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Scott Island, British Columbia

It's not exactly the tropics, but this 5.26-acre (2.1-hectare) island in British Columbia's Stuart Channel is not without its charms. The $4.9 million price tag for Scott Island includes both a 4,500-square-foot residence and a caretaker's cottage, both with wraparound decks and second floor balconies [source: Private Islands].

The island is accessible by boat, sea plane or helicopter, and offers views of Vancouver Island and the Pacific Ocean. With tennis courts, fruit trees and even its own small, protected harbor, the island is private and perfectly situated for hiking, kayaking, swimming, diving, fishing and crabbing -- a dream summer home for any family [source: Private Islands Online].

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