Photos: Swanky, social-distance-friendly Caribbean villas

Slide 1 of 19: With social distancing and other safety protocols the new vacation norm, a holiday in a private villa could fit the bill if you're looking for a pandemic getaway. Toss the budget to the breeze and live the dream in your very own secluded Caribbean retreat under the tropical sun. Of course, be sure to check your destination's COVID-19 travel requirements before making plans. Scroll ahead to see options compiled by writer Melanie Reffes for USA TODAY on several popular islands, like the the Blue Cay Estate in Turks and Caicos.
Slide 2 of 19: Turks and Caicos Islands: The six-bedroom Cabuya Villa sits on a beachfront a private boat dock, pool, gym and and butler service.
Slide 3 of 19: Turks and Caicos Islands: The six Oceanfront Villas at the Shore Club on Long Bay Beach in Providenciales feature pools and spas. The resort's bars and restaurants are steps away.
Slide 4 of 19: Jamaica: Round Hill Hotel and Villas, located west of Montego Bay, offers 27 suites, including this Premium Luxury lodging.

Slide 5 of 19: Jamaica: Smartly designed by Ralph Lauren, Round Hill's villas have long hosted discerning guests like John F. Kennedy, who wrote his famous 1961 "ask not what you can do for your country" inauguration address in Villa 25.
Slide 6 of 19: Breakfast is served in the Luxury Villas at Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Jamaica. Meals and nonmotorized watersports are included.
Slide 7 of 19: Jamaica: The four-bedroom Aqua Bay Villa At the Tryall Club welcomes with a zero edge heated pool and a gym with Peloton bikes.
Slide 8 of 19: Jamaica: The seven-bedroom Dragonfly Villa at The Tryall Club in includes a heated walk-in swimming pool and large spa.
Slide 9 of 19: Sint Maarten: In the Dutch, southern part of the island, Beachfront Villas at the Coral Beach Club come with cool pools and views of neighboring St. Barths.

Slide 10 of 19: St. Martin: In the northern, French side of the island, the four-bedroom Villa Mirabelle on the Simpson Bay Lagoon is a private luxury retreat with access to a boat dock and petite beach. Weekly stays start at $7,000.
Slide 11 of 19: The Bahamas: Villas at Caerula Mar Club on South Andros Island are retro charming with prints of vintage portraits of island locals.
Slide 12 of 19: Saint Lucia: With cinematic vistas of the mighty Piton Peaks and the Caribbean Sea, Stonefield Villa Resort packs a big punch in a dozen one-bedroom villas, all with private pools.
Slide 13 of 19: Saint Lucia: Overlooking Rodney Bay Marina, Water’s Edge Villas by Bay Gardens Resorts are Creole chic with waterfront terraces and beat-the-heat pools.
Slide 14 of 19: Saint Lucia: Water’s Edge Villas at Bay Gardens Resorts offers plenty of privacy in large living areas and waterfront terraces with swimming pools.

Slide 15 of 19: Anguilla: The super-swanky Sea Villa, one of the Long Bay Villas, features an infinity pool and a staircase leading to secluded Long Bay Beach.
Slide 16 of 19: Anguilla: Altamer Resort is where you’ll find the Antilles Pearl Villa with a swimming pool and 50-foot skywalk that makes you feel as if you are floating above the ocean.
Slide 17 of 19: Aruba: Palm Hills Villa, in the scenic Tierra del Sol community on the north coast, is near the lively Palm Beach strip lined with bars, high-rise hotels and restaurants.
Slide 18 of 19: Aruba: The three-bedroom Palm Hills Villa features a pool, backyard garden and kitchen. Lounge chairs and a poolside cabana sweeten the pot.
Slide 19 of 19: Dominican Republic: Casa de Campo Resort & Villas, located about an hour from Punta Cana, has 10 oceanfront villas and 12 garden villas, all with private pools.
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