The image of visiting an island is quite something like this: It is so peaceful out there. The sun goes down quietly every evening while you are sitting on the beach. The waves of the sea are gently lapping at the shore, providing for a soothing environment. You want to get up and return to your hotel. But something makes you sit for longer. You keep on staring at the horizon and you seem to forget your worldly problems. That’s the thing about beaches. You can just spend time without even doing anything. Here is our list of the top 10 islands of the USA where you can simply do nothing…or a lot!
Aquidneck Island, Rhode Island
The Aquidneck Island is located in Rhode Island in north eastern USA. Here you will find the city of Newport, which looks like something straight out of a period novel. Lined by gilded mansions on the streets, Newport can provide you with inspiration or relaxation or both! Newport is also popular with sailors and music lovers. The best time to visit Newport is during the Jazz Festival, which is held every year in the month of August. It is considered as one of the major jazz festivals in the world. The festival has been graced by several prominent musicians like Nina Simone and Duke Ellington over the years.
Long Boat Key, Florida
While the other keys are already well known, the Long Boat Key in southern USA is yet to get that much fame. It is quite a private island, just like the islands of Siesta Key and Anna Marie Island. The beach is a great place for finding sand dollars and sea shells. The beach is almost 10 miles long and is shining white in color. However, it is fully accessible only to guests staying in the resorts nearby. Be sure to stay in one of those to soak in the full experience.
Big Island, Hawaii
Hawaii is one of the most iconic island destinations in the world. The archipelago of Hawaii has a varied landscape. It has both snow capped peaks and volcanoes. It also has quiet fishing villages and tropical coves! The Big Island — formally Hawaii, but since that’s also the name of the entire state, this island is often called by this nickname —is home to the ‘Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.’ It sits around not one, but three active volcanoes! If you are lucky, you might get to see some lava oozing out of any of them. In addition to the volcanoes, the park has many hiking trails for some quiet exploration. While you are hiking, you may come across rainforests, lava fields, and much more.
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
The Kiawah Island is just a short trip away from Charleston, along the south eastern coastline of USA. It is a barrier island and is quite the remote place many tourists often search for. After getting there you might feel like you are far away from the world. The island can be explored within a day itself. The major attraction of the island is the ‘Kiawah Island Golf Resort’, which is home to five golf courses. Along with 90 golfing holes, it offers an unhindered view of the ocean. In addition to the golf courses, the resort also has a spa, tennis courts, and lip smacking food.
Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
No list of the best islands in the USA is complete without Martha’s Vineyard. Wildly popular amongst Americans, it is an all-round destination. In summer months, you can enjoy sunbathing in the beaches and indulge in a laid-back lifestyle. In winter, you can enjoy the Christmas celebrations at Edgartown. During spring, you can enjoy outdoor activities like beach volleyball. Other than the beaches, the top attractions include the Gay Head & East Chop Lighthouses, the ‘flying horses’, the Polly Hill Arboretum, the Mytoi Garden, the Up-Island Stonewalls, and the Gingerbread cottages. There is also the Aquinnah Cultural Center and the Martha’s Vineyard Museum.
Kauai is home to Mount Wai’ale’ale which experiences rainfall almost through the year. However, the rest of the island doesn’t experience such extreme weather. Kauai is a very exciting island because it contains hidden beaches and grand, majestic canyons. In fact it is home to a canyon some have compared to the Grand Canyon. It is known as the Waimea Canyon and is 3500 feet in terms of the depth. Located near Mount Wai’ale’ale, this stunning canyon has been carved out by water and lava.
Sea Island, Georgia
The Sea Island is a private island located just behind the marshlands of Georgia in southern USA. The island is home to two resorts, known as the Cloister and the Sea Island Beach Club. Sea Island is a favorite with even the celebrities. The island has played host to the likes of Bill Clinton and Eugene O ‘Neill. The resorts offer activities like horse riding, golfing, and several spas!
Amelia Island, Florida
This is where you go to if you are looking for a perfect romantic getaway. Amelia Island is located about 30 miles from Jacksonville and is quite the destination for a honeymoon. Along with the golden sand beaches, horse rides, and beach waves; there is also the choicest selection of bed and breakfasts. If you are lucky, you might even get to see the endangered Right whale! Amelia is also a good place for historically inclined travelers. The countries of Spain, France, and England have all occupied it at some time and the remnants are still there.
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Hilton Head Island is not just a beach destination, but a centre for shopping as well. Its various shopping centers can give competition to the ones in big cities. Along with that, there are various restaurants, biking trails, and golf courses. Whether you are an amateur golfer or a pro one, the 24 golf courses at the island will welcome you. Hilton is also home to 350 tennis courts and 250 restaurants!
Such is the popularity of Maui that is has 3 public airports! From picturesque beaches to volcanic national parks, Maui offers a complete package to its visitors. Covered with small towns, some of the local favorites include ‘mom and pop’ bakeries and ‘Maui’s farm’. There is also the Iao valley which is the best place for watching the sunset. Maui has been consistently voted as the best American island for the last two decades. The shimmering beaches and the mysterious mountains will let you know why.
Originally posted 2017-04-12 06:40:46.