When taking a vacation it is very important to consider where you want to vacation to. You want to have a great time and that all comes down to considering all of your options when choosing a place to stay. There are many places that almost always guarantee a good time but there are also places that are known to be bad places to vacation. Whether it's a tropical island you want to visit or a big city, it is always important to research and weigh your options when it comes to your next vacations spot. If you do decide to choose a tropical island to spend your next vacation, there are many islands that offer great experiences and many that just aren't worth the money.
You'll want to get the most out of your vacation as you will most likely be spending a large amount of money on it and you'll want to get your money's worth. Many islands have great beaches but don't have great towns near the beach and vice versa. It is important to weigh all the factors before buying a plane ticket for your next vacation. This list will go through 10 places that are definitely worth the vacation trip and ten that you should probably avoid at all costs.
20 Worth It: Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos located in Greece will give you more of a small coast town vibe than other islands on this list. The small town on the Mykonos islands is a picturesque small town with bright turquoise buildings that shine brightly in the sunshine. The small town is great for partying and living the nightlife while the beaches are far enough away that you can have some peace and quiet. The island is also chock full of Greek culture and history so that is an added bonus if you want to expand your international knowledge. Not to mention the food is great according to Trip Advisor!
19 Not Worth It: Ramree Island, Burma
Ramree Island which is located just off the coast of Burma doesn't seem like the type of island anyone would want to vacation to in the first place, but after hearing about the island's inhabitants you definitely won't want to take a visit. The island of Burma is famous for having a large crocodile presence. This was discovered during World War II when soldiers were attacked during retreatment and were attacked by hundreds of crocodiles according to vintagenews.com. Ever since that story came out the island hasn't seen much in the way of tourism and we can't blame anyone.
18 Worth It: Maldives
If you want a tropical island where you can relax more and not deal with the stresses of everyday life then the Maldives is a great place to visit. The islands are located in the Indian Ocean and have crystal clear waters. The islands feature small lodges that are in the middle of the water so you never have to leave the beach the whole time you are there. The islands are also located near coral reefs so it makes for a great spot to go scuba diving. The culture around the Maldives is also a great reason to go as you might make some new friends while you are there.
17 Not Worth It: Poveglia Island, Venice Italy
Venice seems like the perfect place for many people's next vacation. However, just off the coast of Venice is one of the creepiest islands in the world. The island was once home to many plague victims who were shipped off to the island and quarantined there. This means that many people were left on this island which leads many people to believe that the island is haunted. So, unless you are a paranormal investigator or you just like to seek thrills chances are you aren't going to be visiting this island anytime soon. The island was even featured on an episode of Ghost Adventures if that gives you an idea of how haunted the island is said to be.
16 Worth It: Turks And Caicos
The Turks and Caicos are the perfect set of islands if you are a fan of white sands and clear waters. These islands have become very popular among celebrities like Paul McCartney of the Beatles, according to vissitci.com. The islands have also caught the eye of surfers as the beaches get great waves for surfing. It is also positioned right next to one of the largest coral ecosystems in the world so there are great opportunities to snorkel. The best part is there isn't a bad time to visit Turks and Caicos as the islands stay sunny almost all year round.
15 Not Worth It: Ilha De Queimada Grande
The small island known as Ilha De Queimada Grande has another (shorter) name that will explain the reason that the island isn't worth visiting. Ilha De Queimada Grande is also known as "snake island" and is populated by hundreds of venomous snakes. The Brazilian Navy even forbids its citizens of visiting the island because it is not worth the risk. It is reported that there are between one and five snakes per square meter according to atlasobscura.com. One of the most dangerous snakes in the world resides there and is called the Golden Lancehead.
14 Worth It: Ibiza, Spain
Ibiza is quite possibly the best place to vacation if you're prerogative is to party. The island is one of the most famous islands in Europe according to Trip Advisor. If you want to visit Ibiza you will have the chance to get in your beach time as the island does feature small beaches with nice blue water. However, chances are if you are traveling to Ibiza you aren't there just to swim and play in the sand. The town of Ibiza is an amazing party town and you can spend night after night partying. The town is also worth visiting during the day as you can see all the wonderful Italian architecture that make up the buildings in the town.
13 Not Worth It: Gruinard Island, Scotland
Scotland doesn't sound like the type of place that would fair very well with an island. When one thinks of Scotland they think of sprawling green hills and bad weather. Gruinard Island is one of these islands that just doesn't work and it is for more reasons than you may imagine. The island is considered one of the most dangerous islands in the world due to the fact that it was a staging site for many biological experiments performed by the British according to BBC.com. In recent years the island has shown tests that the results from the experiments are dissipating but there have still been signs that there are chemicals in the sand. It may be best to avoid this island at all costs.
12 Worth It: Bora Bora
You will likely recognize Bora Bora before you recognize any other name on this list for being a popular vacation destination. That is because Bora Bora is one of the most famous and celebrated islands in the South Pacific, according to the official Tahiti website. The second you arrive in Bora Bora you will know you have made the right choice for your vacation. If it isn't the warm sands and the crystal clear water it will be the humbling people who greet you and show you to your beautiful resort. You will have a choice of a hotel or if you want to get extra fancy you can even rent a bungalow that is right on the water!
11 Not Worth It: Saint Kitts And Nevis
From looking at pictures of Saint Kitts and Nevis you may think it looks like a great beach and a worthy contender for your next vacation. You would be right because the islands of Saint Kitts and Nevis are beautiful and offer great opportunities for beach life. However, the ruining factor to this beach is the fact that the crime rate is so high. The islands have the second highest crime rate in the Carribean according to sflcn.com. When there are so many other great islands to choose from in the Carribean the risk of vacationing at Saint Kitts and Nevis is too high and not worth it.
10 Worth It: Capri, Italy
Capri located in Italy will give you the most genuine Italian coast town experience you could ever have. Ever since the first Roman emperor made the island his personal island in 31 BC, the island has seen its fair share of the rich and famous according to blog.oup.com. The island was made into what it is known as today in the '60s and combined new age architecture with the classic Italian feel creating a great experience all around. There are many great authentic Italian places to eat around Capri and there is a lot to see in terms of attractions and the island itself.
9 Not Worth It: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
The Galapagos Islands are a surprising entry on this list for many but it may not be for the reasons you are thinking. The Galapagos Islands are under a lot of restrictions to maintain the wildlife there, so visitors are very limited in what they can do and where they can go. It gets so strict that you can't even explore the trails without a guide present with you. If you want to have the freedom of exploration and travel then perhaps the Galapagos Islands should be kept away from. However, if you still want to see the famed Galapagos Islands even after hearing about the extreme rules, then perhaps someone could find some joy in learning about the animals.
8 Worth It: Iceland
While many people may not have the idea of Iceland being on a list of exotic and tropical islands it is still worth mentioning as it is often overshadowed by other islands. If you want to take a break from the sun and water on other islands, then you may want to book a flight to Iceland. The area gives you plenty to do as you can explore the island which contains forests, volcanoes, and even hot springs. That's right if you miss the swimming aspect of the island life then you can still enjoy that in the beautiful and invigorating hot springs found in Iceland.
7 Not Worth It: Saba Island
Saba Island is an island in the Carribean and from the surface value, it looks like the island is the perfect spot for a vacation. There is a lot going for the island and overall it is beautiful. The water is clear and underneath the surface, there are massive amounts of coral reefs to be explored. So what is the problem? Well, the area suffers the most from the dangerous winds that constantly hit the island. In the past century, the island has been hit by more hurricanes than any other island in the world according to stormcarib.com. If you can find a good time to visit the island where it is guaranteed to be safe, then it may be worth it but in the end, it isn't worth the risk.
6 Worth It: Palawan, Philippines
Palawan offers something that not many others on this list do. The Palawan Islands located in the Philippines offer mountainous regions and blue waters to give you an interesting combination of environments. Perhaps the most beautiful place to visit is Coron Bay which is the area where most of the water activities take place according to Trip Advisor. In Coron Bay, you can take boat tours or rent our own small kayak to enjoy the crystal blue waters. Palawan even offers a river tour that the UNESCO calls ”one of the most unique rivers in the world”.
5 Not Worth It: Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands
The Bikini Atoll is located on the Marshall Islands and it has a bunch of ocean life that has attracted divers for many years. What lies under the ocean is much better than what lies above the ocean on the actual islands. Bikini Atoll was once used as a weapons testing ground for the United States between 1946 and 1958 according to smithsonianmag.com. Many of the islands features are destroyed or decrepit looking due to the weapons testing and much of the area isn't safe to live off of. Very few indigenous people were let back onto the island, but since then there have been very few people allowed back on.
4 Worth It: Fiji
Fiji is an archipelago and is made up of 332 islands according to the official Fiji website. With over 300 islands there is a lot to choose from here when deciding where your exact paradise spot will be. It also means that you won't have to be fighting for elbow room with large crowds seeing as Fiji is so large. You can always come back to Fiji year after year and find new experiences to enjoy that you weren't able to the last time you visited the islands. If you aren't soaking up the sun on the white sand beaches you can explore the island's interior through its luscious green jungle.
3 Not Worth It: Reunion Island
An island that is located southwest of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean and that does seem like a great spot to vacation, right? Well yes while the island part of the Reunion Island is safe the waters are where things become sketchy. In recent years the waters around Reunion Island have seen a massive spike in shark attacks. Reunion Island is actually known to be one of the most common places for sharks to attack in the world according to tracksmag.com. Swimming in the area has been abandoned since 2013 and the island doesn't offer much on the island itself, so it is just better to plan to vacation somewhere less shark infested.
2 Worth It: Bali, Indonesia
Bali, unlike other islands on this list, will give you a more diverse experience when it comes to differences in environment. While you have the nice beaches you also have a luscious jungle in the middle of the island. If you aren't spending the day at the beaches you can indulge yourself in the luscious wildlife or even experience some of Indonesia's culture by visiting one of the many temples and shrines in the area. If you want to expand your experiences in life and have a vacation that is more than just sitting on a beach relaxing then Bali is the perfect start!
1 Not Worth It: Izu Islands, Japan
Izu Islands located in Japan are a group of islands that were negatively affected by volcanoes. The Izu Islands are now a hub spot for large amounts of sulfur, so much so that the residents have to wear gas masks in order to go outside. Only five years after the volcano erupted residents decided to move back into their homes and continue living life with a gas mask equipped. If you look past the idea of having to wear a gas mask 24/7 then the island is actually beautiful and has a great spot for spotting dolphins. It is also a great place to go scuba diving as there are a lot of coral reefs in the water.