Best Islands to Live on for Families

  • UPDATED Aug 02, 2018

When the real world got to you and you thought about getting away from it all, your mind always skipped to an island paradise. Youd chill out on the shore on a hammock with a good book getting your tan on, or take a swim in the calming waters. Islands are the perfect place to relax. Many people save up for years to buy beach houses so that when they have time later in life, they can finally unwind and take a permanent vacation . But were here to tell you that it doesnt have to be like that. Times are changing and now, islands are not just the greatest getaways but also the coolest places build your nest. Many tropical paradises are fast becoming destinations of choice to not only transient travellers but also permanent settlers. Competent school systems, better governance, growing economies and culturally rich environments have made these islands the perfect place for raising a happy, healthy and loving family. Here are the ten best islands to live on for families

1. Japan

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Japan's schools are known to promote art, athletics, music, and dance almost as much as academics. Your child will get a well-balanced education and he/she can pick up the Japanese language which will be an exceptional skill to have. It is undoutebly the best place to raise a family.

Official Language: Japanese

Currency: Japanese yen

2. Culebra, Puerto Rico

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Located 17 miles east of Puerto Rico, this is a great choice for your move. When they talk about island paradises, Culebra fits the bill like none other. Its public schools are great; it will be a good idea to raise your child amidst nature rather than in a concrete jungle, don't you think? 

Official Language: Spanish and English 

Currency: USD

3. Singapore

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If you want to raise an intellectually stimulated, culturally aware child, Singapore  is the place to be. With so many expats, your kid is bound to make some friends across international borders. The schools here are fantastic and the people extremely friendly. What more could a parent ask for?

Official Language: Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, and English 

Currency: Singapore dollar

4. Maui, Hawaii

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Okay, first of all, its Hawaii and that should be reason enough. But seriously, Maui boasts of a good education system which emphasises all-round development of the child. Sports, cultural education and a refreshing environment make for a very happy kid and a very happy family! Maui is the best hawaiian island to raise a family.

Official Language: Hawaiian and English

Currency: USA

5. Trinidad and Tobago

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Considered one of the most educated countries of the world, Trinidad and Tobago has a literacy rate of more than 98 per cent. The Ministry of Education in the country provides free meals, books and transport to primary and secondary level students. 

Official Language: English

Currency: Trinidad and Tobago dollar

6. Nassau, Bahamas

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This island is a cultural melting pot. Over the years, people from other parts of the Bahamas have moved to Nassau bringing their own stories and experiences. There are also many safe gated communities where you can reside without worrying about security.

Official Language: English 

Currency: Bahamian dollar

7. Vanua Levu, Fiji

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Vanua Levu is the second largest island of Fiji but despite its size, the island is like one big (really big) family. Youll find the friendliest people here who are completely family-oriented. Dont you Vanua (wanna) Levu (live) here? Haha. 

Official Language: English and Fijian 

Currency: Fijian dollar

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8. Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka boasts of the highest literacy rate in South Asia at around 98 per cent. The schools that come under the direct control of the Ministry of Education called National Schools have great facilities and well-qualified teachers.

Official Language: Sinhalese and Tamil

Currency: Sri Lankan rupee 

9. Mallorca, Spain

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If you are interested in giving your child a private (albeit expensive) education, you cant beat Mallorca, Spain. The schools offer a British curriculum with extremely qualified teachers on payroll. There are good public schools here too with the advantage that your child will become well-versed in Spanish.

Official Language: Spanish

Currency: Euro 

10. Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

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The largest town in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India, boasts of some really great schools with well-trained teachers and an emphasis on discipline and holistic development of your child. 

Official Language: Hindi and English

Currency: INR

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11. Vanuatu

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This island nation located in South Pacific Ocean is perfect for a getaway with one-way ticket. Secluded natural bounty sans the flashy resorts and tourists, Vanuatu is one of the best islands to live on. Warm locals, pristine blue waters (where you can snorkel by-the-way) and minimalistic cost of living, Vanuatu is all inviting and how!

Getting around the entire island is pretty easy with ferry rides, buses and even flights for some destinations within the country. 

Official Language: English, French, and Bislama

Currency: Vanuatu vatu

12. Ambergris Caye, Belize

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There’s no dearth of reasons why you should not live in Belize! Stupendous nature, excellent beaches and the charming Caribbean weather, Amebergris Caye has it all. The best part is, there’s no stopping for the beach fun without missing out on anything in the world. The telecommunication is up-to-date, there are no taxes and English is the official language making day-to-day living, easier. 

Undoubtedly, Ambergris Caye is one of the best islands to live on. 

Official Language: English

Currency: Belize dollar

13. Anguilla

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Anguilla is a British overseas territory that’s petite is size but offer unlimited opportunities for a laid-back, relaxed life. Having more than 30 scenic beaches dotted with beautiful palm trees on one side and turquoise blue waters on the other, hurry is never really a thing here! Fresh farms producing crops just enough for humble meals, Anguilla can give you the abode that you are looking for post-retirement or an early retirement, if you will and is one of the best places to raise kids, in country-style!

Official Language: English

Currency: East Caribbean dollar

14. Bocas Del Toro, Panama

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Known for its exotic nature and stunning beaches, there is more than one reason why you should move to Bocas Del Toro. This island is one of the best places to retire in the world, because there is no age for retirement. Yes, you heard it correct! There’s no ‘retirement age’ on this island, and you can take benefits of a retiree, relax in a beach house and enjoy BBQ’s all day! 

Official Language: Spanish

Currency: Panamanian balboa

15. St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

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Spread over only 31 square miles, St. Thomas is pretty, not just to look at but also to absorb! It is the main entry point to the U.S. Virgin Islands and hence, garners a lot of tourist interest. Well-maintained public transport, lot of tourism pouring in good jobs and easier access to USA makes it one of the best islands for families, offering the best of both worlds. There are selected but good private and public schools as well as a university, making it even better to live with kids.

Official Language: English

Currency: USD

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