The Florida Keys
The Florida Keys are known for their great food, nightlife, and sunbathing beaches. The Keys are made up of dozens of small islands off the coast of Florida, the most popular being Key Largo, Islamorada, and (obviously) Key West. The Florida Keys bucket list features food and entertainment on Duval Street in Key West and dolphin experiences in Marathon and Baker’s Cay Resort in Key Largo. Air travel is your best option for travel to the Keys (unless it’s a port stop on your cruise vacation).
Amelia Island, Florida
Just off the northeast coast of Florida, Amelia Island touts itself as the “secret island”—a location focused on relaxation and romance. The island’s wellness activities include nature walks, biking, and yoga. Amelia is connected to Florida’s mainland by bridge, so travel by car is relatively easy. Arriving by air is also an option.
Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Florida
Sanibel and Captiva are sister islands connected to each other (and mainland Florida) via bridge. Both islands are known for their restaurants and oceanside stays, while the beaches are popular for avid seashell collectors. The Chamber of Commerce notes, “So many people go shelling when visiting the islands; the bent-at-the-waist stance one takes when bending over to retrieve a seashell has been dubbed the ‘Sanibel Stoop.’”
Aside from walking along the beaches, the island’s activities range from beach fishing to eco-tours and cruises. Depending on where you’re coming from, you can arrive by plane ride to Fort Myers Airport—the islands are a short 20-mile drive from there.