Deserted Island Day Trips

Want to play castaway for a day? From the Caribbean to California, these nine islands offer pristine beaches and abundant wildlife.

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West Snake Caye

Seventeen miles from the town of Punta Gorda, the four small Snake cayes lie in the 160-mile Port of Honduras Marine Reserve All the islands, such as West Snake Caye, boat lush mangrove trees and endangered species including the West Indian manatee.

Be sure to: Trek through towering mangroves toward the center of the island, where you'll find a small, serene lagoon.

How to get there: Take a snorkeling or kayaking tour with the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE); 501/722-2129 or For more info, visit

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