Get a Taste of Island Life This Summer ...

Swaying palm trees fringing cashmere-soft sands washed by crystalline waters … your idea of holiday paradise? You might imagine they are half a world away in the Caribbean or South Pacific, but the island life is closer to the USA than you think. These US islands are but a short plane or ferry ride away.

1. Best US Island for Commuting: Key Biscayne, Florida

Even if you don't live in Miami, Key Biscayne in Florida is one of the easiest commutes among the US islands. If you're looking for a little old-world charm and stepping back in time, try the Silver Sands Beach Resort, a mid-century motel near Florida's resort roots which still boasts doors that need keys and lovely terrazzo floors that are nice and cool underfoot, when you're coming barefoot off the beach.