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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, Riviera Maya Mexico, Panama and Belize. There are many more Central America options available with easy access from North America.

Sandals overwater villas

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.  Sandals welcomes couples only, and also features free weddings. All gourmet meals, premium drinks and activities are included for one price.

Sandals Overwater bungalows

Sandals South Coast Resort – Jamaica

Another beautiful couples on;y Sandals resort located on the island of Jamaica, the Sandals South Coast Resort offers 12 beautiful overwater bungalows for guests to enjoy. Guests here will find 2 miles of white sand beach to enjoy along with a wide selection of water sports, including snorkeling and scuba diving.

You'll also find an on-site spa, various restaurants and bars and much more. It should be noted that this resort operates on an all-inclusive basis, meaning that food and beverages are included in the nightly rate, along with use of the resort's water sport equipment.

Sandals Overwater bungalows

Sandals Grande St. Lucian Resort – Saint Lucia

Resting on some of the calmest waters off of St. Lucia, the Sandals Grande St. Lucian Resort is a prime location for those seeking a Caribbean getaway dripping in luxury. Here guests will find themselves immersed in a tropical escape complete with a spa, a rather large number of dining options, on-site activities and nearby tours.

The resort's overwater rooms cater with glass floor panels, a private outdoor soaking tub, over the water hammocks, a pillow menu and a bistro set for two. In addition, guests staying in these rooms will also find themselves privy to the resort's Butler Elite service alongside 24 hour room service. Sandals is couples only, and all-inclusive.

Mexico Overwater bungalows

El Dorado Maroma, 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. This is an upscale and intimate 128 room boutique hotel ideal for guests seeking active relaxation in an adults-only environment. El Dorado Maroma offers gourmet a la carte cuisine, luxurious suites and villas, beach butlers, a full-service spa and impeccable service. Guests also enjoy private sky massages on thatched-roof beach bungalows, plus a variety of water sports at the adjacent Marina Maroma activity center.  

Overwater Bungalow Belize

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.

Belize Overwater bungalows

St. George's Caye Resort – Belize

Just a short boat ride from Belize City, St. George's Caye Resort is located on a  private island. Six overwater bungalows are located on a semi-circular pier. This resort works on a mostly all-inclusive basis, with all meals included in the room rate.

Overwater Cabanas afford a premium location on our incredible Sunset Dock. Enjoy your private porch complete with individual hammock and thatched roof ambiance while overlooking the Caribbean Sea on the west side of our small island.  These six cabanas are situated on a half-moon dock with incredible sunset views. They feature work-of-art Belizean hardwood ceilings in the bedroom area to keep you cool and comfortable. Includes private bath, air conditioning, and ceiling/floor fans. 

Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge Overwater Villas

Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge, Panama

While you can find overwater bungalows sprinkled in this corner of the Caribbean, you rarely see two-story water villas like these, which even boast spacious decks. Punta Caracol was created in a totally natural environment, offering guests a pure and intimate experience with nature in a place of singular beauty. Built along a mile-long coral reefed coast, it was constructed using the traditional methods of the Archipelago: each of the nine handsomely crafted cabins is built upon stilts over the crystal-clear waters of the Bocas del Toro archipelago, and covered by a palm leaf roof - an unforgettable habitat congruent with the native communities of the region. From your private terrace you will be able to observe impressive sunsets interrupted only by playful dolphins. The restaurant's impressive terrace creates the perfect surrounding for a candlelight dinner.  

Royalton Antigua overwater bungalows

Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa

The newest adults only all-inclusive resort in Antigua, Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa offers travelers a luxurious escape with exceptional service and fine dining featuring flavors from around the world, in an elegant setting. Nestled on a stunning private beach with breathtaking clear waters, guests can relax in an upscale setting and explore everything this resort has to offer.

For the ultimate luxury vacation, guests can choose to stay in one of the Chairman Overwater Bungalows, offering discerning travelers upscale privacy and sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea. Featuring a king-sized bed, swim-out infinity plunge pool, overwater hammock and a host of exclusive amenities and features including butler service, golf cart shuttle service, snorkelling equipment and more, the Chairman Overwater Bungalows are the perfect choice for dream tropical getaways

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