8 private island rentals you might actually be able to afford

An aerial view of a sandy island with a large thatched roof house surrounded by smaller homes with solar panels.At
this dreamy island in
Belize
, 14 guests can stay for under $200 per person, per
night. | VRBO

The ultimate beachfront vacation for as low as $20 per
night—if you bring your friends

Ahhhh, beach vacations. Whether you love splashing in the ocean
or lounging with a good book, it’s the stuff of dreams. But why
settle for a 300-room hotel on a busy stretch of sand when
you—and
maybe a group of friends
—could have a private retreat with
panoramic ocean views?

Renting a private island for a few days or a week has always
been the vacation of choice for the deep pocketed set. Now, thanks
to rental sites like
Airbnb
,
Vrbo
, and Glamping Hub,
budget-savvy vacationers can score their own island getaway for a
fraction of the cost. Some island rentals keep it simple and rustic
while others come with housekeeping and chefs, but all promise
magical sunsets, top-notch water access, and wildlife aplenty.

To help you find the perfect paradise retreat, we’ve scoured
picturesque locales within a reasonable distance of the U.S.—like
Belize and the Florida Keys—and focused on well-reviewed,
affordable rentals. This means all of the listings below cost less
than $200 per person, per night, if filled to capacity, with one
option priced as low as
$20 per person per night
. Behold, eight attainable private
islands for your next warm-weather getaway.

A floating collection of three teal houses with red trim and docks sits on water in Belize.Airbnb
At
Bird Island in Belize
, you can relax in a hammock for as low as
$115 per person, per night.Bird
Island in Belize

Cost: Starting at $695 per night for up to six
people

Details: This self-catering island sits in its
own atoll about six miles from the town of Placencia, Belize. The
three-building property can sleep up to six people in a main house
with a queen-size bed, a second over-the-water cabana with another
queen, and a third building with a full bed. Complimentary kayaks
let you explore the atoll, and a pristine reef provides excellent
snorkeling and swimming. Throw in the grotto, newly added beach
area, and sunset bonfires, and you might never want to leave.

An aerial view of an island surrounded by turquoise water. You can see two homes with solar panels surrounded by vegetation.Glamping
Hub This
Key West rental
comes with a 24-hour boat captain for under
$200 per guest, per day for an eight-person group.
Private Island near Key West, Florida

Cost: $1,746 per night for up to eight
people

Details: Love teak shutters and panoramic views
of the water? Check out this whole-island rental in the Florida
Keys. A captain and island keeper can shuttle guests by boat 24
hour a day, and a pool provides a nice place to cool off. We bet,
however, that you’ll spend most of your time in the ocean using
the complimentary kayaks or snorkeling.

Bright pink huts with thatch-style roofs sit over the water in Panama.Airbnb
Groups of up to 24 people can rent the
Urraca Private Island
for under $90 per person, per
night.Urraca
Private Island Eco-Lodge in Panama

Cost: $1,220 per night for up to 14 people (for
groups of more than 14 people, the rate of each extra guest is $25
per night)

Details: An adults-only hotel in Bocas del
Toro, Panama, Urraca is located on a mangrove island with multiple
private bungalows and a restaurant on site. You can rent the entire
private island for groups up to 24, and guests spend their days
kayaking reefs, ogling the bioluminescent waters at night, and
hanging in hammocks. A lobster garden provides fresh catches for
dinner and guests will likely spy a few of the 12 rescued monkeys
that live permanently on the island.

Aerial view of a private island surrounded by turquoise waters. A few buildings sit on one side of the island, where there’s also a dock.Airbnb

Kanu Island
can hold up to 20 people, which works out to a
starting nightly per person rate of around $200.
Kanu Island in Belize

Cost: $4,250 per night for up to 20 people

Details: Located off the coast of Placencia,
Belize, Kanu Island is home to five 1,000-square-foot villas that
are outfitted in classic island style—think rattan furniture,
vaulted bamboo ceilings, and outdoor showers. Every villa has a
spacious master bedroom and living area, while a few include a loft
for children. Other perks include a billiards table, dining area,
private chef, and fresh water pool with a swim-up bar.

A pink house with a thatched roof sits in the middle of the ocean. A deck has lounge chairs and there are white clouds in the blue sky. Glamping
Hub At
this getaway in Colombia
, up to 16 people can stay for less
than $125 per person, per night.
Rosari Island in Colombia

Cost: $1,966 per night for up to 16 people

Details: Jet away to this secluded retreat 30
miles from Cartagena, Colombia, to indulge in a four-bedroom,
four-and-a-half-bath rental for up to 16 people. Perks include a
garden area for outdoor cooking and dining, deck platform for
lounging, and 40-foot captained speedboat that provides access to
the surrounding islands.

A light beige and white home sits behind vegetation in a verdant jungle, adjacent to greenish water. Airbnb
Located near Granada in Nicaragua,
this island
has four bedrooms and room for 10, with a starting
rate of under $20 per person, per night.
Tahiti Island in Nicaragua

Cost: Starting at $175 per night for up to 10
people

Details: With four bedrooms and two bathrooms,
this island near Granada, Nicaragua, is a serene getaway for up to
10. A large stone patio provides access to boats and panoramic
views, while a large pool helps you cool off. Reviews say that the
island is peaceful and that guests love the open-air dining and
relaxing hammocks.

An island house is encircled by a reef with water all around. A boat is parked at the dock, and the aerial view shows a swimming pool.Glamping
Hub This Florida Keys retreat offers excellent snorkeling for
around $200 per person, per night for a party of eight.
Private Island near Marathon, Florida

Cost: Rates start at $1,625 per night for eight
people

Details: With three large bedrooms and two
bathrooms, this eight-person rental in the Florida Keys comes with
its own boat to transport guests to and from the island. Sliding
glass doors provide stunning ocean views, and you can choose to
swim in the surrounding lagoon or in the on-site pool. A wraparound
porch is perfect for sunsets, and past guests report that the
surrounding coral reef offers great snorkeling.

An aerial view of a sandy island with a large thatched roof house surrounded by smaller homes with solar panels.Vrbo
At this
dreamy island in Belize
, 14 guests can stay for under $200 per
person, per night.Little
Harvest Caye in Belize

Cost: Starting at $2,572 per night for up to 14
people

Details: This 1.5-acre island is located less
than a mile from Placencia Village, Belize, and was recently built
in 2016. A staff—including housekeeping and a private boat with
driver—is at your disposal at all times, and the solar-powered
home sleeps 14 with five bedrooms and six bathrooms. The region is
known for great saltwater fly-fishing, awesome snorkeling, and
paddling.

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8 private island rentals you might actually be able to afford