Best Secret Islands on Earth 2010
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Colombia: San Andrés
This English-speaking island 140 miles east of Nicaragua is rightfully on our radar for its adventurous diving and protected wildlife and coral reefs. Book one of the five rooms at Casa Harb (doubles from $400) for its custom-made bamboo and teak South Asian furniture and impressive collection of art (including two pieces by Keith Haring). The local dish rondón, a coconut, yuca, and fish stew, is especially good at Miss Celia Taste (dinner for two $47). Hop on a puddle jumper or catamaran to the Unesco-designated Seaflower Biosphere Reserve to see barracudas and sea snails.
T+L Tip: Take the obligatory ride around the island—private boats are available for rent (hoteldeepblue.com; from $175)—before a dinner of grilled fish speared by your guide and served on Santa Catalina island.