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Islands is the leading source for planning tropical travel online. Islands showcases the best coastal destinations across the globe.

From islands in the Caribbean, Hawaii and the Mediterranean; to exotic getaways in the South Pacific and Asia; to beaches in North, Central and South America.

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Whether it’s a romantic getaway, a family vacation, an active adventure, a laid-back beach trip or a multi-destination cruise, we help our readers dream, plan and go by highlighting the best resorts, beaches and activities in their dream locales.

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Best Overwater Bungalows in Bora Bora
Sometimes a picture in a magazine or online or a scene in a movie makes you want to be there—like right now. That's the feeling most people get when they see an overwater bungalow, the thatched-roof, Tahitian-style wooden villa sitting on stilts above the most perfect South Pacific lagoon imaginable. Paradise found. Photo Four Seasons

Le Sirenuse – Positano, Italy
The words Amalfi Coast already have discerning travelers packing their bags. Family-run since it opened in 1951, Le Sirenuse (named for the mythological sirens who lurk in a nearby archipelago) is set in an aristocratic former summer home. The property highlights the million-dollar view, with balconies, terraces and pools overlooking Positano's bay, with sunlit cliffside terraces by day and twinkling lights by night. With the town center, local boutiques and beach reachable via a 50-step staircase, it's easy to fall into a routine: eat, drink, shop, sleep, repeat — with a few pauses to inhale the scent of surrounding lemon trees. Rooms contain, in addition to antiques and original art, copies of John Steinbeck's writings on Positano, sure to inspire even the most cynical; to venture out, book an excursion to the beaches of Nerano or Capri. But come back before twilight for dinner at Michelin-starred Le Sponda — for the food, the view and the live music.

Grand Hotel Tremezzo – Lake Como, Italy
Since the early 1900s, lovebirds have been flocking to luxurious lakeside property Grand Hotel Tremezzo — so grand, in fact, it was featured in the 1932 Greta Garbo film, Grand Hotel. This "happy, sunny place," as Garbo called it, also oozes romance. You don't even have to leave the family-owned hotel to experience the magic of Lake Como — it's in the swoosh of a passing motorboat, the clink of Campari spritzes and bright pops of the hotel's signature orange. Wander through the landscaped gardens, take a swim in one of three pools (including a floating pool right on the lake), book a couples massage at T Spa overlooking the water, listen to the tinkling piano at the swanky T Bar, and toast over gold- and saffron-speckled risotto at restaurant La Terrazza. Photo Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Celebrate National Rum Day with Two Classic Cocktails from Turks and Caicos
Visiting Turks and Caicos without stopping at Da Conch Shack and Rum Bar is like visiting Pisa and not stopping by the Leaning Tower so you can take a picture pretending you’re holding it up. Except in the case of Da Conk Shack, you’re going to want pictures of cracked conch and wings, because you’ll devour them so quickly you won’t remember what they looked like. Photo: Da Conch Shack and Rum Bar

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