These hidden gems offer the perfect escape from the digital world, allowing you to reconnect with nature, rejuvenate your senses, and rediscover the joy of simplicity.
Pack your bags and get ready to explore these untouched paradises, where tranquility meets adventure, and every moment is a step back to your inner peace.
Little Corn Island, Nicaragua
You can’t get more off the beaten path than the Caribbean island paradise of Little Corn Island. Unspoiled by tourism, cars, and – in some locations – even electricity (save for solar energy systems set up around the island), this off-the-grid getaway is inhabited by less than 800 people. You’ll find accommodations for next to nothing, but food and supplies on the mainland are less expensive, so stock up before hand.
Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
By law, 70 percent of Papagayo must remain untouched, so overdevelopment is not an issue on this pristine peninsula. Unspoiled beaches and tropical forests, which you can explore via zip line or aerial bridge, are home to over 400 animal species. After a long day of hiking, kayaking, and windsurfing, you can retreat to one of Papagayo’s affordable open-air hotels nestled in the middle of nature.
An hour outside popular coastal resort town Playa del Carmen you’ll find low-key, low-cost Tulum. Here, in place of beachfront resorts, you’ll find beachfront Mayan ruins and off-the-grid cabanas, hostels, and guesthouses. Accommodations are typically void of televisions, phones, Wi-Fi, and – in rare occasions – even a reliable light source. So you’ll want to make sure you bring a good book and a flashlight.
Eilean Shona, Scotland
Eilean Shona may not have the same weather as other destinations of this list, but if it’s a private island you are looking for – one lacking mobile signals and cars, full of secluded bays where you’ll feel comfortable skinny dipping to your heart’s content – then this gorgeous expanse of moor, hills, and woodland is the place for you. From tipis to cottages, you’ll have no trouble finding accommodations at all price points.
Low-tech island getaways on the cheap
The world is still full of hidden hideaways where you can unplug yourself and just enjoy the sounds of silence. If you dream of trading email, spreadsheets, and search engines for open sky and the simplicity of nature, we’ve got you covered. Check out our flight options where you’re sure to find just the right destination at the right price.
The allure of these off-the-grid islands lies not just in their stunning natural beauty, but in the rare opportunity they offer to truly disconnect and immerse oneself in the serenity of nature. From the rustic charm of Little Corn Island to the tranquil seclusion of Eilean Shona, each destination provides a unique escape from the digital clutter that fills our daily lives. Whether you’re seeking adventure in the unspoiled landscapes of Peninsula Papagayo, or the historical intrigue of Tulum’s Mayan ruins, these islands remind us that sometimes the greatest luxury is the simplicity of disconnecting and experiencing the world as it is. As you ponder your next getaway, consider these hidden gems where tranquility, adventure, and the beauty of nature await to rejuvenate your soul. Remember, sometimes the best connection is a disconnection.