A Greek island in the top of the world
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A Greek island in the top of the world

US news published the list with the best islands in the world. Seclusion, sprawling beaches, rolling waves and untouched pockets of wilderness are all credentials for a nod among the best islands in the world. According to experts and U.S. News readers, the islands listed here boast a little something that keeps travelers enchanted. The best island this year is a Greek one, that has left behing exotic destinations as Bora-Bora and Maldives.

Santorini is the best island in the world, in the 9th spot we find Mykonos and in the 13th Crete.

See below the whole list:

1. Santorini

This honeymoon spot caters to all sorts of travelers. Beach bums can lounge along Santorini’s red sands, foodies can savor aromatic Mediterranean flavors, and history buffs can explore the remains of Thira and Akrotiri.

2. Bora Bora

Bora Bora offers you the chance to lounge on white sands, stretch your legs along the trails to Mount Otemanu’s summit and sleep in thatched-roof huts suspended over the turquoise South Pacific.

 3. St. Kitts & Nevis

It’s no wonder that these islands draw celebs in droves. Who wouldn’t want to lie across beautiful beaches or explore Brimstone’s ancient fortress? From sands to beach bars, St. Kitts & Nevis give visitors an authentic Caribbean experience.

 4. Maldives

These tiny islands in the Indian Ocean exude seclusion. You can spend your days snorkeling over coral reefs and lounging on the sands. Or you can watch sunset over the waves from your palatial resort.

5. St. Martin – St. Maarten

This half-French, half-Dutch island bursts with activity. The streets of Marigot and Philipsburg are filled with exotic eats and vibrant music. Outside the cities, a gorgeous scene of mountains and shorelines awaits. Read More»

 6. Cayman Islands

Whether you’re looking for a new adventure or some peace and quiet, these three islands northwest of Jamaica have everything you need to experience something new. You can scuba dive in vibrant reefs, hike the 200-year-old Mastic Trail or kick back at Seven Mile Beach.

7. Fiji

These islands” white-sand shores offer fantastic scenery. But there’s more to Fiji than what you’ll see from your beach towel: Hike the volcanic Mamanuca Mountains or hit the boutiques of Suva.  Read More»

8. Maui

As far as Hawaiian retreats go, Maui takes the cake. You’ll find opulent resorts, dramatic scenery and adventurous activities all in one place. Nothing beats spending a day on Kaihalulu’s red beach or Wailea’s golden shores.

9. Mykonos

Mykonos is like Santorini’s wild sibling: This Greek island pulsates with a party beat nearly 24 hours a day. But there’s a peaceful side to this island as well. For a more relaxed environment, watch the sun set over the Mediterranean from The Windmills” high perch.

 10. Bali

With its skyline of gorgeous mountains and pointed pagodas, it’s no wonder Bali means «heaven.» On this Indonesian island, you can tour ancient temples, play with Sumatran elephants or simply lounge in one of many resplendent oceanfront resorts.

11. Kauai

Kauai is the oldest and most rugged of the Hawaiian archipelago. Adventure-seekers will love hoofing it along the Kalalau Trail and hiking Waimea Canyon, while the Na Pali Coast beckons to photographers with its gorgeous ocean vistas.

12. Seychelles

It may not have the luxurious reputation of the Maldives, but Seychelles does have striking scenery. This chain of islands off the eastern coast of Africa will astound you with its fawn-colored sands, massive boulders and calm waters, not to mention its giant tortoises.

13. Crete

With authentic Greek restaurants, charming waterside villages and excellent beach weather, Crete is a favorite among worldwide travelers. For a dose of history, visit the archaeological sites and museums that bring the island’s ancient past to life.

14. Hawaii – The Big Island

The pure versatility of the Big Island’s geography is enough to earn it recognition as one of a kind: Black-sand beaches line some shores, while lush rainforests populate nearby areas. Plus, the tropical island’s active volcano, Kilauea, makes for a fun adventure.

15. Anguilla

Anguilla is a low-key island. Spend the day sprawled out on Rendezvous Bay, then listen to some home-grown reggae at lounges like Dune Preserve when the sun goes down.

16. Galápagos Islands

Darwin’s wonderland hasn’t lost its magic, and you won’t be disappointed by what you find. Massive turtles and bizarre birds wander just feet away. This isn’t your typical getaway, but a trip to the Galápagos is one you’ll never forget.