An island with sandy beaches, palm trees and tropical drinks is everyone's idea of an ideal vacation. There are many fabulous choices in Florida which is much easier to get to than Hawaii or the Caribbean. There are many unique island resorts in the Keys and a couple of great choices not far from Miami which has daily flights to cities across the U.S. Plan a quick weekend trip or stay a while, the choice is yours.

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is a family-friendly vacation getaway complete with a program for kids, championship golf, luxurious spa, outdoor pools and several restaurants.

Fisher Island is just 10 miles from Miami International Airport, accessible by auto-ferry, boat or helicopter. Get relaxing treatments at the spa and swim in the outdoor pool overlooking the ocean.

Grove Isle Hotel overlooks Miami, but is set on a 20-acre private island with a marina and a spa.

882 Islands
The Florida Keys, comprised of 882 islands, or 'keys,' are a unique destination. There is something for everyone - scuba diving, sunbathing, swimming, culture, fine dining and entertainment. Stretching for 120 miles from Key Largo in the north to Key West in the south, the area offers a variety of places to stay, ranging from luxury resorts to bed and breakfasts and camping. Here you'll be able to watch some of the most beautiful sunsets over the water.

Key West is a sunny city lined with palm trees, Victorian homes and houses on the National Register. There are numerous dive shops and charter boats. It features museums, galleries, theaters and sidewalk cafes which you can visit on foot or by trolley.

There are diverse scuba diving options. Key Largo is home of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary and the 510 foot U.S.S. Spiegel Grove, the largest wreck in the U.S. waters. Molasses Reef is known for its easy access, clear waters and beautiful tropical fish.

Little Palm Island is private and secluded since it can only be reached by seaplane or by boat. Spend your getaway relaxing on a sandy beach, enjoying your romantic cottage and swimming in the warm ocean.

Sunset Key Cottages are located on a 27-acre island, featuring spacious terraces with garden and ocean views. Enjoy tropical climate in a secluded setting. Cottage kitchens are pre-stocked with selected food and beverage items.

Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort is a landmark getaway that has hosted famous musicians, dignitaries and celebrities since the 1920s. The best feature is a private sandy beach with many activities.