Travel & Leisure lists the top islands in Florida

Florida has several islands worth visiting but these ten stand out as the best for those looking for a laid back vacation.

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Spring is less than one month away. That tingle you feel is the pull to begin planning a nice trip to the beach to celebrate. Which beach? Many will think of Florida as the first place to top their list, but this state has several beaches and islands to pick from. Well, Skye Sherman of Travel & Leisure did the challenging work of pointing out the top islands throughout the state.

This list features several locations that anyone familiar with Florida would expect, but also some options that may be off the beaten path. According to the piece, these islands are selected for those looking for a more laid-back feel. Meaning if you are heading to Florida to party hard for say, Spring Break, these places may not be the best for that goal. However, some of these locations would be great during a long trip to break up the nights of rampant partying.

Key West topped the list as it is a popular stop for major cruise lines. It’s a sleepy town in the state but still has beautiful beaches and excellent restaurants worth your visit. You can make this the featured destination during your vacation or make it a quick stop if you’re on a cruise to another island or country. There’s a reason Key West is one of the most popular islands in the entire country.

Palm Beach came in at number two. This is an island that features beautiful beaches, arts, shopping, and much more. If you enjoy going to places that bask in opulence, then Palm Beach should be near the top of your list in general. This island is widely considered to be one of the wealthiest places in the entire United States, and the area easily exudes that appeal. You’ll have the opportunity to take in beautiful homes and locales all the while enjoying the other attractions on the island.

Top Ten Florida Islands

  • Key West
  • Palm Beach
  • Amelia Island
  • Little Palm Island
  • Anna Maria Island
  • Sanibel & Captiva Islands
  • Peanut Island
  • Key Biscayne
  • St. George Island
  • Gasparilla Island

The weather is changing and millions of travelers are looking for places with nice beaches to visit. Florida may come to mind first, but breaking down the state, these are the top islands for someone looking to take in a relaxing vacation.

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