Amelia Island, Florida
This small isle off the Sunshine State is adding some sparkle with a recent $65 million redo of The Ritz-Carlton (including
a fab new spa), while the Omni Amelia Island Plantation is set to debut its $85 million update next month.
Best view ever: See the island's shores and landmarks from the sky in a helicopter tour with Sky Coast Adventures.
Close encounter: Set off in search of dolphins, gators, manatees, and gulls with a guided nature cruise with On The Water Adventures.
Sustainable eats: Chow down on wild-caught fish and shrimp at the just-opened—and jumpin'—Timoti's Fry Shak in downtown Fernandina Beach.