Summer is just around the corner, which can only mean one thing: It’s almost time to break out the swimsuit and head to the beach!
And who better to pick your next sandy vacation spot than fellow travelers who’ve given the destinations a go?
TripAdvisor, the travel planning and booking site, announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice awards for best islands, recognizing the top 10 sunny destinations in the U.S. and around the world.
“With common traits like breathtaking beaches, exciting activities and popular hotels and restaurants, the Travelers’ Choice Islands are favorites of the TripAdvisor community,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor, in a press release.
Winners were selected based upon the the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for three essential vacation features: hotels, restaurants and attractions.
So, which spots topped the lists for the U.S. and the world?
It turns out that one destination — Maui, Hawaii — dominated both rankings for its gorgeous beaches and wide-ranging attractions — including a favorite among TripAdvisor travelers, the Haleakala Cratertours. Visitors to the island can also save an average of 24 percent on their trip if they travel in the fall.
Two additional Hawaii locations, Oahu and the island of Hawaii, both landed in the top 10 on the U.S. list.
Florida also appeared several times on the list (Nos. 2, 7 and 8) for its spectacular beaches — Key West, Amelia Island and Marco Island — that offer a mix of historic landmarks, top-rated golf courses and spas, eclectic restaurants and water sports.
Other recognized U.S. destinations include Hilton Head, South Carolina, and Mount Desert Island, Maine, as well as Chincoteague Island, Virginia, and Mackinac Island, Michigan.
Top 10 Travelers’ Choice Islands in the U.S.
- Maui, Hawaii
- Key West, Florida
- Oahu, Hawaii
- Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
- Mount Desert Island, Maine
- Hilton Head, South Carolina
- Amelia Island, Florida
- Marco Island, Florida
- Chincoteague Island, Virginia
- Mackinac Island, Michigan
Top 10 Travelers’ Choice Islands in the World
- Maui, Hawaii
- Santorini, Greece
- Jamaica, Caribbean
- Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
- Bali, Indonesia
- Majorca, Spain
- Mauritius, Africa
- Phuket, Thailand
- Bora Bora, French Polynesia
- Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
By Jordan Jackson, From TODAY