It may be true that no man (or woman) is an island, but that doesn’t mean you can’t escape to one. The Avalon Hotel on Saint Catalina Island has us dreaming of an island getaway (even if it’s only for a day … or two). Luckily, there are plenty of places all over the country that are only a boat ride away. Here are just a few of our favorite places for a quick change of scenery without the high cost of flying.
Saint Catalina Island, California: Beach. Ocean views. Island time. And zip lining (?). Only a short ferry ride from Long Beach, this island combines a romantic escape with outdoor adventure.
Nantucket, Massachusetts: Originally a whaling port, this small island (14 miles by 3.5 miles) features 17th-century style with plenty of modern-day perks, such as art galleries, fine dining and boutique shops.
Bainbridge Island, Washington: Just a 35-minute ferry ride from Seattle, this island is home to a flourishing artist community, a picturesque town perfect for an afternoon stroll and awe-inspiring natural scenery.
Amelia Island, Florida: This barrier island off the coast of northeastern Florida offers a little bit of everything, including 13 miles of beaches, historic sites (pirate legend and lore), golf, delightful eateries and shopping.
Mackinac Island, Michigan: Boasting horse-drawn taxis and a plethora of fudge shops, this island allows visitors to step back in time without the headache of time travel.