Beautiful Islands Around the World

Imagine this: bright blue water laps against pristine white sand. Up ahead, two empty beach chairs wait for you to enjoy the warm breeze and a cool drink. It’s the stuff of winter daydreams—and also the subject of a photo T+L reader lkbatino took while vacationing in Boracay, an up-and-coming island destination in the Philippines. We asked the Travel + Leisure community to submit travel photographs to our photo contest, and the high volume of beach, coast, and water shots testifies to the appeal of the island getaway. We’ve selected our favorite images to create a round-the-world tour of beautiful islands, from the blue-and-white buildings of the Greek party isle Mykonos to the lighthouses of family-friendly Nantucket, MA. One dramatic image comes from Hawaii, where T+L community member surfer808 caught lava spewing into the ocean near Hilo on the Big Island—a captivating reminder of the raw power of nature. A more tranquil photo taken by T+L community member tf4239 shows off the clear Caribbean waters of Turks and Caicos. You can practically feel the salty breeze while gazing at the water that stretches to the horizon to meet an almost cloudless sky, with about a dozen shades of blue and green. Of course, islands offer more than surf and sand. A late afternoon among the snow-covered peaks of Wizard Island in the middle of Oregon’s Crater Lake is eerily beautiful as shot by T+L community member JeffOates. And a photograph of gondolas bobbing across from the Venetian island of Giudecca in the orange glow of sunset looks frozen in time. See for yourself by diving into these island photos. One may even inspire your next trip.

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Beautiful Islands: Maldives
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Bartolome Island, Galapagos, Ecuador

Beautiful Islands: Galapagos
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Vancouver Island, Canada

Beautiful Islands: Vancouver
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Hilo, HI

Beautiful Islands: Hilo
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Capri, Italy

Beautiful Islands: Capri
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Mnemba Island, Tanzania

Beautiful Islands: Mnemba
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Boracay, Philippines

Beautiful Islands: Boracay
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Wizard Island, Crater Lake National Park, OR

Beautiful Islands: Wizard Island
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Rendezvous Bay, Anguilla

Beautiful Islands: Rendezvous Bay
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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Beautiful Islands: Bora Bora
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Santorini, Greece

Beautiful Islands: Santorini
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Moorea, French Polynesia

Beautiful Islands: Moorea
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Turks and Caicos

Beautiful Islands: Turks and Caicos
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Venice, Italy

Beautiful Islands: Venice
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Palawan, Philippines

Beautiful Islands: Palawan
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Corsica, France

Beautiful Islands: Corsica
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Isle of Skye, Scotland

Beautiful Islands: Isle of Skye
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Balos Beach, Crete, Greece

Beautiful Islands: Crete
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Mykonos, Greece

Beautiful Islands: Mykonos
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Nantucket, MA

Beautiful Islands: Nantucket
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Kauai, HI

Beautiful Islands: Kauai
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Dry Tortugas National Park, Key West, FL

Beautiful Islands: Dry Tortugas National Park
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St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Beautiful Islands: St. John
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Longboat Key, FL

Beautiful Islands: Longboat Key
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