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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 January 21, 2020

                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                      Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                      your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                        Why You Need a Vision

                        Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                        How to Create Your Life Vision

                        Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                        What Do You Want?

                        The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                        It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                        Some tips to guide you:

                        • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                        • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                        • Give yourself permission to dream.
                        • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                        • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                        Some questions to start your exploration:

                        • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                        • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                        • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                        • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                        • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                        • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                        • What qualities would you like to develop?
                        • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                        • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                        • What would you most like to accomplish?
                        • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                        It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                        What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                        Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                        A few prompts to get you started:

                        • What will you have accomplished already?
                        • How will you feel about yourself?
                        • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                        • What does your ideal day look like?
                        • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                        • What would you be doing?
                        • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                        • How are you dressed?
                        • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                        • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                        • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                        It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                        Plan Backwards

                        It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                        • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                        • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                        • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                        • What important actions would you have had to take?
                        • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                        • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                        • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                        • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                        • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                        Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                        It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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