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McGee Island, aerial view | Courtesy of Airbnb hosts Michael and Elizabeth
McGee Island, aerial view | Courtesy of Airbnb hosts Michael and Elizabeth
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Entire U.S. Islands You Can Rent on Airbnb for the Perfect Getaway

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Home & Design Editor
Updated: 20 April 2018
So you say you need a rustic getaway? Something a little off the beaten path? These relatively affordable and seriously adorable private island hideaways may be just the answer…

Oak Island Wildlife Preserve…

Oak Island Wildlife Preserve
Oak Island Wildlife Preserve | Courtesy of Airbnb host Parker

Located off the coast of Maine, this 23-acre private island is a nature lover’s haven. The surrounding areas of the property include Skip Rock Beach (named for the “perfectly sized flat stones for skipping rocks”), a 60-foot-high knoll named Parkers Peak, and hiking trails filled with spruce and sumac trees, gooseberries, and white and purple beach roses. The specific accommodations include a one-room cottage powered by solar energy (with rainwater used for bathing) and a newly built sleeping cabin dubbed the “O.I.L.S. Oak Island Love Shack.” The cool, crisp Atlantic Ocean is teeming with fresh Maine lobster, so while your drinking water may be hard to find, dinner is definitely not an issue.

Rustic cabin on private island North Twin Lake, ME…

Rustic cabin on private island North Twin Lake, ME
Rustic cabin on private island North Twin Lake, ME | Courtesy of Airbnb host Bob

This half-acre private island is also located in Maine on North Twin Lake and is completely off-the-grid and powered by rechargeable LED lanterns. The property offers views of the mountain Katahdin and includes a 475-square-foot cabin with a kitchen/living area, front deck, fire pit, and 16-foot dock for your boat. The location, according to the hosts, is prime for exploring “miles of shoreline with remote beaches and islands” and has no other buildings within a half mile.

Private Island next to Key West…

Private Island next to Key West
Private Island next to Key West | Courtesy of Airbnb host Blaise

Heading (much) further south along the Eastern coast, this private island is situated next to Florida’s Key West and offers a tropical, luxurious approach to a summer hideaway. It’ll cost you a pretty penny (at $1,550 per night) but features amenities not normally found in such a secluded setting, including an elevator, swimming pool, air conditioning, and spectacular (yes, really) architecture. So whether you want to live like a queen/king for a week, or recreate weird scenes from Lord of the Flies with your old college literary circle, this secluded island is sure to conjure some fantastical exploration.

Private Island next to Key West
Private Island next to Key West | Courtesy of Airbnb host Blaise

The Private Islands of Old House Cay…

The Private Islands of Old House Cay
The Private Islands of Old House Cay | Courtesy of Airbnb hosts Sarah and Bill

If tropical, luxury getaways aren’t your scene, you can head up to the good ole American South to this private island in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Old House Cay consists of many private islands and this one features a cozy, rustic solar-powered house with four beds and two and a half bathrooms. Guests rave about the kayaking, fishing, and hammock-ing, while also calling it a “magical island.” The house also features seaside-chic décor and a soothing Scandinavian color palette to add that extra touch of zen to your island hideaway.

Republic Island…

Republic Island
Republic Island | Courtesy of Airbnb host Freshwater

Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Republic Island is only $200 per night, and can comfortably sleep four guests. Sleep in an historic cedar log cabin built in the 1800s, set among two acres of pristine northern land on the Michigamme River. Newly renovated in 2017, the property includes a galley kitchen with an Old Town Canoe, a screened-in porch, and even satellite TV and WiFi for your “can’t live without some technology” friends. What’s especially different about this listing, is the hosts provide their guests with several boats during their stay, including a Jon boat, an electric motor boat, an aluminum boat, a canoe, and a pontoon.

Clark Island lake Retreat

Clark Island lake Retreat
Clark Island lake Retreat | Courtesy of Airbnb host Alexandra

Over in the American Northwest, Clark Island is located on Island Lake in the great state of Washington. The site boasts a three-story house situated on .75 of an acre and can accommodate up to 12 people. At $200 per night (split that between 12 people for a week and you’re living large), guests can access the on-site water craft, Cousin Camp guest house, a swimming hole, camp fire site, and sweeping decks with charming, rustic views. Perfect for a writer’s retreat or a quick retreat for overworked/underpaid millennials, this quiet getaway may be the key to some much-needed downtime.

Private Island with Gorgeous Cabin…

Private Island with Gorgeous Cabin
Private Island with Gorgeous Cabin | Courtesy of Airbnb host Tyler

This romantic A-frame cabin, located on Juggler Lake in the Midwestern state of Minnesota, offers 18 acres of privacy. Surrounded by an old growth forest, this getaway is perfect for couples, families, or the much-needed friend reunion, and can accommodate up to eight guests. The cabin boasts a stone fireplace, a jetted tub, a diving dock, WiFi, and not one but three separate decks. If fishing is your thing, the site is ripe with perch, walleye, sunfish, and bass, and guests can rent the host’s pontoon for a small extra fee. The listing also boasts exceptional hiking around the surrounding maple, birch, white pine, and elm trees. If wild exploration in the Midwest sounds like your dream vacation, you may want to check out this little cabin in the woods.

Private Island Log Cabin in Maine…

Private Island Log Cabin in Maine
Private Island Log Cabin in Maine |  <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/6054303?irgwc=1&amp;irclid=xu6Q5DSRUUrKT4mU-ATBBXMiUkhXIK3QET6X1I0&amp;ircid=4273&amp;sharedid=&amp;af=49497874&amp;iratid=9627" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Courtesy of Joanne and Kent</a>

Heading back east to Maine, the little log cabin on a small island on Annabessacook Lake is the perfect place to “unwind and relax.” Completely off-the-grid, the site offers access to the 1,400-acre lake and the hosts will even ferry you to the island. Guests can enjoy exploration via canoe or kayak (provided), a rope swing, and hiking on the 14-acre sustainable island. With its old-world décor (the kitchen has an old fashioned red water pump and the living room a Jotul wood stove), this island getaway will take you back in time and give you some much-needed one-on-one time with Mother Nature.

Newly renovated Private Island with Pontoon Boat

Private Island with Pontoon Boat
Private Island with Pontoon Boat | Courtesy of Airbnb host Maria

This little island in Michigan is just minutes away from downtown Brighton, and the hosts even provide a 10-seater Bennington pontoon with the rental. Set in rustic seclusion, the newly renovated house can accommodate up to 10 people and boasts two 360-degree wrap around decks with views of the surrounding Crooked Lake. The site also includes WiFi, a private beach, kayaks, canoes, a paddle boat, and a children’s zipline for a more “family oriented” getaway in the Midwest.

McGee Island…

A Stunning Island Getaway
A Stunning Island Getaway | Courtesy of Airbnb host Elizabeth and Michael

Last but not least, back in the Northeast (yes, it seems Maine has all the best islands), this island getaway outside the small fishing village of Port Clyde is the epitome of rustic luxury. Situated on 110 acres, the listing includes not one but two separate islands: McGee and Barter Islands. On McGee Island, guests can enjoy three historic structures – the Main House, the Cook House, and the Little Boat House – all of which feature modern renovations and amenities (there’s WiFi!) with early 20th-century furnishings. The Cook House dates back to the late 1700s and includes two dining areas, a large bedroom, and a newly renovated kitchen to whip up the perfect lobster feast. The Main House – a traditional shingled summer home built in 1915 – boasts exposed wooden walls, original clawfoot tubs, and partially enclosed outdoor shower. While it’ll cost you a formidable sum at $800 per night, this seductive island accommodates 16 guests and just radiates northern, rustic charm.

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