Maybe it is your secret dream, or maybe you talk about it every time you possibly can, with whoever will listen. Or perhaps you took a vacation once to a nice tropical island destination – Hawaii, the Caribbean, the Seychelles – and you came back so relaxed you thought to yourself “maybe one day I will ditch my job and stay there.” But deep down inside, the Robinson Crusoe part of us all also thinks “maybe one day I can ditch my job and stay on my own private island…” But when do they ever come up for sale, and when are they ever (somewhat) affordable? In this day and age, saving money for a home is hard enough, never mind an island.
Well, until now. If you think you would need several million dollars in the bank, take a look at our remarkable listing for today, a Private Caribbean Tropical Island with a home on five acres of land.
There is no way to do the place justice with just one photo, so you’ll need to head over to the listing page to get a sense of this island’s incredible beauty.
But for a teaser of what is on offer, here are details from the auction description:
On this five acre island retreat, you will find all the amenities you need for total relaxation, including a large 3 bedroom 2 bathroom house with kitchen, two dining areas, a nice wet-bar and living room, accommodations for island staff and management, a boardwalk around the entire island to enjoy quiet relaxing strolls, a 28 foot high observation tower to enjoy panoramic views of the island, breathtaking sunsets, and distant rainforests, and experienced caretakers and management, who will tend to your every need, including preparing some of the most delicious food you have ever enjoyed.
That last part is important if you are wondering how you would take care of the place when you were off visiting your family back home. The island includes staff quarters and caretakers with over six years of island-home management experience. The island, called Cayo Iquana, is located off the southern coast of Nicaragua.
Some people may be concerned about the stability of this large Central American country, given its recent history. Many remember Nicaragua for its populist revolution in 1979, which replaced the president, dictator Anastasio Somoza, with a ruling council, the nationalist Sandinista “junta.” Although the USA initially recognized the Sandinistas as a legitimate government, it became apparent that the Soviet Union and Cuba were increasing their presence and influence in the country. By the early 1980s, the USA, under the auspices of the Reagan Doctrine, provided covert and overt assistance to the counter-revolutionary group, the Contras, to stem the tide of Soviet influence in the region and overthrow the Sandinista regime. After years of bloody conflict, the nation embarked on a return to democratic rule, and the country has had a democratically-elected representative government for the last 20+ years.
Political stability created an increase in tourism. Nicaragua has seen a 70% growth in tourism over the last seven years. As further proof of stability, the auction description notes that Nicaragua has a lower reported crime rate than France, Germany, or the USA. If that weren’t enough, the islands just north of Cayo Iguana were featured in the hit Survivor shows filmed in Nicaragua. If we remember the show correctly, it was an island paradise indeed!
So, whether you want to buy this island as an investment, as a place to retire, or just because it’s been your dream, the location, great weather, and beautiful surroundings should be enough to inspire you to get bidding!