The World's Most Beautiful Islands to Add to Your Bucket List—Stat!
Do you need a tropical getaway? Are you daydreaming of dancing the night away in St. Barts with Kate Moss? We hear you; the midyear struggle is real. While we can't offer you the real thing, we can promise to visually transport you there. From the popular slices of paradise to the best-kept secrets, scroll down to view some of the world's most beautiful islands.
This Italian slice of island heaven has everything going for it; surrounded by clear blue waters, a stunning cliff coastline, and white sandy beaches, Ponza has been the nation’s well-kept secret for far too long. The secret sister of better-known islands Capri and Ischia is located between Rome and Naples. Apart from Ponza’s pretty scenery, you’ll fall in love with the island's rainbow houses, which form a ring around the tiny port.
One of 74 islands in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays are without a doubt one of the most beautiful of them all, if not of the world. Take your pick of things to do, from snorkeling with the turtles to scuba diving through the coral reefs, cruising a sailboat around the secluded beaches, or sunbaking on some of the whitest beaches you’ve ever seen. Adventurers can go off the beaten track and hike or mountain-bike the hillside national park trails.
If you’re looking for breathtaking beaches and the whitest sand you’ve ever set foot on, then Fernando de Noronha in the South Atlantic Ocean is your next holiday destination. The tropical paradise is one of 21 islands and islets. Few people can claim they’ve witnessed this natural treasure, as it’s only accessible by air from São Paulo. But you’ll have to book in advance because the earth-conscious Fernando community limits visitor numbers to conserve the island and peaceful environment.
If you really want to spoil yourself, then head straight to the middle of the Caribbean, to Saint Barthélemy. Mingle with models, celebrities, millionaires, and more on this beautiful volcanic island surrounded by shallow reefs. The island has over 70 restaurants, with private villas that step right out onto the beach. Take your pick of things to do, from swimming to diving to dancing the night away in one of the island's nightclubs.
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Pack the below travel essentials before your next island getaway.
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This story was originally published on July 16, 2015 and has been updated.