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10 Private Islands That You Can Rent Through Airbnb

Updated Dec 07, 2017

Sometimes the ideal vacation is one where you don’t really have to be around anyone except those you’re travelling with. In that light, you might think that a private island is best. But what about the price tag? And are there that many to go around to even rent?!

The answer to both questions is yes. If you’re looking on Airbnb, there are quite a few islands that you can rent to make your getaway a memorable one. In this article, we’ve checked out 10 islands to rent on Airbnb.

1. North Shore Beachfront Haven (from 175 USD)

This rental allows you to occupy a tranquil apartment nestled in a beach house that’s a homage to those classic domiciles found in northern California back in the 1960’s. The house is on its own island known as Kahaku, right on the fabled North Shore of Oahu, which is a draw for beach lovers and surfers around the world. A pathway through the foliage leads you to the place, and guests have access to a private beach in their backyard which overlooks the Malaekahana Bay complete with a fire pit. The vibe is laid-back, which is seen with one bed positioned right on the huge lanai and a rustic but warm kitchen space. The apartment can hold up to four guests, and the amenities package includes the use of an outdoor grill as well as a surfboard and boogie boards for fun on the waves.

North Shore Beachfront Haven

Price: from 175 USD

Number of Guests: 4

2. Juggler Lake, Minnesota (from 300 USD)

Four hours north of Minneapolis lies this charming island in the midst of an entire forest that spans 18 acres (7.28 hectares) with an A-frame styled house right at its center. This island is a superb way to truly soak up all that the American heartland has to offer. The home can host up to eight guests between three bedrooms and has two bathrooms available. For those who love the outdoors, there’s an opportunity to also rent a pontoon boat from the hosts to go fishing in the lake and to see the headwaters that lead into the mighty Mississippi River. Guests can also explore the forest at their leisure using the various trails. A state park is also in close proximity to the property. The home has three patios attached, a floating dock for diving and swimming and a hefty barbecue grill. Included in the amenities available are high-speed internet access, a full kitchen with two refrigerators and freezers and a jetted tub in the master bedroom.

Juggler Lake, Minnesota

Price: from 300 USD

Number of Guests: 8

3. Serene Orcas Island, Washington (from 145 USD)

This island is tucked away in the sweeping natural beauty found on the coast of Washington State, six miles (9.66 km) from Moran State Park and a drive from the nearest ferry. The island’s main feature is a lovely private home that is striking with its eggshell-colored exterior and stands out amidst the seven acres (2.83 hectares) of forestry on the island which also includes a pond. This island is part of the San Juan island group. The home can accommodate three guests, and has a full-on woodland cabin feel once you venture inside. There’s a full kitchen complete with a wood stove and a supply of kindling for the colder months. Just outside, there’s a vegetable and herb garden that guests can use to prepare meals. With regards to amenities, the home has all of the essentials including internet access and free parking right nearby the premises in addition to a travel crib for those with small children.

Serene Orcas Island, Washington

Price: from 145 USD

Number of Guests: 6

4. Placencia, Belize (from 275 USD)

This island rental off of the coast of Belize is a prime choice for those couples who want to get away from it all in a tropical setting. Hideaway Caye is an isolated mangrove island, replete with boardwalks that allow guests to navigate the island at their whim. Hideaway Caye is part of the larger UNESCO World Heritage Site of South Water Caye Marine Reserve. There is a restaurant and bar that is attached to the cabana which are open to the public for limited periods of time, but the cabana itself is primarily for two people although there is a futon for another guest with advance notice in addition to the master bedroom. This rental is also notable in that the owners of the island run the restaurant and bar and are responsible for the meals - even those you may be inclined to catch yourself while out fishing. The amenities include access to fishing gear and snorkeling equipment, but nothing along the lines of heavy electronics in keeping with the environmental guidelines.

Placencia, Belize

Price: from 275 USD

Number of Guests: 3

5. Bird Island, Belize (from 395 USD)

This rental property may be the postcard image that comes to mind when you think of “island getaway” and with good reason. Bird Island is off the coast from Placencia Village, nestled right in the middle of protected waters and right on a private atoll. This gaily-colored home is decked out with enough yard space to enjoy the warm sun and air of the Gulf of Mexico and allows guests to view all of the splendid wildlife that populates the waters of the reef including flocks of pelicans that perch on tiny islands offshore.

Recent expansions now allow for Bird Island to accommodate up to six people throughout the cabana with three bedrooms and two bathrooms in the main house with additional wings. In terms of communication, there’s a phone line available for local calls along with wireless internet. The house has a full kitchen, and the host does advise that you bring enough provisions to last you for your stay. In addition, Bird Island also runs on solar power generators and offers two-person kayaks and knee boards for those who want to explore the waters surrounding the atoll.

Bird Island, Belize

Price: from 395 USD

Number of Guests: 6

6. Vesterøy, Østfold, Norway (from 238 USD)

This private island is part of the Hvaler archipelago in the southeastern Norwegian county of Ostfold, halfway between the capital of Oslo and Sweden. The 10,000 square mile (25899.88 sq km) island is home to a cute little red cottage perched right by the shore. This part of the world sees a high amount of sunny days, and the island’s location makes it an ideal place to enjoy them all with a good view of the local bridge in the distance - and makes for some remarkable photographs. The cottage itself is able to host up to five guests, be they a group of friends or a family with two beds available and a travel crib if needed. The Vesterøy cottage is designed for enjoyable stays off the grid, so there’s limited electricity and no television. There’s also no bathroom save for a small privy adjacent to the cottage. Guests staying here do have access to a small boat and landing quay for travel back and forth to the mainland and can use any of the small private beaches found on the island.

Vesterøy, Østfold, Norway

Price: from 238 USD

Number of Guests: 5

7. Ilha Grande, Brazil (from 1,403 USD)

Two hours outside of Rio de Janeiro lies Ilha Grande, a exquisite slice of tropical Brazilian life. It sits 20 minutes outside of the harbor of Portogalo and the town of Angra dos Reis, and actually consists of two islands connected by a bamboo bridge. The first island of Ilha Grande has a domicile constructed with an Italian influence in terms of style and contains four bedrooms. The bridge leads to the smaller island that has a home with two bedrooms. Between the two homes, there are six bathrooms available for usage. The rental includes a staff on hand to cook meals for you determined by whatever groceries that you’ll provide. The main home has an indoor fireplace available, and a stone deck for gatherings and to launch from using canoes and the standing paddle boards that are also provided for guest for small aquatic excursions. Other amenities include internet access as well as the opportunity to bring pets along for your stay.

Ilha Grande, Brazil

Price: from 1,403 USD

Number of Guests: 14

8. El Nido, Philippines (from 300 USD)

El Nido is a picturesque coastal region in the Philippines, and this is exemplified in Brother Island, available for rent and the only one of its kind in the area. Those coming here will be treated to a fully inclusive experience, complete with a chef to cook three traditional meals a day for all of the guests as part of the staff on hand which includes boatmen and caretakers and one of the hosts. The vast home can accommodate up to 12 people at a time, spread out through seven bedrooms and common spaces which can include hammocks for those going all in on their tropical vacation experience. The island is surrounded by pristine waters which you and your guests can explore through pre-arranged snorkeling expeditions, and the island has a lush expanse of jungle with hiking trails that beckon to those curious nature lovers. The property is family-friendly and pet-friendly, and also has internet access and a coffee and tea bar available to guest on an around-the-clock basis.

El Nido, Philippines

Price: from 300 USD

Number of Guests: 12

9. Popa Island, Panama (from 150 USD)

The Urraca Eco-Lodge is a private mangrove island that strives to be a model property in the world of eco-tourism. Situated in the Bocas del Toro archipelago that is a short distance from the border between Panama and Costa Rica, this island property consists of five bungalows daubed in an incandescent shade of pink. The main bungalow can host six people and consists of two floors with its own lounge and deck on the first floor. The other bungalows each have private balconies and an outdoor shower and can accommodate two people each. Each of these are perched right above the water and linked by elevated pathways. The entire complex is solar powered and filtered rainwater is available for guests in addition to one bottle of water per day provided by the hosts and wireless internet in the amenities package. One bonus of staying here? The 12 monkeys that nestle in their homes on the island complex that hang out with you during the daytime.

Popa Island, Panama

Price: from 150 USD

Number of Guests: 14

10. Caviniti, Philippines (from 68 USD)

Three hours outside of the capital city of Manila in the Sierra Madre mountains lies this private island. The island is a serene outpost for those looking for quiet comfort and reflection, and has its own private boat to ferry guests back and forth. It’s off the grid for the most part, so that means there’s no internet access or television. But there is a kitchen available along with electricity from a generator, and enough room to accommodate up to 15 guests between one bedroom and common spaces. There’s a separate dining hall a few feet away from the main home, and an open space perfect for events or just quiet moments to take everything in.

Caviniti, Philippines

Price: from 68 USD

Number of Guests: 15

Some last words on renting your own island

Depending on what kind of island vacation experience you want to have, you won’t be steered wrong when checking out Airbnb. There’s properties for all from those that truly want to get away from it all to those who want to have an opulent vacation that will thrill anyone seeing the pictures on their social media. And the best part of it all is that you don’t have to be extremely wealthy to do so.

This article was originally published on Oct 25, 2017

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Christopher Smith is a writer who hails from New York City. Growing up, he had the love of travel instilled in him from a young age thanks to his parents to go along with a love of writing. After a...Read more

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