If there’s one kind of vacation that everyone wants to take, it’s an island vacation. It’s, of course, easy to understand way, as island living (and vacationing) as so much to offer. There’s the fact that you’re completely cut of from the mainland and all of the trials and tribulations that come along with that. Oh, and there’s the fact that most beautiful island destinations seem to find themselves in tropical climates, which are always conducive to swimming, sunning and relaxing. But, that’s just the start of it…
If you’re interested in taking an island vacation at any point in the near future, then you’ve come to the right place. On the list below, we’re going to share out picks for the best 20 islands in the entire world. No doubt, you’ll be familiar with a few of these islands. Additionally, you’ll find that most of them do lie in that tropical climate. However, there are definitely a couple of surprises below.
So, are you interested in an island vacation? Or else do you just need something that’s going to jog your imagination and take you out of the here and now? If so, then read on! Check out our picks for the 20 best islands on the entire planet.
1. Bali (Indonesia)
An island with an active volcano, Bali is totally cool through and through, and it’s home to some of the world’s finest resorts.
Featuring a sub-tropical climate in the Northern Atlantic, this wonderful island has long been a favorite of vacationers.
3. Vancouver Island (B.C., Canada)
Not all of the best islands in the world are tropical ones, you know. Just check out the natural splendor and wonderful culture of Vancouver Island!
4. St. John (USVI)
One of the wonderful things about St. John is its lack of full development, meaning you can really get into the island spirit.
Home to Rihana, you’ll feel like an international superstar when you’re sipping rum by the beach here.
6. Mallorca (Spain)
This laid-back Spanish island has long captured the imaginations of artists and beach-goers alike.
7. Ibiza (Spain)
Now, if you’re looking for a Spanish island that has an amazing nightlife culture and even more amazing beaches… Look no further than the world-famous Ibiza!
Technically an assortment of over 300 small islands, Fiji is a would-be explorer’s wonderland.
9. St. Barts
Although it was hit hard during this previous hurricane season, you can bet St. Barts will emerge as gorgeous as ever in the months to come.
10. Hvar (Croatia)
This may be one of the must unique islands on this entire list, which is why it’s so eminently worth checking out!
11. Sardinia (Italy)
Home to some beautiful beaches and some incredible cuisine, you’ll find much and more to love on the Mediterranean’s second-largest island.
12. Madeira (Portugal)
The landscape of this gorgeous archipelago features dramatic cliffs overlooking sweeping waves, with wonderful towns dotting the coastline.
13. Palawan (Philippines)
Although one of the Philippine’s smaller islands, this gem is home to a natural wonder of the world: the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River.
14. Bora Bora (French Polynesia)
If you’re idea of the best island on the planet involves staying in an overwater bungalow, then get thee to Bora Bora!
15. St. Lucia
Once you first lay your own eyes upon the gorgeous Pitons, which are located along the southern part of the island, you’ll understand why St. Lucia made the list.
16. Capri (Italy)
The name conjures up ideas of luxurious tropical vacations with fine food and drink, and the island itself does not disappoint in this regard.
17. Isla Mujeres (Mexico)
Only a short ways away from the popular beach spot of Cancun, Isla Mujeres has a vibe that’s hard to beat and plenty of attractions to see.
18. Mykonos (Greece)
The Greek Isles are incredible, and there are many who think that Mykonos is the best of all…
19. Santorini (Greece)
But, Mykonos has some stiff competition once you get a look at the beautiful white-washed buildings of gorgeous Santorini.
20. Crete (Greece)
When you want to marry your island vacation with a solid touch of history, you can’t do much better than the Isle of Crete!