Although it may seem a little too early — and a little too cold — to start making summer vacation plans, now is a good time to start looking into booking a rental property overseas.

Instead of the usual hotel rooms, these days many travelers are opting to stay at private villas. And there are now many online sites to help ease your search for that perfectly secluded retreat.

Try starting your search with Villa Leisure. The 40-year-old Dallas-based company rents properties in the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, France and Italy. Its Web site offers numerous pictures of each high-end property, along with some general information. Visit .

Villas & Apartments Abroad is also a worthwhile place to check out overseas rentals. The New York-based company provides pictures and details on everything from modest abodes to extravagant estates in the Caribbean, Hawaii, France, Italy, the U.K., Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Greece, Mexico, Asia, and South America. Visit .

Wimco is worth a look if you are searching for a place in the Caribbean. The Rhode Island-based company lists hundreds of luxury villas and some small hotel rooms on the Caribbean Islands. Wimco also offers some properties in France, Italy, and the U.K. Visit .