What is the type of your favorite destination for a vacation? Some people love achieving the mountains’ peaks. On the other hand, some people choose islands with white sand beaches for relaxing. If you are the second type, then long stretches of sand, crystal clear blue sea, and lush flora and fauna on these tropical islands are surely what you look for. Get ready, let’s explore the most beautiful tropical islands to visit in the world!

Mauritius, East Africa

Shangri-La's Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Trou d'Eau Douce, Mauritius
The Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Trou d’Eau Douce, Mauritius.

The sea paradise of Mauritius possesses clear blue waters, soft sandy beaches, and lavish resorts. You can go along hiking trails through the forest, explore peaceful fishing villages, or enjoy the local cuisine. There are also must-see attractions including the Ile aux Aigrettes (26-hectare Ecotourism Reserve), the vibrant town of Port Louis, and experiencing authentic Mauritian culture at Mahebourg Market.

Seychelles, East Africa

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A Seychelles vacation is a dream for many people.

Formed from 115 islands scattered around the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa, Seychelles possesses many tropical islands to visit this year. On top of that, Mahe is the largest island here. It’s home to many resorts, restaurants, and beautiful beaches. Top sites include Anse Source d’Argent (said to be one of the most photographed beaches in the world), Vallee de Mai National park (world heritage ranking), and Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke market.

Zanzibar Island, Tanzania

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The Nungwi beach in Zanzibar island, Tanzania.

Zanzibar Island is about 30 kilometers off the coast of Tanzania, East Africa. The island has been attracting visitors for decades with its beautiful coastlines, forests, parks, and lush flora. Particularly, you can get up close to wildlife at Cheetah’s Rock, an open-air sanctuary for rescued animals. Additionally, you can take a dip at Nakupenda Beach, Prison Island, or Nungwi Beach. To immerse yourself in the unique culture and fascinating history, you should take a stroll to Stone town or visit one of the local spice farms.

Koh Lipe, Thailand, South East Asia

Koh Lipe Beach Resort
The gorgeous and relaxing Koh Lipe Beach Resort.

Koh Lipe is the southernmost island of Thailand. In particular, it is one of the few islands that still retain the original character. The explanation for this may be because the location of Koh Lipe is quite far from the famous tourist attractions of Thailand. Indeed, the island is about 40km from Langkawi Island and is part of the Tarutao National Marine Park system. Even though this island is a bit far away, that does not make your experiences in this place any less interesting. A clear blue sea, pleasant climate, and beautiful beaches are what Koh Lipe possesses. Relaxation, sunbathing, diving and nightlife are the highlights of Koh Lipe that you can enjoy.

Maldives, South Asia

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A Maldives resort on the water.

You can go to any of the 1,200 islands in the Maldives. Especially, they all have crystal clear waters and the softest, white sand in the world. Being one of the smallest countries in the world with about 99% water, this beautiful tropical island is a world-class place for scuba diving, snorkeling, and surfing. In fact, Maldives is one of the top choices for a honeymoon in Asia. Indeed, the island has special honeymoon packages for newlyweds.

Palawan Island, Philippines

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This is El Nido, a municipality on Palawan island.

People regularly call Palawan the “world’s most beautiful islands” or “world’s most beautiful beaches”. Moreover, this island is perfect for the adventurous. Indeed, you can participate in activities like kayaking through crystal clear lagoons, swinging through the woods, diving around a shipwreck, or literally chasing a waterfall. Besides that, the markets on the island have a lot of homemade jewelry that is relatively cheap thanks to the abundance of mussels and oysters in the surrounding sea.

Bora Bora, South Pacific, France

bora bora is one of ideal tropical islands for a honeymoon
Bora Bora is one of the most romantic tropical islands to visit for a honeymoon.

This small island is arguably the most popular honeymoon spot. Indeed, Bora Bora is easily accessible. Here, you can enjoy the idyllic atmosphere of high emerald mountains, picture-perfect beaches, and iconic floating bungalows. Despite its lack of lively towns and nightlife, the island is ideal for travelers looking to relax on the beach, hike, or paraglide.

Ambergris Caye, Belize

Ambergris Caye is one of the tropical islands in the world
A colorful view of Ambergris Caye from a dive shop.

Unsurprisingly, Ambergris Caye isn’t as famous as Bora Bora or Santorini. Yet, this little-known “jewel” is a place worth mentioning this year. The island’s location is off the east coast of Belize, Central America, right next to the Barrier Reef. Ambergris Caye is a destination for travelers interested in boating, snorkeling, diving, or just sitting on a boat and basking in the sun. You can also find many luxury beach resorts, enjoy freshly caught seafood and explore the vibrant nightlife.

Abacos Islands, Bahamas

A part of Abacos Islands from an aerial view
A part of Abacos Islands from an aerial view.

Described as the “jewel of the Bahamas”, Great Abaco and Little Abaco are considered an “ocean dream” for boating, scuba diving enthusiasts, and lovers of seafood and history. The Abaconians mainly live in the capital of Great Abaco, Marsh Harbour. This is where you can start your journey before catching the ferry to the Elbow, Man O’War, or Great Guana sand dunes. Here, you’ll find a beach teeming with marine life, historic cottages, quaint lighthouses, and a culture like no other.

St. Barth, Caribbean Island

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The capital Gustavia of Saint Barthélemy. Image credit to David Stanley on Flickr.

Visit Saint Barthélemy, or as the locals call it St. Barth, and you’ll understand why it’s a top choice for the rich and famous. Yes, this island is a perfect combination of colorful bougainvillea, clear blue bays, sophisticated French fashion boutiques, and hotels.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. What stunning pictures! I love the beach and always enjoy researching new and gorgeous places. Thank you for bringing these great places to us!

  2. Wow, I never though that Bora Bora id French island. Honestly I adore beach vacations and I want to see all these places. Thank you for inspiration!

  3. only word that comes to mind is wow! There are so many beautiful places in this world that we have yet to explore and it makes me excited when i find new ones. These are beautiful locations that i would love to travel to with my husband.

  4. Oh what a list!! We have been to only 3 of these. Time to tick off a few more. Thanks for sharing these beautiful destinations.

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