Go full Crusoe: Six private islands to rent now on Airbnb

Why make do with a spare room when you can have a whole island to yourself?

Though the website started as a way of bringing holiday lets into the sharing economy – Airbnb now has some options for travellers who like their personal space.

For as little as $350 per night you can go full Crusoe on your own private island.

Popa Island, Panama

There’s space for twelve of your pals in the island’s picturesque pink huts on stilts. Or you could keep the serene Panamanian surrounds to yourself.

There’s no sandy beach but the Urraca Private Island Eco-Lodge is set on an island of mangroves and beautiful coral reefs. Also, you won’t be entirely alone: the island is shared by monkeys and adorable endemic kinkajou.

$400 per night, no minimum stay

Bird Island, Belize

This is no floating spa – the beautiful island atoll is self-catering only.

However, it’s the simple life on Bird Island that appeals to guests. The marine blue cabins have space for six and seemingly blend in to the ocean setting.

The coral reef on which it stands is considered one of the best fishing spots in Belize.
If you don’t think you can cope without guidance, the hosts offer a “Smorgasbord” side trip ($420 for 4 people) to take guests fishing, snorkelling and lobstering to stock up before a stay.

$760 per night, no minimum stay

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