No man is an island, but sometimes it sure is nice to be on one. But there's no need to fly to Fiji or move to the Maldives; there are plenty of great island getaways here in the States.
5) Nantucket Island, Massachusetts: It may the source of many a nice (or naughty) limerick, but Nantucket is also home to beautiful beaches, charming lighthouses and a rich maritime history.
4) Grand Isle, Louisiana: For a more sultry experience (temperature wise, at least), the warm Gulf waters around Grand Isle are perfect for swimming and fishing year-round. Rumor has it that pirate Jean Lafitte hung out near this island, so keep an eye peeled for buried treasure.
3) Sanibel Island, Gulf Coast, Florida: Off the coast of Florida, you'll find many islands, but perhaps only one that can boast of more than 250 types of seashells that get washed ashore here by the Gulf Stream. If collecting sand dollars isn't your thing, there's always boating, fishing, snorkeling, scuba, bird watching and much more.
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