Best Secret Islands on Earth

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

Newfoundland: Fogo Island

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This may be the last place you’d expect to find an artistic awakening—it’s a fishing community off Newfoundland’s northeastern coast marked by craggy shores and miles of blissful nothingness. But thanks to residents Elísabet Gunnarsdóttir and Zita Cobb and architect Todd Saunders, the secluded island is becoming a cultural destination. The creative trio are behind Fogo Island Studios, a series of six cutting-edge artists’ ateliers that perch over the Atlantic. Rent a car to tour the modern buildings or consider a hike along the five-mile Turpin’s Trail; a partridgeberry-picking excursion (fogoislandpartridgeberryfestival.com); or a bowl of seafood chowder at Nicole’s Café (159 Main Rd., Joe Batt’s Arm; 709/658-3663; lunch for two $40). The Fogo Island Inn is set to open next year, but for now there’s Foley’s Place (709/658-7244; foleysplace.ca; doubles from $87), a historic B&B that dates back a century.

T+L Tip: Organize an outing with nature writer Roy Dwyer (709/658-3538; roydwyer@eastlink.ca), who will take you out on his boat and recount tales of Fogo’s storied past. —Karen Burshtein

Best Secret Islands on Earth

Newfoundland: Fogo Island

This may be the last place you’d expect to find an artistic awakening—it’s a fishing community off Newfoundland’s northeastern coast marked by craggy shores and miles of blissful nothingness. But thanks to residents Elísabet Gunnarsdóttir and Zita Cobb and architect Todd Saunders, the secluded island is becoming a cultural destination. The creative trio are behind Fogo Island Studios, a series of six cutting-edge artists’ ateliers that perch over the Atlantic. Rent a car to tour the modern buildings or consider a hike along the five-mile Turpin’s Trail; a partridgeberry-picking excursion (fogoislandpartridgeberryfestival.com); or a bowl of seafood chowder at Nicole’s Café (159 Main Rd., Joe Batt’s Arm; 709/658-3663; lunch for two $40). The Fogo Island Inn is set to open next year, but for now there’s Foley’s Place (709/658-7244; foleysplace.ca; doubles from $87), a historic B&B that dates back a century.

T+L Tip: Organize an outing with nature writer Roy Dwyer (709/658-3538; roydwyer@eastlink.ca), who will take you out on his boat and recount tales of Fogo’s storied past. —Karen Burshtein

Courtesy of Foley's Place
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