20 Most Beautiful Islands in the World

Guadeloupe, Caribbean

Guadeloupe, Caribbean

Guadeloupe’s original settlers called this spectacular spot Karukera — The Island of Beautiful Waters — and it isn’t difficult to see why. Stunning and scenic, the crystal clear Caribbean Sea laps at the pristine sands, always beckoning awe-struck visitors to take a dip and providing the perfect backdrop for those keen to kick back and relax.

Guadeloupe isn’t one island, but several, a picturesque tropical archipelago, and for anyone seeking a secret spot in the sunshine, there’s no shortage of choice.

Six of the islands here are inhabited, including Grand-Terre, with its hills, long beaches and sugarcane fields, and Basse-Terre, volcanic and craggy, with dramatic views to savour. But with countless smaller islets to explore, peace and quiet isn’t difficult to find. Timeless and secluded, La Desirade demands a visit, whilst Les Saintes boasts amazing beaches and a beautiful bay. Thinking about paying a visit? You’ll never want to leave.


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