Otherworldly Islands You Have To See Before You Die

Islands appeal to tourists with miles of breathtaking beaches, small and big waves that will satisfy an experienced surfer as well as an inexperienced swimmer, and unspoiled wilderness backdrops for adventurous travelers.[slideshow:102132]

Atolls invoke dreams of paradise — sublime colorful sand beaches, rustling palms, turquoise blue water, and serene seas.

But they are not all about the water and shores. They boast marvelous surroundings such as lavish jungles, soaring mountains and active volcanoes you can actually hike. Time tends to move slower there, making for an ideal escape from a big city.

Next time you're planning a tropical vacation keep in mind that islands vary greatly and don't overlook some of the world's most gorgeous places. Escape your chaotic or dull everyday life, walk on colored beaches and marvel at the islands' natural beauty.

Whether it's awe-inspiring landscapes or bizarre cultures you like, some islands offer more than others.

Click here to see 16 of the most beautiful islands in the world

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