By Chloe Mulliner with John Sprecher | Photography by Milissa Sprecher
When you imagine the best islands for vacation in the nation, your mind probably travels to images of umbrella drinks in Honolulu and palm trees in Key West, and for good reason. These famous U.S. islands have certainly earned their reputation as certifiably awesome getaways, but you might be surprised to discover there are quite a few other American islands that belong on your vacation radar.
With thoughts of utopian escapes and irresistible coastlines, we could practically feel the sea breeze in our hair as we set out to find some of the best islands in the U.S.—particularly some that you never even knew existed. We uncovered secluded retreats where the wildlife outnumbers people, and places so pretty they’d make the perfect screensaver. Of these great islands to visit, some are tropical and dreamy, others are rustic and wild, but all are undeniably divine.
Ready or not, set your clocks to island time.
Of course, as happens so many times, Sanibel Island was named one of America’s most amazing islands — and for many good reasons. What are your favorite reasons why Sanibel (or Captiva) are your favorite, most amazing places to visit?