Islands: Topography

Much like a human’s facial features, the face — or topography — of an island can vary widely.  Many Caribbean islands are characterized by seeming perfectly flat, while other islands can have rocky, almost hazardous-seeming terrain.  There is no type that is considered “best”–it really depends what your plans are for your purchase.  Flatter land is better for building, but some people prefer to have their own areas for rock climbing or other outdoor sports.

Be sure to notify your brokers about what topography you are most interested in for your island purchase.  Keep in mind that most islands aren’t going to be entirely flat, particularly continental islands, which primarily consist of the tops of drowned hills.  The workable surface of these islands generally falls between 10-12%, which is important to keep in mind when you’re laying out your development plans.

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