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
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