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We've all had the fantasy of ditching work to live on a remote island somewhere — preferably one with gorgeous beaches, to-die-for scenery, and delicious seafood (an outdoor bar would be nice, too). Well, those islands do exist, whether they be exotic spots in the South Pacific or places right here in the U.S. We've rounded up some of the most beautiful islands in the world.
It's hard to top the powder-soft white-sand beaches on the island of Bora Bora, which have calm azure waters and shallow lagoons, making them fabulous spots for snorkeling. One of the best ways to experience the island is to stay in an over-the-water bungalow.
An island doesn't have to be tropical to be beautiful, as evidenced by Cape Cod. Expect unspoiled beaches, historic lighthouses, and the ridiculously charming village of Edgartown., the posh but laid-back getaway reached via ferry from
While Hvar gets most of the attention, Korcula is another beautiful island on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast. Its ancient walled town is an idyllic place to roam, take in the Adriatic Sea views, and lunch on tube-shaped, hand-rolled pasta (an island specialty).
Nature lovers will be in heaven in the Galápagos Islands, a Pacific volcanic chain. You'll encounter sea turtles, sea lions, marine iguanas, and Sally Lightfoot crabs — the same animals naturalist Charles Darwin saw when he famously visited in 1835.
Thechain consists of hundreds of islands, but one of the most beautiful is Harbour Island, known for its pastel-colored buildings, plantation-style accommodations, and pretty pink-sand beaches. Plus, the locals use golf carts to get around — how cool is that?
This glamorous playground, frequented by the rich and, is known for its gorgeous beaches like and Colombier, glitzy nightlife, designer boutiques, and a yacht-lined harbor. Pop open the Champagne and get the party started!
One of the world's most beautiful islands is also one of the closest (for East Coasters, that is). Horseshoe Bay, is just 650 miles off the coast of North Carolina, so you can be sipping Dark and Stormys in no time., famed for its pink-sand beaches like
Santorini is considered to be the fairest island of them all. Visitors never tire of snapping photos of its whitewashed buildings with cobalt blue domes, swimming in its beautiful black-sand beaches, and gazing at the dreamy sunsets over the Aegean Sea.
Fiji, a far-flung archipelago in the South Pacific, is practically synonymous with turquoise tropical beaches. Expect lava cliffs, crystalline lagoons, and mango groves, all of which you can take in from one of the chain's many exclusive adults-only hideaways.
While St. Lucia has its share of palm-fringed beaches, the island's most beloved feature are the Pitons, a pair of volcanic peaks visible from almost every part of the island. Rainforest treks, West Indian cuisine, and rum punches round out the experience.
The Roman emperor Tiberius was so transfixed by the beauty of Capri, off the coast of Naples, he transferred his imperial household here in A.D. 27. It's still as stunning today, with sea caves, such as the beautiful Blue Grotto, limestone cliffs, and olive groves — not to mention chic cafes and designer shops.