Jamaica – The Caribbean’s Most Distinct Flavor

From Bob Marley and the unmistakable sounds of reggae to headline-making Olympians—the 1988 bobsled team and, more recently, Beijing games sprinting star Usain Bolt—Jamaica has earned more publicity for the Caribbean than any other...

Aruba – One Happy Island

This little island packs a lot into its small, 181-sq.-km (70-sq.-mile) frame. On its southern coast are quintessentially beautiful Caribbean beaches and gentle, sparkling seas; on its windward northern shores are beaches rimmed by...

Balboa Island

It’s not much bigger than a postage stamp, 3 blocks deep and a mile long, but Balboa crams a lot of old-fashioned seaside charm into its small space. It’s got quaint Cape Cod–style architecture;...

Explore the Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands are a daunting panorama of jagged volcanic mountains, immense sheer-sided cliffs, long dark fjords, and bleak windswept moorland. North Atlantic waves crash against black rock pillars standing alone in the sea,...

Mergui Archipelago – Home to a Nomadic Seafaring People

The islands that make up the Mergui (Myeik) Archipelago in the Andaman Sea are mostly uninhabited. Some are made up of towerlike limestone formations pockmarked with caves and covered with tropical forests inland. The...

Paradise Island: Activities Abound at Atlantis

There is probably only one island in the world where you can swim with dolphins, see the Jonas Brothers in concert, and shop at designer boutiques all in the space of a few hours:...

The Outer Banks -World Lоngest Stгetсh of Вarrier Islands

Some of the most unusual and beautiful beaches on America's Atlantic coast are in North Carolina's Outer Banks, a string of skinny barrier islands that stretches 130 miles from the Virginia border to the...

Malden Island

On the barren Pacific islet of Malden, completely uninhabited by native islanders since first discovered by European explorers in the early 1800s, lie the remains of a mysterious megalithic culture. From several temple complexes...

The Sacred Isle of Iona

Remote, treeless Iona, just off the south-western coast of Mull in Scotland’s Hebrides islands, has been a place of spiritual pilgrimage for centuries. The first Christian settlement in Scotland was founded here, its monks...

Think You Know Japan? Okinawa Knows Better

While the majority of Japan’s visitors limit themselves to the Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka trail, the islands that break the crystalline surface 1,000 miles southwest of the capital are worth a visit on their...

Isle of Islay – Queen of the Hebrides

Only 26km (16 miles) of cold grey sea lie between the Kintyre peninsula, on Scotland’s west coast, and the Isle of Islay. Still, that’s more than enough distance to keep Islay (pronounced Eye-la) isolated...

Padre Island National Seashore

The Kemp’s Ridley is the world’s most endangered Sea Turtle, experiencing a Significant loss of population in the 1990s, mostly due to commercial fishing. The best place to see the Kemp’s Ridley is Padre...