7 JULY 2004

Pirates Of The Caribbean star Johnny Depp now has his own private paradise in the Bahamas, after splashing out $3.6 million on his very own island.

The Oscar-nominated actor, who already shares homes in France and LA with partner Vanessa Paradis and their two children, Lily Rose and Jack, will be able to escape from the limelight on Little Halls Pond Cay, about 60 miles south of Nassau.

And it looks like the island, with its handful of cottages, is the perfect spot for the privacy-seeking star and his family. The Caribbean hideaway lies in the protected Exuma Land And Sea Park and is accessible only by seaplane, boat or helicopter. In addition to some of the world's most beautiful reefs, the island also boasts six white sand beaches, a private harbour and a palm-tree-fringed lagoon.

Johnny is the latest in a long list of famous names to buy their own sun-drenched hideaway. Celebrities such as Brooke Shields, Tony Curtis, Richard Branson and Nicolas Cage have all invested in private islands in the past.

The on-screen pirate now has his own real-life Caribbean getaway, after paying $3.6 million for a private island off the coast of Florida
The 45-acre isle, which is approximately one mile long, has six pristine white sand beaches
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