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Charlie’s Island – The Florida Keys (Slide 1 of 2)

Charlie’s Island is proof that renting your own island can’t be done with a moderate vacation budget. Instead of sleeping on the island, you stay on a houseboat that’s docked there. You can enjoy wandering the paths through the mangrove trees, fishing from the docks or snorkeling in the crystal clear waters around the .32-acre island. The property includes a grill and picnic tables for your tropical lunches as well as a hammock for the perfect perch to enjoy the gentle breezes off the Gulf waters. This is ideal for people who are interested in a rustic, camp-like adventure. (Photos: Rentmyisland.com)

Stunning photos of private islands for rent (some are even affordable)

Yahoo! Travel

What if we told you that you could rent an entire island for less per night than the cost of a medium-rare steak in Manhattan? What if we told you that one of the most beautiful resorts in the world is located off the coast of Cambodia … and that you and your 65 closest friends could have it to yourselves for a week – with a promise of personal infinity pools at every villa? Were you also aware that you can see the northern lights and orcas in the same day from a lighthouse in Norway, with no one around for miles?

Private island rental is not out of reach for most budgets, if you know where to look. There are entire companies that act as umbrella companies for a range of private island rentals.

Yahoo Travel decided to round up these favorites among the world’s private island rental pool. Some of them are definitely for CEO budgets only, but others are more affordable. If these atoll getaways don’t make you want to travel … nothing will. | By Jenny Adams, Yahoo Travel