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.

Airbnb

Price: $248+/night

Address: Swansboro, North Carolina

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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

u200bA group stands on a dock outside the private island home.

A group stands on a dock outside the private island home.

Airbnb

Price: $725+/night

Address: Nags Head, North Carolina

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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

u200bThe modern house on the private peninsula.  Right: The bathroom has a large window and a free-standing tub.

The modern house on the private peninsula. Right: The bathroom has a large window and a free-standing tub.

Airbnb

Price: $1,129/night

Address: Rock Hall, Maryland

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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 front porch overlooking the water.

Private Island Cottage’s porch overlooks the water.

Airbnb

Price: $225+/night

Where: Beaufort, South Carolina

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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.

The lush trees and the dock in the middle of Elbow Cay.

Airbnb

Price: $929+/night

Where: Elbow Cay, Hope Town, Bahamas

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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

u200bA hammock on the deck with a view of the shoreline and water.

A hammock on the deck overlooking the shore and water.

Airbnb

Price: $1,875+/night

Where: Crescent Island, Florida

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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

u200bThe seating area with a view of the lake.

The lounge area with a view of the lake.

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Price: $1,800+/per night

Where: Mooresville, North Carolina

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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.

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