Entire US Islands You Can Rent on Airbnb for the Perfect Getaway

These private island hideaways offer the holiday of a lifetime
These private island hideaways offer the holiday of a lifetime | Courtesy of Elizabeth / Airbnb
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Home & Design Editor26 October 2020

So you fancy a rustic getaway? Something a little off the beaten path? These relatively affordable and seriously adorable private island hideaways may be just what you’re looking for.

Oak Island Wildlife Preserve

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This private island off the coast of Maine is a nature lover’s dream. The property gives easy access to hiking trails filled with spruce and sumac trees, gooseberries and white and purple beach roses. The accommodations include a one-room cottage powered by solar energy, with rainwater used for bathing, and a newly built sleeping cabin dubbed the Oak Island Love Shack. The cool, crisp Atlantic Ocean is teeming with fresh Maine lobster, so dinner is definitely not an issue.

About this place:

Great Location, Unusual, Countryside, Remote, Rural, Beach, Quirky, Romantic, Outdoors, Eco friendly, Adventure

Rustic cabin on private island in Maine

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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 Mount Katahdin and includes a large cabin with a kitchen/living area, front deck, firepit and even a dock for your boat. The location, according to the hosts, is prime for exploring the shoreline with its remote beaches and islands; there are no other buildings within a half mile.

About this place:

Great Location, Outdoors, Remote, Unusual, Rural, Countryside, Eco friendly, Quirky, Adventure

The private islands of Old House Cay

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If luxury tropical getaways aren’t your scene, head to the 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 and fishing; you can also choose just to lie about in a hammock. The house also features seaside-chic decor and a soothing Scandinavian color palette.

About this place:

Great Location, Outdoors, Rural, Remote, Countryside, Adventure, Wellness, Romantic

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  • Private island with gorgeous cabin

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    This romantic A-frame cabin, on Juggler Lake in the Midwestern state of Minnesota, offers privacy in spades. Surrounded by an old-growth forest, this getaway is perfect for couples, families or a reunion of friends, 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 among 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.

    About this place:

    Outdoors, Adventure, Great Location, Rural, Remote, Countryside

    Private island log cabin in Maine

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    Heading back east to Maine, the little log cabin on a small island on Annabessacook Lake is the perfect place to unwind and relax. The off-the-grid site offers access to the 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 around the island. With its old-world decor (the kitchen has an old-fashioned water pump and the living room a Jøtul wood stove), this island getaway will take you back in time and give you some much-needed one-on-one time with nature.

    About this place:

    Remote, Rural, Unusual, Great Location, Countryside, Adventure, Cosy, Quirky

    McGee Island

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    Last but not least, back in the Northeast (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 (45 hectares) the listing includes 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 where you can 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 a partially enclosed outdoor shower. While it’ll cost you a formidable sum, this seductive island accommodates 16 guests and radiates rustic charm.

    About this place:

    Rural, Remote, Countryside, Cosy, Great Location, Unusual, Quirky, Adventure, Wellness, Outdoors
    These recommendations were updated on October 26, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.