You might imagine that you need to head to the Caribbean or the South Pacific for sunny winter vacations but there are US islands where the sun shines in fall and winter. Yep, you can have a fabulous winter sun vacation in the USA without a passport. Check out these fabulous US islands where fun in the winter sun is the name of the game.
1. Catch Some Winter Sun on Amelia Island, Florida
With average highs of 65/71 in February and March, Amelia Island offers visitors 13 miles of lovely beaches that are virtually deserted until the first tourists begin to arrive in March. This is one of the more popular US winter sun destinations.
If you're travelling with kids, take them to Fort Clinch, one of the best-preserved 19th century fortresses the US has to offer to history-hungry young explorers. The historic district's meandering streets are lined by Victorian mansions that tell the tale of Florida's erstwhile wealthy merchant families. Horse-mad young women will be able to to riding to their hearts' content along the beaches, a popular leisure pursuit with many locals, too. Amelia Island is easy reached from Gainesville (101 mile distance) and from Jacksonville (33 mile distance). If you're looking for somewhere to stay, try the lovely Seaside Amelia Inn, which offers rooms from $144 per night. It overlooks the seafront and boasts a rooftop terrace from where you can enjoy spectacular sunsets over a glass of crisp white wine and a plate of delicious seafood.