Why book a hotel room at an island resort when you can have an entire island to yourself? These exclusive private islands for rent on AirBnb let you feel like a millionaire on your next vacation — for as little as $63 per night.
Round up a baker's dozen of your closest friends to stay in these five bright pink eco-friendly bungalows, set on a private isle in the Bocas del Toro archipelago and surrounded by mangroves and a coral reef. Be sure to say hi to the neighbors: two friendly monkeys that call this island home. Unwind on a hammock suspended over the water or opt for an organized adventure offered by your host, Francine — crocodile night safari anyone? Rates from $160 per night. Minimum stay of three nights.
This small island set in the Sulu Sea near Palawan has the requisite white sand beaches lined with coconut trees, but it also boasts a small rainforest with hiking paths if you're looking to get a bit wild. By day enjoy a relaxing massage on beach or go island-hopping via a traditional outrigger boat (piloted by staff). The two-story house can accommodate up to 10 people. Rates from $381 per night. Minimum stay of two nights.
Cozy up in this quaint two-bedroom cottage perched on a private island in the archipelago of Hvaler, which claims to have the most of sunny days per year in Norway. It comes with a boat, so you can travel to neighboring islands or perhaps fish for your next meal. Go for a swim off the rocky shore or enjoy the fire pit as the sun sets. This off-the-grid cabin doesn't have Internet (or running water) but it makes up for that with plenty of Scandinavian charm. Rates from $120 per night.
This 89-acre South Pacific isle is all about the watersports: Snorkel or swim out to scout for sea turtles on the nearby reefs, or go out a bit further on a paddleboard or kayak. After all that activity it's time indulge in farm-to-table meals prepared by a full staff. The six-bedroom retreat accommodates up to 12 people. Rates from $1,500 per night. Minimum stay is two nights.
It's actually two islands in one! A bamboo bridge connects the main Italian-style four-bedroom house to a smaller island with a two-bedroom house. The lush island is off the coast of Angra dos Reis, a 15-minute boat ride from Portogalo harbor (which is approximately two hours from Rio de Janeiro). Take an excursion to a local oyster farm, hop into a canoe to paddle around the turquoise waters or just kick back and enjoy the caipirinhas made by the staff. Rates from $971 per night. One week minimum.
If you ever thought of trading in those legs for a fish tail, then Bird Island is for you. This small island inside a coral reef is surrounded by protected waters and is the perfect getaway for someone looking for hours of snorkeling and diving. This property may be isolated, but it has the comforts of home with wireless internet and TV. Rates from $295 per night. Two-night minimum.
On Lumot Lake in the shadow of the Sierra Madres is this one-bedroom bungalow on a secluded isle. Don't come here looking for lots of luxury — there's no internet and a generator provides electricity — but you will find plenty of quiet and fresh mountain air. Rates from $63 a night.
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Guests can spot wildlife as they wander more than 500 feet of boardwalks that connect the couple-size cabana with the restaurant on this mangrove island, part of the South Water Caye Marine Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The restaurant and bar are open to the public and offer a chance to socialize with passing sailors, but you'll be the only ones staying on the island. Rates from $225 per night. Two-night minimum.