Top 5 Islands for Easy Transitions

It's easy to move to an island – if you know where to go. We've handpicked five of the best islands to live on for anyone seeking an easy transition. Browse the list, then read more about our top pick in An Easy Move to Nevis.

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Nevis Call it “the quiet Caribbean island” – 36 square miles of volcanic slopes and picturesque shorelines, home to 10,000 smiling faces. There’s no tourist throng but ample opportunity to mix with locals. Bottle of homemade ginger beer from island institution Mansa: $1.50. Read An Easy Move to NevisThinkstock
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Philippines Want to retire at 35? A $20,000 deposit in a Philippines bank gets you residency and 7,107 islands to choose from. Live well on $800 per month. Check out Bohol island province for beaches, easy living and the wild Chocolate Hills. High-end haircut: $1. Return to Main PageThinkstock
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Ambergris Caye, Belize Currency is 2 to 1 against the dollar. Rush hour means bikes and golf carts. Belize is simple. “It’s 10 minutes to the beach from anywhere,” says Laurie Norton of tacogirl.com. Resident admission to newly excavated Marco Gonzalez Maya ruins: $5. Return to Main PageThinkstock
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Big Island, Hawaii Smooth transition? Just buy sunscreen and go. With 11 climate zones, the island has the one you’re dreaming of. “The geographic and economic diversity here provides options,” says resident Donna Kimura. Fresh poke tuna bowl on sticky rice: $5. Return to Main PageThinkstock
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Dominican Republic Mountains, cities, beaches, friendly people, space, seven international airports with direct flights to the United States and Europe, low-cost in-home massages … “D.R. has it all!” says resident Jennifer Kirkman. A month of full-time maid service: $250. Return to Main PageThinkstock