World’s Best Islands Based on “Activities, Beaches, Culture/Sites, Lodging, Restaurants and Scenery”

For me, a dream vacation involves a wide, white, sandy beach for relaxing on; bathtub-warm, blue water for scuba diving in (or sailing over); a very funny book for transporting me a bit further from home; and a bar nearby that serves frozen drinks — for all the rest of the time. While I certainly enjoy active vacations, I also enjoy laying around a bit. Consequently, I’m always on the lookout for ideas about islands worth visiting.

According to this list, the Top 20 islands in the world — based on Activities, Beaches, Culture/Sites, Lodging, Restaurants, and Scenery are:

  • Bali
  • Kauai
  • Maui
  • Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
  • Mount Desert, Maine
  • Tasmania
  • Hawaii
  • Galapagos
  • Santorini
  • Santo Stefano
  • Phuket, Thailand
  • Thatch Cay
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Grand Bogue Caye
  • Allan
  • Caritas
  • Cerralvo
  • Pakatoa
  • Isla de sa Ferradura

The site provides details about what makes each island special, though some of the descriptions are as spare as the islands themselves. Nevertheless, the list makes a nice jumping-off-point if you’re dreaming about island travel…