“Paradise wasn’t lost, but it surely suffered. Hurricanes Irma and Maria bore down on the Caribbean last fall, affecting nearly 30 percent of the region. What’s incredible to see is that our readers voted in support of those in need: nine out of the 15 islands on this year’s World’s Best list were impacted by the storms, especially St. John, Virgin Gorda, and Vieques. Some will spend years recovering. Others, like Anguilla — which earned the top honor for the second year in a row — are rebounding with remarkable speed. What all of these favorites have in common is unrivaled beauty and histories that outlive nature’s tempests.
Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated islands according to their activities and sights, natural attractions and beaches, food, friendliness, and overall value.
This island may no longer be a secret well kept by its devotees, but visitors can still find themselves alone on one of its 33 extraordinary beaches. Move from an afternoon of solitude to an evening of luxury as you wish.
Travel + Leisure by Rebecca Ascher-Walsh ~ July 10, 2018