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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The 21 Apostle Islands in Lake Superior are an adventure-seeker's playground. Kayakers, hikers, boaters, divers, and lighthouse enthusiasts—there are six lightstations among the isles—will find plenty to see and do here. Long Island, located in the southeast corner, is one of the more remote spots, with three historic lights (one working) and submerged shipwreck treasures.
Be sure to: Suit up in your scuba gear and spend hours exploring the still-intact hull of the sunken 1886 schooner Lucerne.