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7 Central American Tropical Islands to Die For (And Yes You Can Buy Them)

Everyone who has ever dreamed about owning property has, at one point in time, dreamed of owning their own island. Who wouldn’t want to be a Richard Branson, David Copperfield, or Larry Ellison, king or queen of their own domain?

We are here to dispel the myth that you must be a billionaire or world-famous magician to own your own island, or a piece of one. You, too, can own a piece of paradise. Let’s take a look at some amazing island options, right here in Central America.

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Joy Drive

Bocas del Toro, Panama

You can own a piece of Isla Popa in the Bocas del Toro island chain off the Atlantic shore of Panama. Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1502, this chain of islands features plenty of ecotourism opportunities, including Parque Internacional Amistad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Whether you enjoy diving, surfing, or a beachside piña colada, Bocas del Toro has you covered.

What you can buy

A piece in Isla Popa will set you back $220,000, but that includes 9.1 hectares of land, a 30 ft. deep natural harbor, a two-story, two-bedroom wooden home, and a natural spring with swimming hole.

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Gaspar Serrano

Pearl Islands, Panama

Shifting to the Pacific coast of Panama, we find the Pearl Islands. Only thirty miles off the coast of Ciudad de Panama, the most famous and most populated of these islands is Isla Contadora, which features white sand beaches, several bars and restaurants, and a great diving scene.

Want to Move to Paradise?

Think about Isla Del Rey in the Pearl Islands, which offers 130 acres of beachfront land, and can be yours for $4,500,000.

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Belizian Way

Stann Creek, Belize

Located in the southeast of Belize, the Stann Creek District features many beautiful parks and reserves, including the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Victoria Peak, the second highest mountain in Belize.

Go for the Whole Island

Little Coco Caye in Belize is for sale. This is a five acre island with great diving and fishing. The offer range for your own island is between $365,000 and $395,000.

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Bluefield Nicaragua

Bluefields, Nicaragua

The actual town of Bluefields is very developed, with about 50,000 English-speaking citizens within its borders. It is located about 50 minutes by air from Managua, the capital of Nicaragua.

Rustic Island Living

Go rustic in Bluefields where you can purchase a two-bedroom home with generator, septic system, and water, as well as an infinity pool, small caretaker home, cement pier and white-sand beach. This island located an hour by boat from the town of Bluefields, Nicaragua offers up a fully-developed 2.5 acres for $560,000.

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Pink Pearl Island, Nicaragua

Again located off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, Pink Pearl Island features reefs, palm trees, and quite an impressive amount of infrastructure. It’s a great island retreat for a week, month, or as long as you like.

A Vacation Villa Like No Other

Three cabanas on the island can be used for tourism, a ‘shack’ with four bunk beds and a shower room, and a main house with one bedroom, living area, full kitchen, and wraparound balcony. There is also a bar and restaurant on the island. All of this can be yours for $500,000!

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Diamond Caye, Honduras

Shifting to the country of Honduras, Diamond Caye is located off the western end of Utila Island, and is non-developed. Like a clean island slate where your imagination can run wild. With 1.43 acres in the Bay Islands, the reef around Diamond Caye is some of the best diving in the Caribbean,

No Rules Apply

This island is only 20 minutes from East Harbour on Utila where you can stock up on necessities and take a moment to embrace society before heading back out to paradise. This tropical dream could be yours for $650,000.

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Isla Golfito, Costa Rica

Departing from the white-sanded coasts of the other islands we’ve covered in this article, the Island Golfito is a jungled barrier island, located right in front of the town of Golfito.

Close, Yet Far Enough Away from Civilization

Over two miles long and one mile wild, the island listing offers 34.5 acres of decidedly off-grid living, with the island hosting ‘more monkeys than humans.’ Close enough to the mainland to require only a kayak or rowboat to shore, Island Golfito would be a perfect option for those wanting to get away from it all. And, at a $130,000, the patch of land is quite a steal!

So, What Next?

I’m sure many of you are much more interested in owning a swatch of your own island now that you’ve seen some of the options available all across Central America. Where do you begin?

Start by looking at some islands for sale!  And if you just aren’t ready to think about buying an island, here are a whole bunch more properties around Central America.

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