Isle of Wight – Victoriana by the Sea

Blame it on Queen Victoria. In 1845 the young Queen made this Channel island all the rage when she began coming here for seaside holidays with her beloved consort Prince Albert; you can still...

Tenerife – Land of Eternal Spring

The “land of eternal spring,” this colorful, fizzy island has a reputation as a party place—and really, you’d have to be a Scrooge-size grump to not enjoy yourself amid so much sun-splashed beauty. The...

Tasmania – Classy Tassie

Like the dot under an exclamation point, Tasmania punctuates the Australian continent. Island isolation gave Australia a menagerie of unique species, but Tasmania kicks it up another notch. While Australia’s climate is mostly tropical,...

Naxos – Substantial in the Cyclades

Santorini and its spectacular crater apart, the Cyclades islands aren’t generally known for their intrinsic natural beauty. There are other attractions—whether nightlife, archaeology, or beaches—that draw visitors to this mostly scrubby Greek archipelago set...

Koh Pha Ngan – Full Moon Frenzy

Before booking your trip to this beach-party isle in the Gulf of Thailand, consult the lunar calendar. Just how wild your stay on Koh Pha Ngan will be depends on whether you time your...

Bimini – Hemingway Fished Here

With a prime position in the Gulf Stream, whose warm waters favor big game fish like marlin, Bimini is considered by many to be the sport-fishing capital of the world. Despite the tourism industry...

Aero Island: Fairy-Tale Island

There are places that work hard to create magic. Then there are those real-life spots that feel truly touched by fairy dust. Aero Island is one such place. It’s a small island in the...

Lampedusa – Italian Traditions in an African Landscape

Named for the lampa (light) that guided sailors safely around its perimeter, Lampedusa hovers in a sort of Mediterranean limbo south of Sicily and northeast of Africa. Here, in a desertlike landscape where agave,...

Santorini – Island of Epics

It’s the poster child of Greek Island tourism, with whitewashed towns precariously balanced atop the red rim of an ancient volcanic crater that towers over the cobalt waters of the Aegean. The romantic image...

Ischia – The Green Island

Capri may have the fame and notoriety, but beautiful Ischia is bigger, less crowded, and more reasonably priced than its swanky neighbor to the southeast. Pronounced Ish-kee-ah, this rocky volcanic island is 10km (6...

The South Island – The Kiwi Playground

Cloven in half by narrow Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand has something of a split personality. Though the South Island is larger by far than the North Island, it only has one-fourth of North’s...

Koh Tonsay – Sandy Retreat from Culture

For a well-rounded Cambodian holiday, first go the temples at Angkor Wat, then tour the city of Phnom Penh, and then kiss the cultural overload goodbye with some deserved beach time on the country’s...