With international travel currently halted until the foreseeable future, we are currently dreaming of future trips, and looking forward to 2021, when hopefully, international travel can resume as normally as possible. In the meantime dream away and begin your research for visiting some of the most beautiful islands in the world in 2021.
One of the greatest rewards of travelling is that we get to live some of the most unique experiences of our life. Of all the places in the world, one thing which catches the imagination of many travelers is the endless beauty of a tropical island. The infinite views of the sea on the horizon, crystal clear water, blue skies, pristine sand beaches and the soothing greenery make it feel like a paradise on earth. Whether you want to experience an adrenaline rush, explore a rugged landscape or just laze on a beautiful beach, an island vacay will give you an all-round enthralling experience. If you are looking for inspiration for your next island vacation, here is a list of 10 unique and beautiful islands that every traveler should visit.
A hilly Caribbean island nation, Dominica is truly nature’s playground. The island is home to some of the most dramatic peaks, rugged landscapes, adventure-filled terrain, amazing ravines, epic waterfalls, black sand beaches and enchanted rainforests in the world. Whether you want to relax on the beach, go eco-trekking, explore the pristine coral reefs or get a first-hand experience of the authentic culture and unique history of this country, you will get plenty of options to replenish your passions.
Prince Edward Island, Canada
Situated on the eastern coast of Canada, Prince Edward Island is Canada’s smallest Maritime Province. The island is commonly known for its lobsters, oysters, blue mussels and crustaceans and is a delight for any seafood lover. If you have a good appetite for seafood, then you must visit for the annual shellfish festival which usually takes place in September. Tourists can also take a stroll around the island’s red-sand beaches and immerse themselves in the tranquility of this incredible island.
Isle of Skye, Scotland
The Isle of Skye is also known as the Skye Island and is one of the largest islands in the northernmost part of Scotland. This stunning island is popular for its picturesque villages, rocky landscapes and magnificent medieval castles. Connected to the northwest coast of Scotland by a bridge, tourists can also take a ferry to reach this island. History enthusiasts can learn about the dinosaur fossils or visit the clan castles whereas wildlife buffs can spot impressive creatures such as the White-Tailed Sea Eagle, red deer, whales, seals, dolphins and otters on and around the island.
The third-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus is known for its honey-coloured beaches, ancient ruins and forested nature trails. Apart from its natural beauty, the island is also famous for its rich mineral wealth, excellent wines and rich culture. Due to a large number of Greek and Turkish descendants, this Mediterranean Island is home to a rich culture and unique cuisine, with all the halloumi cheese and slow-cooked meat you could dream of.
Home to 333 tropical islands, Fiji is located in the South Pacific. The island boasts some of the most extraordinary palm-lined beaches and astonishing coral reefs with crystal clear lagoons. It also has some of the best private island resorts in the world. For travelers who wish to indulge in a luxurious island escape, a holiday in Fiji will give you some of the most memorable experiences of your life. From playing golf, to snorkeling and surfing, you will be spoilt for choice with the vast options available.
A cluster of volcanic islands, the Galapagos hosts a large number of endemic species of plants and animals in the world. In the island’s untamed terrain, travelers can spot unique creatures such as sea lions, seagoing lizards, giant tortoises, and short-feathered penguins in their natural habitat. Due to the relatively high number of natural species of flora and fauna, some of which are not seen anywhere else in the world, this island is also a UNESCO world heritage site.
Bora Bora, Polynesia
Another quaint island in the South Pacific is Bora Bora. Many tourists visiting this island prefer to relax on the secluded white sand beaches of the island, take boat trips through the flawless aquamarine waters or explore the tropical beauty of the island by taking a four-wheel drive tour. Although considered an expensive option, this destination is perfect for travelers who are looking for an island getaway that is not only a once in a lifetime experience but also free from the typical tourist crowd.
A Dutch Caribbean island, Curaçao is well-known for its extensive coral reefs, rich marine life and beaches tucked into coves. Although the mainland of this island is built in the Dutch style, the surrounding areas of the island are completely tropical. As the weather is pretty stable all year round, travelers can soak up the sun, hit the beaches or party through the night and make the most out of their vacation. The island’s vast art and culture also gives travelers an opportunity to dive into the world of creativity.
An off-beat destination, Nisyros Island is quite different from a typical Greek island. Situated on a small piece of land, this island also has an active volcano. As the volcano is relatively quiet, the travelers have the opportunity to experience the natural geological forces that exist on our planet. If partying is your scene, you can also visit some of the thumping beach bars on the pristine coast of this island. For those looking for a more active trip, why not visit one of the many hot springs on the island or take a hike along one of the many hiking trails?
The San Blas Islands
If you have ever fantasized about being on a deserted island and want to live up to this image, then the San Blas Islands are perfect for you. One of the most underrated destinations of Panama, The San Blas Islands are still pretty ‘off the beaten path’ when it comes to tourism. As the island is fully controlled by the natives, you can experience its untouched nature and raw culture. The island is also popular for sailing and boat tours and has several beautiful spots for water activities such as diving and snorkeling.