth Properties)

The Villa au Soleil, a four-bedroom home in St. Barthelemy rented by St. Barth Properties (stbarth.com) and owned by comedian Steve Martin.

The Villa au Soleil, a four-bedroom home in
(Credit: St. Barth Properties)

The Villa au Soleil, a four-bedroom home in St. Barthelemy rented by St. Barth Properties (stbarth.com) and owned by comedian Steve Martin.

A rental home in Saint Lucia (available from
(Credit: VillaRental.com)


A rental home in Saint Lucia (available from VillaRental.com.) The 27-by-14-mile island has two lush tropical peaks called the Pitons and some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean. St. Lucia is also noted for its 19,000 acres of dense tropical rain forest, where exotic birds and rare plants abound.

A rental home in Saint Lucia (available from
(Credit: VillaRental.com)


A rental home in Saint Lucia (available from VillaRental.com.) The 27-by-14-mile island has two lush tropical peaks called the Pitons and some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean. St. Lucia is also noted for its 19,000 acres of dense tropical rain forest, where exotic birds and rare plants abound.

A rental home in Antigua (from VillaRental.com) In
(Credit: VillaRental.com)


A rental home in Antigua (from VillaRental.com) In addition to its stunning beaches, Antigua has a slice of rain forest to visit along with a limestone arch carved out by pounding surf called Devil's Bridge, plus Nelson's Dockyard, the world's only Georgian-era dockyard still in use.

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The Dieppe Bay House in Antigua (dieppebayhouse.com). It's
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The Dieppe Bay House in Antigua (dieppebayhouse.com). It's a five-bedroom Mediterranean villa, located on a wild beach. The staff includes a maid, a gardener and a pool caretaker.

The Dieppe Bay House in Antigua (dieppebayhouse.com). It's
(Credit: Handout)


The Dieppe Bay House in Antigua (dieppebayhouse.com). It's a five-bedroom Mediterranean villa, located on a wild beach. The staff includes a maid, a gardener and a pool caretaker.

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