No matter how tranquil your life is at home, it’s likely you dream of having a place to escape to: a vacation property abroad, preferably somewhere with endless sunshine, crystal-clear waters, and the quiet rustling of palm leaves overhead. Whether your vision of a perfect getaway is a secluded place to sip margaritas and read by the pool, or a party-ready estate with an endless list of amenities, take a moment to let these dream homes capture your imagination.

Dream Homes: Vacation Properties

By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 215 South Beach Road, Jupiter Island, FL

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 215 South Beach Road, Jupiter Island, FL

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 215 South Beach Road, Jupiter Island, FL

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 215 South Beach Road, Jupiter Island, FL

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 215 South Beach Road, Jupiter Island, FL

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

Jupiter Island Estate, Florida, USA

Live like an international superstar in Celine Dion’s incredible custom-built estate. Situated on five and a half acres of Atlantic waterfront off the coast of Florida, this gorgeous Jupiter Island property includes a tastefully-decorated main residence and five individual guest and recreation pavilions, all fenced and secured for maximum privacy.

An entertainer’s dream, this tropical playground not only features tennis courts, a simulated golf range, but also a pool house and three separate pools, a water park, a massage room, a movie theatre, and a video game arcade. Fashionistas will especially appreciate the master suite’s enormous dressing room and walk-in closet, which is equipped with fully-automated clothing and shoe racks.

Dream Homes: Vacation Properties

By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • Nicaragua, Granada

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • Nicaragua, Granada

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • Nicaragua, Granada

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • Nicaragua, Granada

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • Nicaragua, Granada

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

Colonial Jewel, Granada, Nicaragua

From the moment you enter the one-of-a-kind, 10-foot solid wood doors of Casa Blanca, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into the pages of a novel. Located at the top of a pedestrian-only street in the oldest colonial city in Nicaragua, this lovingly-restored villa dates back to the 1750s and will transport you to days gone by—but with all the luxurious amenities of the present.

No detail has been overlooked in the house’s two-year restoration, with careful attention paid to preserving the home’s original architectural details. Inside, the soaring ceilings lend an airy feel to the 6,000-square-foot living quarters, and the wrought-iron chandeliers and grilles cast elegant shadows across the home’s charmingly-patterned floors.

Outdoors, the greenery-filled courtyard forms a natural centre of activity. Recline in your hammock and listen to the gentle play of fountains into your 40-foot pool, or enjoy a quiet cup of local organic coffee and a top-quality cigar from your seat in the shade of a private patio. Minutes from your door, Granada’s famous cathedral and the waters of Lake Nicaragua await.

Dream Homes: Vacation Properties

By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 0 Belair, St Philip St, Bel Air

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 0 Belair, St Philip St, Bel Air

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 0 Belair, St Philip St, Bel Air

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 0 Belair, St Philip St, Bel Air

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 0 Belair, St Philip St, Bel Air

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

Beachfront Villa, Bel Air, Barbados

Ocean meets sky at this tranquil Barbados beachfront villa. The vibrant turquoise sea and white surf are mirrored in the home’s tranquil décor, conjuring images of the Greek islands. Nearly every window opens to panoramic ocean views, the waves blending seamlessly with the sparkling infinity pool just outside the French doors.

Located just a 10-minute drive from the Barbados airport, and in close proximity to world-renowned Crane Beach and the Crane Resort, this accessible property nevertheless feels worlds away.

Dream Homes: Vacation Properties

By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 222 Prospect Rd, Grand Cayman

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 222 Prospect Rd, Grand Cayman

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 222 Prospect Rd, Grand Cayman

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 222 Prospect Rd, Grand Cayman

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 222 Prospect Rd, Grand Cayman

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

Oceanfront Masterpiece, Cayman Islands

Time goes slower at Casa Coyaba, a secluded estate in the sunny Cayman Islands. With eight bedrooms, 18,000 square feet of living space, and a four-car garage, you and your guests will have plenty of room to relax and unwind. Take your breakfast in the light-filled nook, then hit the private oceanfront tennis courts for a match or two. Cool off in the glorious infinity pool overlooking the jewel-tone waters of the Caribbean Sea, or opt to play in the waves instead: the steps from the pool deck descend to over 200 feet of white sand beaches.

In the evening, cook up a gourmet meal in one of the two professionally-appointed chef’s kitchens, then sip on piña coladas under the rustling canopy of your outdoor bar as the sun sinks over the horizon. After dark, watch the latest action movie from the comfort of your home theatre, and fall asleep under a blanket of stars while the sea laps gently outside your windows.

Whether you’re ready for a break from the stresses of work or a reprieve from the chilly Canadian weather, a tropical vacation property is truly an ideal spot to get away from it all.

Looking for an escape a little closer to home? View current listings for West Coast waterfront properties.

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