The USA is a great place to travel, offering travellers quite a variety of incredible vacation possibilities. Many epic destinations in the States deserve a visit but none are as deserving as an island. Islands appear to have it all: plenty of sunshine, white sandy beaches, and unique animals. Here are the top 7 US islands you should visit on your next wellness vacation.
1. Mackinac Island in Michigan
Located in Lake Huron, Mackinac Island is a six-kilometre-long island that is being preserved as a state park. There are many restaurants, fudge stores, and galleries in this child-friendly location.
There are also several golf courses available in Mackinac. Wawashkamo, for example, is a golf course located on a battleground where the British defeated the Americans to take the island in the War of 1812. You can explore the island on foot, by bicycle, or by horse-drawn carriage; however, cars are not permitted. Many lodging options are available, including the Grand Hotel, an exquisite parking lodge that offers remarkable spa treatments.
2. Catalina Island in California
There are many things to do on this wonderfully stunning island off the coast of Los Angeles. From wellness activities like hiking and silent meditation to more adventurous ones like parasailing, there is something for everyone at Catalina Island. However, if you want a genuinely unique experience here, you must take a whale-watching cruise.
Remember to get off the main boat and board smaller boats. They will take you to sea caves where you will see numerous marine species like dolphins, seals and sea lions.
3. Amelia Island in Florida
Along the coast of north-eastern Florida, you will find Amelia Island – a very unforgettable yet easily accessible island in the US. The island has been a popular place to relax and have fun for both residents and visitors for quite some time now. This is probably because of its 13 miles of pristine beaches, clear waters, and abundant native animals.
There is so much that you can do on this island. You can cruise the waters, watch the sunset, cast a fishing line, paddleboard on ocean waters, or kayak through marshes. Why not book a day or two at Amelia Holistic Wellness? This wellness centre offers a wide range of wellness services such as energy healing, private yoga classes and massage therapy.
4. San Juan Island in Washington
Did you know that you don’t need to travel to British Columbia to see killer whales in the wild? Just off the coast of Washington, San Juan Island has a pod that is filled with orcas all year around. These enormous, black-and-white creatures can be seen from the Island’s Lime Kiln Point State Park, or even better, from a kayak.
There is plenty of hiking, bicycling, and fishing to keep you occupied if whales aren’t your thing.
5. Oahu in Hawaii
It would be a crime to list the best US islands without including Hawaii – the coveted volcanic archipelago of America. Prepare to be amazed by this island’s geographical marvels, rich history, and friendly culture.
A white-gloved, traditional afternoon tea service at Moana Surfrider will help you shake off any residual jet lag. And whether you just want to watch the sunset or go snorkelling in the summer, travellers of all kinds will savour a wonderful feast for their eyes at Sunset Beach.
If you plan on staying on the island for a couple of nights, Westin Resort is a great location to lay your head while the moon rises.
6. Mount Desert Island in Maine
Meet United States’ sixth-largest island, and ironically, the sixth-best in on our list. Enjoy the clean air of Acadia National Park, wander at Somes Sound, and hike to Cadillac Mountain for a spectacular sunset if you enjoy being outside.
In a lovely setting by the ocean at the Terrace Grille, the Bar Harbor Inn will quench your hunger with mussels, clams, lobster, red potatoes, corn on the cob, and other treats like a slice of freshly baked blueberry pie.
Luckily, you can burn off your dinner by exploring some amazing views. In need of a nap? Beautiful lodgings await you close by. The eco-friendly tents at Acadia Yurts are perfect if you prefer a more rural lodge.
7. Maui in Hawaii
This is a no-brainer for island getaways. Maui has an abundance of natural beauty, and the year-round mild weather is conducive to outdoor activities. On the shore, you may go snorkelling, see whales, or just relax on one of the numerous lovely beaches.
Why not rent a car and have a road trip to Hana along the northeastern coast for a spectacular ocean view? Maybe you’d prefer climbing through the bamboo forests of Haleakala National Park. Whatever you do, remember to try some of the delicious local street cuisine!