We're lucky to have family and friends living in Florida. Every winter, we dutifully make our pilgrimage south to visit with them (thanks for having us, folks!) We returned from such a trip about two weeks ago. While in Marco Island, our friends told us that their island was voted the number 1 Best island in the U.S. by TripAdvisor's 2014 Traveler's Choice. Like all lists, we don't know who these people are and how they go about rating and ranking them. Personally, we love Anna Maria Island, Nantucket and Hilton Head, number 3, 8 and 9 on the list, respectively. Heard a lot of great things about Hawaiian islands, and there were several on the list. Anyway, the accolade was bittersweet for our friends because they hate to see more traffic on their beloved island.
|Beaches of Marco Island|
|Looking at bridge to Marco Island from Factory Bay anchorage|
|Our friend's boat Island Time entering Factory Bay|
|Mai Thai anchored at Factory Bay|
|Captain took the dinghy over to meet our friends on Island Time.|
|Dolphin sighting are common in the bay and around the canals|
What's your favorite U.S. island?
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