10 Island Destinations That East Coasters Can Easily Jet Off To This Winter Or Spring Break

After the holiday season, the winter months and snowy surroundings can become cumbersome to many. With the next school vacation on the horizon, start planning getaway island destinations to escape from the cold. Many famous islands are located a short flight away from the US east coast. From Bermuda, the United States Virgin Islands, Florida’s Anna Maria Island and Siesta Key, Aruba, Puerto Rico’s Island of Culebra, the Bahamas and Cuba, aquamarine waters and swaying palm trees await you. Check out the best Caribbean vacation spots to book your next getaway to.

Trunk Bay, St. John, USVI

At 20 square miles in size, this United States Virgin Island happens to be the smallest. It is definitely one of the notable famous islands for US residents to easily travel to without a passport. With beautiful Cruz Bay, Coral Bay and Trunk Bay situated on each side of St. John, the waters are perfect for a day in the Caribbean Sea. Don’t be surprised if you happen to see dolphins, green turtles, cuckoos and hummingbirds frequently. It is also home to a massive Virgin Islands National Park that covers much of the island, helping keep preservation alive and well.

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St. Thomas, USVI

Top Caribbean islands like St. Thomas are difficult to beat. Again, an easy access point for US citizens, this destination is home to historic landmarks like Blackbeard’s Castle and Fort Christian. Visitors come to enjoy the stellar snorkeling, as well as the capital city, Charlotte Amalie. This is one of the island destinations boasting a notable river called the Turpentine Run, crystal clear Magen’s Bay and Crown Mountain. St. Thomas is one of the island destinations that many once-continental US residents now call home.

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Jacks Bay, St. Croix, USVI

Another one of the US Virgin Islands with Danish heritage, this island is known for its coral reefs, Fort Christiansvaern, the Salt River and stunning beaches. It is one of the top Caribbean destinations that you will love for its colonial architecture, history, Botanical Gardens, tropical setting and Point Udall, where you can stand at the easternmost spot of US land.

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Harbor Island, Bahamas

Bahama mama. Get a load of the pink sandy beachfront. It’s just what the doctor ordered. This slice of heaven actually includes over 700 individual islands and cays. Many visit Grand Bahama and Paradise Island, as these are the Bahamas’ most famous islands. Into snorkeling? How about scuba diving? Try the Andros Barrier Reef or swoop through the capital of Nassau. Take a shot at the local Creole vernacular language while you’re at it.

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Warwick Long Bay, Bermuda

Oh Bermuda. Talk about a stones throw away from the east coast. A straight shot east into the Atlantic Ocean from South Carolina, this British island is most talked about for its pink sandy beaches. Elbow Beach and Horseshoe Bay reflect the sweetest hue of pink and the capital of Hamilton is a sight to be seen. Bermuda is one of the island destinations that is best to visit during the spring months.

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Island of Culebra, Puerto Rico

Everyone hears about San Juan on Puerto Rico’s main land, but break the mold and venture to one of its two islands Culebra or Vieques. This is one of the places in the Caribbean that is Puerto Rico’s best kept secrets. If you are looking for a truly removed and quiet island to relax on, get on the ferry boat from PR and sit alongside the locals.

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Anna Maria Island, Florida

In this case, island destinations don’t have to be all the way down in the Caribbean or far out to sea. On the west coast of Florida, nestled in the Gulf of Mexico, Anna Maria Island is the epitome of tranquility and charm.

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Siesta Key, Florida

For many years running, Sarasota County’s Siesta Key Beach has been voted one of the best beaches in the entire United States. Even most Caribbean islands cease to have pure white sand like Siesta.  I have been travelling to the key my entire life, as my family has lived in the county for years, and there is nothing it doesn’t have to offer. It looks like you walked out onto a Caribbean island without the flight time. Choose from Turtle Beach, Crescent Beach, Siesta Beach and Siesta Key Village. The fun doesn’t stop after tanning time, head back to Siesta Beach for the drum circle each Sunday and get in on the island vibes. Drink the most scrumptious daiquiri you’ve ever had in the village. Thanks for trying to ruin it, MTV.

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Havana, Cuba

At long last, we can travel to Cuba. Before capitalism takes over, experience the culture and towns that appear set back in time. This is another one of the Caribbean islands to visit that should be on your bucket list ASAP. Take snapshots of the rainbow toned buildings and 50’s retro cars. Bask in the saturated hues and Cuban island life.

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Aruba

This island belongs to neither the Americans nor the Brits, but rather the Dutch. This is by far one of the best places in the Caribbean with the best Caribbean beach resorts that you have to see for yourself. With its colorful capital of Oranjestad, divi-divi trees, Eagle Beach, Palm Beach, desert land masses and excellent shipwreck diving, you will love it here. Or as its tagline goes, “One Happy Island”. The weather is known to be dry and slightly breezy, providing some of the most comfortable weather to locals and tourists alike.

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Which of these island destinations are you going to visit to get away from the winter cold? Let us know in the comments below!

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