10 Best Tropical Vacations in the US

Dry Tortugas, Florida

Known for its turquoise waters and abundant sea turtles, Dry Tortugas is a snorkeler's paradise with vibrant marine life, just a ferry or seaplane ride from Key West​​.

San Juan Islands, Washington

Resembling Norway's coastal beauty, these islands offer sea kayaking, whale-watching, and unique landscapes just north of Seattle, with a touch of Peru-meets-Provence​​.

Assateague Island, Maryland

Famous for its over 150 wild horses, Assateague Island's beaches, marshes, and forests provide a unique spectacle, especially during the annual July pony swim​​.

Sapelo Island, Georgia

This island captivates with its golden-sand beaches and Spanish moss-draped live oaks, home to diverse bird species and accessible only by boat​​.

Culebra, Puerto Rico

A serene destination with undeveloped sugar-sand beaches, Culebra is perfect for kayaking, snorkeling, and beachcombing, exuding a sleepy charm​​.

Kauai, Hawaii

Known as one of the wettest places on Earth, Kauai offers lush greenery, epic waterfalls, and a helicopter tour of the Na Pali Coast, famously featured in Jurassic Park​​.

Elizabeth Islands, Massachusetts

Off Cape Cod, these islands, like Cuttyhunk, provide a quaint British ambiance with unique day cruises to explore neighboring isles and wildlife like seals​​.

Daufuskie Island, South Carolina

Home to the Gullah community, this island offers a rich cultural experience with local stories, legends, and the unique Geechee language​​.

Cedar Key, Florida

Known for its overwater bars on stilts, Cedar Key offers a Panama-like vibe with pleasant temperatures for sea kayaking and exploring uninhabited islands nearby​​.

Aleutian Islands, Alaska

A remote chain of volcanic islands, the Aleutians are a paradise for sea kayakers and wildlife enthusiasts, offering unique experiences like viewing the Northern Lights​​.