Islands are often characterized by long stretches of white sand, a well-placed palm tree shading a wicker lounge, and a tall cocktail glass full of frozen daiquiri or piña colada. But the world’s best islands are so much more dynamic, varied, and, yes, delicious than just blended coconut and rum concoctions.
In our annual World's Best Awards survey, we asked readers to rank their favorite island destinations not only by how attractive their coastlines were, but also by the quality of their restaurants and food. When asked to respond to their experience on an island, many voters went to great lengths to describe favorite restaurants and memorable meals.
“[I] loved the hog fish at Lazy Days Restaurant,” said WBA voter Marlene Tyndall of the casual oceanfront eatery, where Chef Lupe will also grill, fry, blacken, or broil your personal catch-of-the-day.
One reader spoke fondly of Hanalei, Kauai’s friendly restaurants and cafes, as well as the fresh breakfasts at Hale Ho’o Maha B&B on the island’s north shore.
As is true with any trip, whether to a landlocked urban city or a breezy, Mediterranean island, so much of a place’s culture and ethnic background can be experienced through the food—late night, wine-driven dinners in Sicily, or active mornings spent surfing in Hawaii and rebooting with fresh-pressed juices.
Whatever the pace of the trip, or the size of your appetite, the World’s Most Delicious Islands guarantee to impress even the most particular taste buds.