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World's Best Islands

No. 19 The Exumas, Bahamas

Two hours from Miami, this constellation of 360 islands and cays is an obligatory port of call for seekers of the unspoiled Caribbean. The water swirls every shade of turquoise, and in it swims sharks, stingrays, dolphins, turtles, and pigs (yes, pigs) on Big Major Cay. You can spend a week kayaking, exploring, and camping on isolated and uninhabited islands with the family-owned Out-Island Explorers. If four walls are more your travel style, the pastel-hued Hideaways in George Town is the place to sleep, and listen to local rake ‘n’ scrape music.

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