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Spring Break Getaways That Renters Won't Regret

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While the masses are clamoring for another Rum Punch, packing themselves into cramped hotel rooms, and grinding to last year's techno hits, there are relaxing rentals to be had in some of the most popular spring break destinations. Take this Spanish Colonial villa in the Mexican vacation hub of Acapulco. The five-bedroom house has quite the celebrity history. Until 2005 it was owned by pop star Julio Iglesias and during Acapulco's jet-set heyday it hosted icons like Steve McQueen, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and Errol Flynn. Today, it's one of a handful of private homes on the grounds of the exclusive Villa Vera Hotel Spa & Racquet Club. While that means easy access to a host of amenities, it also means a bit more privacy and security, as the resort serves a maximum of 100 guests at a time. What does it cost? $1,261 per night in high season.

? Amid the lush vegetation and all-inclusive resorts—like Sandals and the scandalous Hedonism II—of Montego Bay, Jamaica lies the Round Hill Hotel, a quaint collection of cottages arranged on the site of a former plantation. Among those cottages are some larger villas with private pools, a breakfast chef, and a housekeeper, like this three-bedroom number that rents for $2,530 per night. The resort is all about measured escapism: you won't find a TV in the house, but there's one available for rent at the front desk.

? If access to amenities is a priority, there's always The Ocean Club, a high-end resort that shares Bahamanian Paradise Island with the famous mega-resort Atlantis. That means access to the water parks and casino gaming of Atlantis without the riotous crowds. Oh yeah, James Bond won a car from a witless baddie here in 2006's Casino Royale. You might need to win a few hands of Baccarat yourself to afford the 13,500-square-foot villa with infinity pool and deep-water dock—this one is "price upon request."

? For the truly xenophobic spring breaker there's always Florida, and its rental offers there don't disappoint. Coming it at $12K per night, this Miami Beach mansion on "Millionaire's Row" would break all but the most generous vacation budget. The elaborate interior is protected from intruders by a wall around the property and 10 closed-circuit TV monitors. Good thing, too—someone could be having a party on the other side of the 16,000-square-foot spread and you'd never know.
· Villa Acapulco 99 [Unusual Villa]
· Round Hill 3-Bedroom [Wimco]
· Ocean Club Villa [Unusual Villa]
· Millionaire's Row - 8 Bedroom [Luxury Rentals Miami Beach]