It’s summertime … but I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that. Kids are running amuck through your garden and trampling your marigolds, shopping malls are crammed with people seeking relief from the heat and you know it’s only a matter of time before your Uncle Leo drops his plate overflowing with barbeque ribs and chicken, potato salad, corn on the cob, deviled eggs, and sweet baked beans onto your freshly scrubbed patio floor.
Ahhhh, the joys of summer.
You’re not knocking your life at home, but somewhere in the back of your mind, the urge to get away is tugging at you. It isn’t difficult to picture yourself going from stress to bliss as you relish the sun’s warmth as tiny beads of sweat glisten across your body while you drape your languid self across a low lounge chair on an island . . . any island.
Pssst…I think I hear an island calling your name.
Stop daydreaming! Pack your bags and hit up one of the many islands trumpeted by Travel + Leisure as the “World’s Best.”
Every year, Travel + Leisure invites its readers to participate in a survey across dozens of different categories and subcategories, including cities, airlines, cruise lines, hotels and, yes, islands. Many of the categories are broken down into regions to make it easy to pinpoint your next vacation.
Looking for a Caribbean getaway? Check out the best of “The Caribbean, Bermuda & the Bahamas” with Harbour Island, Bahamas. If Europe floats your boat, laze away a week in Santorini, Greece or on the lovely isle of Malta, which took the top two honors on the list. Don’t count out the Continental U.S. and Canada – Vancouver Island, British Columbia and Hilton Head, South Carolina came in first and second, respectively.
If you want to cut through the crowd and get to the best of the best, here are the Top 10 Overall World’s Best Islands:
- Galápagos Islands, Ecuador*
- Bali, Indonesia*
- Tasmania, Australia
- Santorini, Greece
- Moorea, French Polynesia
- Maui, Hawaii**
- Kauai, Hawaii**
- Great Barrier Reef, Australia
*Made the list for 10 consecutive years
**Made the list for 20 consecutive years
What are you waiting for? Pack your bags, book your tickets and proceed to enjoy the summer.
Visit Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2015 for a complete list of 2015 winners.