Other than danger posed by hurricanes, there isn't much to dislike about island communities, with their seafood, beaches, nature sanctuaries, houses on stilts, submersed shipwrecks, and often with their pirate lore and history.
Thanks to paparazzi following celebrities and politicians on their vacations, some island vacation destinations like Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, Mass., and off the left coast, Catalina, are fairly well known. We decided to take a look at some other water-bound locations, beautiful isolated hamlets on land masses surrounded by water. Using the Census Bureau's most recent data (2010) for average household income, some are tourist-economy playgrounds for the very affluent and some are more geared to year-round residents. They may be connected to the mainland by bridge, or they might be even more isolated and only accessible by ferry or helicopter.
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