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From Connecticut to the Caribbean, here are five move-in-ready private islands you won’t mind being marooned on for a lifetime.

By Marisa Spyker

Hot Commodity: Frozen Cay – Bahamas

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Picture this: After a few hours of retail and cocktail therapy in sunny, bustling Nassau, you hop on your 100-foot yacht and sail 35 miles to your own personal island with powder-white beaches and lush vegetation. After docking in your private marina, you bask beside your heated pool adjacent to a 4,100-square-foot tropical retreat. Sound like heaven? This tropical estate is about as close as it gets, and for a cool $17,000,000, it could be your reality.

 

City Escape: Potato Island – Branford, Connecticut

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Who’d have thought something named after a spud could be so luxurious? Feast your eyes on this slice of paradise in the Long Island Sound, just 85 miles from New York City. At just over an acre, the secluded getaway boasts deep-water dockage, a fire pit and heated pool, along with its crown jewel: a century-old, shingle-style dwelling that’s beautifully restored with a gourmet kitchen and beadboard walls throughout. It’ll set your back $5,900,000, but Mother Nature will throw in the sunsets for free.

 

Tropical Treat: Royal Palm Island – Belize

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Just a mile from Caribbean wonders like the Belize Barrier Reef and the Great Blue Hole, this 6.5-acre island affords jaw-dropping views of the most pristine turquoise water. A stunning owner’s residence occupies one side of the island, while a compact resort compound – consisting of five colonial-style cottages, a clubhouse, tiki bar and Indian spa – takes over the other. Eco-lovers will also appreciate the island’s self-sustainability: it’s completely solar powered and produces its own potable water. It’s currently listed at $6,000,000. 

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Private Paradise: Bonefish Cay – Bahamas

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Nestled in the Abaco archipelago of the Bahamas, this 13-acre jewel is a luxurious family getaway for the nature lover. The island is a sanctuary for mangroves, birds, fish, sea turtles and conch, all of which can be spotted on the mile-long trail that spans the perimeter. A main lodge is a mecca for drinking, dining and entertaining, while three bungalows house nine separate suites. For the price tag of $7,000,000, the entire island is vacation-ready, with all furnishings, motor boats, jet skis and dive equipment (among other things) included in the purchase.

 

Resort Ready: Cave Cay – Bahamas

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This 200-plus-acre island could be the answer to your career reinvention dreams. Primed by its current owners for luxury resort development, the spit of land in the heart of the Exumas features a deep-water harbor, 35 dock slips and a 2,800-foot airstrip (plus approved plans for a marina, hotel and clubhouse). For $60,000,000, the entire island and all the resources to become the next Atlantis could be yours. But, if resort ownership isn’t your thing, a move-in-ready main house perched 40 feet above the glittering Caribbean is perfect as a personal escape. (And we totally don’t blame you if you want to keep this gem all to yourself.)

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