The best islands in the world

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Our annual Reader’s Choice Awards are the biggest and most influential in the business, shining a light on your favourite places around the world. In collaboration with our sister title in the USA – we can now reveal the islands that scored the highest marks this year.

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    The best islands in the UK

    1. Jersey 92.67
    2. Orkney 91.80
    3. Anglesey 90.00
    4. Isle of Arran 88.70
    5. Lindisfarne 87.00
    6. Hebrides 85.56
    7. Isle of Man 82.98
    8. Shetland Islands 80.32
    9. Guernsey 79.65
    10. Isle of Wight 79.01
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    The best islands in Europe

    1. Folegandros, Greece 96.38
    2. Zakynthos, Greece 95.38
    3. Crete, Greece 94.36
    4. Hvar, Croatia 93.73
    5. Mykonos, Greece 93.35
    6. Skiathos, Greece 92.40
    7. Ischia, Italy 92.38
    8. Mallorca, Spain 92.25
    9. Bozcaada, Turkey 92.00
    10. Paros, Greece 91.40
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    The best islands in the Caribbean and the Atlantic

    1. St Barth’s 94.99
    2. St Vincent and the Grenadines 94.63
    3. Anguilla 93.78
    4. Aruba 93.73
    5. Puerto Rico 92.40
    6. Bermuda 92.33
    7. Jamaica 92.22
    8. Barbados 92.09
    9. Turks & Caicos 92.07
    10. St John 92.01
    11. British Virgin Islands 91.97
    12. Guadeloupe 91.89
    13. Cayman Islands 91.88
    14. Curaçao 91.86
    15. Nevis 91.47
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    The best islands in Asia

    1. Cebu & Visayan Islands, Philippines 95.83
    2. Sri Lanka 95.45
    3. Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand 95.30
    4. Palawan, Philippines 95.22
    5. Siargao, Philippines 95.19
    6. Boracay, Philippines 95.06
    7. Lombok, Indonesia 94.59
    8. Phuket, Thailand 94.12
    9. Bali, Indonesia 93.27
    10. Koh Samui, Thailand 92.73
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    The best islands in Australia and the South Pacific

    1. Tasmania, Australia 98.89
    2. Kangaroo Island, Australia 95.50
    3. Waiheke Island, New Zealand 94.50
    4. Samoa 93.80
    5. Rangiroa & Tuamotus, French Polynesia 93.78
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    The best islands in Africa and the Indian Ocean

    1. Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique 97.36
    2. Mnemba Island, Tanzania 97.00
    3. Maldives 96.28
    4. Seychelles 91.18
    5. Mauritius 89.37
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    The best islands in Central and South America

    1. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, 93.47
    2. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil 92.07
    3. San Andres & Providencia, Colombia 88.75
    4. Ambergris Caye, Belize 88.17 5
    5. Ilha Grande, Brazil 88.09
    6. Roatán, Honduras 87.76
    7. Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Panama 85.80
    8. Easter Island, Chile 82.78
    9. Ilha de Santa Catarina, Brazil 82.52
    10. Chiloé Island, Chile 82.20
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    The best islands in North America

    1. Hilton Head Island, USA 97.45
    2. Cape Breton Island, Canada 96.85
    3. Maui, USA 96.78
    4. Marco Island, USA 96.39
    5. St Simons & Little St Simons Island, USA 96.31
    6. Kiawah Island, USA 96.23
    7. Oahu, USA 95.96
    8. Isle of Palms, USA 95.83
    9. Longboat Key, USA 95.83
    10. Vancouver Island, Canada 95.59

    Here are the best islands in the world as voted for by the readers of Condé Nast Traveller in The Readers’ Choice Awards 2019:

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    The best islands in Europe

    1. Hvar, Croatia, 92.92
    2. Bornholm, Denmark, 91.42
    3. Mykonos, Greece, 90.41
    4. Paros, Greece, 90.22
    5. Crete, Greece, 90.11
    6. Sicily, Italy, 88.93
    7. Sardinia, Italy, 88.30
    8. Ibiza, Spain, 87.90
    9. Mallorca, Spain, 86.58
    10. Corsica, France, 85.81
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    The best islands in Asia

    1. Boracay, Philippines, 94.37
    2. Cebu and Visayas Islands, Philippines, 92.71
    3. Penang, Malaysia, 89.42
    4. Palawan, Philippines, 89.12
    5. Bali, Indonesia, 88.78
    6. Koh Samui, Thailand, 87.84
    7. Phuket, Thailand, 87.77
    8. Langkawi, Malaysia, 83.97
    9. Sri Lanka, 83.55
    10. Phi Phi Islands, Thailand, 81.78
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    The best islands in the USA

    1. Hilton Head, South Carolina. 95.64
    2. Kiawah Island, South Carolina, 93.25
    3. St Simons & Little St Simons, Georgia, 92.29
    4. Oahu, Hawaii, 90.85
    5. Maui, Hawaii, 90.02
    6. Nantucket, Massachusetts, 88.99
    7. Mackinac Island, Michigan, 88.15
    8. Key West, Florida, 87.75
    9. Sanibel Island, Florida, 87.38
    10. Big Island, Hawaii, 86.50
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    The best islands in Africa and the Indian Ocean

    1. Maldives, 85.06
    2. Mauritius, 84.67
    3. Zanzibar, Tanzania, 82.67
    4. Seychelles, 82.29
    5. Cape Verde, 80.43
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    The best islands in the Caribbean and the Atlantic

    1. Puerto Rico, 91.00
    2. Cayman Islands, 89.16
    3. Turks and Caicos, 89.16
    4. Jamaica, 88.60
    5. Bermuda, 88.49
    6. Aruba, 88.10
    7. St Barth’s, 87.57
    8. St Lucia, 87.11
    9. Barbados, 87.10
    10. Bahamas, 86.61
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    The best islands in Australasia and the South Pacific

    1. Whitsunday Islands, Australia, 87.09
    2. Fiji, 86.59
    3. Tasmania, Australia, 85.05
    4. Tahiti, French Polynesia, 84.94
    5. Bora-Bora, French Polynesia, 83.54
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    The best islands in the Americas

    1. Cape Breton, Canada, 93.11
    2. Isla Holbox, Mexico, 88.24
    3. Vancouver Island, Canada, 86.82
    4. Galápagos Islands, Ecuador, 82.55
    5. San Andrés & Providencia, Colombia, 80.70

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