Paul Mermelstein

Fairfax, Virginia

Born and raised in Long Island, New York. Married with 1 child. Paul and his family currently reside in the Washington, D.C. area.

Experience 2004 - Current Founder and Operator
Island Hideaways, Inc. 1986 - 2007 Founder and Operator
Motivational Speaking - Entrepreneurship 2008  


American University 1985 - 1986 Kogod School of Business, Graduate Studies
SUNY Oneonta 1982 BS, Political Science


Paul Mermelstein has enjoyed an impeccable national reputation in the travel industry for over 25 years. Paul founded his first travel company, Island Hideaways, Inc., at the age of 25 in 1986. Island Hideaways is a luxury villa rental company with hundreds of property listings throughout the Caribbean. Paul has planned trips for Oscar and Emmy winning A-list stars, ambassadors, CEO’s, network anchors, and world championship athletes. After enjoying tremendous success with great sales growth for the full duration of his ownership, Paul sold Island Hideaways in May, 2007.

During his tenure at Island Hideaways the business received accolades from Forbes Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Associated Press, Caribbean Travel and Life, Condé Nast Traveler Magazine and other fine publications. Paul was selected as one of the leading agent specialists in the world by Conde Naste Traveler in 2006 and 2007 prior to the sale of the business.

As Editor and Publisher of, Paul is able to share his love and expertise of Caribbean travel with tens of thousands of travelers every month. Caribbean Edge Magazine is an online publication designed to give vacation travelers an edge with unbiased reviews, information and tips by Caribbean Travelers. The website is a user and sponsor-supported community of Caribbean experts, travelers and enthusiasts.


Telephone 703 722 6070