7 Island Paradises That Will Take Your Breath Away

Flores Island, Portugal

Flying four hours west from Lisbon will bring you to Flores Island's craggy coastline, countless waterfalls, bottomless lakes, and towering mountain summits. Even though it was found in 1452, this little island (143 square kilometers) is still undiscovered by tourists.

San Blas Islands, Panama

East of the Panama Canal, the San Blas Islands, also known as Guna Yala, are a stunning group of 365 islands, just 49 of which are inhabited. They are a tropical paradise. Here, your only options are to kick back on the beaches, go island hopping, or scuba dive into the pristine waters.

Côn £o, Vietnam

Unspoiled Côn £o, a collection of 16 enticing islands off the southern coast of Vietnam, is the perfect place for those who truly want to get away from it all. The abandoned jails that had held political prisoners from Vietnam have interesting stories to share.

Skopelos, Greece

The Greek island of Skopelos, affectionately referred to as the Mamma Mia! island due to the popular film's filming there, is an opulent retreat with direct views of the breathtaking Aegean Sea. Here, beach hopping is a given, with each little sandbar more alluring than the last.

Gotska Sandön, Sweden

One of the world's most distant places is Gotska Sandön, the most secluded island in the Baltic Sea. The island is an uninhabited protected nature reserve with a breathtaking scenery of pine trees, dunes, and empty beaches.

Holbox Island, Mexico

Without a car Unlike other congested Mexican beach resorts, Holbox Island is located off the northern coast of the Yucatán peninsula in Mexico. This hidden gem is only 40 km long and 1 km wide, and it exudes a lovely carefree, barefoot vibe.

Yaeyama Islands, Japan

Not many people associate Japan with rich lagoons, glistening waves, and secluded beaches. However, the southernmost point of the nation, the Yaeyama Islands, are waiting to astonish you.