Want to play castaway for a day? From the Caribbean to California, these nine islands offer pristine beaches and abundant wildlife.
Be sure to: Scan the shore for black oystercatcher birds prying open mollusks with their vibrant orange-red bills.
How to get there: Take a private boat from San Juan Island's Friday Harbor or Fisherman's Bay on Lopez Island; you can also kayak from Deer Harbor on Orcas Island. For more info, call 206/343-4344 or visit nature.org.