Many people will tell you that an island vacation is at the top of their travel wish list. However, you may find that some of those island destinations are so popular that you won’t be able to do much relaxing while you’re there. Hordes of other tourists, heavy traffic, and constant hustle and bustle might make your trip more of a chore than you ever expected. Not to worry, there are plenty of other island destinations throughout the U.S. that aren’t nearly as chaotic. Here’s a look at some of the top spots.
Despite only being 22 miles away from Los Angeles, this island is very low key and retains some old-world charm. It’s had an amazing history, hosting everyone from pirates to a young Marilyn Monroe. There are no fast food joints to be found, but plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoor scenery. You can do everything from zip-lining to fly fishing. Leave your car on the mainland and take the ferry to the island. Once there, you can rent a bike or golf cart to get around.
Lanai is nothing like its bigger siblings, Maui and Big Island. It’s way more laid back. You’ll find plenty of cultural sites to explore, like the remnants of Dole’s pineapple empire, but what you won’t find is a single traffic light. If you’re planning to stay on the island, your best bet is to book a room at the Four Seasons Lanai. You can book a jeep tour and explore the amazing Garden of the Gods or catch some of the most amazing sunsets anywhere among the Hawaiian Islands.
Chebeague Island is a perfect destination for anyone who loves lobster or hates crowds. Only 400 people live on the island year-round, and it’s another destination without a single traffic light. You can book a room at a quaint little inn and if you visit in the summer, you can get in a little tennis or golf before sitting down to the best lobster dinner you’re likely to every experience. During the off-season, you can trade your lobster meals for fresh oysters. Either way, the island is a foodie’s dream!