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Tobago Cays

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Anchor off the shores of the Tobago Cays for a peaceful escape from modern life. Located in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, this archipelago is composed of 5 uninhabited islands with a huge variety of wildlife.


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Shoal Bay, Anguilla

Shoal Bay, Anguilla

Once a secret hideaway, Anguilla has come into its own as a Caribbean hot spot for Hollywood starlets and honeymooners alike. Filled with beautiful beaches, posh resorts and overall laid-back charm, Anguilla's popularity is certainly well-deserved. There are 33 beaches on this 16-mile stretch of island, and the best part is that they are all open to the public. Shoal Bay is among the most popular with 2 miles of pearly-white sand on the Atlantic side that has a convenient equipment rental on-site for visitors.

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Eagle Beach, Aruba

Eagle Beach, Aruba

With miles of clean shores, tranquil waters and picture-perfect weather year-round, Aruba sees its fair share of tourism. Eagle Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island with its wide swath of powdery sand and gentle surf perfect for swimming. The beach is a bit quieter than some of its neighbors, but still free to the public like all of Aruba’s beaches. Sleep across the street from these serene shores at the Dutch-influenced Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort.

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Trunk Bay, St. John

Trunk Bay, St. John

Nearly 50 years after Laurance S. Rockefeller donated Trunk Bay to the National Park Service, the beach and offshore coral reefs remain among St. John's most breathtaking and well-preserved attractions. Trunk Bay's clear, warm waters and silky coral sands draw tourists in droves, and its well-maintained facilities include chair and snorkel equipment rentals and showers. Visitors can bask in the tropical sun, snorkel the 225-yard-long Underwater Trail of reefs, or try their hand at underwater photography -- the clean water and variety of colorful sea life promise spectacular photo opportunities.

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Crane Beach, Barbados

Crane Beach, Barbados

Barbados is a distinctive island, both in its natural beauty and fun-loving culture. This West Indies gem is actually a coral island. The sandy beaches are made up of pulverized coral, which makes for fine, soft sand. Just off the coast, there are coral reefs that tempt snorkelers and scuba divers with their exotic underwater life. Crane Beach is known for its great waves, and the waters are filled with surfers and even some body surfers, though the rough waters are appropriate only for strong swimmers.

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Palominos Island, Puerto Rico

Palominos Island, Puerto Rico

Palominos Island is a 100-acre private beach getaway off the coast at the northeastern tip of Puerto Rico. Adding to the island’s allure is its air of exclusivity as it’s only available to guests staying at the El Conquistador Resort and Golden Door Spa. Those lucky VIPs board a fast-moving catamaran for an 8-minute ride to this retreat for a day of snorkeling, wind surfing or riding wave runners or embrace the island paradise by simply lounging in a hammock with a frozen cocktail.

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Philipsburg, St Maarten

Philipsburg, St Maarten

St. Maarten is a cosmopolitan beach destination with European flair on the Dutch and French sides of the island. Phillipsburg is the capital of the Dutch side and the island’s hub of activity with cruise ships coming and going and visitors strolling along the brick-lined Great Bay Beach Promenade. This busy beachfront runs for nearly 2 miles with colorful umbrellas dotting the wide sandy shores. For a completely different experience, head to Cupecoy Beach, a clothing-optional spot beneath golden sandstone cliffs.

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Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas

While Nassau’s beaches are certainly lovely, the allure for many is the spectacular diving just off the sandy shores where visibility can reach up to 100 feet. Explore the Blue Hole, a natural hole 100 feet across and 200 feet deep full of large schools of fish. Trinity and Piece of Cake caves both have openings large enough to swim through and are home to some large lobsters. There are also countless shipwrecks that have occurred along the reefs surrounding the islands of the Bahamas that make for some very exciting underwater adventures.

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Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands are made up of a collection of smaller islands, each with its own unique topography and island vibe. Virgin Gorda, 1 of the largest islands, is a popular tourist spot with posh resorts, pristine beaches and great sailing. Virgin Gorda is probably most famous for the Baths, a unique national park on the island's southwest coast with white sandy beaches framed by gigantic granite boulders, some of these with diameters reaching 40 feet. Bring along your water shoes, a snorkel and a waterproof camera and explore the series of caves and grottos created by these irregular boulders.

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Harrismith Beach, Barbados

Harrismith Beach, Barbados

Spend the day like a castaway on the remote Harrismith Beach in the Parish of St. Philip in Barbados. Though it’s just a short walk from Bottom Bay, this sandy paradise is far removed from the resort scene at the more developed beaches. The beach is accessible by a flight of stone steps carved into a cliff overlooking the sea. The cliff-top ruins of an old plantation house add to the romantic air. After descending the steps to the shore, enjoy a picnic, search for shells or relax with a book—but swim at your own risk as there’s no lifeguard on duty at this hidden gem of a beach.

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Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda

Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda

Bermuda's famous pink-sand beaches are considered some of the loveliest seaside retreats in the world, and the shores of Horseshoe Bay are no exception. Wide stretches of the pastel pink sand -- the result of crushed shells, coral and calcium carbonate -- offset by clear blue waves lapping at the shore, create an enticing lure for the scores of visiting beachgoers who descend each year upon the 21-mile-long island. Horseshoe Bay Beach's facilities, lifeguards and equipment rental shops have helped secure its ranking as Bermuda's most popular shore.

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Palau
Palau

Palau

While the Republic of Palau is picturesque, it’s what’s underwater that makes this island so special. This group of Micronesian islands, also known as “The Black Islands,” has crystal-clear water and diverse marine life, making it one of the best scuba-diving spots in the world.  960 1280

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Niue

Niue

Located in the South Pacific Ocean, northeast of New Zealand, the "Rock of Polynesia" is an adventure lover’s paradise. While there aren’t any sandy beaches to lounge on, there are plenty of caves to explore on land and in the water. 960 1280

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Skopelos, Greece

Skopelos, Greece

Want to escape the touristy Greek isles of Santorini and Mykonos? Head east of mainland Greece to the island of Skopelos. Often referred to as the greenest island in the Aegean Sea, this lush Mediterranean oasis is less commercialized than some of the more popular Greek isles. It also served as a filming location of Mamma Mia. 960 1280

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Favignana, Italy

Favignana, Italy

This butterfly-shaped island off the west coast of Sicily is home to a rocky coastline and crystal-clear water. Those who’ve discovered the island’s charms often enjoy tuna fishing, snorkeling and diving, as well as the chance to feast on the island’s traditional seafood dishes. 960 1280

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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

This little-known island has some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Brazil. With warm, clear water and abundant marine life, diving here is an outdoor lover’s dream. 960 1280

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XXXX Island

XXXX Island

The ultimate mancation destination? XXXX Island. Once known as Pumpkin Island, this 15-acre patch of land off the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef has been temporarily renamed by the popular Aussie brewer, which leased the island in 2012 for the next 3 years. Marketed as a "bloke’s island,"  the XXXX has been turned into one big man cave – with, what else, unlimited beer. 960 1280

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Lofoten Island, Norway

Lofoten Island, Norway

Majestic fjords make this archipelago off Norway a Scandinavian gem. This group of islands, home to charming fishing villages, lies above the Artic Circle (on the same latitude as northern Siberia and northern Alaska), but has a much milder climate due to Gulf Stream currents. Head here between May to early August for 24 hours of daylight. 960 1280

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Aran Islands, Ireland

Aran Islands, Ireland

When you think of Ireland, island hopping probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But off the western coast of Galway lie these beautiful rocky islands where you’ll find traditional customs still intact and the islanders still speaking Irish. 960 1280

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Socotra Island, Yemen

Socotra Island, Yemen

Roughly 250 miles off the coast of Yemen, this magical group of islands has an other-planet vibe with bizarre-looking, rare plant species. Intrepid travelers who make it here will be rewarded with pristine beaches alongside landscapes of sandstone and limestone. 960 1280

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Vis, Croatia

Vis, Croatia

A small island in the Adriatic Sea, Vis is an unspoiled paradise located off Croatia’s coast. Until 1989, it was still part of Yugoslavia and closed to tourists. Now it’s a dream destination for those seeking a remote romantic getaway or an off-the-beaten path adventure. 960 1280

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Monhegan Island, Maine

Monhegan Island, Maine

This small, rocky patch of land off the coast of Maine totals a mere 1 square mile of unspoiled natural beauty. Monhegan is mostly known for its artist colony that sprung up here in the mid-1800s. The island is only accessible by boat, and there are no cars or paved roads here.  960 1280

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Isla Robinson Crusoe, Chile

Isla Robinson Crusoe, Chile

Where’s the most famous deserted island in the world? Four hundred miles off the coast of Chile sits the real-life island that inspired the story of the shipwrecked sailor Robinson Crusoe. Now the isle’s population is about 500 and mostly clustered in the island's only village, San Juan Bautista. 960 1280

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Koh Surin Nua, Thailand

Koh Surin Nua, Thailand

Looking for an island getaway in Thailand -- that’s not trampled by tourists? Consider this pristine island in Thailand's Mu Koh Surin National Park. You won't find high-end hotels or crowds here -- just small bungalows and camping under the stars. 960 1280

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Andaman Islands, India

Andaman Islands, India

This group of more than 200 islands in the Bay of Bengal belongs to India but is geographically closer to Thailand and Myanmar. Powder-white, uncrowded beaches, lush forests and exotic marine life make travel to these remote islands worth the trip. 960 1280

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Rabbit Island, Cambodia

Rabbit Island, Cambodia

A 30-minute boat trip will take you from Cambodia's coastal city Kep to Rabbit Island. Just a little over 1 square mile in area, this tiny gem in the Gulf of Thailand has 2 unspoiled beaches ideal for swimming and getting away from the chaos of mainland Cambodia. 960 1280

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Flatey, Iceland

Flatey, Iceland

In the Westfjords of Iceland, dubbed “the most famous unknown place in Iceland,” lies this mostly uninhabited island. With charming houses dating back to the 19th century, this island is brimming with history. Visit in the summer for a quiet spot to experience Iceland’s midnight sun. 960 1280

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Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado, resort, Samana, Dominican Republic
Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado - Samana, Dominican Republic

Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado - Samana, Dominican Republic

The Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado is the only resort with its own private island in the Dominican Republic. Soak up the sun at the scenic beaches and beautiful pools, and relax in the luxurious rooms with private whirlpool tubs. 960 1280

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Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado - Samana, Dominican Republic

Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado - Samana, Dominican Republic

Located on the Samana Peninsula in the Dominican Republic, the Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado has two gorgeous pools with bars nearby and plenty of lounge chairs, and both are exceptionally clean. The snack bar at the beach pool offers a basic buffet with hot dogs, hamburgers, rice, salad and selected entrees. 960 1280

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Ke Iki Beach Bungalows - Oahu, Hawaii

Ke Iki Beach Bungalows - Oahu, Hawaii

Relax in the hammocks on the quiet beach at Ke Iki Beach Bungalows, a charming but no-frills property on Oahu's picturesque North Shore. Oahu's most famous surfing spots are just down the street. 960 1280

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Ke Iki Beach Bungalows - Oahu, Hawaii

Ke Iki Beach Bungalows - Oahu, Hawaii

Location trumps luxury at these 11 beachfront bungalows. The lodgings are modest, with few amenities and minimal service, but a beautiful beach is just steps away. 960 1280

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Travaasa Hana - Maui, Hawaii

Travaasa Hana - Maui, Hawaii

Travaasa Hana has incredible service, a top-notch spa, excellent food and 77 rooms on acres of property. It may be hard to reach, but it's worth the trip. 960 1280

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Travaasa Hana - Maui, Hawaii

Travaasa Hana - Maui, Hawaii

The Travaasa Hana delivers rustic luxury in the middle of Maui's lush and secluded east coast. It's not directly on the beach, but it has two beautiful pools. 960 1280

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Jake's - South Coast, Jamaica

Jake's - South Coast, Jamaica

Jake's is a member of Island Outpost, Jamaica's trendiest hotel group. Guests come to unplug — there's no phone, internet or TV in the cottages. 960 1280

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Jake's - South Coast, Jamaica

Jake's - South Coast, Jamaica

Jake's is a particular favorite because of the on-site painting and yoga classes, the excellent food and the Driftwood Spa. The spa has several open-air treatment rooms that are built into cliffs overlooking the ocean. 960 1280

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Geejam - Port Antonio, Jamaica

Geejam - Port Antonio, Jamaica

The setting of the Geejam is gorgeous, the service is extraordinary, and one of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches is only 10 minutes away. The hotel offers guests peaceful isolation, but one of its drawbacks is that there are no pool or spa facilities. 960 1280

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Geejam - Port Antonio, Jamaica

Geejam - Port Antonio, Jamaica

The Geejam is made up of only five private, high-tech cottages in the lush foothills of Port Antonio. Modern electronics in the rooms include 42-inch flat-screens, AppleTV, iPod docks and free Wi-Fi. 960 1280

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Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort - St. John, US Virgin Islands

Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort - St. John, US Virgin Islands

Caneel Bay sits on 170 acres of a protected national park, dotted with seven remote beaches. The largest beach also attracts non-resort guests, but the other beaches on the property are much more secluded. 960 1280

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Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort - St. John, US Virgin Islands

Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort - St. John, US Virgin Islands

Caneel's attentive service and gorgeous setting make it one of the Caribbean's best secluded resorts. The most notable of the hotel's four restaurants is Equator, which was built inside and on top of an 18th-century sugar mill. 960 1280

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