Discover The Best Off-Grid Destinations In The World

From the idiosyncratic Treehouse community of Costa Rica to the stunning scenery of Sedona, stray away from the path of popular places to stumble upon the best off-grid destinations in the world.
Sedona's Cathedral Rock landmark
Sedona's Cathedral Rock landmarkShutterstock

Off the beaten path, there are destinations that remain undiscovered by many tourists. These hidden gems can be found around the globe; from the highest peaks of the Himalayas to the abandoned industrial towns of Europe. Although they may not be as widely recognized as some of the world's most popular tourist destinations, offbeat destinations provide a diverse range of unique experiences that can be just as, if not more, fulfilling.

One of the most significant benefits of offbeat destinations is their affordability. With lower demand for accommodation and other services, they tend to be more budget-friendly than popular tourist destinations. Furthermore, these destinations offer a more authentic cultural experience, as they are less influenced by tourism. By immersing yourself in the local way of life, you can gain a deeper appreciation for the culture and traditions of a place.

Finca Bellavista Treehouse Community, Costa Rica

Bijagual, San José, Carara, Costa Rica
Bijagual, San José, Carara, Costa RicaUnsplash

A perfect example of sustainable living, Finca Bellavista Treehouse Community in Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful off-grid and sustainable communities. Every inhabitant lives in a treehouse that has running water obtained through rainwater harvesting and groundwater. The community has equipped each treehouse with solar panels. The treehouses resemble an Ewok village, which is a unique and charming feature of the community. Inhabitants of this Costa Rican community use a complex zip-line system to move around from one treehouse to another. For food, they rely on hunting and fishing. The community is exceptional in allowing visitors to stay for a few days, giving them the option of becoming one of them.

How to reach

Finca Bellavista is situated within the Southern Zone on the Pacific Coast side of Costa Rica in the Piedras Blancas area of the Osa region. It is 3 km east of the InterAmericana highway, between the cities of Palmar Norte and Rio Claro. After your reservations, you will be sent the exact directions.

Con Son, Vietnam

The town and bay of Con Son Island
The town and bay of Con Son IslandShutterstock

Con Son, a coral-fringed island located off the coast of southern Vietnam, is one of the 16 volcanic islands and islets of the Con Dao archipelago. Unlike the bustling market towns of the Mekong Delta, Con Son feels like a world away. The island is surrounded by scenic bays, coral reefs, and lovely beaches. Additionally, it is partially covered in tropical forests, providing a peaceful retreat away from the mainland. You can enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, diving, and exploring deserted coastal roads. If you're a wildlife enthusiast, you'll be thrilled to spot the black giant squirrel and endemic bow-fingered gecko.

How to reach

There are two ways to reach Con Dao (Con Son) from Ho Chi Minh City. The first option is to take a direct flight from Tan Son Nhat Airport to Con Dao Airport. The second option is to take a tourist bus to either Soc Trang or Vung Tau in southern Vietnam and then take a ferry or boat to Con Dao.

Konohana Family, Japan

Mount Fuji, Japan
Mount Fuji, JapanShutterstock

Konohana Family is a community of people who work together to achieve an off-the-grid and self-sustainable lifestyle. As the name suggests, the community values the idea of family and encourages a sense of togetherness. However, Konohana is not just about self-sufficiency; the village also has a strong spiritual aspect to it.

How to reach

To reach Konohana Family, the closest major airports are Narita International Airport (NRT) and Haneda International Airport (HND). From either airport, make your way to Tokyo Station, where you can take a direct bus heading towards Fujinomiya. This bus will take you directly to Konohana Family.

Tubagua, Dominican Republic

Tubagua, Dominican Republic
Tubagua, Dominican Republicpnw_vagabond /Instagram

The Dominican Republic is a popular vacation destination that is now gaining more attention for ecotourism, community tourism, outdoor adventure travel and exploring the beautiful natural landscape of the Caribbean island. Tubagua Ecolodge Puerto Plata is the perfect escape for independent travelers in the Dominican Republic. It's located in the Northern Mountain Range, which runs the length of the country's north coast and is surrounded by pure nature. Despite being nestled in the heart of nature, the lodge is conveniently situated 20 minutes away from Puerto Plata International Airport, the city and beaches.

How to reach

The Puerto Plata International Airport (POP) is the nearest airport to Tubagua, located about 30 minutes away by car. Additionally, there is a local "guagua" minibus service that operates on the highway between Puerto Plata and Tubagua.

Sedona, Arizona

A sunrise at Cathedral Rock in Sedona
A sunrise at Cathedral Rock in Sedona Shutterstock

Sedona, Arizona is considered one of the best places to live off-grid. Many people have chosen to exchange their "connected" lives for a nomadic lifestyle, living amidst the breathtaking Sedona landscape. It is worth noting that Sedona is rated as one of the top spots in the United States for living off the grid. With its stunning scenery, mild weather during spring, fall, and winter, and access to essential amenities like food, gas, and other necessities, Sedona is the perfect destination for those considering this lifestyle change.

How to reach

If you're driving to Sedona, Arizona from nearby cities, consider taking State Route (SR) 89A through Oak Creek Canyon, which is one of Arizona's designated Scenic Byways.

Collier County, Florida

Wooden bridge in a forest, Kirby Storter Roadside Park, Collier County
Wooden bridge in a forest, Kirby Storter Roadside Park, Collier CountyShutterstock

If you are looking for a peaceful getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life, Collier County in Florida could be the perfect destination for you. This area offers serene locations for off-grid living, while still providing access to local healthcare services and farmer's markets.

One common misconception about off-grid living is that people who choose this lifestyle are cut off from society. However, this is not true. Since off-grid living can be isolating at times, it is a good idea to be within a reasonable driving distance from a town. In Collier County, you can easily find such locations, along with ample land to purchase and start building your own home or settlement.

How to reach

You can reach this place by road from the nearest airports, such as Everglades Airpark, Immokalee Airport, Marco Island Airport, and Naples Municipal Airport.

Ventura County, California

Grimes Canyon Road in Ventura County
Grimes Canyon Road in Ventura CountyShutterstock

If you are considering off-grid living on the West Coast, Ventura County, California, could be an ideal location. With its stunning climate throughout the year, this area offers a comfortable environment to call home. One of the common issues with off-grid living is the lack of access to a cooling system. Choosing a location with a naturally perfect climate like this one can be a big advantage.

How to reach

You can reach the county through the Ventura Freeway (US 101), the primary highway traversing the area from the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which is within two hours of the county.

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