TripAdvisor names world’s best islands

Travellers’ choice awards go to favourite hideaways

The ubiquitous travel site TripAdvisor has announced the winners of its Travellers’ Choice Islands. Now in its second year, the awards recognise more than 100 islands around the world, including top 10 lists for Europe, the US, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, South America and the South Pacific.

The winners are found based on the quality and quantity of the most highly rated hotels, restaurants, and attractions listed for each island on TripAdvisor, gathered during a 12 month period.

The number-one island in Europe is in Scotland – Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides – beating all of the islands in Greece and the Mediterranean. But the best islands in the world are in Central America and the Caribbean – Ambergris Caye in Belize, followed by Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos.

Top 10 Islands in Europe:

1 Lewis and Harris, Outer Hebrides

2 Naxos, Cyclades

3 Island of Gozo, Malta

4 Mainland, Orkney Islands

5 Milos, Cyclades

6 Cephalonia, Ionian Islands

7 Santorini, Cyclades

8 Capri, Province of Naples

9 Isle of Mull, The Hebrides

10 Paros, Cyclades


Top 10 Islands in the US:

1 Marco Island, Florida

2 Chincoteague Island, Virginia

3 Anna Maria Island, Florida

4 San Juan Island, Washington

5 Maui, Hawaii

6 Kauai, Hawaii

7 Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

8 Nantucket, Massachusetts

9 Hilton Head, South Carolina

10 Key West, Florida


Top 10 Islands in the World:

1 Ambergris Caye, Belize

2 Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

3 Bora Bora, French Polynesia

4 Marco Island, Florida

5 Lewis and Harris, Scotland

6 Naxos, Greece

7 Aitutaki, Cook Islands

8 Nosy Be, Madagascar

9 Easter Island, Chile

10 Ko Tao, Thailand

The Guardian / ABC

[pictured: Thalassitra Church, Milos, Greece]


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