Best Overwater Bungalows Close to the U.S.

Traveling isn't an excuse for these overwater bungalows near the U.S.

Exotic destinations such as Fiji, Tahiti, Bora Bora, and the Maldives are often what come to mind when people start thinking about overwater bungalows. The good news is that now there are more overwater bungalows close to the U.S. than ever before. Below are our top 8 picks for an overwater bungalow vacation close to home.

And if you're willing to travel just a little bit farther, overwater bungalows in the Caribbean are just a short flight away as well.

Overwater Bungalows in Belize

Located in Central America and just South of Mexico, you'll find some of the most private overwater bungalows available.

Best Overwater Bungalows Close to Home | Cayo espanto Belize
No. 1 Cayo Espanto Belize
Cayo Espanto BelizeCayo Espanto

Stay on a private island — no neighbors in sight — just a short flight (or ferry) from Belize City. We love Cayo Espanto as much for its luxury as its convenience. See the latest rates.

2. Best Overwater Bungalows Close to Home | Thatch Cay Resort Belize
No. 2 Thatch Caye Resort, Belize
Thatch Caye Resort, BelizeThatch Caye Resort

An all-inclusive adventure resort ideal for water enthusiasts, Thatch Caye offers Family Villa suites that together can accommodate a group of six. Ten acres of marine park are at your disposal, and eagle rays swim off your front porch. See the latest rates.

Name 3. Best Overwater Bungalows Close to Home | Anthony's Key Resort Roatan
No. 3 Anthony's Key, Honduras
Anthony’s Key, HondurasAnthony's Key

For diving, snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, sea kayaking and more water adventures, book this authentic all-inclusive resort in Roatan. Granted, these overwater bungalows are just barely over the water, but you'll be in the water so much, you won't notice. See the latest rates.

4. Best Overwater Bungalows Close to Home | Coco VIew Resort Honduras
No. 4 CoCo View Resort, Honduras
CoCo View Resort, Hondurascocoviewresort.com

Perched on the second largest barrier reef in the world, the all-inclusive CoCo View is situated on the protected south shore of Roatan where coral reefs dwell in shallow water. Dive, snorkel, sun, repeat. See the latest rates.

5. Best Overwater Bungalows Close to Home | Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge Panama
No. 5 Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge, Panama
Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge, Panamapuntacaracol.com.pa

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. See the latest rates.

8. Best Overwater Bungalows Close to Home | Eclypse de Mar Acqua Lodge Panama overwater bungalow
No. 8 Eclypse de Mar Acqua Lodge, Panama
Eclypse de Mar Acqua Lodge, PanamaEclypse de Mar

Located on Panama's west coast, four overwater honeymoon suites sit over the Caribbean Sea. Explore the property's nature reserve flush with red frogs and banana trees. Or not, and enjoy an overwater sunset view. See the latest rates.