If I want to spend a few days on an isolated (but not deserted) island, what are my options?

I know that there are several deserted islands near and around New York, New Jersey and Maryland. I am not talking about them. The ideal one(s) I am looking for would have:

  • some basic living necessities (a small house or hut, electricity, running water etc.)
  • without wild animals (these ones, or those which typically make a horror movie plot)
  • isolation
  • be in touch with the world in case of an emergency
  • doesn't require to spend $1000s per day

So the question is: Can one go to such an island on vacation?

I am preferably looking near the Eastern coastline of USA.

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    In the Philippines and Indonesia, this is easily achieved. – Nean Der Thal Jan 28 '15 at 19:21
  • Rent a boat and just tie it to a tree. It's not unheard of to do something similar in Virginia. If you need to find a hut or something then there are plenty of those too you could ask to shack up there for a few days. A few fishing hovels too are relatively deserted. – easymoden00b Jan 28 '15 at 19:30
  • You mean, without big or dangerous animals? It's quite impossible to find any place on earth with exception of somewhere middle in Antarctida without animals at all... – Danubian Sailor Jan 29 '15 at 11:02
  • @easymoden00b Where can I find tree in the middle of water? I park my car under a tree to get that kind of isolation. Btw, What is a fishing hovel? – Farhan Jan 29 '15 at 20:48
  • There are PLENTY of trees that are positioned right next to the waters edge. A hovel is a small simple dwelling. – easymoden00b Jan 29 '15 at 21:07

Depending on how isolated you are looking for, there are plenty of cottages for rent on islands in Ontario. Here is a search result for island cottages on one site. Costs are from a few hundred per day. Some of these are not very isolated - only a few hundred yards from other cottages across the water, and may have boaters coming close to the island. All of them have the usual amenities.

Here are some more remote island rentals, from $500 per night.

I'm sure there are similar cottages for rent in New York.


I warmly recommend a trip to Channel Islands National Park. There are taps, pit toilets, a visitor centre, and accommodation for the park rangers. It's at the "wrong" coast, though.

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