7 Private Southern Islands You Can Rent on Airbnb and One for Just $225/Night
Private islands are usually associated with luxury playgrounds for billionaires, but you don’t have to be super rich to treat yourself to a stay in your own private oasis.
Through short-term rental sites like Airbnb, you can find islands for rent that are super affordable.
From lake homes that feel like they’re floating on water, to a tropical paradise on a lush island with white-sand shores, there’s something for every traveler, no matter your budget.
ECO-GLAMP Emerald Isle
The private island of the Emerald Isle in North Carolina.
Address: Swansboro, North Carolina
Why you need to go: This island vacation is run by a Superhost. It is affordable and eco-friendly. Visitors can expect all the thrills of glamping in the privacy of their own island oasis.
Outer Banks Private Island
A group stands on a dock outside the private island home.
Address: Nags Head, North Carolina
Why you need to go: This cozy cabin in Roanoke Sound is ideal for nature lovers looking to connect with nature. The island has a boating dock and plenty of rugged terrain to explore.
Private Peninsula Modern Home
The modern house on the private peninsula. Right: The bathroom has a large window and a free-standing tub.
Address: Rock Hall, Maryland
Why you need to go: This gorgeous home features a chic modern design in the tranquility of 2 acres on the Chesapeake Bay. There’s tons of natural light, a large deck, and a fire pit over the water to take in the views.
Private Island Cottage
Private Island Cottage’s porch overlooks the water.
Where: Beaufort, South Carolina
Why you need to go: This Key West-inspired cottage can be booked for just $225 a night! This rustic retreat will even provide equipment for swimming, fishing and kayaking so you can enjoy your time outdoors.
Serenity On Its Peninsula
The lush trees and the dock in the middle of Elbow Cay.
Where: Elbow Cay, Hope Town, Bahamas
Why you need to go: This stay is a little oasis of tropical paradise. Surrounded by lush trees and sparkling waters. The space can accommodate up to eight people and features a winding terrace and a freshwater pool.
Private Island featured on HGTV
A hammock on the deck overlooking the shore and water.
Where: Crescent Island, Florida
Why you need to go: This private oasis was featured on HGTV Island hunters. This massive space overlooking the gulf can accommodate up to 12 people and is just steps from the sandy shore.
Bear Creek Lakehouse on the Point
The lounge area with a view of the lake.
Price: $1,800+/per night
Where: Mooresville, North Carolina
Why you need to go: This massive house that sleeps up to 16 people will have you thinking you’re floating in the middle of the lake. The space features five bedrooms, a private two-story dock, and a hot tub.
Prices and occupancy conditions are confirmed at the time of publication, but may change at any time. Cleaning fees and taxes are not included.
Before you go, check out our Guide to Responsible Travel to be informed, be safe, be smart, and most importantly, be respectful on your adventure.