15 Islands You Need in Your Life: No Passport Required

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Stunning, shimmering sunsets across the water, the peaceful lullaby of waves crashing and the wind blowing, the feeling of truly being removed for your everyday life … yep, islands are pretty much the best. While it’s wonderful to get that coveted passport stamp, there are plenty of islands to escape to that don’t require a passport.

Here are 15 of our favorites.


1. Mount Desert Island, Maine

Home to Acadia National Park and the historic, upscale town of Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island is 108 square miles of rocky coastlines, evergreen forests and crystal-clear lakes, not to mention some of America’s oldest luxuries. See for yourself why this stunning, glacier-carved landscape inspired the likes of Rockefellers, Fords, Vanderbilts and Carnegies to contribute to its conservation.

How to get there: Mount Desert island is accessible by car via Bar Harbor Road. Out-of-state visitors can fly into Bangor International Airport (an hour away), or fly into Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport (15 minutes away).


2. Shelter Island, New York

Located off the eastern tip of Long Island, Shelter Island is pretty much the Hampton’s charming, less high-maintenance little sister. One third of the tiny island is owned by the Nature Conservancy to protect its natural marshlands, and it is full of nature and bird-watching trails. The rest of the island boasts some of the oldest buildings in America. Shelter Island Heights is officially recognized on the National Register of Historic Places for its collection of rural residences that have remained essentially unchanged since 1872.

How to get there: Shelter Island is about a three- or four-hour drive from downtown New York via I-495 E. There are no bridges, so commuters must take the South Ferry to the island. Out-of-state visitors will find it easiest to fly into New York City and drive from there.



3. St. Simons Island, Georgia

Ranked as America’s No. 1 Favorite Beach Town in 2014, St. Simons Island offers “a triple threat of southern charm, serenity, and affordability” (Travel + Leisure). The 18-square-mile island amid the Atlantic is dotted with miles of pristine white-sand beaches, ancient oaks and lush green golf courses. A bike or trolley ride around the island delivers you to some of the area’s oldest plantations or to the iconic 1872 lighthouse.

How to get there: St. Simons Island is accessible by car via Torras Causeway. Out-of-state visitors can fly into Jacksonville International Airport or Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (90 minutes away), or into the Brunswick Golden Isles Airport (20 minutes away).

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4. Ocracoke, North Carolina

Majestic wild ponies, 13 miles of pristine sand beaches and the oldest lighthouse on the East Coast — these are only a few of the highlights of Ocracoke, the outermost island of the Outer Banks. First settled by colonists in the 1750s, the island serves as a perfect place for seaside recreation, exploration and relaxation. It’s also a history-lovers paradise with its 250+ historic structures and Civil War artifacts.

How to get here: Ocracoke is only accessible by ferry, boat or small plane. Out-of-state visitors can fly into Norfolk International Airport or Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport — both are about two hours from the island.



5. Amelia Island, Florida

An enchanting blend of French, Spanish, English and Mexican influences have shaped the landscape and culture of this 400+-year-old Florida island. Bask in 13 miles of Atlantic coastline, try your luck at one of the island’s gorgeous golf courses or take a horse-drawn carriage down 50 blocks of unique housing, shops and dining in the historic district of Fernandina Beach. Whatever you choose, you’ll understand why the island has consistently been recognized as one of the Top 10 Islands in the United States by Condé Nast Traveler.

How to get there: Amelia Island is accessible by car via FL-200. Out-of-state visitors can fly into Jacksonville International Airport (30 minutes away).

Stay at the 4-star Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort and check out these awesome activities while you’re there.


6. Key West, Florida

The combination of remote isolation, subtropical temperatures and breathtaking landscapes has made Key West the popular escape for everyone from Ernest Hemingway to Jimmy Buffet. Take a stroll down any of the island’s palm-lined streets and you’ll find century-old pastel gingerbread-trim homes, world-class seafood eateries, bars and small shops that call Key West home. Take to the water for some of the best fishing, diving, snorkeling and boating in the world.

How to get there: The easiest way to get to the island is to fly into Key West International Airport. Visitors can also access the island by luxurious cruise.

Be sure to stay at one of these hotels and check out these activities while you’re there.


7. Vieques, Puerto Rico

Nestled just 7 miles off the east coast of Puerto Rico, Vieques is a Navy testing site turned beach resort oasis. Not only does this island have the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world and the largest natural wildlife refuge in the Caribbean, but it also has over 40 sand beaches. If that weren’t enough natural beauty for you, there’s also wild horses freely galloping on those beaches. Yep, it’s pretty much Puerto Rico’s best-kept secret.

How to get there: From San Juan International Airport, a 25-minute flight to Vieques starts around $220. Visitors can also fly to Vieques from San Juan Isla Grande airport. Or visitors can fly into Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport and then drive 55 minutes to Fajardo. From there, visitors can take the Vieques-Fajardo ferry, which will take about 90 minutes.


8. St. John, US. Virgin Islands

In 1956, Laurance Rockefeller donated 5,000 acres of St. John’s land to the National Park service, making the island one of the most naturally unspoiled in the Caribbean. Today, visitors can revel in the unbelievable hills, beaches and bays that make up two thirds of the island or take to the bustling streets of Cruz Bay, the island’s main town. Whether you’re planning on staying in a world-class luxury resort or basic campground, you’re sure to become enthralled with the island’s history, culture and natural wonders.

How to get there: St. John doesn’t have an airport, so visitors must fly into the Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas and then continue to St. John by ferry or car barge.

The trip from the airport takes about 90 minutes. Cruises can also take visitors through the U.S. Virgin Islands.


(Yes, there are islands in the Midwest)

9. Isle Royale, Michigan

Isle Royale National Park is “a destination for the truly dedicated explorer” (National Geographic). Brave adventurers can trek rough and wild trails, encounter wolves and moose and make camp wherever they end their days — there are no designated campsites on this 45-mile-long island.

How to get there: The only way to get to the island is by boat or seaplane. The Thunder Bay International Airport in Ontario is the closest airport to Isle Royale.


10. Mackinac Island, Michigan

Located just off the tip of the Michigan mitten in Lake Huron, Mackinac Island packs fascinating history, small-town charm and natural beauty into 3.8 square miles. The island is a National Historic Landmark having undergone extensive historic preservation and restoration, and it is known for its unusual ban on almost all motor vehicles – it hasn’t had cars on it since the 1890s. The island is also the site of one of America’s oldest state parks and some seriously delicious fudge. During peak season, 10 thousand lbs of fudge leave the island each day.

How to get there: The only way to get to Mackinac Island is to hop on the St. Ignace-Mackinac Ferry. Out-of-state visitors can fly into Chippewa County International Airport, drive about 40 minutes to St. Ignace and then take the ferry from there.



11. Orcas Island, Washington

Rolling hills, shimmering lakes, quaint hamlets and lush woodlands cover the 57 square miles of Orcas Island, known by locals as “the gem of the San Juans.” Hike, bike, horseback ride, swim or cruise — whatever you decide, you’ll be sure to encounter extraordinary natural beauty, wildlife, friendly people and that much needed breath of fresh air.

How to get there: The Washington State Ferry will take visitors from Anacortes to the island. Out-of-state visitors can fly into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport or Vancouver International Airport — both are about 75 minutes away.


12. Catalina Island, California

Just 22 miles out from LA’s coastline, Catalina Island “gives you a glimpse of what undeveloped Southern California once looked like” (Fodor’s), with its quaint beach communities and unspoiled natural landscapes. The island’s access to the area’s unusually clean water also makes it a favorite of divers, snorkelers and kayakers, though other adventures like eco-themed zip lining are also available. Visitors and explorers of the island may notice the large population of bison on the island. Allegedly, a film crew brought bison to the island in the 1920s for a movie and left them, which is why there are over 200 roaming the island today. Catalina is also known for being the place where Mr. Wrigley brought his Chicago Cubs for spring training from the 1920s-1950s and for being the site of one of Marilyn Monroe’s homes.

How to get there: An hour long boat ride or 15-minute helicopter ride from San Pedro, Long Beach, Newport Beach or Dana Point delivers visitors to Catalina Island. Out-of-state visitors can fly into Long Beach Airport, John Wayne Airport or Los Angeles International Airport.

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13. Santa Cruz Island, California

With a portion of the island managed by the National Park Service and the rest being owned by the Nature Conservancy, Santa Cruz Island is a place of truly unique natural wonder. More than 600 types of plants, 140 kinds of land birds, 11 species of mammals, five types of reptiles and three species of amphibian call the 96-square-mile island home and so does one of the largest and deepest sea caves in the world. Maybe Darwin should have studied here instead …

How to get here: An Island Packer boat will take visitors from Ventura to the island. Out-of-state visitors can fly into Los Angeles International Airport and drive to Ventura (90 minutes away).

It’s important to note that there is no transportation available on the island — all areas must be accessed by foot, kayak or private boat.


14. Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian islands and boasts one of the most unique geographical landscapes in the world. The island is full of lush rain forests (a product of over 440 inches of rainfall each year) soaring mountains, steep sea cliffs, sandy beaches, coral reefs, small stretches of desert and even swamps. It’s no wonder the island has been the site of more than 50 movies, including “South Pacific,” “Jurassic Park” and “The Descendants,” and is considered an unparalleled treasure of the Hawaiian islands.

How to get there: The easiest way to get to Kauai is to fly into Lihue Airport.

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15. Guam

Despite being just 200 square miles, Guam is the largest of the Mariana Islands and chock full of cosmopolitan charm and excitement. Walk the city streets and you’ll find a fascinating mix of Asian, European and Polynesian cultures not to mention gorgeous beaches and lookouts, delicious fusions of cuisine and fascinating glimpses into the island’s storied past. Fun Fact: You can reach a white sandy beach within 15 minutes from any point on the island.

How to get there: The easiest way to get to Guam is to fly into Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport – the flight is 12.5-hours long from California.

Note: In order to visit the island without a passport, you must get there without hitting a foreign port or place. It is also recommended that travelers bring a government issued photo ID and a copy of their birth certificate.


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  • Helen Davis

    Wonderful list however one glaring error caught my attention: Vieques island, Puerto Rico does have an airport and has regular flights to San Juan International (SJU) Isla Grande Airport (SIG) also in San Juan and the Ceiba airport on the east coast of Puerto Rico. There are also flights to St Croix in the USVI

    • Hilary Solan

      We’re sorry for the error. We’ve updated the post and appreciate you letting us know. Thanks!

    • HilarySolan

      We’re sorry for the error. We’ve updated the post and appreciate you letting us know. Thanks!

      – Hilary, Travelzoo editor

  • Stoutcat

    Noooo! Not Ocracoke! You don’t want to go there! Really. Leave it alone. Go somewhere else. It’s just a little island. Nothing to do. Nowhere to go. Have to take a ferry boat to get there. Yeah, that’s it. Go somewhere else.

    • Rhonda

      Ocracoke is BEAUTIFUL!!! OMGoodness….it’s a wonderful little island. Full of history, beauty. The beaches are gorgeous!! This is a place you want to go to be away from it all. It has great seafood. It has nice little restaurants. You don’t need a car to get around. You can walk or ride a bike the entire island. I love the Ferry boat ride to it!!! This is the very first time I have ever heard anyone ever say anything bad about Ocracoke Island. If you are looking for a big night life scene….partying…..you will not find it. But, who cares! It is beautiful!! I highly recommend it!!!

      • Stoutcat

        I know, Rhonda! And I didn’t say anything bad!! I just don’t want it to be overrun with hordes of tourists! I want to keep it as beautiful and serene as it is now!

        • Donna Rogers

          Too funny! That’s exactly the same reaction I had when I saw it was listed ;0)

        • Nicole

          But aren’t you one of those tourists as well?

          • Robert Jones

            We locals with roots on the Outer Banks gently refer to those people as carpet baggers.

          • Stoutcat

            Or perhaps I live there…

        • Greg

          ” I just don’t want it to be overrun with hordes of tourists!” Then buy the island already. Putting bad press on a destination because you hate tourist is selfish and stupid! I guess YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN A TOURIST!!!

          • Jocelyn

            I could see what she was doing right away. You need a sense of humor.

          • Stoutcat

            Thank you, Jocelyn. I guess I should have added a /SARC tag at the end.

          • Stoutcat

            Wow, I just read my original comment and nowhere do I see bad press or, for that matter, untrue statements. Let’s see: “little island”. Check, it’s small. “Nothing to do.” Check. It’s mostly quiet, peaceful, and serene. “Have to get there by ferry.” Yep,

            Everything I wrote is true, and everything I wrote is entirely appealing to many many people. I’d hate to see Ocracoke turn into a southern Cape Cod.

          • Greg

            This sounds negative to me…and I am a travel agent… Noooo! Not Ocracoke! You don’t want to go there! Really. Leave it alone. Go somewhere else. It’s just a little island. Nothing to do. Nowhere to go. Have to take a ferry boat to get there. Yeah, that’s it. Go somewhere else.””

          • Tom Anderson

            You desperately need a sense of humor. It was immediately obvious to me that Stoutcat wanted to protect the island from a bunch of tourists.

          • Brian Thruston

            Travel agent – a dying field for sure. You sound very bitter.

          • Mike

            Greg, you are obviously a poodle. You are exactly the type of moron(s) that are not wanted on an island like Ocracoke. Your business must be very slow if you have the time to spend energy on freaking out about what someone said about an island where you’re definitely not going to fit in. Any 5+ year old could decipher her comments as being sarcastic….grow up. maybe you can skip over to Holden Beach person that actually was making negative comments about not being able to run a tab anymore/ tablecloths…etc.

          • Iqira Ramin

            It was negative and now she trying to put sugar on it. She immediately started to complain. I didn’t hear anybody say anything about nightlife or partying. Not everybody goes on vacation to friggin party. Some of us like a nice, quiet, serene environment. I can’t stand people like her. She probably needs to get laid.

          • L.D.

            Called “humor”….that is what all savvy Islanders tell folks…”DON’T come here! It’s awful! Go to Kitty Hawk!” heheheheh!

          • Mike

            That guy is a moron, don’t even worry about him. His life is obviously miserable so he attempts to spread it around. I have roots in your neck of the woods and I love Ocracoke…..I could go for some breakfast at The Pony right now!

          • Stoutcat

            Thanks, I love Ocracoke as well. And I don’t want to see it overrun with folks looking for nightlife, huge beach parties, daiquiris, etc. It’s a beautiful, mostly unspoiled island and I’d like to see it stay that way.

          • Mike

            I wouldn’t worry about a nightlife crowd going to Ocracoke…they will be very disappointed….That’s for the Nags Head crowd. 🙂

          • Iqira Ramin

            and why don’t you enlighten us on how that can happen?

          • Anita Garvey

            It was so obviously tongue in cheek!

          • Iqira Ramin

            Yea for her age she IS selfish and stupid! Tourists…If you are an American you have the right to go ANYWHERE in the U.S. and if you want to live your whole life on a 200 mile island then so be it! But don’t think for one minute your face is what sustains the place…IDIOT OLD BITTY

    • njengland

      Glad to hear Ocracoke is still thriving. My husband, kids and I used to go there until some time in the early 80s but stopped when the humble restaurant with outstanding clam chowder replaced the formica tables with upscale furniture, hung fish netting on the walls, put in recessed lighting and an oyster bar. This was joined by the fish seller at Silver Bay no longer allowing people to run up a tab through the week, cash on the barrelhead only – too many disappeared, not paying. And then they built the two (or more?) story hotel on the Bay. At that point we discovered Holden Beach and bought an oceanfront property. And through the past 30 or 40 years, Holden Beach has remained a Family beach – no amusement parks etc. And we still love its isolation and natural beauty. You can keep Ocracoke. We’re not unhappy we left.

      • Mike

        We too are not unhappy you left…..

    • spent

      You sold me on moving there, thanks!

    • Bernie Miller

      Good luck trying to keep us away.

    • sukietawdry

      Sorry, I know how you feel, but we’re having a family reunion there next Sept. My favorite spot in the Outer Banks.

      • Stoutcat

        What a fabulous place for a reunion! Hope you all have a wonderful time!

      • p3orion

        Well, as long as you’re not Yankees…

        • Steve McKelley

          LOL. It is 2016.

        • sukietawdry

          I’m afraid we’re half Yankee–mom from Rocky Mt. (I was born there as well), dad from Brooklyn (it was a wartime romance–they met at Ft. Bragg). But since the first of mom’s ancestors came to what became No Carolina in 1652 and dad’s parents came through Ellis Island, I guess we could say the southern half of the family carries the most weight. Do we pass??

        • Realist

          We are Yankees and we are black. And we are coming, from Chicago to spend a month on the island.

          • Wendy Springer Gough

            Skit em’, Chi Town! 🙂 Have fun and be safe. It is a real nice and fun area. We were stationed there in the 80’s for 5 years. Xs

    • Pedro Palamo

      we are gonna flock your island like crazy people

    • Steve McKelley

      Sorry you didn’t like it.

      • Stoutcat

        Steve, I love Ocracoke. It was a tongue in cheek comment.

    • Joyce Smith

      Well……we’ll be in Kitty Hawk/ Kill Devil Hills area in a couple month…but are planning on driving the Islands on our way home…so we HAVE to make a stop now! But I promise we’ll do our best not to disturb you… hee hee hee….

    • StaceyM

      Oh come now, if we have to clean up after the trash that flocks to California and step in dog poop… you can get a taste of the truly disrespectful tourists. Right now we’re bombarded and these guys cause so many traffic accidents and somehow a lady ended up in a pond with her SUV. Either way, good luck with tourists.

  • Marvin Sowers

    Great article which gives me lots more ideas of U.S. islands I want to visit. I echo your recommendation on Key West…love that island! However, I was surprised that Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard didn’t make the list.

  • Jessica LoGuercio

    No passport, but if you’re from California, soon you’ll need at least a passport card to fly domestically.

    • http://batman-news.com Kathy Meyer

      Minnesota also ! thinking most airlines will be making this their

      • Rebecca Kennedy

        What?? I haven’t heard anything about this! Do you mean the enhanced drivers license? The one we can use to get into Canada?

        • Rebecca Kennedy

          This is so weird…..I just checked my email and there was a story from Conde Nast Traveler stating that certain states will require secondary identification for licenses issued in Alaska, California, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Carolina, Washington state, Puerto Rico, Guam, or the U.S. Virgin Islands. It finished up by saying…. but as of October 1, 2020, all travelers will need a Real ID-compliant license (or passport) to fly..

  • Marc Averette

    That photo is not Key West. It is some other island in the Florida Keys. I was born & raised in Key West. Fake photo.

  • Duane Lawton

    Oops, bad info on Isle Royale National Park. 1. No, you can’t camp anywhere, there are numerous campgrounds established, where you must camp. Bonus: Most campgrounds at the shore have a few adirondak shelters (first come, first served). 2. OK, Thunder Bay IS closest airport. But, if you’re rich enough to fly (floatplane) in, I recommend Houghton, Michigan. Most arrive by ferry, from Copper Harbor or Houghton Michigan, or Grand Portage, Minnesota. 3. It’s WONDERFUL, but you’ll have to be really lucky to see a wolf or a moose.

  • SarahK

    Nice to see Orcas Island on here. Went for the first time last fall, and loved it! Whale watching one day, hiking another, along with pottery shopping & even a brewery, it had something for everyone. Of course, just being surrounded by all the water and tall green foliage made for awesome photos & relaxation. Totally different from home (Florida). We had a wonderful trip

  • shanedr

    C’mon, Mackinac Island has a general aviation airport. If you’re a private pilot you can land on the island. It has one asphalt runway designated 8/26, 3500 feet long and 75 feet wide. It includes a taxiway and a terminal building.

    • Rebecca Kennedy

      Love, Love, Love Mackinac Island! Visit the Fort..its been there hundreds of years, visit the Grand Hotel, majestic and amazing. Sit on the front porch and look at the beautiful water! Ride your bike around the island. Check out all the natural wonders like Arch Rock. Have a picnic on the secluded side of the island. Visit the cemetery…shop, shop, shop, visit the churches,they all seem to be open and available every day, take pictures and you must buy some fudge to take home! It is fantastic!!! By the way, as a tourist the locals refer to you as a fudgie! Lol So much to do!

      • cindiana

        PS – there’s a cover charge to SIT on the porch of the Grand Hotel, c’mon man!!

        • Rebecca Kennedy

          It also includes entry to the Grand Hotel. If you come early in the morning you can walk right up. My sister arrived in a carriage and they let her waltz on by. Someone even went to ask if there were other people wanting to play croquet. They said go to the desk and ask. There are loop holes.

          • cindiana

            shhhh, don’t tell 🙂

      • Robin Whitaker

        Heading to Mackinac Island on Friday from California for the Titanic at the Grand event. So excited. Love that hotel and the island. I am looking forward to biking around the island this time and visiting the churches.

        • Rebecca Kennedy

          When you bike through the interior (get a map from the bike people) Check out the cemetery. Very old. We loved it! Have fun!

          • Robin Whitaker

            Ooh, I love cemeteries. Thank you

          • Rebecca Kennedy

            There is one casket looking cement box…above ground that has a chunk out of it. Take a picture of the inside and see what you find.

          • Robin Whitaker

            Nice! I love mysteries. If you are close by and can make it to the island this weekend, it is also the Lilac Festival

          • Rebecca Kennedy

            Oh that is a great time to go…during the lilac festival. We are down state and won’t be able to go. Hope you have a lovely time! Takes lots of pictures. Are you on Facebook?I’d like to friend you.

  • James Bagley

    Kauai,,,,no ka oi I rest my case.

  • Jim Barnes

    So why is it pronounced MACK -E- NAW when there is clearly no “W” in its name and there is also a “C” that seems to be silenced? Why is it not MAK-E-NACK?? jus’ curious …..

    • CC

      We just went there this summer. Yes, it is confusing. The island was settled by the French.
      Also, the French brought lilacs from their homeland and are planted all over the island!– hence the Lilac Festival in June, just beautiful!
      What is the proper way to pronounce the word “Mackinac”?

      The French Pronounced it “aw” but spelled it “ac”. The British heard it pronounced “aw” so they spelled it that way. Whichever way it is spelled, it is always pronounced “aw”

      They know you are a tourist if you pronounce it wrong!

  • Tim

    Honeymooned on Mackinac and have been there several other times. Nice Island to get away to since we live in Michigan, but nothing compared to Kauai where we went for our 25th Anniversary! Wow, did we love THAT Island! Thanks for the article. It has peaked my interest to try several of the other islands mentioned.

  • Lynne Mathison

    I’ve been to Guam many, many times for work. The article didn’t mention the air line flight times! From Jacksonville Fl, you fly to Houston, that’s a 4 hour flight. Then on to Hawaii, 8 hour flight. Finally you land at Guam. And the last time I flew that way 4 years ago, you DID need a passport. Even tho it’s an American terrority a passport is needed!

    • Hilary Solan

      Thank you for your comments! We’ve updated the post. – Hilary, Travelzoo editor

  • Dave McKay

    It says that on Isle Royale, you can “encounter wolves”. Huh? That doesn’t sound like an attractive thing to do because they have a tendency to EAT YOU!

  • http://batman-news.com Baltimore Bob

    Islands not for me
    Give me a Ultra nice suite at a Hotel anywhere in the world
    but Not back to Vietnam or a 2nd rate country like India.
    Vietnam Naval Vet
    All Vietnam Vets deserve a $1,000,000 Reparations check
    because America is supposed to be about Fixing WRONGS
    All Vietnam did was kill almost 59,000 Americans
    and GENOCIDE over 2,000,000 Vietnamese.
    WHY – In the Name of Profit/MONEY.
    A Country of Cowards allowed Vietnam.
    Righteous Robert
    Baltimore Bob

  • a p

    Anna Maria island!!

  • David Markham

    Very disappointed that South Bass Island in Lake Erie didn’t make this list.

  • RolloMartins

    Been to Vieques; great little place.

  • Bsweetplz

    The last time we were there one of the locals gave us directions to the unofficial nude beach. Luckily since is was September and a weekday we had the whole place to ourselves. Except for the ranger who drove down the beach and kept going when he saw two fat people frolicking in the waves.