Nothing is as relaxing as an island getaway, but it's important to choose one that fits your family's vacation style. Does your family need nothing more than a white-sand beach and ocean breeze? Or do you need an island destination that also offers history, culture and local attractions?
The Best of the US
Whatever your ideal island getaway looks like, there is a destination that fits the bill. Just off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, the sister islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard offer a little bit of everything—from gorgeous beaches and dramatic cliffs to seafaring history, stately mansions and picturesque harbor towns.
Kid-friendly islands dot the southeast coast, from the Outer Banks and Hilton Head Island to Tybee Island in Georgia, all the way to Florida's seashell-laden Sanibel Island and the Florida Keys.
In the Great Lakes region, a standout is spectacular Mackinac Island, a Michigan gem where no cars are allowed, so visitors get around on bikes and in horse-drawn buggies. Off the coast of Southern California, Santa Catalina Island offers a near-perfect climate year-round, as well as rare varieties of flora and fauna.
Just Far Enough
Looking for something more exotic? Don't have a passport? The idyllic Hawaiian Islands offer stunning beaches, local culture and endless opportunities for scenic and active excursions. The family can also head to the Caribbean, where Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands promise a perfect mix of beaches and cultural pursuits without leaving American territory.
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