Everyone knows Florida’s beaches are the best in the country, but our islands deserve some credit, too.
Three islands in the state of Florida were recently named among the best in the United States by TripAdvisor, which released its Travelers’ Choice top 10 list for 2016 this week.
To come up with its list, the travel planning and booking site considered traveler ratings and reviews for hotels, restaurants and attractions on islands across the nation, as well as booking interest on TripAdvisor.
While Maui in Hawaii came out on top, Florida’s Key West, Amelia Island and Marco Island were all recognized among the 10 best.
The southernmost tip of the Florida Keys (and the continental U.S.) earned the No. 2 spot on the list. The travel site highlighted Key West’s leisurely nature in its description of the second-place winner:
“Everyone and everything in Key West seems to go at its own pace, right down to the ice melting slooooowly in your margarita glass.”
Coming in at No. 7, Amelia Island, which is less than an hour from Jacksonville, is known for its uncrowded beaches, world-class golf and rich history.
Finally, Marco Island, ranked No. 9, was praised for its white beaches, sparkling sea, and opportunities for nature hikes at the Rookery Bay Reserve or Everglades.
Hawaii’s islands also had a strong showing, with Oahu and the Big Island of Hawaii also named to the list.
Here’s the full ranking below:
- Maui, Hawaii
- Key West, Florida
- Oahu, Hawaii
- Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
- Mount Desert Island, Maine
- Hilton Head, South Carolina
- Amelia Island, Florida
- Marco Island, Florida
- Chincoteague Island, Virginia
- Mackinac Island, Michigan
(Image via Flickr/James Willamor)