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Private Island Hideaways For Pipe Dreams and Bucket Lists

Updated on December 6, 2016

Private Isles For Sale or Rent

Up for a pipe dream? What would you buy if you won the Powerball or Megamillions lottery? A private island? Whether you've worked hard or simply won the lottery, a secluded island hideaway could be a great investment, not to mention a dream location to while away your free time. Imagine the solitude. The serenity! Your own personal paradise! And talk about the ultimate gift! No danger of regifting, here! But who sells 'em? Whether you're looking for islands to buy or to rent, there are hundreds of them, not only in the tropics, but also right here within the continental United States and along the coast, sold by individuals and reputable agents! This lens will spotlight a number of such island hideaways which you can own or rent. These include one-time rentals as well as timeshares. I'll even show you a few which are currently on the market and on which you may even be tempted to place a bid. In any event, I think you'll have fun window shopping! Think of it...your own private paradise! Do your friends have bucket lists? Shouldn't a private island be near the top of your bucket list?

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Have you recently won the lottery or inherited a fortune from your Great Uncle Harry? Looking for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation? These private island rentals may fit the bill! Rent, buy or time share! If none are listed here at the moment, check back often as this is only temporary.

How Do They Form?

They Can Form Naturally Or Be Man-Made

Islands form naturally in several ways. Major ones such as the Hawaiian chain are created when lava from an underwater volcano or volcanoes breaks the surface of the ocean and cools to form a land mass. Kauai is the oldest of the Hawiian islands having formed some 4 million years ago. The Big Island is the youngest at about 300 thousand years and it's active volcanoes of Mauna Loa and Kilauea continue to grow the land mass, as does the submarine volcano of Loihi.

Coral islands form in tropical and subtropical seas when free-swimming coral larvae attach themselves to underwater rocks and such. As the individual corals die, their exoskeletons remain part of the reef. Over time, these coral colonies can grow to enormous sizes. the Great Coral Reef off the coast of Australia, for instance, spans some 1600 miles. These land masses form in one of two ways. Some are created when wind and water deposit sand, rocks and organic material in, and on top of, the reefs. This is called accretion. Later seeds deposited by birds and/or

the waves grow into plants which eventually decay, forming soil. The second way is when a reef is pushed above the surface of the sea by underwater movement of the oceanic crust through quakes. This process is called "uplift."

Another way islands form is through rising water levels. In the state of Michigan, for instance, hills formed by the movement of glaciers millenia ago became islands when those glaciers melted.

Of course, islands can also form through flooding of the land by the building of dams. For instance, when the Hoover Dam was constructed on the Colorado River in Arizona, creating Lake Mead, the Boulder Islands were also created.

Photo Credit: U.S. Geological Survey

Rep Hank Johnson Worries About Guam Capsizing

Is It Dangerous To Live On Them? - Congressman Voices Concern

Rep Hank Johnson of Georgia's 4th district has an interesting take. If you had a private island, would you be concerned for your safety? Unintentionally funny video of actual politician asking an unbelievably silly question to a witness at a Congressional hearing. No, he wasn't kidding.

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Didja know....Mel Gibson, Johnny Depp, Airline mogul Richard Branson , Eddie Murphy, Celine Dion, Rocker Tommy Lee, and Magician David Copperfield all own private islands? Have you won the lottery recently? The Mega Millions? The Powerball? El Gordo? That may be the only way most of us will ever be able to enjoy our own private island paradise. Have you ever dreamt of sipping a pina colada on the shores of a tropical (or maybe even not so tropical) isle?

Where's the isle of your dreams located? In the tropics or someplace closer to home?

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 3 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for stopping by, Ren! Pull up a sand dune! What can I get you...a Mai Tai? A Margarita? A Mountain Dew...?

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      girlfriendfactory 3 years ago

      Ahhh to live on my own island...a longtime dream of mine. Me, the sand, the surf and me! lol Great job, Tom!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 3 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you, Diane Cass, favored and Tarara14 for stopping by. In a couple minutes (literally), the Mega Millions drawing will take place in Atlanta. So, I could be THIS close to getting one of these! :)

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      Tamara14 3 years ago

      Well let's be positive and keep hoping for a miracle to happen :)

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      Tamara14 3 years ago

      Well let's be positive and keep hoping for a miracle to happen :)

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      The closest I've ever come to anything like this was in the Bahamas when we accidentally found one.

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      Diane Cass 3 years ago from New York

      I used to know someone who owned a private island. It had been in their family for over 100 years in Vermont. It was beautiful.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 3 years ago from Michigan

      Heckuvit is, Katya, we probably have a better chance of being eaten by a shark while swimming in the waters surrounding our own private islands than we have of winning enough lottery money to buy our own private islands. I think I just came up with a Zen koan! Perfect for contemplating while lying on the beach of my own private tropical island. :)

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 3 years ago from Michigan

      Sounds like a great place and an interesting topic for a HubPage, Tony! How did you feel when you found that bar upon your return? A cool drink on a warm sunny day is always welcome. But I'm thinking a thermosful of Pina Colada ...and the sound of waves lapping up on a secluded sandy a barstool and a roomful of noisy strangers.

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      Tony Payne 3 years ago from Southampton, UK

      The closest I have been is on Lime Cay, a small island (about 200yds x 50yds) off Port Royal in Jamaica. It gets crowded there on a Sunday, but the rest of the week it's practically deserted. I looked at some photos this morning and there is actually a shack there now, serving as a bar, but when I visited it was just a few bushes and trees. It's practically paradise, well at least when the weather is nice.

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      Katya Drake 3 years ago from Wisconsin

      Hello Swisstoons, love this Hub! It is so interesting. I would love to own a tropical, private island for myself and my family! I think that would be so much fun! Here's hoping the lottery (or some other windfall) comes my way! Ha ha!

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      Doug48 4 years ago

      My three youngest children used to tell me that when they grow up they where going to buy me an island! I am still waiting thou but hay it wont be long Right? I would love to have one.

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      Having an island or renting an island all for myself or my family would be one of my many dreams come true. It will fun to swim and enjoy nature without having to worry about other people.