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.
We all know about the beaches, resorts and history of Jamaica, but the island is also notable for the number of celebrities who have called it home. Before he died in 2003, Johnny Cash lived part-time in stately Rose Hall on Cinnamon Hill, which is now open to tours—as is Firefly, former home of playwright and bon vivant Noël Coward, which played host to, among others, Queen Elizabeth II. And after it was a coffee plantation and before it was a boutique hotel, the Strawberry Hill estate, located 3,100 feet above sea level in the Blue Mountains, was the residence of one Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records. On breaks from popularizing Bob Marley, Blackwell invited everyone from The Rolling Stones to Marianne Faithfull to Willie Nelson to his respite on a hill.