When it comes to breathtakingly beautiful islands, the U.S.A. is known for its taste of island life. Imagine no shoes, cocktails in hand, kids are busy, and you relaxing with a great book – what could be better? Here’s our list of the top 10 islands in the Continental U.S.A. to visit with family!
1. Marco Island, Florida
Marco Island forms one of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands and is known to attract visitors, young and old all year round. Kids will love the white sandy beaches, frolicking dolphins, and manatees. Parents will love sipping cocktails or playing golf under the warm sun!
2. Amelia Island, Florida
Known as one of Florida’s most northern islands, Amelia Island forms a quaint picturesque village perfect for outdoor recreational enthusiasts of all ages! Explore endless stretches of white sandy beaches, go kayaking within beautiful waterways, or take a family river cruise and go dolphin, manatee, and alligator spotting!
3. Block Island, Rhode Island
If you’re looking for a peaceful family vacation, then Block Island is the perfect place with its pristine beaches, wildlife preserves, and hiking trails.
4. Santa Catalina Island, California
Known for being a real West Coast paradise, it will take an hour ferry ride to get to Catalina Island. There’s tons of adventure sport to do – from parasailing to zip-lining to sleeping under the stars at one of the many campgrounds.
5. Mackinac Island, Michigan
Situated in Lake Huron, Mackinac Island is the perfect getaway for the adventurous family! There are endless hiking trails and for those who love architecture and history, why not wander along taking in the beautiful 18th century architecture!
6. Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
Located seven miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard is best known for the five lighthouses and 19 scenic beaches. Visit here with the family sometime between October and May, as prices are usually less expensive.
7. Orcas Island, Washington
Another island that offers tons of outdoorsy adventures! Wander through the lush forests, swim in the lakes, or explore the island’s charming waterfront villages. Better yet, take the entire family on a marine life tour to spot bald eagles or Orca whales.
8. Hilton Head, South Carolina
The best things about Hilton Head is that everything can be reached by bicycle! Some of the best marine life can be found here – from loggerhead sea turtles and dolphins to exotic birds. Parents will love this place as it’s a golfers paradise.
9. Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Located on the Atlantic coast of the United States of America, near Charleston, Kiawah Island is known for the endless stretches of beautiful beaches. Including five championship golf courses, including the all famous ocean course, this continental island is perfect for adults. But there’s some pretty amazing activities for kids too – from wildlife spotting, swimming,to snorkelling!
10. Chincoteague Island
One of the best things about Chincoteague Island is the wild horses! Kids will love the fact that ponies run wild while seafood lovers will love catching their own meals! Visit the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge for bird watching, horseback riding, swimming, and biking activities.