Book some time away from it all (and maybe even leave the kids at home?)
There’s something so dreamy about having a private island all to yourself. The good news is that this dream is pretty attainable as we found over a dozen U.S. spots where you can literally reserve your own island for your next vacation. Think sunset kayaks, s’mores around the fire, together time with your family, and best of all, no noisy neighbors to ruin your fun. Want an island with a walkable downtown? We got it. One that comes with your own boat captain valet service? Yep, got that too. The real question is: how will you be able to top this vacation next year?
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Private Island Vacation Rentals on the West Coast
Private Island with Additional Cabin | Poulsbo, WA
Kids spending too much time on personal devices and need to get back to nature? This is the place to put the outside world on hold and relax. You'll have the run of the island which includes water access for swimming and kayaking. Plus, guests staying 4 nights or longer will also have exclusive access to a separate on-island cabin with 2 twin beds and one loft air mattress.
Puget Sound Cabin with a View | Camano Island, WA
This two-bedroom cabin will be your home away from home in no time. The cabin sits high above the beach which is just a short drive away. Camano Island is home to two wonderful Washington State Parks: Cama Beach and Camano Island. Both are only a short drive from the cabin and have great hiking, beaches, The Center for Wooden Boats, a cafe, and more.
Private Island Vacation Rentals in the Midwest
Winter Lake Retreat | Winter, WI
Escape to Haven Island, a secluded Northwoods retreat located on your very own private 5-acre island on Lake Winter in the beautiful Northwoods of WI. Fill your days with swimming, fishing, grilling, boating, and kayaking, and your nights gathered around the campfire. The fully equipped chalet, with an open concept and vaulted ceilings, Wi-Fi, A/C, and satellite tv, can comfortably accommodate up to 14 people. Island rental includes a new 18” pontoon, kayaks, paddleboat and a canoe.
Portage Lakes Retreat | New Franklin, OH
You'll love this 1917 cabin that is connected to the mainland by a bridge so you can easily walk to nearby restaurants when the hunger kicks in. Borrow their kayaks or rent a boat nearby for some time on the water.
Lake Vermillion Retreat | Tower, MN
This quaint and semi-rustic family-built cabin is situated on a 13-acre private island on beautiful Lake Vermilion. Outside the cabin, you will find a dock, screen house, a bonfire pit, and trails to enjoy 13 private acres of woods that include birds, squirrels, chipmunks, flowers, plants, and deer.
Private Island Cabin | Juggler Lake, MN
Lakefront Cabin with decks facing three directions on a private island on Juggler Lake complete with private old-growth forest to explore. Excellent fishing and an exceptionally clean lake that is perfect for swimming. Forest is full of wildlife and perfect for hiking. Located near Itasca State Park.
Flathead Lake Private Island Residence | Somers, MT
Enjoy swimming, kayaking, paddle-boarding, fishing and so much more at this one-acre property on Emerald Lake. All of the four bedrooms has direct access to the outdoors so you can take in the views as much as possible. You might even get to spot the area's resident bald eagle!
Dog-friendly Home on Private Island | Presque Isle, WI
Your whole crew will love the solitude that you'll find at this dog-friendly home on Katinka Lake. Katinka Lake is a 170-acre lake in Vilas County. Fish include Musky, Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass and Walleye. Four acres of serenity for the family and dog with over 2,100 feet of frontage and long winding stone granite paths await you and your furry friends!
Private Island Vacation Rentals in the Northeast
Little Off-the-Grid Cabin | Monmouth, ME
Little Cabin is on a small island on Annabessacook Lake in Maine. Enjoy pristine surroundings and a rustic, off-the-grid cedar log cabin. Take a blissful private adventure—swimming, boating, fishing, birding, and relaxing by the fire. The owners will ferry you to the island and offer a canoe and kayaks for your enjoyment.
Island Yurt | Monmouth, ME
This off-the-grid (no electricity) one-of-a-kind home is perched on a 14-acre, semi-private island 1/2 mile from shore on a Maine lake. The 900 sq. ft. octagonal home, built around a living Red Oak tree, is designed to make your stay comfortable, relaxing, and soothing. It has the sights & sounds of the best of Maine's natural beauty: fresh air, clean water, the nature of woods, and the sounds of loons on a quiet lake.
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Private Island Vacation Rentals in the Southeast
East Sister Rock Island Getaway | Marathon, FL
A 21 ft. Carolina Skiff will transport you to your own private island where you can enjoy the sunsets with friends. There are three bedrooms plus additional sleeping areas in the common room.
Outer Banks Private Island | Manteo/Nags Head, NC
A short boat ride from the Nags Head Causeway or Manteo waterfront will get you to your island paradise. Perfect for small families, you'll find waterways, marshes, 18+ small islands and a wildlife reserve for fishing, birding and sky watching.
This spot was featured on HGTV's Island Hunters and you'll see why when you book it for your next family adventure. You'll have the whole island to yourself and a captain can get you there if you don't have your own boat. There's a tiny house to sleep in and an additional tent for those who prefer camping to glamping.
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