While the alluring Hawaiian land masses are the flag holder of the American islands, the country has much to offer for those seeking a quaint getaway. From magnificent vistas over turquoise beaches, unique forests and wildlife, to culturally unique seaside communities to exotic food and accommodations the islands change in characteristic and natural charm, as nature changes; whether at the tropical southern shores of the fabulous seafood and clay dunes of the North Atlantics.
To discover more, here is a list of 15 prizewinning islands in the United States- eminent for their epic landscape, exquisite food, and outlandish culture.
Crystalline shores, ablaze volcanoes, a splendid tradition and an abundance of hiking trails between the velvety rainforests and barren highlands- Hawaii is a recreational haven mingled with culture and luxury tourism. Encompassing a distinctive marine life, Hanauma Bay’s sandbar beaches, forest, and sparkling reefs are conserved within its own nature preserve.
Enlisted as a premier snorkeling destination worldwide for its translucent waters, coral-riddled reefs, and tropical fishes, the bay is bordered by luxurious waterfront resorts, authentic restaurants, and typical Hawaiian beach bars.
Beside undefiled coastlines, each islet of the archipelago possesses a unique charm; Oahu Island for its modern amenities and civic attractions, Waikiki for the breathtaking hikes and the Diamond Head’s military heritage, Hawaii for its pristine wilderness and the tamed nature at the globe’s most exotic collection of tropical creatures at Panaewa Rainforest Zoo.
While Hawaii steals the limelight of the allures of the Pacific islands, Kauai’s culture and landscape are too peerless. Characterized for its slanting cliffs, Na Pali coasts are an epic backdrop of sapphire blue shores and sheer rugged cliffs, encircled by hiking trails;
Kalalau Trail links its namesake beach to the surrounding spectacles such as waterfalls, other shores, and the renowned Limahuli Garden valley. At a brief hike from the dramatic coastline, Waimea Canyon is a guarded nature reserve, titled as the Pacific’s deepest and perhaps the most verdant canyon.
on the western part of the island, Polihale beach offers sweeping stretches of sandy shores, complemented with remote tranquility and untouched wilderness. Adorned with sleek lava bedrocks, Hanalei Beach boasts two kilometers of fine shorelines with mountain vitae of the northern Kauai, and aquatic recreations- such as swimming to pleasure boating, water surfing, and snorkeling to the tropical world of crystalline Pacific.
Riddled by swaggering palms, Poipu Beach embraces the southern shoals of the enclave, highlighted for its extraordinary resemblance to Hawaii Island.
At a brief sailing distance from California, Santa Catalina exhibits the architectural charisma of Spanish seaside settlements, combined with exotic island activities. From touring on the glass-bottomed boats that reveal the reefy world of its tropical marine, snorkeling or diving, to the most diverse wildlife in channel islands to sweeping sand-flats verged with fine recreational amenities Catalina marks one of America’s most quaint and fascinating islands.
While the aquatic recreation evolves around marine life, on-land interests are too plentiful; from golf courses, Arabian horse stables and horseback tours, and delectable restaurants with legendary dishes, such as authentic recipes or the world’s largest lobsters- Santa Catalina is a popular year-round harbor.
To swim with the dolphins or kayak with the migrating whales, or just seeking a laid-back getaway, this island mingles the Pacific wonders with its ancestral heritage.
Nestled amid the endless blues of the Atlantic, the beautiful Sea Island features as one of the most luxurious destinations across the states. Here, world-class dining, spas, and accommodation, merges with unruffled private beaches and exotic underwater excursion- with the Sea Island’s snorkeling adventure tours.
This romantic destination is complemented with teeming greens of designer golf courses, classic horseback rides for exploring the islands’ wonders, as well as kayaking and sailing routes for an off-shore perspective of the island. Accommodations here diverge from fancy private cottages at the canopy of densely grown groves to five-star hotels- including the Cloister, with all-inclusive luxury packages for an unforgettable experience.
As the earth’s third-largest coral reef barrier, Florida’s keys span from the Atlantic coasts to the Gulf of Mexico. dotted with the interlocked chains of archipelagoes, the keys are an island hoppers’ playground, connected with ferries, canoeing routes, and snorkeling excursions.
Verged by the warm waters of the gulf, Longboat Key is a trove of fine beach resorts, prize-winning restaurants and multitudes of trek and cycling trails.
Fishing is a long-standing tradition across the islands’ communities. Famed for its coral beauty and sophisticated marine leisure, Pastel-colored houses, cultural centers including Duval Street’s art galleries and Ernest Hemingway’s residence are the cultural characteristics of the West Keys.
Bahia Honda boasts some of the country’s most beautiful beaches, complemented with the vistas of an old railway bridge, sweeps of white sand, romantic beach coves, and snorkeling-grade reefs. While many attractions are best seen during the day, Mallory Square bids dramatic sunsets and nightly festivities.
Only an hour’s sail from American borders, Dry Tortugas combine its bold fortifications with the soft sand-covered shoals. protected in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, it features scenic lighthouses and beaches ladened with seasonal sea turtles and fascinating marine life.
Esteemed as the jewel of the Great Lakes, Mackinac Island embraces its famed coastal bluffs, interesting limestone erosions, and verdant forests. The entire archipelago is veined with over 120 kilometers of hiking, horse riding, and cycling trails, connecting the shores to the scenic Arch Rock and Skull Cave and the monumental structures such as the military clusters built over the sheer cliffs sides.
The seaside settlement itself boasts a vintage ambiance. Other notable attractions here include; a heritage fort, beach parks, and cultural centers such as the museums, art exhibits, and the state-of-the-art butterfly conservatory.
Luxurious comfort and rugged topography are the words associated with Amelia Island- highlighted among the destinations for the rich and famous on the East Coast. Leading-edge golf courses, gourmet restaurants, and fancy accommodations are sided with serene beaches- even during the sun-kissed days of peak season.
Amelia is famed for its festivity, hosting the fascinating pirate parades at Eight Flags Shrimp in May, classic music and jazz concerts in summer, and Amelia Island Film Festival.
Apart from laid-back leisure, the region bids countless natural spectacles and recreation playgrounds; hiking, snorkeling, and sun and sand activities along the sandy coasts of Atlantis. Home to rare bird species, the island is a unique display of semi-arid riverine flora, and numerous exotic animals and territories, such as alligators of the isolated dune habitats.
While the island boasts a demeanor of a posh touristic destination, for over two centuries it was the prevailing grounds of America’s highest concentration of pirates, some of which are renowned as celebrity seafaring thieves- such as Captain Edward Teach, infamously known as the Blackbeard.
Labeled as “Port Royal”, Hilton Head Island is a remarkable destination for seaside golfing, overlooking pristine shorelines and the rich wildlife around the scenic salt marshes. The banks here stretch from fine-grained sandy sweeps to the hoary sand dunes, covering the dreamy shores of Fish Haul Creek and Mitchellville Beaches- while Coligny remains the most popular beach on the island.
Noted for its beautiful lighthouse, Harbour Townhouses several renowned golf courses, heritage centers with cultural appeals, and remarkable many exquisite dinners.
Encircling the picturesque shorelines, the Sea Pines Forest is a sanctuary to birds, old-growth cedar forests, and a sophisticated network of hiking trails that connect most of the island’s points of interest, with broad walks over the coasts or narrow pathways amid the marshlands.
Esteemed as one of Maine’s, and the country’s, most scenic hikes, the coasts of Mount Desert Island lures the summer tourist and the recreational enthusiasts to Cadillac Mountains. surrounded by rocky coasts, the colorful lighthouses are a delightful contrast with the earthy appearance of the jagged cliffs.
The raw beauty of Acadia National Park becomes even more evident at Bar Harbor, where the charming seaside community sprawls over the stunning shores.
In the backdrop of the rolling verdant hillocks, the harbor marks a pleasure yachting epicenter, with romantic coves and terrace-view restaurants. Lobster is the culinary specialty of the Mount Desert, together with freshly harvested mussels, blue crab, and the Atlantic salmon.
A summer destination for the upscale and celebrities’ vacation, Martha’s Vineyard offers both luxury tourism and hidden natural treasures for a raw nature experience. Besides the surf-friendly coasts, the unspoiled seashores are riddled with treeless sand dunes and uncharted riviera- including terrace restaurants and resorts at a vantage point distance.
Aquinnah Cliffs for its clay deposits and marathon hiking trails, Chappaquiddick famed for its tranquil beaches, and the island’s protected wildlife at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary- all comprise the natural wealth of the English-styled archipelago of Martha’s vineyards.
Serving as an extravagant campground, Gingerbread Houses of Oak Bluffs offer the original fairy tale charm of the settlement, integrated with modern amenities. Other accommodation options include large hotels facing the ocean, private wilderness chalets, and mid-range summer cottages.
Undoubtedly, seafood is an authentic ingredient of any island destination; Martha’s Vineyard carries a centuries-old wine culture, served abreast with gourmet dishes and piscine dainties.
Regarded for its biodiverse and thriving wildlife, Kiawah Barrier Island prevails amid the Atlantic Ocean in the vicinity of South Carolina. East Beach Village here highlights several foodie attractions and cozy eateries, tucked away from the luxury formalities of typical hotel’s diners.
While presenting a private island, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, along with other four golf-oriented accommodations, offers champion-grade teeing pastures, with side attractions; bird watching, swimming and sunbathing, kayaking, and dining with gourmet perfection.
Loved by the children and adults alike, Night Heron Park is the island’s recreational playground, provisioned for the young visitors- a congenial addition to the Kamp Kiawah fun playgrounds.
Nicknamed as the gem of the San Juan archipelago, Orcas Island has earned its name from the common vista of breaching killer whales around the island’s reefs each year. Kayaking and canoeing, swimming and snorkeling to laid-back beach leisure- recreational activities are endless on this island.
The lush nature over the hilly topography ascends to the Moran State Park and the second loftiest point in the Pacifics, Mount Constitution; where the recreation mingles with dense woodlands, waterfalls, even a sweet-water lake, and at the top the panoramic views of San Juan islands.
Village Green is located on the sloping foothills, designated as an ultimate recreation playground for freestyle performance, alongside music events and seasonal festivals.
The community itself is a culturally resonant township, harboring a renowned heritage museum, art centers, and the peculiar weekly markets that display from edible flowers to freshly baked goodies and grab-and-go snack kiosks.
Situated at the heart of Rhode Island Sound, Block Island is a preeminent family destination. flanked by 27 kilometers of sandy beaches, the island is lined with grand waterfront resorts, and hiking and cycling trails. Natural wonders here vary from bird watching spectacles of the Atlantic bird flyway that lead to the promising south American jungles, discovering the hidden beauty of Mohegan Bluffs verdant cliffs and coves, and the extraordinary ecosystem at the Great Salt Pond.
Besides its timeless facade, scenic shoals, and rugged limestone cliffs, the Old Harbor combines its heritage buildings and culture with the oceanic vistas, sailing docks, and aquatic leisure centers. Dating over two centuries ago, the harbor’s historic lighthouse presents a prizewinning photo-opt opportunity.
Curated porches and gardens are a tradition here that spread from the spectacular boulevard to the lawns of tourist accommodations. Overlooking groomed precincts and seaside cottages, Hotel suits are characterized by child-friendly grassy porticos.
Great food marks one of the island’s attractions; dining here ranges from prizewinning restaurants to cozy local bistros for a fine robust taste of authentic flavors.
Florida is known as the territory of Ten Thousand Islands, each holding a distinct appeal. Praised for its traversing spans of fine-grained white sand and turquoise waters, Marco Island harbors a scenic cosmopolitan embraced by nature. With beaches peppered with colorful seashells, beachcombing is a popular activity here, besides building sandcastles and enjoying the sun’s tanning rays.
Once home to the indigenous American tribe, the eonian island exhibits a great many unearthed artifacts, which are now presented at Marco Island Historical Museum. The aboriginal legacies yet live in the heart of the indigenous residents, and in their art and craft; numerous boutiques and souvenir shops display these masterpieces and tokens of Marco Island’s timeless culture.
Other highlights include; boutique hotels, outstanding golf courses, stylish cruises with the Island’s Princess, and a handful of wellness spas- enriched with the lavish essence of this charming getaway.
At a kayaking distance, Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge houses many uninhabited islets and a trove of wildlife- at the romantic loneliness of such deserted landforms.
located on the far-flung territories of Cape Cod, Nantucket’s attraction spread in many directions; Narrow streets veneered with cobblestones, heritage structures, beaches, and golf courses- the island offers a vintage atmosphere. The bay is a fishing epicenter, with fables offies scallops and picturesque lighthouses that shine the way for the night-dwelling mariners.
Often called the “Grey Lady”, it is often that a thick fog broods over the island which is a bewildering final touch to the breaching figure of the island’s accustomed sea mammals- once known as the world’s whaling capital.
Mentioned among the many marvels of Saint Lawrence River, Deer Island lies between the territorial waters of Canada and America, and at a short sailing distance from Alexandria Bay. Formerly home to Yale’s eerie sociality, known as the Skull & Bones, the island is frequented for its varying landscapes and the abandoned structures remaining from the university society.
Though the island is uninhabited, it offers great flora and fauna to discover, and many romantic spots to set off an adventurous journey with your special half.