As Old Man Winter shows no signs of slowing down, booking a one way ticket to a tropical island sounds very tempting.
But why just settle for a hotel room at an island resort when you take a whole private island instead?
We’ve already temped you with private islands that you can own, but given fiscal limitations, why not rent one instead?
Thanks to Airbnb, you can now rent an entire island for a pretty reasonable price. We’ve tracked down the crème de la crème of island rentals so you can vacation like baller while remaining on budget.
Price: $86 CAD per night
If you prefer peace and quiet, you’ll appreciate this cozy one-bedroom bungalow tucked away on a secluded island. But don’t expect luxury — there’s no internet and a generator provides the electricity, but you will find plenty of quiet and fresh mountain air. It’s the perfect getaway to relax and recharge.
Tahiti Island, Grenada
Price: $205 CAD per night
Not only can you stay on a private island, but you can stay on one with a private swimming pool. This Tahitian paradise comes with a fully restored four bedroom house that comes equipped with air conditioning, TV, a fully equipped kitchen, and a furnished terrace, which is the perfect spot to watch the magnificent sunsets.
Popa Island, Panama
Price: $248 CAD per night
Gather 14 of your closest friends and make your way to this private tropical paradise that features five hot pink eco-friendly bungalows and is surrounded by mangroves and a coral reef. Spend your days exploring the reefs, or by unwinding on a hammock suspended over the crystal-clear water. But be on the lookout for the residents of the island; the host notes there are two monkeys who like to interact with the guests.
Tropical Island Cove, Costa Rica
Price: $318 CAD per night
Surrounded by palm trees and white sandy beaches, guests can have a taste of real island living. There are three types of monkeys and a variety of exotic birds that live on the island and they have no problem coming close to the house. The house also features an authentic palm roof, so it’s the closest thing to camping in the jungle as you’re going to get. The private island can be accessed by a short boat ride that the host will organize before your arrival.
The Ark, Cartagena, Columbia
Price: $368 CAD per night
If you’re thinking of going away with a a larger group, the Ark will be your sanctuary. You’ll need to take a 90-minute boat ride from the city of Cartagena, but then you will be greeted by lush palm trees, a sandy white beach, and a private paradise. The property features a four-bedroom villa that can comfortably fit 16 guests.
Birds Island, Belize
Price: $495 CAD per night
Located just 20 minutes away from the village of Placencia, this quaint island is a slice of paradise. It is surrounded by extremely shallow crystal-clear waters that are protected by the surrounding coral reef. This allows for optimal fishing and snorkelling conditions. You can also go kayaking or paddle boarding if you get restless from lounging in the sun. It’s the perfect setting for a romantic getaway or a retreat with a group of friends.
El Nido, Philippines
Price: $616 CAD per night
Surrounded by the Sulu Sea, this small island features white sandy beaches lined with coconut trees. The two-story house can accommodate up to 10 guests and comes with full-time staff. The staff can offer guests relaxing massages on the beach, or boat expeditions to nearby islands. The island also boasts a small rainforest with hiking paths for those looking to stay active.
Ilha Grande, Angra dos Reis, Brazil
Price: $1252 CAD per night
Located two hours from Rio, this beautiful island has two Italian-style houses that are joined by a bamboo bridge and can easily fit 14 guests. Spend your days canoeing and exploring the turquoise waters or just kick back and enjoy the Caipirinhas and food made by the staff. This is island living at its finest.
Kakula Breeze, Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu
Price: $2122 CAD per night
The Kakula Breeze features acres of white sandy beach and crystal-clear aqua water. You and up to 12 guests can spend your days snorkelling, kayaking, paddle boarding and playing volleyball in the warm Oceania sun. There are also seven full-time staff members who are available to cook your meals, offer massages, and set up all of your activities.