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7 US Islands to beat the winter blues

Catalina Island

Just 22 mi out from the L.A. coastline, across from Newport Beach and Long Beach, Catalina has virtually unspoiled mountains, canyons, coves, and beaches; best of all, it gives you a glimpse of what undeveloped Southern California once looked like. Water sports are a big draw, as divers and snorkelers come for the exceptionally clear water surrounding the island.

Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island is known far and wide as a vacation destination that prides itself on its top-notch golf courses and tennis programs, world-class resorts, and beautiful beaches. But the island is also part of the storied American South, steeped in a rich, colorful history.

Key West

Situated 150 miles from Miami, 90 miles from Havana, and an immeasurable distance from sanity, this end-of-the-line community has never been like anywhere else. Even after it was connected to the rest of the country-by the railroad in 1912 and by the highway in 1938-it maintained a strong sense of detachment.

St. John Travel Guide - Expert Picks for your St. John Vacation

Only 3 miles (5 km) from St. Thomas but still a world apart, St. John is the least developed of the U.S. Virgin Islands. While two-thirds of its tropical hills remain protected as national parkland, a bit of hustle and bustle has come to Cruz Bay, the island's main town.

Marco Island

Located a short ride from the Florida Everglades and close to Naples, Marco Island is the largest and only developed land in Florida's Ten Thousand Islands. This Gulf Coast retreat offers luxury resorts, beautiful beaches and unspoiled parks. The tropical climate is a considerable attraction to the area, with the water being the next major attraction.

Big Island Travel Guide - Expert Picks for your Big Island Vacation

Get information on Big Island hotels, restaurants, entertainment, shopping, sightseeing, and activities. Read the Fodor's reviews, or post your own.

Dauphin Island

When you need a relaxed, natural getaway, do what nature does. Discover the authentic Gulf Coast island community of Dauphin Island, with 7 miles of white sand beaches, and many eco-tourism opportunities. Soak up the sun in a comfy beach chair, and then go hiking, canoeing, kayaking, beach-combing and birding in the midst of our abundant wildlife.