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May the Fourth Be with You: 4 Places Where Star Wars Fans Can Embrace Their Inner Jedi

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When fans were selecting a date to celebrate Star Wars Day the choice was easy – May 4.

Chosen because it sounds like “May the Force,” May 4 has become an unofficial fan holiday with viewing parties and events around the globe. But for those who wish to celebrate the day with more than just Princess Leia-inspired buns, here are four real-life locations for Jedis in training who wish to take their fandom to the next level.

1. ‘The Forest Moon of Endor’ a.k.a. Cahuita House

The forest moon of Endor in <em>Return of the Jedi</em> (left) and Cahuita House
The Ewoks are very polarizing characters in the Star Wars universe, but who hasn’t wanted to swing from vine to vine like the cuddly, bear-like creatures from Return of the Jedi? Located in the Limén Province of Costa Rica, these two-story treehouses provide off-the-grid jungle living and zip-lining activities that almost give the same rush as bringing down the Galactic Empire.

2. ‘Tatooine’ a.k.a. El Gouna Castle

Tatooine in <em>A New Hope</em> (left) and El Gouna Castle
Any young Padawan searching to recreate Luke Skywalker’s upbringing need not look any further than this Egyptian dwelling, reminiscent of good ol’ Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen’s house on Tatooine. But guests will not have to suffer through the same harsh, desert-world conditions Luke faced in the opening scenes of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. This 2-bedroom Turtle Holiday Home is situated in a tourist resort off of the Egyptian Red Sea coast with activities such as golf, kitesurfing and Turkish baths.

3. ‘Cloud City, Bespin’ a.k.a. Islington Apartment

Cloud City in <em>The Empire Strikes Back</em> (left) and an Islington penthouse
The floor-to-ceiling windows at this London penthouse can leave guests feeling as though they are living it up like the dashing Baron Administrator Lando Calrissian in The Empire Strikes Back. The ultramodern interior design is reminiscent of the understated homes of Cloud City, and the proximity to the thriving eateries and boutiques of Upper Street would make actor Billy Dee Williams feel right at home.

4. ‘The Millennium Falcon’ a.k.a. ‘The Spaceship’

The Millennium Falcon in <em>The Empire Strikes Back</em> (top) and “The Spaceship”
It may not have the same sleek lines of Han Solo’s ship, but this New Zealand residence has one thing the Millennium Falcon lacked – beach access! Complete with three decks and a working hatch, this vacation home provides views of Haulashore Island and is only a 5-minute drive from Tahunanui beach, where there will be no danger of being frozen in carbonite.

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