Why procrastinate for another year?  This summer is the time to take that luxury-filled vacation you've always dreamed about.

 

Ask someone where they would like to go for their ultimate dream vacation, and they will most likely name a destination near the ocean.

Most seaside destinations are filled with resorts and hotels catering to tourists in search of a few days of sand and sunshine.

It is possible, however, to avoid these crowded places and opt for something a little bit more private and infinitely more luxurious.

Renting a seaside estate can turn a standard vacation into an unforgettable, luxury-filled escape.

Of course, a vacation is not memorable if it doesn't take place in a great destination.  Here are some of the best places to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime estate vacation.

Florida

Florida is the most convenient tropical destination for many people to visit.  Just because it its easy to get to, though, doesn't mean it is a second class option.  Some of the villas and estates in the Miami area are the very definition of luxury.  For example, the Sandhill Estate, a spacious 15,000 acre estate on 20 acres, is the perfect retreat destination.

California

California offers an abundant of beautiful beach estates. Wind and Sea Big Sur is his Modern Oceanfront estate on 6 acres of supreme coastline. It is perfect location for a corporate retreat, family reunion or intimate wedding reception.

Head south to the highly desired city of Santa Barbara. Villa Verano is a spectacular Ocean View estates on over 13 sprawling acres of impeccably landscaped gardens including exotic flowers, sunken gardens and avocado and fruit trees.

Take in the unbelievable views of the Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands and incredible sunsets, which can be seen from almost any room in the residence

New England

The most attractive seaside destinations are not necessarily in the tropics.  Classic New England vacation spots like Cape Cod and Maine's coastline have their own allure.  In fact, these places have a long history of hosting family vacations over the summertime holiday.

Estates like the Hedgebound of Cape Cod provide the perfect place to enjoy a classic Massachusetts summertime vacation within eyeshot of the attractive coastline of the Atlantic.

The French's Point Estate, a massive villa with spacious lawns perched on Maine's rugged-but-scenic shoreline, is the ideal choice for a large family gathering.  Maine's unmatchable scenery is best appreciated in an exclusive and private setting like French's Point.

Mexico

For many experienced beach-goers, the best sun-and-sand vacations are found South of the Border.

Aficionados of Mexican beaches will find all the luxury and scenery that they could ever require at Casa Majani, a tropical estate on Punta Mita, a short distance form the tourist haven of Puerto Vallarta.

Majani guests have the option of eating their meals in an open air seating area that overlooks the water.  The couple lucky enough to stay in the master bedroom will be able  walk right out of the door and take a dip in the room-side pool.

Caribbean

The Caribbean is the first choice for many North American snowbirds seeking some sun and sand during the cold winters of more-northern latitudes.  The idyllic, nature-filled island of Saint John, one of the US Virgin Islands, is filled with quiet bays and beaches.

The island's Villa Intimasea features all the trappings of a high-end resort.  However, its quiet open air seating areas, overlooking a secluded, picturesque bay, make it an idea place for a private, relaxing retreat with close friends or family.

Meanwhile, the southern Caribbean island of Tobago is home to the Sunset Reef Villa, a 10-person estate that is tucked into the lush shoreline not far from Tobago's main beaches.

Sunset is a great choice for people who want to be in the most-natural surroundings possible, but also want to be near the island's most popular beaches and nightlife spots.

With all these worthwhile options, it is easy to find an estate that fits your budget and provides the level of luxury that can turn your vacation into a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Best of all, these estates are generally large enough that you can share your vacation with family and friends (or anyone else you choose to invite).