Sanibel & Captiva Win Awards

On July 12, 2022, Travel + Leasure Magazine named The 15 Best Islands in the Continental U.S. Captiva & Sanibel made the list! Continue reading to see what they wrote about our favorite islands.

"The best islands in the United States, according to Travel + Leisure readers, offer plenty of activities in addition to opportunities for waterfront relaxation."

Captiva Travel and Leisure Best Islands in the US

Located on the Gulf Coast, this island is known for its low-key vibe and beaches with abundant seashells. Many travelers opt to rent a vacation home, but there are also a handful of family-friendly hotels, including the South Seas Island Resort, which offers a marine-life–focused day camp for kids.

Score: 82.43

Sanibel Travel and Leisure 15 Best Islands in the US

Captiva's sister island has equally beautiful beaches, but travelers will also find opportunities for offbeat fun, including the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum.

Score: 82.29

Here is the full list:

  1. Mackinac Island, Michigan
  2. Kiawah Island, South Carolina
  3. Nantucket, Massachusetts
  4. San Juan Islands, Washington
  5. Golden Isles (Jekyll Islands, Little St. Simons Island, Sea Island, St. Simons Island), Georgia
  6. Outer Banks, North Carolina
  7. Mount Desert Island, Maine
  8. Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
  9. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
  10. Amelia Island, Florida
  11. Florida Keys
  12. Captiva Island, Florida
  13. Sanibel Island, Florida
  14. Block Island, Rhode Island
  15. Longboat Key, Florida

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