As the temperature drops in the Northern Hemisphere, a certain flight impulse takes hold in travelers' hearts. So, to help facilitate your escape, we offer a dozen of the world's best island destinations—from tropical to temperate, and classic to unexpected.
While it may not be widely known that “Nova Scotia” is Latin for “New Scotland,” spend some time on craggy, mist-shrouded Cape Breton and the moniker will make perfect sense. This emerald island in Canada’s Maritimes is ideal for slightly less sun-loving travelers looking for peace and quiet. The Cabot Trail, a 185-mile coastal drive, is considered one of the best road trips in Canada; plus, the golf courses on Cape Breton are world class, and the opportunities to hike, camp and ponder the sea are ample. But don’t take our word for it. Here’s erstwhile summer resident Alexander Graham Bell: “I have traveled around the globe. I have seen the Canadian and American Rockies, the Andes, the Alps and the Highlands of Scotland, but for simple beauty, Cape Breton outrivals them all!”