Best U.S. Islands

While the United States may not be everyone's first pick for an island paradise, you'd be surprised at how many beautiful beachy escapes reside within our territory! Check out this list for the top picks.

San Juan Islands, Washington - Just a ferry ride away from Seattle, this island gives the unique experience of being close to a big, urban city AND a beachy, secluded paradise.

Coronado Islands, California - Take the Coronado Bridge from San Francisco straight over to this island packed with great local bars and restaurants, as well as opportunities for nature hiking, biking, and golf.

Kauai, Hawaii - With mountains reminiscent of Jurassic Park, friendly seals, beginner's level surfing, local art and entertainment, and sweet local eateries, Kauai is the place to be.

Nantucket Island, Massachusetts - Go clamming, grab a coffee, hang out on the sandbar, kick back in the library, visit a whaling museum, or tour a lighthouse during your sure-to-please visit to this Massachusetts treasure.

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands - With casinos, malls, cruise ships, and remarkably clear sands and waters, St. Thomas certainly is one of the U.S.' more glamorous islands.

Palm Island, Florida - For the best views of sea turtles coming onto shore and nesting, Palm Island can't be beaten.