Guest Author - Laura Hartney
Have you ever dreamed of having an island all to yourself? Or maybe just for you and one or more choice friends or family members? It’s not as difficult as you might think. And maybe even closer than you think.
When I was in high school my family rented a house for our summer vacation that was on an island in a small lake in northern Michigan. It turned out to be the only house on the island so we literally had it all to ourselves! It was a bit awkward toting our suitcases to the island in the rowboat provided for our transportation, but once settled in it was fun.
Not into a small lake in Michigan? In my article about the Whitsunday Islands off Australia I wrote about how you can pay to be the only campers on a tropical island. Imagine sitting on a warm sandy beach under the shade of palm trees surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Coral Sea with absolutely no one else there.
There are actually thousands of private islands for rent all over the world with a variety of lodging options, from primitive campsites all the way up to expansive mansions. The variation in locations, lodging and amenities of course also drive a wide variation in costs, all the way from a few hundred dollars a week up to tens of thousands of dollars per night.
One of the most expensive private islands available for rent would be Musha Cay in the Bahamas. Owned by the famous magician David Copperfield, Musha Cay provides a magical tropical experience for up to 24 guests on 700 acres of ultimate luxury, catered to by an extensive staff. Current posted rate? A mere $37,500 per day for a group of up to 12.
At the other end of the spectrum you could rent a quaint log cabin on two acre Republic Island in the Michigamme River in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It doesn’t have the luxury of Musha Cay, but it gives you a sense of even greater seclusion, and for only $550 per week, it’s eminently affordable.
Most private islands rent for somewhere in between those two extremes. Part of your choice is whether you want a “self-catering” island where you save money by bringing and cooking your own food, or a full-service island that comes with cooking and cleaning staff (and even an “entertainment staff” at the likes of Musha Cay) to allow you to just sit back and enjoy your island to its fullest.
Location choice is wide open. Examples? Ile de Chantemesie on the Seine River only 45 minutes from Paris. The coral atoll of Mounu Island in the Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific. Secret Island on Lake Echo in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec, Canada. Or how about the tiny Pretty Joe Rock off Marathon in the Florida Keys?
The options are endless. So if you’ve always dreamed about renting your own island, don’t give up on your dream! It’s actually within reach.
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