Not all beach houses are created equal, as Villas Tres Palmas makes clear. The hand-hewn columns and railings on this gorgeous three-story house might make you think you're in the South Seas. The exotic decor continues inside, where wooden headboards and other furnishings are carved with intricate patterns. The enormous house has five bathrooms and six bedrooms that look out toward the tropical gardens surrounding the kidney-shaped pool. Beyond the pool, at the foot of
the property, is the palm-lined beach. This is Tres Palmas, which has a break that makes it popular with surfers.