It’s a fantasy most of us have: to escape to an idyllic island somewhere, far away from the rat race. The problem is that many island destinations lost their charm when the crowds discovered them. After all, how do you get away from it all when you have to compete with fellow tourists for a spot on the beach?
The good news is that you don’t have to travel to the ends of the Earth to find that secluded island of your dreams. These little-known islands may be popular in their region, but less so further afield. They’re also some of the best in the world.
1. Caye Caulker, Belize
2. Tanera Mor, United Kingdom
If you really like it here and have a couple of million to spare, Tanera Mor is for sale.
3. San Andres, Colombia
Excellent visibility makes it a great diving and snorkelling destination while palm-fringed beaches, Creole culture and the sounds of reggae makes this just the place to kick back and relax.
4. Con Son, Vietnam
5. Pico, Portugal
6. Gozo, Malta
7. Holbox, Mexico
8. Skopelos, Greece
If you’re looking for the perfect wedding chapel, look no further than the Church of Agios Ioannis Kastri, built on a huge rock and featured in the wedding scene in Mamma Mia!
9. Ibo Island, Mozambique
10. Isle au Haut, Maine
11. Great Barrier Island, New Zealand
The waters surrounding the island provide opportunities for boating, fishing, kayaking, surfing and snorkelling.
12. Kastellorizo, Greece
Their island idyll was Kastellorizo, the easternmost of the Greek islands. The clear blue waters and whitewashed houses will soon have you forget, like those soldiers in the movie, about the state of the world.
13. Juist, Germany
The only ways to get around the island are on foot, by bicycle or by horse-drawn carriage.
14. Koh Rong, Cambodia
15. Chiloe, Chile
16. Flatey, Iceland
17. Solta, Croatia
18. Corn Islands, Nicaragua
19. Cies Islands, Spain
20. Pelee Island, Ontario
Becoming one with nature is a popular pastime here but the island also has historic sites such as Canada’s oldest estate winery to explore and hosts events such as the annual Stone & Sky Music & Arts Series.