Private Island, Anyone?
So, you are about to embark on one of the most life altering adventures of your life – purchasing your own private island. Congratulations! However, there are a few important things to consider along the way. It’s very easy to get caught up in the romance of the exercise without considering if it will fit into your lifestyle. Let the thoughts of white sand beneath your feet be put on hold for just a moment while you ponder on these important questions:
How far are you prepared to travel to your destination? If you have to spend 12 or more hours travelling, will you be able to fully enjoy it at regular intervals? Spending more time in the air than on the beach it not where you want to be. If, however, you are able to extend your stay for longer periods, destination may not be the deal-breaker for you.
Do you have any unique personal health requirements? Having access to adequate medical care is essential in any part of the world, but more so when you are enjoying your holiday. Do some investigation and source the closest help in a medical emergency.
Is some form of infrastructure important to you or are you prepared to build you dream home on a remote piece of land? If you have your heart set on building your dream home, it’s of paramount importance to understand the local regulations and construction laws of the host country. Upfront investigation the parameters around building will save a lot of time and money down the line.
How important is the local culture to you and are you familiar with the area? Spending time in complete isolation is not the ideal way to be on holiday, therefore being familiar and comfortable with shopping and dining in the local area is important.
Will you be happy with the climate and environment all year round? It sounds very simple, but it can often be something that is overlooked. What is picturesque in summer may be completely inaccessible during the winter months. Tropical islands are beautiful and exotic, but are you prepared to battle humidity, scorching heat and the insects that come with life around the equator?
The thousands of islands scattered in pockets all around the world, from Alaska to Australia, make for a broad variety of climates, vegetation, levels of development and legal requirements. Here are some of the main areas to choose from:
North America –From the remote Alaskan wilderness to the sunny skies of the Florida Quays, you’re sure to find the perfect location to suit your unique needs.
South Pacific – This region is home to the world renowned Great Barrier Reef. However off the beaten track there is to be found the perfect location for those seeking adventure or quiet isolation.
Central America – An all year-round warm climate welcomes you to this part of the world. There are dozens of tropical islands to be had a fairly reasonable prices.
The Caribbean – This is probably the area that first comes to mind when thinking about owning a private island. A thriving expat community, a host of celebrity owned islands, fine dining and close proximity to the United States makes this region highly attractive.
Asia – High demand for this area combined with scarcity of property makes for fierce competition and hefty price tags.
Europe – If you’re looking for a sophisticated cultural investment, this area would be your spot.
It is often said “things worth having in life are rarely simple to obtain”. The journey to owning your own island is almost as exciting as the acquisition. Your perfect island is out there, just waiting for you – enjoy the journey, embrace the destination.
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