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Islands Magazine reveals their picks for the "20 Best Islands to Live On" for 2010

Moorea in French Polynesia is #9 on Islands Magazine's "20 Best Islands to Live On".
Moorea in French Polynesia is #9 on Islands Magazine's "20 Best Islands to Live On".
Erin De Santiago

The results are finally in! Islands Magazine has officially released its annual list of the 20 best islands to live on, which is featured in their July/August 2010 issue now available on newsstands.

Each year, editors of Islands Magazine rank the top 20 islands, factoring in important criteria such as real estate values, ease of immigration, expat communities, and quality of island life.

A few of the top spots may surprise you, given the expensive cost of living and minimal job opportunities that may exist on these islands.  However, when all the data is compiled, these exotic locales are the places to be according to Islands Magazine editors.

Months ago, editors reached out to the Facebook community in search of input on expat life on an island, and some of that feedback is included in each island's profile. Unfortunately, my praises of life on the island of Taiwan were not enough to earn it a spot on this list this year.

Be sure to check out for their best islands web app, where you can find real estate links, immigration tips, expat stories, and maps. There is also an archive for the lists from years 2007 - 2009.

For those who have not yet picked up the current issue, here is the list of the islands that made the coveted list for 2010:

  1. Big Island, Hawaii
  2. Kauai, Hawaii
  3. New Zealand
  4. Vancouver Island, Canada
  5. U.S. Virgin Islands
  6. Great Exuma, Bahamas
  7. Barbados
  8. Ko Samui, Thailand
  9. Moorea, French Polynesia
  10. Fiji
  11. Cyclades, Greece
  12. Bermuda
  13. Ambergris Caye, Belize
  14. Tokyo, Japan
  15. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  16. Cozumel, Mexico
  17. Sugar Loaf Key, Florida
  18. Vanuatu
  19. Malta
  20. Bali, Indonesia


  • Julie Jackson 5 years ago

    I am glad Cozumel made it on the list--it is a great little island. We have two condos there and would like to sell one. Is there anyone out there looking for a really great deal on a paradise island.

  • Julie Jackson 5 years ago

    Anyone want a good deal on renting a beachfront condo on Cozumel???

  • JulieJackson 5 years ago

    2 Cozumel condos for sale or rent--great price. email

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