September 30, 2023


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2 South Carolina islands named best in the continental US


The ‘Best Islands in the U.S.’ list was launched to the public Tuesday.

The good thing is, southeastern residents have only a limited journey to visit many of the prime 15 Ideal Islands in the Continental U.S., according to Journey + Leisure.

Hilton Head Island was ranked in ninth spot out of all 15 islands in the country for getting the ideal total and scored an 82.99, according to audience, beating out Florida favorites: Amelia Island, Captiva Island and Sanibel Island.

“This Southern oasis is a perennial reader favorite many thanks to its seashores, world-course golf courses, 60 miles of walking trails, and cultural offerings that can be enjoyed in flip-flops. Rental houses abound, but there are also resorts that will cater to your every single whim,” wrote Journey + Leisure about Hilton Head Island.

The islands ended up rated by viewers according to activities and sights, natural attractions and shorelines, food stuff, friendliness, and total value.

This yr, the ‘Best Islands’ classification was the most aggressive it has at any time been, with domestic island vacations being a initially option choose for the magazine’s audience all over the pandemic.

Kiawah Island, around Charleston, ranked as the next ideal island in the place, according to visitors.

“Located southwest of Charleston, Kiawah, which is also on this year’s list of the ideal islands in the globe, is a well known place for golfers, but you don’t need to have to pick up a club to slide in adore. Bicycle to the pristine beach locations for sightings of dolphins and nesting sea turtles, or just watch the waves from an oceanfront home at the 5-star Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort — voted by audience as the No. 1 vacation resort in South Carolina the previous two several years,” wrote Travel + Leisure.

Kiawah Island was also labeled as a ‘World’s Ideal Awards’ honoree, earning a score of 88.49.

Even a lot more notably, Kiawah rated 25th with a score of 88.49 in ‘The 25 Best Islands in the World’ group.

It’s no solution South Carolina is well known for many of its attractive locations. On Tuesday, Charleston was rated 23rd as one of the 25 Best Cities in the Earth, by Journey + Leisure. The ‘World’s Greatest Awards’ Corridor of Fame honoree scored an 88.70 in the category.

Also on Tuesday, ‘The 15 Best Cities in the United States’ rankings had been released with Charleston currently being rated the variety one particular most effective town in the place, in accordance to Travel + Leisure.

“There’s a reason folks hold going back to Charleston: the city expresses the great balance of Southern allure, knockout food stuff and beverages, and walkability. Numerous readers also discovered the city’s record to be a draw. Other individuals appreciated the basic pleasures of strolling the facet streets of downtown.”, Journey + Leisure described Charleston.

Hilton Head Island neighbor, Savannah, ranked fourth area in the ‘Best Cities’ class.

The 15 Best Islands in the Continental U.S., according to Vacation + Leisure

  1. Mackinac Island, MI

  2. Kiawah Island, SC

  3. Nantucket, MA

  4. San Juan Islands, WA

  5. Golden Isles (Jekyll Island, Very little St. Simons Island, Sea Island, St. Simons Island), GA

  6. Outer Banks, NC

  7. Mount Desert Island, ME

  8. Martha’s Vineyard, MA

  9. Hilton Head Island, SC

  10. Amelia Island, FL

  11. Florida Keys

  12. Captiva Island, FL

  13. Sanibel Island, FL

  14. Block Island, RI

  15. Longboat Essential, FL

The 15 Finest Towns in the United States, in accordance to Travel + Leisure

  1. Charleston, SC

  2. New Orleans, LA

  3. Santa Fe, NM

  4. Savannah, GA

  5. Honolulu, Hello

  6. New York City, NY

  7. Chicago, IL

  8. Alexandria, VA

  9. San Antonio, TX

  10. Boston, MA

  11. Austin, TX

  12. Williamsburg, VA

  13. Asheville, NC

  14. San Diego, CA

  15. Nashville, TN

This tale was at first printed July 14, 2022 10:00 AM.

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Sarah Claire McDonald is a Support Journalism Reporter for The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette. She specializes in creating viewers-focused, exclusive, spotlight tales about individuals, locations and occurrences in the Lowcountry. Originally from the Midwest, Sarah Claire researched information media, communications and English at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, the place she graduated in 2021.


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