World’s Best Islands to Visit in Summer 2014

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Often the top travel destinations for the best places for honeymoons or just the best travel destinations period are said to be island destinations. There are many islands to choose from though and so which are the best? If you look at many of the lists purporting to report the best island destinations, they will all too often be repetitive, selecting only Pacific Island destinations or those in the Caribbean or Mediterranean but there are many islands around the world that can offer different attractions in their own specific and unique way. This is a list of perhaps the best islands to visit, ranging from the Pacific to the islands of Madagascar and Scotland.

Ambergris Caye – Belize

Ambergris Caye - Belize

Ambergris Caye – Belize

Belize is home to the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere and Ambergris Caye is ideally located to afford the best access to it for snorkelling or diving, even just looking at it from a glass bottom boat. The Caye or Island is the largest in Belize and its main form of transport is the golf cart. The mix of Caribbean Sea, Coral Reef and just enough development to make it comfortably exciting, has been responsible for getting Ambergris Caye awarded, for the second year in succession, the Travellers Choice Award for best Island Destination.

Bora Bora – French Polynesia

Bora Bora – French Polynesia

Bora Bora – French Polynesia

This magnificent Island often graces the covers of many travel brochures and with good reason, this lush island paradise with sea, sand and a beauty that is probably unmatched anywhere else in the world. Apart from the sea and the sand, the island can offer 4 x 4 expeditions and very romantic settings, often the dream vacation for honeymoon couples and romantics of any age.

Marco Island – Florida

Marco Island – Florida

Marco Island – Florida

Not only does this island offer you the sea activities and relaxing beaches that you expect from an island destination but can also offer a round of golf or perhaps an expedition to explore the nearby Everglades.

Lewis and Harris – Scotland

Lewis and Harris – Scotland

Lewis and Harris – Scotland

These islands located off the west coast of Scotland may not offer a tropical paradise but they do have plenty to offer the more adventurous. In the North of the Island of Lewis there are the legendary Callandish Standing Stones. These massive rocks sprout from the ground almost forming a rock like city and in the South of the Island of Harris; the beaches have rocks that are among the oldest on the planet, dating back millions of years and with a medieval village to visit on the nearby island of St. Kilda, there is always plenty to do.

Nosy Be – Madagascar

Nosy Be – Madagascar

Nosy Be – Madagascar

Many people couldn’t tell you the name of the capital of Madagascar, let alone name any of its islands but Nosy Be means “Big Island” and it is exactly that. Located off the Northwest coast of Madagascar, the island can offer Coral Reefs, volcanic lakes, rum distilleries, Lemurs and an abundance of possibly unique flora and fauna in the Lokobe Nature Special Reserve or even a 4 day music festival for those who visit in May.

 

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