10 Beautiful Island Porches, Patios, and Decks
Back to the Basics
Our love affair with island style—the bright hues and laid-back ease—is no secret. Island retreats are effortlessly beautiful, and these outdoor spaces might just inspire you to bring a taste of the Caribbean to your open-air hangout.
Vintage bamboo seating painted white, traditional palm-green striped pillows, and a circular textured jute rug add classic island style to this Jamaican terrace that goes the extra mile with sweeping views of Montego Bay.
Wide Open Spaces
Nothing captures the majestic Caribbean island of Bonaire like this clean-lined, open-aired patio right off the beach. With a focus on simple, functional furnishings like grey, easy-to-clean cushions and palm-inspired pillows (all Sunbrella fabrics), afternoon naps are sure to a breeze.
The Jungle Book
When the indigenous jungle of Vieques Island is within arms reach of the porch, shutters and drapes are not an option. This Puerto Rico villa keeps things minimal with a simple teak sofa, brown-wired lounge chairs, and an ombre of green throw pillows that blend with the lush surroundings.
Don’t Overthink Furniture
Trade heavy, permanent seating with folding butterfly chairs nestled on a simple painted stencil on the concrete floor (no need to beat any rugs here!) And besides— with stellar views of Jamaica, it’s hard to keep your eyes on anything but the scenery.
Lounge of Luxury
If the jaw-dropping view of the Bay of St. Jean isn’t enough, these distressed teak chaises adorned with perky blue striped cushions will have you relaxing on repeat.
Upgrade the Cabana
A poolside gazebo? Yes please. Designer Barry Dixon keeps thing cool with weather-resistant crème drapes to keep the St. Barts sunshine at bay. A plush banquette wraps halfway around the space for ample shaded seating and the pierced metal lantern and octagonal carved stone table add an eclectic moment in this classic hideaway.
This Jamaican cabana is brimming with rattan, a 60s favorite that’s topped with cozy cerulean blue cushions and treated with a sealant to withstand island temperatures and weather. Don’t forget the latticework that trims the terrace—it’s also vintage favorite that’s making an overdue comeback.
Cozy Up with Sunsets
This St. Barts porch is brimming with beach-chic furniture donning soft fabrics in serene colors. Did we mention the vaulted, open-aired space faces the pristine Marigot Bay? We know where you’ll be for cocktail hour.
Outside Meets Inside
A renovated Bahamian cottage now boasts a lofty outdoor living room that opens into the kitchen. Furnished with a vintage teak daybed, rattan side table, and ceramic planters from a thrift store, this outdoor retreat is a lounge enabler.
In this 1920s Italian villa–meets–Bermuda bungalow, designer Meg Braff masterfully designed an outdoor veranda using traditional rattan seating and custom hand-printed batik pattern pillows with sit-and-stay appeal.