Purchasing a second home away from the mainlandis an exciting adventure—one with many thought-provoking decisions to make before signing on the dotted line.

First, consider the type of climate you’re seeking and how far you’re willing to commute to a vacation home. Then visit geographic locations, and spend as much time as possible at each one. Is exotic Hawaii an option? How about a beachfront abode in the Bahamas? Perhaps you’d like to venture to real estate hot spots such as Malta, the Philippines, or Portugal.

“Algarve is the most touristy placein Portugal. There’s warm weather all year long, amazing beaches, and tons of things to explore. It’s also known as the best golf destination in the world,” says Miguel Poisson, managing director of Portugal Sotheby’s International Realty in Algarve. He also cites Lisbon and Cascais as popular with second-home buyers.

Aside from considering proximity to your main home, climate, lifestyle, language, and security, when evaluating locations look at countries that offer investment-based citizenship and residency programs. For example, Portugal and Malta are attractive to second-home buyers since, depending on the amount invested in a property, they offer Golden Visas. “A Golden Visa is a residency permit offered to people who invest in a country,” explains Kathleen Peddicord, author and publisher of the website Live and Invest Overseas.

Based on certain qualifications and investment requirements, the Philippines allows foreign property buyers to reside there indefinitely, under a Special Investor’s Resident Visa (SIRV).

Once you’ve chosen your dream location, retain experienced professionals. “Work with well-known and established real estate companies,” Poisson cautions. “There are a lot of different people and companies in the real estate business and some of them don’t have the capability of delivering a good customer experience.”

And with varying foreign-ownership laws, special permits, plus title and transactions costs, make sure you work with a savvy real estate attorney from the get-go, Peddicord says.

Lastly, she says, once you’ve made your purchase it’s imperative that you retain a caretaker to look out for your property when you’re not there. After all, you want your home away from home to be safe and sound, all year round.

Harbour Island, Eleuthera - The Bahamas

Located on Harbour Island’s famous Pink Sand Beach, this five-bedroom, seven-bathroom estate is an idyllic tropical retreat situated in one of the Bahamas’ most coveted locations. As one of only five homes located in a private enclave on the grounds of theexclusive Dunmore Beach Club, this Dunmore Estate recalls the traditional colonial architecture of a bygone era and offers more than 6,000 square feet of living space. The estate features three structures: The Main House, the Pool Cottage and the Beach Villa. Owners have use of all the resort amenities, concierge, and estate management services, and they can also choose to participate in the resort’s rental program.

Price Upon Inquiry

Property ID: 80731 |

Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty

Nick Damianos +1 242.376.1841

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Property ID: 80731

Albufeira, Algarve - Portugal

This exotic, Moorish-inspired four-bedroom, six-bathroom property offers privacy, elegance, and comfort. The grand spaces—crafted with arches, carvings, and strong colors-—create the perfect environment for both reflection and entertaining.

The exquisite features continue throughout the grounds, with a saltwater pool and the most beautiful trees native to Algarve, such as almond, fig, and olive.

Property ID: N6Y6E7


Property ID N6Y6E7 |

Portugal Sotheby’s International Realty

Virgolino Gomes +351910271224

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Taguig, Luzon - Philippines

Bonifacio Global City is the most modern and fastest growing city in the Philippines. This one-of-a-kind loft lies in the very heart of this metropolis. The modern, custom abode is loaded with amenities and has a Manhattan feel, including awe-inspiring panoramic views.


Property ID C7JQX6 |

List Sotheby’s International Realty

Avelino Evangelista +632 556 0554

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Property ID: TKKRT5

Naxxar - Malta

An extraordinary farmhouse situated ina gated estate on high ground and enjoying beautiful country and sea views. The bespoke interior was created by a renowned Spanish designer, and features five bedrooms, elegant zoned living spaces, a state-of-the-art kitchen, and a separate formal dining room. This impressive estate offers 2,200 square meters of pristine private land, with a large pool, equestrian stable block with gym, formal gardens, and vegetable and herb gardens.

Property ID: KZL7DK

Price upon request

Property ID: KZL7DK |

Malta Sotheby’s International Realty

+356 2010 8070

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Puako Bay - Big Island of Hawaii

This oceanfront cottage is in a small, picturesque village tucked away on the shores of the Kohala Coast, between Mauna Kea and Mauna Lani Resorts—a piece of history dating back to the first cattle arriving on the island in 1793. It is sited on .44 acres and has five bedrooms, five baths, and over 3,000 square feet of living area. Start the day facing the horizon, whale watching from the timeless plantation porch.


Property ID: R2RS5D |

MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty

Dodie MacArthur 1+ 808.895.2485

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Property ID: R2RS5D

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