If you don't live on an island paradise, you can still find one right next door. Many beautiful islands lie just a bridge, ferry ride or short flight away – and even from inland states, you can be in a dreamy island setting within a half-day or less, and at surprisingly affordable prices. For ISLANDS' favorite weekend destinations, see the PDF viewer below for the full article from the July/August 2009 issue. Or, continue reading for links from this year's "Best" list.
After a long flight, five days of exploring and getting muddy in rice paddies, staff photographer, Zach Stovall, found peace and relaxation not only from the spas and resorts, but also from contagious smiles and spirituality of the Balinese people.
You want to make a splash, bare some bits and have a good time. Here’s what you need to know to be prepared for Florida’s wildest Halloween parties — and possibly win a costume contest or two. — Brooke Morton
Key West, Florida, gives us Halloween on steroids, but it’s more than that. Especially for women, it’s a relatively safe, encouraging environment to be on display for those who so choose. Those who bare receive overwhelmingly positive feedback. Think about it: It’s rare that women — and men, too — can be so free without a freight train of consequences. Here, it’s safety in numbers because, for better or for worse, nearly everyone is doing it. — Brooke Morton