Bird Island, Placencia, Belize
Located on a tiny speck of land in the middle of a Caribbean atoll, Bird Island offers you the opportunity to get a taste of life as a castaway. Bordered on one side by submerged sand flats and on the other side by crystal blue waters perfect for snorkeling, the entire property is surrounded by reefs that are part of the Mesoamerican barrier reef — the second largest in the world. The two buildings on the property are solar powered with a sandy enclosure between them. The only way to be closer to the water is to take the paddle boat or kayak right from the island and cruise the entire nearly mile-long atoll or nearby islands.
With access to reliable WiFi, you will be able to stay in touch with your daily life if you so choose. Instead, load up with booze for the blender, fish for the grill from Placencia, and fishing equipment to catch something for dinner, and drop off the grid for a while. The island can accommodate up to four people.
Getting there: Fly into Belize City and then fly, drive, or shuttle to the village of Placencia. From there your hosts will pick you up for a boat ride to the island.
Rent now: Bird Island