In addition to the ISLANDS ranking of the Best Islands to Live On, you'll find island real estate ideas and immigration information in the Best Islands to Live On lists from previous years. All of the islands in our database our mapped below, with links to articles and more info in the archive lists here. You can also use our calculator to find your perfect island home.
Best Islands to Live On: Third Edition
Big Pine Key, Florida
The Florida Keys are popular for proximity, climate, water sports and a lot more. On Big Pine, a small-town community works to protect the environment, and the real estate is also surprisingly affordable. Real-estate listings and more.
Olive trees soften the surroundings and contribute to the region's storied cuisine, including fresh fish, local cheeses and Plavac red wine. Life moves at the right speed, guided by an old-world ethos. Real-estate listings and more.
Crete's cultural history will greet you when you land, from Roman ruins to Turkish mosques to the lovely frescoes at the end of every cobblestone street. Neighbors will even offer you homemade wine. Real-estate listings and more.
The Caribbean may already be a melting pot, but in Curaçao, the ingredients blend well. It's a Dutch island off the coast of Venezuela, a bit of geographical serendipity that adds a dash of Latin spice. Real-estate listings and more.
Whether you're looking to spend your island life in board shorts or a business suit, this could be the place for you. It's a safe island that may remind you of home but that's different in the right ways. Real-estate listings and more.
Langkawi has outstanding beaches -- pearlescent, powdery and washed by a lakelike sea. Exotic sights lie inland. The Malaysia My Second Home Programme makes it easy for expats to retire here. Real-estate listings and more.
Find what every island traveler loves: pristine beaches, world-class water sports, awe-inspiring volcanoes and a rich culture. It's the ease of living in the U.S. mainland amid a true island experience. Real-estate listings and more.
If peace and quiet is your thing, take a look at Nevis, a quaint outpost about 200 miles southeast of Puerto Rico. Unlike other Caribbean islands, Nevis is short on drama and long on simple pleasures. Real-estate listings and more.
If you're looking to disappear from the face of the earth, Palau's your place. It's the most remote location on our list, and if you visit -- or move -- you're likely to spend much of your time underwater. Real-estate listings and more.
Waiheke, New Zealand
There's not a single stoplight on the island. Multimillion-dollar homes share the island with summer cottages, and even magnates mix easily with artists & writers. New Zealand is notably emigration-friendly. Real-estate listings and more.
ISLANDS considered certain factors when researching this list, including weather conditions, expats' experiences, real-estate prices and ease of immigration. Click on the links below for more on the destinations.
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