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World’s Best Awards 2021: Top 25 Islands in the World

Sun, sand and plenty of vitamin sea. From Sicily to the Seychelles to Sri Lanka, these are the top 25 islands in the world in 2021.

Typical Greek fishing village at Fyropotamos bay in Mílos, Greece. Photo by anzeletti/Getty Images Signature/Canva

Sep 10, 2021

THIS YEAR’S STANDOUTS are as far-flung as ever, and suggest a renewed appreciation for places that offer unparalleled natural beauty and, in many places, fewer crowds. 

T — INDICATES A TRUE TIE
* — ON THE LIST FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS 

1. Mílos 
Greece

Plenty of stunning isles around the globe entice with the trifecta of sun, sand, and sea. But a legacy of art and ancient history gave this Aegean destination added appeal for voters. 

Score: 95.50

2. Folegandros 
Greece

Score: 95.47 

3. St. Vincent and the Grenadines 

Score: 91.69 

4. Madeira 
Portugal

Sore: 91.56 

5. Andaman Islands 
India

Score: 91.24 

6. Sicily 
Italy

Score: 90.49 

7. Koh Samui 
Thailand

Score: 90.34 

8. Bali *
Indonesia

Score: 90.32

9. Island of Hawaii 

Score: 90.06 

10. Galápagos Islands 
Ecuador

Score: 90.00 

11. Kauai
Hawaii

Score: 89.88 

12. Maui *
Hawaii

Score: 89.76

13. Santorini 
Greece

Score: 89.61 

14. Maldives 

Score: 89.55 

15. Hvar and the Dalmatian Islands 
Croatia

Score: 89.10 

16. Sardinia 
Italy

Score: 88.75 

17. Harbour Island 
Bahamas

Score: 88.74 

18. Aruba 

Score: 88.72 

19. Palawan 
Philippines

Score: 88.63 

20. St. Lucia 

Score: 88.41 

21. Mallorca 
Spain

Score: 88.39 

22. Anguilla 

Score: 88.25 

23. Eleuthera
Bahamas

Score: 88.20 

24. Seychelles T

Score: 88.00 

24. Sri Lanka T

Score: 88.00 

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