Vacationing is a great thing. Not only do you spend time to relax and refresh your body, but you also strengthen the bonds between you and those you go on vacation with, be it your family or friends. Since vacation days are so important, it is essential that you select the best place to go.
While Hawai’i is one of the biggest island destinations in the U.S., it’s not the only one to consider. Here are twelve of the best island destinations in the United States.
Block Island, Rhode Island
Block Island is a popular summer vacationing site located 9 miles south and 14 miles east of the New York mainland. It is known for its beautiful sandy beaches. Block Island is popular among people who love outdoor activities. Activities on the island include fishing, sailing, hiking, and cycling. It has a moderate maritime climate with 4 distinct seasons. Due to the ever-blowing sea wind, the island is colder than the mainland, but the winters are milder. The lowest temperature on record is 8 degrees Fahrenheit, while the highest is 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
Marco Island, Florida
Just a short ride from the Everglades, Marco Island offers beautiful sandy beaches, parks, and luxurious resorts. You can visit the Collier Seminole State Park, which has fishing, primitive camping, picnic grounds, canoeing, and a mile-long nature walk.
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Martha’s Vineyard offers a great vacationing site for wine lovers, due to the vineyards present in the area. The warm climate and the beautiful beaches couples with the resorts present offer the perfect cocktail for enjoyment.
Mackinac Island, Michigan
Located in Lake Huron, Mackinac Island is popular for its fauna and flora. This summer colony is especially popular for the myriad architectural styles it has, and the different birds that have the island as their habitat.
St. Simons Island, Georgia
Known for its sandy beaches and marshes, St. Simons is a wonderful place to go for bird watching. Home of numerous species of birds, like the gannets and spoonbills, you will not be disappointed by the beauty you see. The island is also a historical site and has fabulous golf courses.
Fire Island, New York
Of the island destinations stated, Fire Island is the only one accessible by car. This island is popular for its tranquil atmosphere, laid back charm and pristine beaches. Many people visit it to get away from the hustle-bustle of NYC. At Fire Island, you can visit various sites such as the Robert Moses State Park, Sunken Forest,and the Fire Island lighthouse.
San Juan Islands, Washington
This archipelago is the perfect place to go and unwind after several months of work. With the array of activities, you can take part in, from kayaking to whale watching and hiking, you can be assured that you will not lack a fun activity.
Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
With fishing contributing greatly to the economy of Ocracoke Island, it is no wonder that numerous fishing aficionados see this as the perfect place to go for a vacation. The island also sees an influx in the population during the summer and spring because of its warm climate.
Amelia Island, Florida
Amelia Island on the Atlantic coast of Florida has become a preferred destination for tourists. This can be attributed to the magnificent sandy beaches present in the region. The area also has numerous luxury resorts and plenty of top tier golf courses.
Santa Catalina Island, California
Known for its diversity in fauna and flora, Santa Catalina Island is home to many species of plants and animals. Consequentially, this gives you a chance to experience the said wildlife in their natural habitat. Also home to North America’s third-largest mountain, Mt. Orizaba, you can also add hiking and mountaineering to the already teeming catalog of activities can take part in.
Chincoteague Island, Virginia
Chincoteague Island has seen a proliferation of tourists over the years mainly to see the wild ponies. A Pony Penning and Carnival takes place in the area every July where the Chincoteague’s Saltwater Cowboys herd the ponies from Assateague Island. The ponies swim across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague island. This event is a delight for people from all over the world. You can also view the Chincoteague ponies in their natural habitat while on a boat tour or while kayaking, riding, or walking. There are also museums on the island and it is also the home of one of the biggest launch sites for NASA.
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Hilton Head Island, a barrier island, has a vast array of wildlife. It also is home to hundreds of bird species. Sea turtles are also prominent in the region, with the localized authority playing a huge part in ensuring the safety of this endangered species. The region also has plenty of other marine life; oysters, shrimp, and other invertebrates.