Islands are generally pretty gorgeous-they are islands after all. But the twelve that made it to the top of our reader ratings for the most scenic islands in the world are just crazy beautiful. See for yourself.
12. Capri, Italy
Secret swimming coves, turquoise waters, terraced gardens, and ruins of Emperor Tiberio's pleasure palace lure the jet set to this small, rocky outcrop along the Amalfi Coast. Set off along footpaths in any direction and you'll be rewarded with views of sea and sky-but ascend the island's highest peak on the Seggiovia Monte Solaro chairlift and you might get a peak at Vesuvius dominating the Gulf of Naples in the distance. Meliá opened an adults-only hotel last year, suitably chic without breaking the bank.
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11. Hydra, Greece
A tiny, quiet charmer, the island is barely an hour and a half by ferry from Athens, but a world away from its traffic, crowds, and busloads of tourists. Donkeys, not cars, wend their way the main cobblestoned town full of appealing tavernas and cafes. Our choice of a place to stay: the Bratsera Hotel, a converted nineteenth-century sponge factory with a chic pool for when you're not up for a long hike to secluded beaches.
10. Mount Desert Island, Maine
More than two million travelers visit this state's largest island each year, but its Acadia National Park and four picture-postcard-perfect towns remain resolutely calm and quiet (quite unlike its previous, warring inhabitants-Native Indians, the French, British, and American Revolutionaries). The colorful West Street Hotel in Bar Harbor opened in 2012 with a rooftop pool and views of boats afloat on Frenchman's Bay.
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