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.
Among these 40 islands and cays, only eight have human inhabitants. Yet despite the resulting abundance of peace and quiet, this island territory is given to brash self-promotion: Its Grace Bay Beach is the “Best Beach in the World” (as designated by TripAdvisor users); it has one of the world’s longest coral reefs; it’s a place where, as the tourism officials rhapsodize, “relaxation is unavoidable and rejuvenation ensured.” If this sounds a little over the top, there’s still an element of truth to it. The beaches are beautiful, the waters clear, the countryside idyllic and the sunsets picture-perfect. Spend an afternoon in one of the secluded lagoons, or go kayaking through the mangroves, or come face-to-face with one of the resident turtles, and you’ll get an idea of what all the fuss is about.