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3 Hawaii islands make best island list

Published On: Mar 26 2013 01:12:29 PM HST

TripAdvisor

NEWTON, Mass. -

Travel website TripAdvisor announced Tuesday the winners of its inaugural Travelers' Choice Islands awards.

Based on millions of valuable traveler reviews and opinions on the site, the awards recognize more than 100 islands across the globe, including dedicated lists for Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, South America, the South Pacific, and the U.S.

In the list for best U.S. islands, Kauai came in second place, Maui, came in fifth place and the Big Island came in eighth place.

The top island in the U.S. was San Juan Island in Washington.

“Whether you’re looking for idyllic palm-lined islands, or islands that offer a more cultural experience, you’ll find inspiration in these lists,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor.   “From the world famous to the hidden gems, what unifies every award winner is the fantastic feedback from travelers across the globe.”

“We’re delighted that San Juan Island is honored as both the top island in the U.S. and as a top four world pick in the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Islands awards,” said Deborah Hopkins, executive director for the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau. “We'd like to thank the travelers who have made this win possible, simply by sharing their love of the sparkling waters, abundant wildlife, outdoor recreation and vibrant arts scene that San Juan Island offers on TripAdvisor.”

Click here to see photos of the Top 10 islands in the U.S. on your mobile device.

Top 10 Islands in the U.S.:

  1. San Juan Island, Washington
  2. Kauai, Hawaii
  3. Marco Island, Florida
  4. Anna Maria Island, Florida
  5. Maui, Hawaii
  6. Sanibel Island, Florida
  7. Chincoteague Island, Virginia
  8. Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
  9. Amelia Island, Florida
  10.  Key West, Florida

Top 10 Islands in the World:

  1. Ambergris Caye, Belize
  2. St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
  3. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  4. San Juan Island, Washington
  5. Santorini, Greece
  6. Isla Mujeres, Mexico
  7. Moorea, French Polynesia
  8. Koh Tao, Thailand
  9. Easter Island, Chile
  10. Nosy Be, Madagascar

For the complete list of winners from the 2013 Travelers' Choice Islands, go to http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Islands.

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