Travel and Leisure — March 3, 2014 at 5:00 am

Best Islands in the US

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For your next island vacation, plan your trip in the USA. There’s no need to purchase expensive tickets to Hawaii or the Caribbean, as there are plenty of islands located off state coastline. Enjoy island time in your own special way from walking the beach, sipping wine to relaxing in your private cabin on some of the best islands in the US.

San Juan Islands, WashingtonThe San Juan Islands is the primo spot for adventurous spirits. Although the suntan weather is limited to the summer and the Puget Sound waters are frigid year round, these islands host some of the best Northwest activities. Guests explore the island on kayak, SUP or foot as they traverse the waters and hiking trails. Road biking is also popular for those who enjoy the local scenery on two wheels. The San Juan Islands are accessible via ferry from Anacortes.

Catalina Island, CaliforniaLocated off the Los Angeles coastline is Catalina Island. The rich wine and dine where the active play in the sand and sea. Swimming, sport fishing and boating are popular with guests and locals. Catalina hosts plenty of accommodation options including inns, hotels and resorts. It’s an ideal trip to escape the LA stress and smog.

Put-In-Bay, OhioOhioans and Midwest visitors flock to this South Bass Island located in Lake Erie. Known for its local winery and downtown bar scene, PIB has an active wine-sipping culture and alcohol-induced nightlife. Try a basket of Lake Erie perch fish-and-chips – the best outside of England. Rent a Golf Cart and roam free around the island to visit beaches, museums or parks. Water-lovers rent a kayak or jet ski or parasail for an ocean view, which feels wonderful in the hot and humid summers.

Marco Island, Florida
Marco Island is one of many jewels in Florida’s Ten Thousand Island. This is an ideal location for those who crave an exotic island experience that close to home. The water sand beaches overlook the Gulf of Mexico, which is also a perfect spot for shelling.  Play golf or relax on the beach, the choice is yours.

Chincoteague Island, VirginiaFor a primitive experience, come to Chincoteague Island. Horses and ponies run wild while travelers catch their own seafood from the shoreline. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins swimming and birds flying. The island is a bird sanctuary, perfect for bird watchers and photo opportunities.

Anna Maria Island, FloridaExperience South Polynesia without leaving America; thanks to the stereotypical white sand beaches, turquoise waters and laidback paradise. Bean Point beach is a must visit. For those who find restless leg syndrome from sunbathing, golf or fish, which are the two most popular island activities.

Nantucket, MassachusettsThis 50-square mile island is home to history, lighthouse beaches and quaint inns. Once a whaling port, is now the National Historic District where one can find everything from a chowder house to a boutique shop. The island contains various historic harbors and New England-style inns to keep tradition alive.

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