Renting out your own private island may be cheaper than you think – here are 13 incredible Airbnbs

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Private island in Stann Creek District, Belize

  • If you’ve ever dreamed of having your own private island, Airbnb can make it a reality.
  • Airbnb vacation rental homes on private islands are available around the world, including the U.S.
  • We found top-rated private island Airbnbs ranging from $113 to $1,003 per night.

Pretty much everyone has dreamed of having their own private island. And you don’t have to be Richard Branson-level rich to make it happen thanks to vacation rental sites like Airbnb.

From Stockholm to Michigan, there are hundreds of scintillating private island listings, offering everything from a white-sand tropical getaway in Belize to a rustic retreat in Minnesota.

With so much choice, we combed all of Airbnb to find the best private island homes for $1,000 per night or less (split the cost with friends and you’ll only pay a fraction of that). The only thing left to do is pack your bags and get ready to savor solitude.

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These are the best private island Airbnbs, sorted by price from low to high.

Rural island just outside Venice, Italy

Veneto, Italy private island

Book this Veneto, Italy private island on Airbnb

Located in the Venetian lagoon, this private island is home to a salmon-colored villa that’s full of Italian character. Enjoy all of the beauty of the natural surroundings of the area without the throngs of crowds that jam up the Venice city center.

Your host will take you from Cavallino – Treporti Church on an eight-minute boat trip to this island where the interiors are traditional and stunningly gorgeous, with dark beamed ceilings and carved wooden chairs. Simply furnished bedrooms have white walls, wicker furnishings, and solid-colored bedding in rich blue and white. Despite its old-fashioned charm, there are also modern conveniences like a dishwasher and washing machine. 

It’s easy to bop between the island and the shore, with the hosts accommodating enough to transport guests to and from when needed. Due to a lack of Wi-Fi though, it’s not ideal for remote workers. 

Historic Irish island cottage near Galway

House on County Galway, Ireland private island

Book this County Galway, Ireland private island on Airbnb

Not everyone fancies jetting off to a tropical island, and for those who like a wooded setting, this rustic island in County Galway, Ireland, is a luxe lodge that’s just a five-minute lake boat trip provided by the hosts from Kenny’s Bay, near Lough Corrib. 

The house is full of history, and looks the part, with a green roof that stretches to cover a gorgeous veranda where you can unwind after a day by the water. The kitchen is wood-paneled and cozy, with a stone fireplace and modern cooking appliances. Bedrooms are simple, but a claw-foot bathtub adds charm. 

The spot is especially ideal if you want to fish as it sits directly on a lake and a professional ghillie service and catering are available if you just want to focus on the water. 

A 40-acre private island with loads of free activities in Honduras

Private island in Fort Morgan Cay, Honduras

Book this Fort Morgan Cay, Honduras private island on Airbnb

This expansive 40 acre private island off the coast of Roatan, Honduras, is part of the country’s Bay Islands. And if you’re a beach-lover, consider this paradise. There is a sweeping white sand beach, a waterside dining terrace, and private guest rooms with touches like hammock-bedecked front porches.

The property and Cay are reserved solely for your group, and you also will receive three meals and appetizers catered daily with your reservation. So, there’s truly nothing to worry about during your stay. The hosts can also help arrange pick-up from the airport and for boat transfer between the town of Roatan and the Cay.

Both the interior and exterior are modern but luxurious, with carved wooden touches, elegant white bedding, and indoor-outdoor common areas under high wooden ceilings. 

The well-designed Airbnb also comes with plenty of features and activities built into the cost. Take advantage of any of the following free activities during the stay: beach chairs, a paddleboard, two single kayaks, snorkel gear and a boat trip to nearby sides, a 14-foot catamaran, volleyball, and yoga classes for up to 12.  

A tree-studded, woodsy Washington island

large house on Poulsbo, Washington private island

Book this Poulsbo, Washington private island on Airbnb 

What looks like a cluster of pine trees is actually a private island in Washington (Poulsbo, to be exact), with a private tethered ferry to reach the mainland.  

The place is a delight from the moment you pull up with a peaked roof and beautiful wide windows that let in loads of light. The living area is spacious with sailing flags adorning the walls. Bedrooms are comfortable and simple, with white blinds, solid duvets, and plush carpet underfoot. 

The house comes with two kayaks and life jackets, which you can take down to the floating dock. Or admire the water from afar from the Adirondack chairs and fire pit that preside over the lake below. 

An all-inclusive lush tropical island in Belize

private island in Stann Creek District, Belize

Book this Stann Creek District, Belize private island on Airbnb

For a romantic, remote private getaway for two, this private island makes for a dreamy tropical escape. It isn’t luxurious — more back-to-nature — but if you want a tropical hideaway with a bit of adventure, this home is a solid choice. 

The mangrove-covered landmass is located in the center of one of the Caribbean’s least-touched reefs, and the home is a cross between a bungalow, a treehouse, and an island cabana. Furnishings are simple with mahogany accents and a hammock swaying in the breeze.

The island has one other facility on it, which is a bar and restaurant that prepares your dinner and lunch each day as meals are included in your stay. The cooks will even clean and cook any fish or lobster you catch for yourself (you may book fishing excursions through the host). Transport between the island and the mainland marina is included as well. 

A tropical island house with a white sand beach in the Philippines

Private island in El Nido, Philippines

Book this El Nido, Philippines private island on Airbnb

A white sand beach flanked by a verdant forest of tropical foliage and flora surrounds this ancestral house, which pops out from all the surrounding greenery thanks to its chartreuse and sea-green exterior.

Inside is just as citrine, with minimalist dark wood furniture and tropical beams throughout. 

The property (and the island it’s on) rents to groups of four and up, making it a great choice for families or groups looking for a spot to reunite. No other tourists stay here and the island is booked only for your group, but it’ll feel like a luxe resort with a Filipino breakfast, lunch, and dinner included daily, as well as a coffee and tea bar, daily housekeeping, and even drinking water on the list of provided amenities. 

Kayaks and snorkeling are available for free as well (you can get around the whole island in 30 minutes), and if you want to pay a bit more, you can arrange for day trips, beach massages, and booze during your stay.

Old-growth island on a lake in Minnesota

private island on Juggler Lake, Minnesota

Book this Juggler Lake, Minnesota private island on Airbnb

Minnesota is known for its 10,000 lakes (though in truth it’s closer to 12,000) and this island retreat in the middle of Juggler Lake, is less than four hours from Minneapolis.

It’s a charming place to hole up for a nature break, and has enough room for the family with three bedrooms. Hosts will transport you between the mainland and island (there’s a private parking spot for you at the dock) where you’ll find this traditional A-frame cabin.

Inside, 20-foot ceilings house two refrigerators, two freezers, a Weber grill to throw some fish on, and a stone fireplace when the evening breeze has a chill. 

Three decks overlook the waters of the expansive Juggler Lake, and the island offers nature-lovers 18 acres of old-growth forest that’s full of wildlife for hiking and nature-spotting, and there are bountiful waters off the shores with clean water for taking a dip.

Low country house with three private islands near Hilton Head

hilton head private island

Book this Hilton Head, South Carolina private island on Airbnb

Hilton Head Island is a hotspot for beach seekers, families, and couples, but just 10 minutes away from the tourist hordes, get away from the crowds on your very own private island. Better yet, claim three of them with this off-the-grid home accessible only by boat, and the transfer is included.

The interior looks straight out of a magazine, with an open floor plan giving way to white cabinets in the kitchen, wicker chairs in a great room, a plush sofa, and green pillars.

Outside, a veranda comes with fans, a barbecue, and a table to take meals al fresco. 

Dreamlike private house on a beautiful island in Brazil

private island in Ilha Grande, Brazil

Book this Ilha Grande, Brazil private island on Airbnb 

This private island connects to the island of Ilha Grande by a bridge, so you may come and go with ease at this home and enjoy two islands during your stay.

Your host will pick you up from Angra dos Reis, about 93 miles from Rio de Janeiro’s international airport, for a 20-minute boat trip to the property (if you stay more than 15 days, transfer to and from the airport itself is included). Furniture comes in in sunset hues of marigold, sun-drenched red, and vivid orange alongside all-white decor and stone floors. Balconies off some of the bedrooms open out onto postcard-perfect views of the water and tree-studded hills.

Spread out on wooden decks for sunbathing, swing in a Brazilian hammock with a Caipirinhas, or take the kayak out on the water. Staff is on hand to bartend or cook for an additional fee.

The large island has plenty of activities, too. It’s a big spot for birdwatchers, snorkelers, and eco-tourists looking to soak up the natural beauty of the islands. 

A private hideaway on Bird Island in Belize

Private island in Stann Creek District, Belize

Book this Stann Creek District, Belize private island on Airbnb

Ideal for a couple’s getaway or a family gathering, this private island rents out its charming tropical housing to up to eight guests.

The overwater construction is beautifully designed outdoor areas that include a bar and swings that dangle directly over the ocean. You may also stretch out on individually sized solariums over the water, and dine on a terrace overlooking the water. A beach and loungers in the backyard round out the offerings.

Inside is all island vibes, with brightly colored and white wood paneling, crisp white sheets, and wood floors. Furnishings are homey and simple and the home is also sustainable. The island runs on solar power and a wind generator, and while there’s purified bottled water for drinking, a filtered rainwater system is used for pretty much everything else. 

You won’t be cut off from the world entirely as there is a local phone as well as unlimited high-speed internet. The hosts can also pick you up from the airport and go food shopping en route back to the island, which we’d recommend since the home is self-catering and well, a private island, so you’ll want to be stocked with all the fresh food and drink you’ll need.

Nature-lovers’ paradise in the Outer Banks’ Roanoke Sound

Nags Head, North Carolina private island

Book this Nags Head, North Carolina private island on Airbnb

Located in the scenic Outer Banks area of North Carolina, this three-bedroom house is accessible only by boat, just a short ride from the Nags Head Causeway or the waterfront in Manteo.

And it has everything nature-lovers could want with 18 small islands to explore, a wildlife reserve, waterways and mashers, birdwatching, stargazing, and fishing. 

Eat on the covered veranda with a large dining table or hang inside where wood-paneled and -beamed interiors give the house a cabin-like feel. Rattan-backed sofas, plush rugs, and milk-glass-like light fixtures give it some stylish vintage appeal. Kids will love the second sleeping area, which has four-foot ceilings and a little cove as if they’re tucked away in a little fort.

Drinking water is supplied, though some elements lean rustic such as the dishes washed under saltwater taps or the outdoor shower.

The house is dog friendly and the transfer to and from the island is included in the rental price. 

A 1,700-square-foot cottage in Michigan hardwood forest

Private Island with Treehouse and Pontoon Boat Manchester, Michigan

Book this Ashkay Island, Michigan private island on Airbnb

With a large patio overlooking the lake (complete with fire pit) and a pontoon boat available for use, this 1,700-square-foot cottage on a private island was built for a relaxing, get-away-from-it-all escape on a 156-acre private lake.

Post-and-beam construction defines the structure, and it’s elevated up in the trees like a tree house for a beautiful view over the forest floor.

Inside is simple but welcoming with turquoise trim on the windows, white beams, and cozy beds crafted from hardwood. 

Explore the eight-acre island on foot or coordinate with the hosts to arrange fishing and tubing. It’s pet-friendly too.

Turn-of-the-century villa on a Swedish island

kitchen in Gustavsberg, Sweden private island

Book this Gustavsberg, Sweden private island on Airbnb

This storybook turn-of-the-century villa is just a 20-minute drive from Stockholm, and a three-minute boat trip brings you to this cheerful yellow house.

Tasteful Scandinavian country decor mixed with an emerald-green backsplash and matte black accents in the kitchen, offset by white wood ceilings, walls, and floors. Carved white wood chairs, antique chandeliers, and floral textiles in the living areas add a design-forward touch,

And even if this is a get-away-from-it-all vacation, you won’t be bored. There’s a sprawling veranda, a beach for sunbathing, and a wood fired sauna.

A second house on the island hosts the shower room, and you’ll have to pop out to use the WC outside, but no other people will be on the island with you.

FAQ: Private island homes on Airbnb

What’s a good time of year to visit a private island? 

It depends on where you want to go and the vibe you want. Cozy cabins in Minnesota are appealing year-round. For more of a beach getaway, like in Belize or Colombia, be sure to check with the local weather conditions to be sure it lines up with your stay. 

How do I find private island vacation rentals on Airbnb? 

When you search on Airbnb, you can select “go anywhere” from the location dropdown and then pull up a list of results. From there, filter using the drop-down navigation above the search results to select “islands,” then refine further by price, number of guests, and location. 

What should I bring to a private island Airbnb? 

It depends on how your accommodation is stocked before your arrival. It’s a good idea to chat with your host about that before arriving so you know exactly what to bring and leave at home,

Sometimes, hosts will offer to stop at the grocery as part of their transport service, others might provide catering as part of the rental cost or for a separate fee. 

How much does renting a private island on Airbnb cost? 

There’s truly a range of prices possible, depending on where you want to go and the kind of Airbnb you want to rent. Are you looking for a backcountry getaway? Those often come cheap. If you want a luxurious, designer home, however, prepare to pay much more. We found prices that start close to $100 and go up to $1,000. Though, to be sure, there are far more expensive ones available, too.

How do I get to a private island?

The vast majority of hosts will provide details about how to transfer from the mainland or a larger island, if that’s the closest transportation hub. Read the listing carefully to see whether it’s included in the rental price or if transport to and from your private island will incur extra fees. If anything is unclear, message your hosts before you book.

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