With the school year over for the summer, most families who have decided to take a vacation together this summer are probably knee deep in the planning stage. If you’ve settled on a beach destination, but aren’t sure where to go, we can help. Below, we’ve shared a list of the five of the best islands across the globe, according to the experts at TripAdvisor. The top ten in each category were selected based upon the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for three essential vacation features: hotels, attractions, and restaurants.
So which islands made the list? At the top was Maui who found itself at the top of the rankings thanks to its beautiful beaches and a variety of attractions. Joining Maui in the top 10 were two other Hawaii locations – Oahu and the island of Hawaii – along with three beaches in Florida (Key West, Amelia Island, Marco Island), Hilton Head (SC), Mount Desert Island (ME), Mackinac Island (MI), and Chincoteague Island (VA).
Five of the Best Islands in the United States:
Named for the demigod Maui, the second largest island of Hawaii welcomes millions of tourists every year. Maui has won many travel industry awards as one of the best islands in the world. The Valley Isle offers travelers a wide variety of activities including snorkeling, windsurfing, surfing and kiteboarding.
Hilton Head, South Carolina
A hot travel location for fly-over country residents, you’re sure to find plenty of annual events to keep you entertained when in Hilton Head. WineFest is the largest outdoor, tented wine tasting event on the East Coast. From June to August, HarbourFest features arts, crafts, live entertainment and fireworks every Tuesday night from June to August.
Key West, Florida
Closer to Cuba than it is to Miami, Key West is commonly used as a launching point for swims to Cuba due to the short distance. The Port of Key West brings in thousands of cruise passengers per year. Among the annual events that occur in Key West are the Key West Lobsterfest, Cuban American Heritage Festival and Hemingway Days Festival. That last event features an Ernest Hemingway lookalike contest (Hemingway lived in Key West).
Over five million visitors travel from Japan and the American mainland every year to enjoy the home of Kamehameha the Great. Waikiki Beach, Lanikai Beach, Waimea Bay and Hanauma Bay are among the most popular beaches in Oahu. Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Diamond Head and the surf reef break Banzai Pipeline are some of the biggest tourist attractions on this island.
Marco Island, Florida
Travelers will find Marco Island to be a comfortable, laid back island to visit on vacation. Families can go on hiking and camping tours as well as rent a jet ski or boat and hit up any of the beautiful beaches, including Keewaydin Island. If you’re headed to Marco Island, you’ll find affordable and classy Tommy Bahama beach equipment for rent at Beach Bum Equipment Rentals!
Beach Equipment Rentals in Southwest Florida
In need of beach chairs, beach wheelchairs, coolers, umbrellas, or anything else for your trip to the shores of Southwest Florida with your family this summer? Beach Bum Equipment Rental can help! Servicing all of Southwest Florida, the company carries a wide selection of beach equipment from some of the best brands in the business, including Tommy Bahama. Whether you need just a single beach wheelchair or equipment for the entire family, Beach Bum has you covered. Staying in Marco? The company offers free same day delivery and free local service.