Are you a fan of Scuba Diving? Do you enjoy exploring the depths of the deep blue sea?

Scuba diving is one of the most fun and exhilarating things a traveler can do while on vacation in a tropical location. But did you know THIRDHOME has stunning homes in some of the best diving locations in the world? Keep reading to learn where you can book your next scuba adventure!

Cabo, Mexico

One of the main benefits of diving in Cabo is that the water stays relatively warm all year long, with an average annual temperature of 76°F. Cabo is a desirable vacation spot in all four seasons because the weather is always warm, no matter the month. The types of sea life you can swim with are extraordinary. Divers can expect to see everything from different types of whales to sharks, rays, seahorses, and all types of fish.

The Beachfront Flats (Cabo)

At this beachfront paradise, the only thing standing between you and the Sea of Cortez’s aquamarine waters is warm sand. Nicknamed the “Aquarium of the World,” the Sea of Cortez is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the premier diving spots on the planet, with an impressive array of marine life.


Belize is home to the Great Blue Hole, one of the world’s most sought-after diving sites and part of the Belize Barrier Reef UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s the most famous dive in all of Belize, and most recognized by those who are unfamiliar with the Scuba world.

Still Waters

Located in the main town (San Pedro) on Belize’s largest island, lies one of its most attractive properties in Still Waters. Located near some of the best diving and fishing spots in the world, Still Waters sleeps 11 guests comfortably with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. If you get tired from Scuba, you can relax with local fishing, shopping, dining, and sailing!


The Maldives are known worldwide for their world-class diving. Comprised of 1,200+ islands, coral reefs, and coral islands, it’s not hard to imagine why. Better yet, because of the tropical climate, it’s also a place you can dive year-round. You don’t need to cram your trip into a narrow time period! Because of the diverse environments, divers can expect to encounter reefs, drifts, and even wreckage locations.

Not only are the Maldives known for their crystal clear waters and diving opportunities, but they’re also known for having some of the best and most luxurious hotels and lodging in the world. And the THIRDHOME destinations are no different.

Soneva Jani

Why not stay in a floating mansion for a week? Located on a cluster of islands in the Maldives’ Noonu Atoll, Noonu Atoll offers diving experiences for all levels and enables you to swim with grey reef sharks, stingrays, spotted eagle rays, barracuda, jackfish, morays, schooling blue-striped snapper, and turtles.

Soneva Fushi

Located not too far from Soneva Jani is one of the nicest resorts in all of the Maldives, Soneva Fushi. Located from the steps of the beach, this 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom villa offers a private swimming pool and slide, along with a private garden and deck that connects directly to the beach. Like Jani, Soneva Fushi offers world-class diving along with snorkeling, fishing, and other water sports.


The Great Barrier Reef. That’s it. That’s the sentence. This is the most famous dive spot in the entire world, and it is, of course, located in Australia. But that’s not the only place where divers can expect the trip of a lifetime: The Land Down Under is also known for Yongala, Osprey Reef, Coral Sea, and Navy Pier.

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The Whitsunday Islands are a group of 74 islands that lie off the coast of Queensland, Australia and form part of the Great Barrier Reef. The Whitsundays, and the Great Barrier Reef, are one of the most pristine dive destinations in the world, with spectacular coral formations, hundreds of species of fish, turtles, manta rays, and even visiting dolphins and whales.

Are you thinking about making your next THIRDHOME trip a scuba-filled retreat? Click here to find your next beach home exchange, and be sure to check out everything you need to know about diving in 2022.

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What are THIRDHOME members saying about their luxury home exchange trips to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and Placencia, Belize?

THIRDHOME Exchange members recently returned from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and Placencia, Belize. Keep reading to learn about their THIRDHOME travel experiences!

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Pacific West | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Guests are greeted by striking modern architecture and wall-to-ceiling windows framing the splendid Pacific Ocean views at Villa Pacific West. Elegant designer furnishings, unique artwork and a host of exceptional amenities make this stunning villa a uniquely alluring retreat. This home is located in the breathtaking community of Pedregal, making it a fabulous stay for your next luxury getaway!

THIRDHOME member Alexandra says, “Villa Pacific West was beautiful, luxurious, comfortable, relaxing, peaceful. The 180 views over both oceans were spectacular. The villa was well equipped and even came with a daily cleaning service. Communication with the owner and also with the manager was quick and easy.” Click here to read more of Alexandra’s review.

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Villa Jammin Gecko | Placencia, Belize

Villa Jammin Gecko is a three-story custom beachfront estate with five bedrooms and seven baths, located directly on a beautiful sandy beach over looking the Caribbean sea in Placencia, Belize. Amenities include a large game room with a built in wet bar, pool table and large covered patio over looking pool and ocean. A chef’s kitchen, spacious bedrooms and onsite staff are enough to please each and every guest!

THIRDHOME member Pamela says, “Our group of eight had a wonderful week at Jammin Gecko! The house was spectacular and it was hard to pull ourselves away for other activities. We enjoyed the beach, kayaking, biking and fishing. The staff took such great care of us and we were truly pampered!  ” Click here to read more of Pamela’ review.

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What are THIRDHOME members saying about their luxury home exchange trips to Austin, Texas, and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico?

THIRDHOME Exchange members recently returned from Austin, Texas and Cabo San Lucas! Keep reading to learn about their THIRDHOME travel experiences!

Pool and Spa

Relax in the private spa or poolside.

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Gather with your family or group in one of many living spaces.

Endless Amenities

Plenty of games for the whole family!

Arrive – Playground Estate | Austin, TX

The Playground Estate is one of the best entertaining residences in all of Austin! This gorgeous five-bedroom home offers complete luxury and a wonderfully serene location close to the heart of the city. Resting on 3,500 square-feet and boasting stunning luxury furnishings, this home is surrounded by a bright green oasis that allows you to unwind and relax. There are endless games and excitement throughout the property. The whole family can relax poolside, kick around on the soccer field or shoot hoops on the court! Each and every guest will be entertained their entire stay.

THIRDHOME member Margaret says, “This lovely home was the star of our family reunion. The yard was the icing on the cake. Our grandson, happily enjoyed the pool slide, played basketball, evening soccer practice on the turfed field, immediately followed by jumps on the trampoline. The well stocked kitchen was my person favorite, but the lush bedding & plush towels ran a close second.” Click here to read more of Margaret’s review.

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Beautiful views of the ocean.

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Sip coffee on the porch every morning.

Casa Arrecifes | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Casa Arrecifes is your own private oasis located on a private peninsula. With panoramic views overlooking the turquoise-blue, Pacific Ocean, this home offers 4 bedrooms for guests to enjoy. The natural rock formation along the beach serves to break the waves and provides a constantly changing perspective of the sea. Your astonishing private beach lies just beyond the floor to ceiling windows! Casa Arrecifes is any beach goer’s dream home.

THIRDHOME member Louise says, “Casa Arrecifes is stunning in every way. Without doubt, this is one of the most dramatic outlooks in Mexico and with a direct view of the Arch of Cabo, it’s right up there with the best in the world.” Click here to read more of Louise’s review.

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Destinations like Cancun, Miami and Puerto Vallarta usually rear their heads when Spring Break conversations begin around the dinner table. While there’s nothing wrong with these destinations, March is also an amazing time to visit other less obvious choices with the family. Don’t let your upcoming Spring Break fall prey to a crowded beach, visit one of these destinations instead.


Check out our top 5 picks for Undiscovered Spring Break Destinations for 2019


Lake Tahoe Spring Break destinations THIRDHOME

Lake Tahoe, California
For a unique combination of mountain adventure and shoreside barbecues, consider visiting Lake Tahoe this Spring Break. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to ski in nothing but a swimsuit, make your way up to Northstar or Squaw Valley for a sun-soaked slalom. After a day of skiing, relax by Emerald Bay’s gorgeous water or go shopping in South Lake Tahoe. Snowshoe/hiking trails, delicious local food, concerts, and breweries are also plentiful in the surrounding area. For ski/snowboarders, this Spring Break destination is a must.

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Brazil Spring Break destinations THIRDHOME

Brazilian Coast
Looking for a tropical beachfront Spring Break without the deafening crowds found at other destinations? Consider booking a property on Brazil’s expansive coast. The coastal states of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Parana and Santa Catarina all feature miles upon miles of unspoiled beach. Between Rio and Florianópolis you’ll find plenty of beachfront properties, including some residences surrounding the famous Balneario Camburiu Bay. For beach fun and cultural exploration, a coastal Brazilian retreat might be just what the doctor ordered.

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Park City Utah Spring Break Destinations THIRDHOME

Park City, Utah
Another destination for ski lovers, Park City is a multi-faceted destination with lots of family-friendly fun to offer. Besides skiing and snowboarding, Park City, in Spring, features a Free Après Ski Concert Series, the Park City Museum, a wide variety of restaurants, distilleries, fly-fishing, hot-air balloon rides, and various hiking trails. Outdoor activities, great food, and relaxation all await you and your family this Spring Break.

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Carlsbad California Spring Break Destination THIRDHOME

Carlsbad, California
The perfect coastal family destination on the outskirts of San Diego, Carlsbad offers many of the main staples of a beachfront Spring Break without the crowds or rowdiness. Small children will have plenty to do besides playing on the beach. Take the kids to Legoland California, the San Diego Zoo or the Museum of Making Music for fun and educational experiences. Disneyland is also just a short drive up to Anaheim. Book a Carlsbad Spring Break stay for a kid-friendly vacation with plenty of sun and lots of fun.

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San Carlos de Bariloche Spring Break Destination THIRDHOME

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
Your most unique option this Spring Break is Argentina’s Patagonia mountain range. San Carlos de Bariloche, a mountain town surrounding a large glacial lake, is one of the most beautiful hidden gems of the Andes. With Swiss and German architecture, Bariloche feels more like a misplaced Bavarian village than an Andean town. Enjoy swimming, mountain biking, kayaking and Bariloche’s Swiss-style chocolate stores during your mountain stay.

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Make the most out of this Spring Break by going outside the box!


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Made popular in Europe, plunge pools are becoming a popular alternative to larger and harder to maintain pools. They also help home owners save big on water, space and electricity.


According to Home Advisor, a standard in-ground pool can cost up to $57,000, while plunge pools cap out around $25,000. An average or mid-sized pool will typically exceed 600 square feet. Plunge pools are loosely defined as being less than 600 square feet and being less than 6 feet deep. If you’re looking to add a dose of luxury to your backyard without breaking the bank, a thoughtfully laid out plunge pool might do the trick. Or you might just want to jump into a few of the pools below during your next stay.


Check out our Top 6 THIRDHOME Plunge Pool Picks to inspire your next stay or home renovation project:


6. Placencia, Belize

Little Harvest Caye Plunge Pool

Private Island of Little Harvest Caye

Capping off an amazing open-air living space is Little Harvest Caye’s plunge pool. Featuring stunning ocean views, in-water seating and a volleyball setup, this plunge pool is designed for summer fun and relaxation. This pool is perfect for poolside piña coladas and endless sunbathing, while keeping fresh water requirements low. Fresh water is a commodity on many salt water islands, especially the private ones. That’s why this plunge pool design works so perfectly for Little Harvest Caye. It’s just enough pool to cool off, have fun and feel like you’re staying in true luxury.

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5. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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Casa Arrecifes

Two plunge pools for the price of one! This Cabo San Lucas property features two kidney shaped pools that jut into the coast, giving the illusion that the surf could hit you at any moment. Even better, one of these pools is actually a hot tub. This is a popular combination for fans of Contrast Therapy–a post workout technique in which athletes immerse themselves in extremely cold water followed by hot water. Believed to increase circulation and help the muscles relax, Contrast Therapy has also found popularity in an audience apart from professional athletes: luxury homeowners. Homes like Casa Arrecifes allow guests to unwind in unique fashion and with incredible views.

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4. Canggu, Indonesia

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Como Uma Canggu-Luxury Penthouse

Welcome to the most romantic plunge pool in Bali. Located at the Como Uma Canggu beachfront resort, these penthouse plunge pools are the best thing to happen to a master suite since heated floors and in-room jacuzzis. On the larger end of the plunge pool spectrum, this pool measures in at about 540 square feet. Step through the Master suite’s sliding glass doors and you’ll notice the 45 degree receding roofline adorned by green ivy. Giving you the best of both worlds, this roof design keeps the deck area partially shaded while letting the pool be fully exposed to the sun and dramatic ocean views.  If you’re looking for an idyllic tropical getaway look no further. You may consider installing one off your master bedroom back home after experiencing this kind of luxury first-hand.

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3. Kalkan, Turkey

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Ketchy Villa

Facing Kalkan Bay, this Turkish Villa pool terrace is a refreshing mix of modern and old world charm. Featuring a blue-tile infinity plunge pool, this villa’s pool area pushes the limits of what a plunge pool can be. Rooftop pools usually require great feats of engineering and architecture, considering the additional load placed on the structure. And retrofitting a property for a rooftop pool usually isn’t worth the trouble, much less building an infinity pool (another mechanical feat). That’s why there’s so much to appreciate when staying at Ketchy Villa. The owners managed to transform a classically designed seaside Turkish home into a modern luxury holiday retreat, in large part due to the rooftop plunge pool feature. Be sure to consult an architect or engineer before installing one on your roof!

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2. Las Vegas, Nevada

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Palms Place Penthouse

If you thought Ketchy Villa’s rooftop design was daring, consider swimming over Las Vegas at this plunge pool at the Palms Place Penthouse. A cantilevered t-shape design allows this tiny pool to hover over the city, making for stunning city views. If you have a fear of heights, the transparent bottom may shock you at first. But the surrounding glass safety walls and reinforced tile entry will soon redirect your attention to the bright lights of Vegas. The 1,000 square foot balcony also features living and entertaining space around the plunge pool. If you’re looking for unique plunge pool design, this is the pinnacle.

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1. Palm Springs, California

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Palm Springs Modern

Simple, modern and beautiful. This Palm Springs home features an elegant plunge pool that blends seamlessly into the landscaping. Earth tones, rock and desaturated greens dot the hillside complementing the pool’s blue, and the patio’s white, umber and sienna decor. It’s no wonder Elle Decor and Land Rover both used this location for brand photo shoots. The desert locale is perfect weather for enjoying a refreshing splash. The pool also has a heating feature for cold desert nights when the stars are at their peak visibility. If you’re looking for a subtle touch of luxury that can fit into most residential designs, this plunge pool is the perfect choice.

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When I moved toward retirement my friend Paul offered me the following advice:

Larry Grossman in Cabo San Lucas THIRDHOME


“There are 3 Stages in Retirement:
1. Go-Go.
2. Slow-Go. and
3. No-Go.
You better enjoy Stage 1 as long as you can because you never know when 2 and 3 are going to hit.”


Since Paul is about the smartest guy I know, I decided to follow his advice and over the past 3 years I’ve taken almost 40 trips as a member of THIRDHOME across the US, Europe, South America and Mexico.


In fact, since last November, I’ve trekked across Mexico and Guatemala, from Cozumel in the East, to Zihuatenejo in the West, and south to Guatemala, staying in seven THIRDHOME residences.

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During my somewhat manic and adrenaline-filled adventure I visited 18 different cities and towns while meeting countless locals, taking hundreds of photos in numerous colorful markets and sampling many versions of guacamole and sipping tequila (one of life’s great combinations).

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As an added bonus I had 27 friends share my south of the border adventures across all venues.

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Now I admit to being a bit of a travel junkie and nothing excites me more than opening my latest edition of National Geographic Traveler or perusing the THIRDHOME website to see what just became available.

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To me, maximizing my travel opportunities provided by THIRDHOME is simply a “no-brainer” and having the ability to invite friends and family on these trips has become a staple of my journeys.

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I’ve become a pretty popular guy and if everyone is using me for my travel “hookup” so be it, because I’m having a ball. We are all seeing the world in a first-class manner that a few years ago, prior to joining THIRDHOME, I couldn’t have imagined.

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There were so many highlights on my recent South of the Border expedition that it is hard to isolate the best moments, but here are a few of my favorites:

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1. Sampling a seafood stew served in a molcajete (volcanic rock bowl) at a beachfront restaurant in Bucerias, Mexico, while listening to an 8-piece mariachi band playing Mexican classics.

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2. Spending a sunny February afternoon sitting on our deck in the awesome Novaispania THIRDHOME property in Cabo San Lucas and watching dozens of whales breach and perform their unique acrobatics.

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3. Kayaking in Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, surrounded by volcanoes, and watching local fishermen catch their dinner.

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4. Observing while women in San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala, demonstrated a process called “backstrap weaving” to make the most colorful fabrics on earth, all dyed with plants, bark, vegetables, insects and fruits.

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5. Taking a morning swim in the crystal clear Sea of Cortez in Ixtapa, Mexico, followed by a Mexican breakfast of fresh fruit and chilaquiles to begin the day.

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6. Diving into cool water underneath a waterfall in the “lost in time” Mexican fishing village of Yelapa, Mexico.

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In my “Retired Guy” travels I’ve found that my THIRDHOME membership is an unmatchable tool to get me to some of the best places on earth. My plan is to savor this opportunity for first-class travel by continuing to deposit weeks into The Club and continue to take advantage of Keyless travel opportunities.

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Back-to-back trips are a great treat for those members, who, like me, have a “nomadic” spirit. So little time and so many places to see. Adios Amigos until my next report!


Read more about Larry’s travels here.


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Bobby Flaig has been a member of THIRDHOME since 2014, but only recently started exploring all the club has to offer on the West Coast. With trips to Balboa Island and Truckee under his belt, he’s looking to explore even more properties in 2018. Get to know THIRDHOME member Bobby Flaig!


How did you get involved with THIRDHOME?

I joined THIRDHOME about 3 years ago but didn’t get really active until last year when I made my first stay at the Newport Beach Vacation Club property through THIRDHOME. I was happily surprised that the process went very smooth and everyone at THIRDHOME was super friendly and helpful.

Where are you based?

Huntington Beach, CA, USA

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Who do you usually travel with?

My longtime girlfriend Angelique Ives is my travel partner.

What do you do for a living?

I own a beverage company.

What are your favorite travel hobbies?

Love to fish, when in Cabo San Lucas for Dorado “Mahi Mahi”, hike, swim in the ocean and enjoy the local cuisines.

In your past travels with THIRDHOME, what was your favorite destination and what did you love about it? 

Stayed for a week at a house in Newport Beach on Balboa Island. Loved that we could walk downtown and to the Ferry to the see the ocean. The owners of the house left us cookies and let us use their bikes and boogie boards. Plus, they met us at the house when we checked in! They were very helpful.

What do you love most about your property with THIRDHOME?
 Love that I can exchange a week or two at my property for really nice properties throughout the world. The selection and variety keep getting better every day.


Compared to other exchange and rental platforms, how has your experience been hosting other THIRDHOME members?

I am in another program, which I do like, but the quality of the properties at THIRDHOME are much nicer. Plus, there is more interaction with the actual owners of the properties at THIRDHOME.

Any personal/family achievements you’d like to share?

We love to travel and THIRDHOME has made it much easier to do so and to plan ahead for exciting adventures.

How has THIRDHOME changed the way you travel?

Lets us stay in wonderful homes with friendly owners to help show us the ropes for the communities that they live in.

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What is the nicest amenity you have encountered while staying at a THIRDHOME property?

Free cookies and use of bikes to ride around town at Newport Beach Balboa Island House.

What makes a THIRDHOME stay so special?

The employees at THIRDHOME care about their owners. Kristine and Sammy are awesome to deal with!

How is staying in a THIRDHOME different than other types of accommodations?

The personal service. Actual people, I know that I can talk to at THIRDHOME who know me. Excellent Customer Service!

How would you describe THIRDHOME to a friend?

THIRDHOME lets you experience really nice homes in locations all over the world with similar people. The homes are immaculately put together and the customer service at THIRDHOME is top notch!

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What’s the most memorable restaurant you’ve eaten at during one of your trips?

Captain Jack’s in Huntington Beach had the best crab and fish I have ever eaten.

Any travel tips for fellow members?

Get as many Keys from THIRDHOME as you can so that you can plan a wonderful adventure to far away places and stay in magnificent homes.

Amex Travel’s Trend forecast for 2018 has some classics and some newcomers in the realm of international travel; Bali, Costa Rica, Dubai and Vietnam to name a few. But how do the industry-wide trends line up with THIRDHOME users in 2018? It’s looking to be a strong year for cultural immersion trips paired with luxury experiences.

Several of these destinations come as no surprise. Costa Rican properties have been increasingly popular in the club as have Bali homes. The “United States Hot Spots” are longtime favorites of THIRDHOME members. But what sticks out within THIRDHOME’s membership for 2018?

Of our member bookings for 2018, here are THIRDHOME‘s Top 10 Destinations of 2018:


10. “United States Hot Spots”: Florida, California, Aspen, Park City, Vail, Truckee, San FranciscoTop 10 destinations 2018

It’s not difficult to guess why over 16% of 2018 bookings end up concentrating near the Rockies and West Coast. World-class ski resorts and mountain homes with stunning views are the main attractions. But year-round outdoor recreation opportunities make Western U.S. Hot Spot cities even more attractive for active travelers. Southeast bookings have unsurprisingly been dominated by Florida stays around the Gulf. These U.S. destinations are definitely worth a Saved Search, given how quickly and often they’re booked. If being more outdoorsy was one of your resolutions for the New Year, consider making a trip out West.

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9. Mexico: Cabo San Lucas

Top 10 destinations of 2018

Great weather, beautiful beaches and amazing golf. Mexico, particularly the Baja del Sur region, seems to have it all. With all the Affiliate resort properties available, making a trip to Mexico is just so easy. And even if you aren’t looking for a coastal resort town there are so many cultural experiences to be had in cities like San Miguel de Allende. Taking an estimated 11% of 2018 bookings, Mexico is very popular with many THIRDHOME users.

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8. France: Paris, French Alps and Provence

Top 10 destinations 2018

Who doesn’t dream of flying away to Paris for a week of relaxation and cultural immersion? Centrally located Parisian properties have always been popular for club members, but a few new French destinations are gaining popularity. The French Alps are drawing more adventurous skiers this year. Also, more members are exploring Provence and other pastoral Southern regions. Yes, landing at Charles de Gaulle Airport and not leaving Paris makes for a wonderful trip, but don’t be afraid to explore new areas of the French countryside, mountains and coast in 2018.

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7. Costa Rica: Playa Flamingo and Manuel Antonio

Top 10 destinations 2018

Costa Rica has emerged as a must-go eco-travel destination over the last few years. With an abundance of luxurious villas available in gorgeous areas like Playa Flamingo and the Manuel Antonio Rainforest, it would be criminal not to make a quick stop in Costa Rica in 2018. Most destinations are easily accessible, usually only requiring one transfer flight when flying from the United States.

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6. The United Kingdom: London

Top 10 Destinations 2018

Similar to Paris, a trip to London is an easy European adventure. The city is filled with endless activities and experiences, making the city one of our top destinations of 2018. But more members are also venturing out to different U.K. locales. Naturally, more golf enthusiasts have been booking properties in Scotland while others are venturing to smaller towns, such as Cornwall.

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5. Italy: Rome and Venice

Top 10 destinations 2018

Holidays in Rome and Venice have remained fairly popular in the club. Historic properties with central access to attractions have kept bookings up in Italy for 2018. A wide range of rural Tuscan properties have also been popular. Smaller coastal cities like Trieste are making for a slightly different Italian experience, more akin to a Croatian holiday. The Italian Alps are also drawing more and more skiers into cozy mountainside chalets. Be sure to explore Italy’s diverse range of destinations this year.

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4. Canada: Mont-Tremblant

Top 10 destinations 2018

2017 was a big year for Canadian travel and 2018 will probably see even more bookings in the great North. With urban centers like Quebec and Toronto anchoring huge swaths of national parkland, Canada has the best of city living and natural wonder. Not to mention some of the world’s best skiing at Mont-Tremblant and Whistler. Cozying up by the fire in a timber ski chalet alongside Lac Tremblant is something everyone should experience.

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3. South Africa: Cape Town and Plettenberg

Top 10 destinations 2018

With a diversity of landscapes only paralleled by New Zealand, South Africa is a one-stop shop for coastal wonder, safari adventure and serene wine country. THIRDHOME members are mostly booking stays along the coastline in places like Cape Town and Plettenberg Bay. In a country like South Africa, it’s easy to stay on the coast and make day trips to the Franschhoek Winelands or the safari lands alongside the Zimbabwe and Mozambique borders. Or, just play with the penguins at Table Mountain National Park in Boulders Beach. South Africa is filled with out-of-this-world experiences.

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2. Spain: Marbella

top 10 destinations 2018

Surprisingly, large urban centers like Madrid and Barcelona aren’t topping THIRDHOME‘s charts. Spain’s booking numbers are led largely by Marbella properties and other Costa del Sol homes. The Andalusia region’s rich history, Moorish influence and warm weather make Costa del Sol a prime location for a summer vacation with cultural immersion built-in. The luxurious private property selection in Costa del Sol is an attraction in itself. Some of these villas are to die for. If you haven’t already explored the land of Don Quixote, do yourself a favor in 2018 and book an Andalusian property.

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1. The U.S. Virgin Islands: St. Thomas

Top 10 destinations 2018

Demand for the U.S. Virgin Islands was hardly diminished despite Hurricane Irma. Private homes and resort properties, mostly The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club St. Thomas, have seen healthy bookings for 2018. Luckily, the Virgin Islands have rebounded from Hurricane season and have been tourist operational since this past November. St. Thomas has always been a THIRDHOME favorite and will most-likely make the Top 10 list for years to come.

Click here to see available properties in The U.S. Virgin Islands.

THIRDHOME’s Top 10 Destinations 2018

2018 should be a fresh year of discovery for members. So, we recommend trying something new. Whether it’s ecological exploration, cultural discovery or new outdoor recreation experiences, make 2018 a year to remember.

Now that you’ve seen what fellow club members are booking for 2018, where will you go? Click here to browse through all available properties. Remember, you must be logged in to see availability. 


EOY THIRDHOME Booking data 2017: Top 10 Destinations 2018 accounts for 45% of 2018 bookings.

Nearly 12 million international tourists visited Mexico last year, reflecting former president Vicente Fox’s vision to make tourism, “…a top priority activity for federal government, which is why [Mexico] invests millions of dollars a year in…projects that promote Mexico’s culture and natural attractions.” This cultural investment has obviously paid off in making Mexico the go-to beach resort location of North American tourists and many others around the world.  Luxury Travel Mexico.

But now that the word is out on Mexico’s beautiful destinations, where does one go for luxury travel in Mexico? Avoiding crowded beaches and hand-picking a special experience is vital to a luxurious Mexico trip, and THIRDHOME has compiled the best destinations and properties to help you feel less like one in 12 million, and more like the unique member that you are.

A THIRDHOME membership allows access to homes in all of these fantastic destinations in Mexico below, and all over the world! Members of The Club book trips every day for a fraction of the price by using their THIRDHOME membership.

Luxury stays in these Handpicked Mexican destinations are available now! Plan your trip today!

Acapulco Luxury travel mexico


What to do: Welcome to the original Mexican beach resort, graced by the likes of Elvis, Sinatra, and President Kennedy, this ‘Pearl of the Pacific’ drew plenty of crowds in the 1950’s. Acapulco is one of the older Mexico resort destinations, but it still retains an old-timey Golden Age charm. With beautiful cliff sides, delicious food and gorgeous views Acapulco is sure to deliver a serene getaway on your next Mexican holiday.

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Bahias de Huatulco luxury travel mexico

Bahias de Huatulco

What to do: Crucecita, in the state of Oaxaca, was once only home to one small fishing village. In the late 1980’s, development began on several resorts and golf courses. Development was heavily regulated, leaving large swaths of land untouched, and limiting the height of resorts. This left Crucecita with much of its original Southern Mexican charm. Bahias de Huatulco refers to the nine bays on the coast of Crucecita, around which many resorts were constructed. Due to limited air access, only about 20% of Huatulco’s tourism is foreign, making this a perfect getaway from the average coastal tourist city. Bahias de Huatulco has been praised for its sustainable practices in tourism and is gaining more popularity due to its coffee plantations, music and hiking routes. Although air access is limited there is a small airport about 20 minutes away from the resort area.

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Cabo San Lucas

What to do:  On the tip of Big Sur, Cabo San Lucas has some gorgeous natural wonders. Hike out to El Arco, a gorgeous natural stone arch that dips into the sea. On your way, pick between visiting Lovers Beach or Divorce Beach, depending on the mood (choose wisely). Take a dive into Chileno Bay to snorkel among the tropical fish and sea turtles. If you are feeling a little wild, Cabo San Lucas does have the best nightlife variety out of any Big Sur city.

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cancun luxury travel mexico


What to do:  Set on the edge of the Yucatán Peninsula is the world-famous tourist destination of Cancún. “The Glistening City” was established in 1970 and is located about an hour South of Playa Del Carmen. The area was a large gamble for the Mexican government who had to fund the first 9 hotels on its own due to hesitance on part of investors, but it has most certainly paid off for Mexico and tourists alike. Many modern, pyramid and tower-like resorts decorate the virgin beaches of Cancún.

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La Paz luxury travel mexico

La Paz

What to do: In the southern region of Baja Sur, La Paz is an upbeat and international town. The quirky Baja settlement was first home to Neolithic cavemen, then to Hernan Cortez’s conquistadores in 1535, then to William Walker’s Republic of Sonora in 1854, and finally to Mexican citizens and foreign ex-patriots. Its remote location and rich history have made the city a fan favorite among international travelers. If you’re looking for an unforgettable stay on the Sea of Cortez, look no further. With one of the highest standards of living and quality of life in Mexico, La Paz lives up to the inherent luxury of other Baja resort destinations. You can also travel from La Paz to the UNESCO protected Isla Espíritu Santo, which features impeccable diving, snorkeling and kayaking.

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Manzanillo luxury travel mexico


What to do: The Jalisco-based city of Manzanillo faces the beautiful waters of the North Pacific. Unlike many of the cities on this list, tourism is not the mainstay of this city. Seaport trade is the real business in town, and recreational fishing is the primary tourist draw. Manzanillo is known as the “Sailfish Capital of the World” and hosts The Dorsey Fishing Tournament every year. Besides numerous fishing opportunities, the city also has a view of the optical phenomena known as the “Green Flash.” Appearing for only a second or two, these green lights occur as the light from the setting sun diverges into many colors, making for a magical sunset.

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Nuevo Vallarta luxury travel mexico

Nuevo Vallarta

What to do: Founded in 1992, Nuevo Vallarta was built for the sole purpose of attracting tourists to its modern infrastructure and attractions. The resort sits about 15 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta and attracts mostly U.S. and Canadian tourists. Nuevo Vallarta stores typically accept pesos and USD making it an easy place to travel from the states. Home to a beautiful marina, a PADI Dive Center and many individual resorts Nuevo Vallarta is perfect for those looking to enjoy the beach and an array of watersports.

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Playa del Carmen, Rivera Maya

Playa Del Carmen

What to do: Besides relaxing pool or beachside with a tropical drink in hand, Playa Del Carmen is full of exciting and unique activities. History lovers can step back in time and explore the mysteries surrounding the amazing Mayan ruins at Tulum and Chichen Itza. But, make sure you don’t miss your chance to see Rio Secreto! Very few places in the world boast the perfect conditions for an underground river, and Playa Del Carmen is one of them! Rio Secreto has carved out a massive system of caves underneath Riviera Maya over the years. Guests who are looking to stay on resort property can play the Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course at Vidanta’s Riviera Maya.

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Punta de Mita luxury travel mexico

Punta de Mita & Riviera Nayarit

What to do: This tiny fishing village is now home to several resorts, golf clubs and private beaches. The Pacific Coast offers pleasant breezes throughout the year and is home to a diverse ecology of marine life. Many old fishing ports have since been turned to upscale resorts that merge gracefully into the azure coastal waters. This region of Mexico is big with surfers but is still primarily known for its calm and luxurious accommodations.

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Solaz Los Cabos

San José del Cabo

What to do: Some refer to San José del Cabo as the quieter version of Cabo San Lucas. The downtown area has nice shopping, adobe houses converted into restaurants and several golf courses. The area is also home to some very modern and avant-garde developments, redefining the Mexican beach resort and raising expectations for Cabo travel veterans. For peaceful relaxation, San José del Cabo is the Cabo for you.

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San Miguel de Allende luxury travel mexico

San Miguel de Allende

What to do: This gem of a city was almost a ghost town by the end of the 20th Century, but when local artists recognized that the Baroque colonial architecture had potential, a number of initiatives were moved to the city to ensure its continued existence. Post World War II, many U.S. soldiers studying on the G.I. Bill would come learn art in San Miguel de Allende thanks to the city’s commitment to education and the arts. Founded in 1541, San Miguel is now a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its architecture and role during the fight for Mexican Independence. There are no beaches in San Miguel de Allende, but the lack of waterfront is made up by its rich history and artistic appeal. Festivals, such as The Day of the Dead, are celebrated with a special zeal in San Miguel, which is accentuated by the town’s Mexican fairy tale aesthetic. This city was just voted as Travel & Leisure’s Best City in Latin America, and Best City in The World.

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Valle de Bravo luxury travel mexico

Valle de Bravo

What to do: Surprisingly enough, Valle de Bravo is not a coastal resort town. On the shores of Lake Avandaro, Valle de Bravo is where the capital’s elite go to play. If you really want an authentic upscale Mexican experience, Valle de Bravo is the place to go. Historic temples, parishes and museums harken back to colonial times, and even to some Aztec heritage. In 2005, Valle de Bravo was dubbed Pueblo Mágico by Mexico’s Secretariat of Tourism, to recognize the city’s “…symbolism, legends, history…in other words, ‘magic’ in its social and cultural manifestation, with great opportunities for tourism.” The city has also hosted world-famous events including El Circuito Avandaro (auto racing) and La Festival de Rock y Reudas (rock music festival). Come live, play and eat like a local at Valle De Bravo today.

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luxury travel mexico zihuatanejo


What to do: Far from the prototypical coastal party town, Zihuatanejo is a small-town getaway which had been relatively unheard of until Ixtapa was built next door and tourists flocked to the Pacific Coast of Mexico. It still retains much of that fisherman village charm with plenty of local shops, restaurants and cafes. Lounging on the beach, exploring the historic cobbled streets and enjoying the peaceful quiet of Zihua are some of the best ways to spend your vacation. It’s still a well-kept secret, so book your trip before the rest of the world finds out.

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Take a girls trip with to one of these gorgeous destinations


There are many great choices in the THIRDHOME portfolio when it comes to planning a girls trip, so long as having fun, recharging and disconnecting from the stress of daily life is at the forefront! Whether you want to enjoy an evening cooking at home, sip margaritas by the pool or try something new together, these destinations will be perfect for your next girls trip. Plus with interesting shopping and luxurious spas nearby, these THIRDHOME properties were made for your next getaway with the gals.

cabo luxury second home girls trip

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Nothing says “girls trip” quite like a trip to Cabo San Lucas. One of the prettiest spots in Mexico, Cabo San Lucas has warm temperatures, a lively local culture and the best beach activities around. Think swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and private yacht tours. Diamante Resort Club is nestled on 1,500 acres of stunning coastline, with a private beach and has world-class customer service. Recharge at one of the club’s comfort stations with complimentary cocktails and gourmet small plates, relax along the sparkling 10-acre lagoon, or take a horseback ride along a private beach.

beach dream girls trip

Dillon Beach, California

Tucked away on the coast, this California Beach Dream can sleep 12 guests and has 2,200 square feet overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Located on the coveted Kailua Way, this expansive THIRDHOME property is an idyllic base from which to explore the area with your girlfriends. This home is equipped with multiple sunrooms, an outside deck and beach access.

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George Town, Bahamas

If you’ve never been to the Bahamas before, you’re in for a treat. At Grand Isle Resort Luxury Villa, you will enjoy a luxurious pool with views of the Greg Norman designed championship golf course and the crystal blue ocean. If you and your girlfriends are off-the-beaten-path travelers, you’ll find hiking trails, windsurfing, and authentic local culture nearby.

You and your girlfriends have earned some serious R&R – so book your trip with THIRDHOME today!

THIRDHOME member, Larry G., recently visited Cabo San Lucas. Mexico is one of his favorite destinations to visit using his THIRDHOME membership. Like all members of The Club, Larry is able to book luxury trips all over the world simply by trading in unused time at his second home.

Cabo San Lucas Casa Sandcastle

Larry’s trip to Cabo San Lucas: 

“Escaping grey, cold and dreary coastal Virginia for a trip to Cabo San Lucas in January was just what the doctor ordered.  The vacation really started on the airplane where it was apparent that all of us leaving the United States were in a pretty festive mood as we got closer and closer to Mexico. Even navigating the long, zig-zagging customs line everyone was in a good spirits because as we exited the plane, we had all seen the bright sunny weather and the beautiful Sierra de la Laguna mountains on the horizon.

Cabo San Lucas Casa Sandcastle

As this was my 25th trip with THIRDHOME, I knew from previous experience that the website photos never do justice to the beauty and style of each residence.  That was certainly the case with Casa Sandcastle, which is as unique and artfully decorated as any THIRDHOME I’d previously visited.  It was outfitted with dozens of “why would you leave me?” features.  If the infinity pool, hot tub, huge outside decks and game room weren’t enough, the movie room with the enormous screen and a hundred movies would clinch it.  To further entice us into never leaving, the house concierge Angelica had prepared margaritas, guacamole and chicken burritos with arguably the best homemade salsa in the country.

Cabo San Lucas Casa Sandcastle

Sea of Cortez Sunset

One of the truly unique features of the Casa Sandcastle was the ability to watch both the sunrise over the Sea of Cortez in the morning and the sunset over the mountains in the evening from the wraparound upstairs terrace.   An added bonus we discovered the first afternoon was the frequent site of whales spouting, swimming and playing as we watched from the house.  Our entire week the Humpback whales put on a show in front of the house at all hours of the day, leading us to schedule a boat ride to see them close up.  We weren’t disappointed as our captain steered us in close proximity to 6 whales during our 2 ½ hour boat ride.  The highlight was when two humpbacks swam right in front of the boat and dove in unison with their huge tails disappearing at the same moment.

Cabo San Lucas Whale Watching

Cabo San Lucas Boat Tour

Extremely helpful to our group was the advice and assistance given to us by Angelica.  She arranged a private chef for dinner and guided us to excellent restaurants and stores within a short drive of the house.  Upon our request to get deeper into the Baja, she accompanied us to the small town of Miraflores, located 45 miles north of San Jose.  It was in Miraflores that we were treated to the one and only (according to our waiter) “tuna colada”.  In this case tuna was not a fish, but the red cactus fruit referred to as “prickly pear”.   The colada was pink, rich and absolutely delicious.  The perfect complement to the machaca (Mexican shredded beef) burritos that the town is known for.

San Jose del Cabo

Mexico Wall mural

Sandcastle is located just outside San Jose del Cabo, the Baja city referred to as the “little brother” or “charming sister” to Cabo San Lucas.   Over the course of the week we spent time in the more rowdy Cabo San Lucas but preferred the serenity and mellow vibe of San Jose del Cabo.  It was less touristy and featured art galleries, live music every night and a vibrant plaza that was perfect for people watching.  Mariachi musicians were always available for hire at a moment’s notice in the local restaurants.

Cabo San Lucas Mariachi

I’ve found the beauty of traveling in Mexico is more than the beaches, great weather and wonderful food.  It is also the lovely interactions with the Mexican locals and the Cabo cities did not disappoint.  At every turn our Mexican hosts were friendly, helpful, and proud of their city and its attractions.  For all of us Cabo is a “return to” destination, especially when coupled with an outstanding THIRDHOME residence.”

Cabo San Lucas Casa Sandcastle

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