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You Can Own an Island in These 10 Places Even if You’re Not Larry Ellison

You Can Own an Island in These 10 Places Even if You’re Not Larry Ellison

In 2012, Larry Ellison, the co-founder and chairman of Oracle Corporation, paid a lavish sum of 300 million U.S. dollars to own 97 percent of the Hawaiian island of Lanai.

It’s hardly surprising for a man of extravagance and opulence such as Larry Ellison, who is currently the fifth-wealthiest person in the world, to spend such huge sums to own private islands. He’s just another in the long list of millionaires and billionaires of the world who own private islands, even some whose assets may not be as massive as that of Ellison.

Are private islands the privilege of mega rich people only? It might seem so, taking into account the stories of private island purchases of Ellison and other elites.

But, as it turns out, that’s not the case.

There are plenty of average Joes out there who own island lots or even entire islands in some of the most beautiful and exotic places in the world. Affordable island property can be hard to find, but companies like Viva Tropical are now helping even not-so-rich people locate and purchase private islands of their own.

Below are ten such places where you can buy bonafide island property at prices to fit any budget.

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1. Bird Island, Florida

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    The Bird Island of Florida is a located on the Harris Chain of Lakes, just east of Lady Lake and a short trip to the Villages. It is 50 acres and offers stunning views of Lake Griffin. With its pristine surroundings, it’s a great place to relax and gaze at what nature has to offer. It also offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy water sports. Fishing tournaments are held every year on this Harris Chain of Lakes. The price of this island is $250,000 USD, a significant downsize from what Larry Ellison paid for Lanai.

    2. Boca Chica Island, Panama

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      There are few places in the world where you can truly have it all. Boca Chica Island, Panama is one of them. With all of its 11 acres in an untouched natural state, this beautiful Central American Island offers great opportunities for fishing, beautifully diverse flora and fauna, and the finest views of the Pacific and the surrounding islands. It’s also primed for a big boom, given the recent infrastructure improvements in Panama’s Chiriqui province, which include an expansion of the nearby international airport. It’s priced at $1.5 million, making it quite affordable private island and is available via VivaTropical.com.

      3. Roatan, Honduras

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        The rather affordable private island of Roatan is located off the coast of Honduras and is the largest of the country’s Bay Islands. It offers access to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the hemisphere’s largest, as well as plenty of attractions that lure tourists from all over the world, many via cruise ship. With plenty of amenities and modern conveniences, the island has been growing in popularity in recent years. However, it still offers a number of varied options for those wanting to purchase property, so interested buyers should be able to find something within their price range.

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        4. Hastholmen, Sweden

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          Hastholmen is a beautiful private island located near the town of Dalom, in the in the Västernorrlands län region of Sweden. This private island consists of two cottages, a sauna, a boathouse, bathing spots and sundecks by the water. With plenty to see and do from morning to evening, the island offers Swedish wilderness at its finest, with forests, fishing ponds and pastures nearby. The island comes at the price of $309,000.

          5. Piacabucu Islands, Brazil

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            The Piacabucu Islands are the group of six river islands in the northeastern part of Brazil, lying on Brazil’s fourth longest river, the Sao Francisco. Of great national importance and known as the river of integration, the Sao Francisco River unites much of Brazil. All the islands in the group provide splendid views of the river and are home to a large number of fruit trees. This group of islands encompasses 81.58 acres and is priced at $81.971 USD, which makes it quite affordable private island for many.

            6. Lyons Island, Ontario

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              Lyons Island is a picturesque lake island in Ontario, Canada that would make a beautiful place to call home. Lying only about 2 hours’ drive from Toronto, the island’s size is 1.5 acre. It’s located in Prince Edward County, on East Lake, just a few minutes from Sandbanks National Park. It has been developed with its own 3-bedroom cottage. The island’s shoreline is child friendly and the island offers plenty of space and scenery for campfires and fishing. At $339,357 CAD, it’s a deal you won’t regret, since it could also serve as a potential source of income as a seasonal rental.

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              7. Mavuva Island, Fiji

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                Mavuva Island is 42 acres of rather affordable private island, situated 3 km off the sunny northern coast of Vanua Levu in Fiji. The island lies almost entirely within a protected coral lagoon and can be reached via a 10-minute boat ride from Vanua Levu. It offers some of the finest boating conditions and finest weather in all of Fiji. The lots on this South Pacific island are suitable for building holiday homes and can be purchased for as little as $125,000 USD.

                8. Hemlow Island, Nova Scotia

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                  Hemlow Island lies in the Nova Scotia region of Canada and features sand beaches, beautiful views of the water, and excellent opportunities for boating, fishing, and diving. The island is 54 acres in entirety at 2 km long and 1.5 km wide. The island is around a 2 hours’ drive from Halifax Stanfield International Airport and 10 minutes away from the historic village of Sherbrooke. Liscombe Lodge Resort, which is famous for its planked salmon and beautiful harbor, are also very near to this island. Lots start at just $29,500 CAD.

                  9. Kastawei Island, Vanuatu

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                    Kastawei Island is a picturesque tropical island located in Vanuatu, a small country in the South Pacific. It’s one of the cheapest destinations in the world for everything it has to offer. Less than an acre in size at 0.83 acres, the island has natural bay perfect for boating. It’s surrounded by white and primeval reef and is a perfect place for building dream island home in the Pacific. A great place for fishing, diving and swimming, the island is priced at $199,000 USD.

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                    10. Alligator Caye, Belize

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                      Alligator Caye is 10.7 acres of waterfront land, with 700 feet of beachfront, off the Belize coast and marginally north of the town of Dangriga. Approximately 40 minutes by boat from Belize City, this exotic island is located between the Bluefield Range Cayes. The Belize Barrier Reef, which is the second largest reef in the world, lies just a few yards offshore. This completely undeveloped island is a great place for fishing and has been designated as World Heritage Site because of its ecological importance. The price for this quite affordable private island is a reasonable $99,000 USD.

                      So, before you hang up your dream of owning island property, check out one of these reasonable and affordable private island options. You don’t need a billion dollars in the bank to make your dreams a reality.

                      Featured photo credit: Cala Comta Ibiza coast Balearic islands Spain via shutterstock.com

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                      Last Updated on August 13, 2018

                      5 Exercises To Improve Intimacy and Create a Better Relationship

                      5 Exercises To Improve Intimacy and Create a Better Relationship

                      Making love can be simultaneously the most pleasurable and the most stressful experience that we share with another human being. It is a natural conclusion of the ritual of intimacy we engage in with a person we find attractive on both a physical and psychological level. Yet, we are far removed from our animalistic roots, and that which was once a matter of instinct has become somewhat complex. This is a good thing; we have grown as a society, and there are many factors involved when it comes to the relationship between sexual partners. However, we have also lost a great deal of the physical prowess our primitive ancestors had.

                      They engaged in a huge amount of physical activities daily — activities that ensured their cardiovascular system and muscles were in great shape, which allowed them to have healthy libidos, strong erections, and the muscular strength, limberness and endurance to maintain different positions for a long time without getting exhausted. Luckily, we can regain some of these animalistic traits with the right kind of training. Here are some essential exercises that will help improve your relationship, but making you more confident in intimate settings, which means that you’ll have more satisfying intercourse.

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                        1. Cardio for Stamina

                        If you’re out of shape, the first thing you’ll notice during intercourse is that you start to breathe heavily, sweat profusely and tire easily. This means you’ll have to shift your posture frequently and limit yourself to a few positions you feel comfortable with or significantly slow down the pace. A high BMI has also been linked to potential problems with erectile dysfunction. Cardiovascular exercises like running, jumping rope, swimming and cycling will build up your aerobic stamina and enable you to perform longer before becoming fatigued, thus having better intercourse. They’ll also help manage your weight, possibly helping performance.

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                          • Running – 10-20 minutes a day (1-3 miles a day is more than enough)
                          • Jumping rope – 5-20 minutes a day
                          • Swimming – 30 minutes a day
                          • Cycling – 30 minutes a day

                          The time in minutes denotes time spent actively performing the exercise, and you need to factor in a bit more time for warming up before and cooling down after the exercises.

                          These exercises can be performed every day or every other day, and the goal is to work on both endurance and speed. Don’t just go at a snail’s pace; constantly try to improve your time or add some mileage.

                          2. Strength-Training for Your Lower Body and Core

                          The next thing you’ll need to focus on is improving both the strength and muscular endurance of the hip flexors, abdominals and spinal erectors. These are the muscles engaged in thrusting and circular motions, and they also stabilize your body in a number of different positions. The legs also play an important role, particularly in standing and kneeling positions. Here are a few exercises that will help you strengthen up this area:

                          Barbell squats
                            • Heavy barbell squats – set up at a power rack at the gym and make sure you use proper form and weights that you can lift 3-8 times. Do this exercise before anything else in the gym for 4-5 sets to get big and powerful legs, as well as tighten up the muscles of the core. This is useful for both men and women, particularly if you enjoy the woman-on-top positions and standing positions. You can do hack squats on the machine if your gym lacks a power rack, but you won’t get the core-strengthening benefits

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                            Zercher squat
                              • Zercher squatsthis type of squat is a perfect way for guys to strengthen their body for standing positions where the woman is lifted off the ground. Build up a foundation of strength first, and then use lighter weights and go for 10-12 repetitions to focus on muscle endurance.

                              Glute bridge
                                • Glute bridgethis exercise is great for working the glutes and hip thrusters, and should be done for ultra-high reps —up to 100 — to increase muscle endurance. Once you become stronger in this movement, you can upgrade to the barbell glute bridge and keep the reps high — around 10 to 15.

                                Hyperextensions
                                  • Hyperextensions – excellent for strengthening the spinal erectors, this exercise (or a variation of it) may be done in most gyms and even at home. Do 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 12 repetitions at the end of your workout.

                                  Ab wheel rollout
                                    • Ab wheel rollout – this is a great exercise for strengthening the abs, and requires only a piece of inexpensive equipment. It will help you stay stable and hold positions longer without getting tired during intercourse. Do three sets of this workout for as many repetitions as you can.

                                    Cross body crunch
                                      • Cross body crunchthis exercise improves your ability to perform explosive twisting motions, particularly good for improving your stamina in the spoon position where you’e lying on your side. Do 2 to 3 sets of this exercise at the end of your workout.

                                      Incorporate these exercises into your routine 2 to 3 times a week.

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                                      3. Upper-Body Strength Training

                                      Upper-body strength plays an important role in many popular sex positions where the arms are used to provide a stable base or hold onto the partner. These including missionary, doggy style, the stand and carry (with the woman holding onto the man’s neck) and others. Use these simple exercises to improve upper body strength and endurance:

                                      Plank exercise
                                        • Plank – while bench pressing is great for building a big chest, you will find yourself in need of static strength, muscle endurance and a strong core. This exercise is a great way to increase the amount of time you are able to hold positions that require you to support yourself with your arms. For added difficulty, straighten out your arms like at the top of a pushup and hold as long as you can.

                                        Close grip pushups
                                          • Close pushups – a pushup variation that focuses on triceps, which are the first to give out during a prolonged missionary or similar position. Go for very high reps, 20 t0 50, to work on muscle endurance.

                                          Chin ups
                                            • Chin-ups – A great upper back and biceps builder, this exercise will also target the core if you try to be as straight as possible when lifting yourself up. You can jump to help make things easier, or just hold as long as you can if you aren’t strong enough to perform a single chin up. Do 3 to 4 sets for as many reps as you can.

                                            These exercises, done about three times a week, will help you develop a strong upper body that can keep going and hold you up for extended periods of time.

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                                            4. Pelvic-Floor Exercises

                                            You don’t have to perform these at the gym, although you could do them after your workout without anyone even noticing. The idea behind Kegel exercises is to improve blood flow to the sex organs and strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor in both men and women. By locating these muscles and tightening and relaxing them for intervals of 5 seconds for 10 to 15 repetitions at a time, several times a day, you can improve pleasure and performance during sex. Women can tighten their vaginal walls for increased pleasure to both them and their partner, while men can delay ejaculation by tightening these muscles.

                                            5. Flexibility Moves for Legs and Hips

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                                              If you want to avoid getting cramps — or even worse, pulling a muscle during intercourse — you should do a few simple stretches every day. The more limber you are, the more comfortable you’ll be with more exotic poses. Here are a few simple stretches to improve hip and leg flexibility:

                                              Take a few minutes to warm up with some light running or jumping jacks before stretching, and spend some 10 minutes on these stretches. You can do them in the morning and at night, or shortly before intercourse.

                                              With just a few hours a week devoted to exercise, you can improve your relationship significantly. If you focus on these exercises, over time, you just might become dynamite in bed.

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