Want to Live on an Island? These Dreamy U.S. Spots Make It Easy
These five islands—with beautiful beaches, big views, and small-town charms—provide paradise that’s just a bridge (or quick ferry ride) away.
1 of 5
Madelaine Sheesley/EyeEm/Getty Images
Amelia Island, Florida
Median home price: $342,500
Old Florida at its best, this barrier island on the Atlantic coast just across the bridge from Jacksonville contains a lively, 50-block historic downtown, 13 miles of unspoiled beaches, and wildlife-filled nature preserves ideal for hiking, biking, and kayaking.
2 of 5
Balboa Island, California
Median home price: $2.1 million
Mom-and-pop stores, colorful beach cottages, and nearly two miles of boardwalk make this exclusive isle in the midst of Newport Harbor a perfect mix of classic Americana and SoCal cool.
3 of 5RiverNorthPhotography/Getty Images
Bainbridge Island, Washington
Median home price: $862,000
The Puget Sound enclave is just a 35-minute ferry ride from Seattle and contains big-city amenities—farm-to-table eateries, artisan wineries, even an orchestra—all in a peaceful, rustic setting with spectacular Mt. Rainier views.
4 of 5Adam Colick/Shutterstock
Daufuskie Island, South Carolina
Median sale price: $220,750
With no cars and miles of beautiful beachfront, unwinding is easy on this Lowcountry charmer, a 25-minute boat ride from Savannah. The island’s private Haig Point community offers a golf course and multiple restaurants.
5 of 5Courtesy of Gibson Island Corporation
Gibson Island, Maryland
Median home price: $2.2 million
It's a haven for those seeking solitude among nature: The private Chesapeake Bay community is less than an hour from Baltimore, but more than two-thirds of its 920 lush acres is set aside for recreation.