The Best Islands to Visit This Summer
Just far enough off the Massachusetts coast to feel remote (and exclusive), this faraway island blends urbanity and escapism in perfect balance.
Pictured: Iconic Brant Point Light welcomes Nantucket visitors as they arrive by ferry.
Orcas Island, Washington
This rugged star of the Pacific Northwest's playground—the San Juan Islands—is where the culinary scene is as stellar as the views.
Pictured: A public dock in Olga.
Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
A cult favorite, this Outer Banks island is accessible only by boat (unlike other OBX stars) and has a relaxed romance imbued with salt air.
Pictured: The sands of Ocracoke Beach.
Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
The 100-square-mile home of ship captains, celebrities, and everyone in between, this rich and varied New England island has farms, beaches, and the world's cutest gingerbread houses.
Pictured: Jaws Bridge, named for its appearance in the 1975 classic film.
Fire Island, New York
Strung along Long Island's southern shore, this car-free and carefree 32-mile slip of sand rises between ocean and bay like a summer vacation mirage.
Pictured: The Sunken Forest.