A quick tour of the seven most beautiful—and remote—tropical islands on the planet. And if you think it's hard to read this right about now, know that it was even harder to write about.More
As an island in the Eastern Caribbean, Dominica is predictably home to cartoonishly gorgeous stretches of beach and exceedingly rich diving spots. What sets it apart from its island neighbors are its volcanic mountain landscape and dozens of geothermal hot springs—the most notable being Boiling Lake, in Morne Trois Pitons National Park. If you don't feel like leaving the water but still yearn for a little variety, simply bring a tube into the rain forest for an afternoon of coasting down the river, and hop out when you spy a waterfall worth further examination.
This archipelago of 21 islands off the coast of Brazil takes its name from the 16th-century merchant whom it was given to in 1504, on a day when Portugal's King Manuel I must have been feeling particularly generous. One can't imagine wanting to part with land whose waters are home to so much marine life, or that boasts such a rich panoply of coastal beauty, much of which still exists today thanks to the Marine National Park status it was awarded in 1988. At last count, the largest island—which shares a name with the whole lot—had a population of just 2,718, and the number of daily visitors allowed is limited to about 450 or so. While the area is known for its many hiking and horseback riding trails, you'll find it difficult to abandon the spinner dolphins, sea turtles, and stingrays you'll encounter just off the beach at this UNESCO-designated World Heritage site.