The staunch environmentalist is planning to turn Blackadore Caye, off the coast of Belize, into an ecofriendly resort
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Leo's hideaway, which will feature just a few exclusive villas, will respect the island's wildlife and tropical surroundings

LEO DICAPRIO BUYS A CARIBBEAN ISLAND

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The Beach star Leonardo Di Caprio has snapped up his very own piece of paradise, splashing out on a Caribbean island.

British newspaper The Sun reports that the staunch environmentalist is planning to turn the isle, 104-acre Blackadore Caye off the coast of Belize, into an eco-friendly resort. The narrow island, which is just over two miles long, is lined with white sand beaches and dotted with coconut palms and rocky outcrops. It lies just a 25-minute boat ride from the Belize Barrier Reef, a World Heritage Site.

The 30-year-old actor is said to already be working on plans for the environmentally-conscious retreat, which is costing him millions of dollars to create.

The luxury layout will apparently include just a few exclusive villas, all with private pools and terraces as well as direct access to the beach. Most importantly, however, the design of the hideaway – including the use of renewable energy sources – will respect the island's wildlife and tropical surroundings.

Belize's largest island, Ambergris Caye, is located north of Leo's private getaway. Twenty-five miles long and used as a trading post during the Mayan period, Ambergris is the area's most developed islands, featuring a number of resorts as well as water sports, fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving.

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