Best Secret Islands on Earth

Courtesy of Crusoe Island Lodge

For white-sand beaches, salty breezes, freshly caught seafood, and no crowds, head to one of the world’s best secret islands.

Chile: Robinson Crusoe

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A two-hour flight west of Santiago, this rugged isle earned its fame from the 18th-century sailor Alexander Selkirk, whose wild spell as a castaway here inspired the novel Robinson Crusoe. The aura of adventure still endures (there’s even a rumor of buried treasure). Travelers arrive on a seven-seater plane, then take a 30-minute speedboat ride to the town of San Juan Bautista. At the new Crusoe Island Lodge (Bahía Pangal; 56-23/460-103; crusoeislandlodge.com; doubles from $330, all-inclusive), all 15 rooms are made with recycled materials and wood from the nearby forest. Hire guide Michelangel Trezza from the hotel to organize a scuba dive (from $150), on which you’ll see a centuries-old shipwreck.

T+L Tip: Try El Mirador (dinner for two $100) for piping-hot lobster empanadas. —Kristina Schreck

Best Secret Islands on Earth

Chile: Robinson Crusoe

A two-hour flight west of Santiago, this rugged isle earned its fame from the 18th-century sailor Alexander Selkirk, whose wild spell as a castaway here inspired the novel Robinson Crusoe. The aura of adventure still endures (there’s even a rumor of buried treasure). Travelers arrive on a seven-seater plane, then take a 30-minute speedboat ride to the town of San Juan Bautista. At the new Crusoe Island Lodge (Bahía Pangal; 56-23/460-103; crusoeislandlodge.com; doubles from $330, all-inclusive), all 15 rooms are made with recycled materials and wood from the nearby forest. Hire guide Michelangel Trezza from the hotel to organize a scuba dive (from $150), on which you’ll see a centuries-old shipwreck.

T+L Tip: Try El Mirador (dinner for two $100) for piping-hot lobster empanadas. —Kristina Schreck

Courtesy of Crusoe Island Lodge
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