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ROAD & TRAVEL Travel Advice: Dream Islands

8 Dream Island Destinations - Perfect for Blissful Getaways

From romantic Bora Bora to the all-American Martha's Vineyard and the affordable Dominican Republic, there is an island destination for every traveler. Whether you're traveling with kids in tow or on a spicy weekend getaway, there is an island-life that caters to you.

To help you decide which island is best, recently revealed eight can't-miss destinations, not all of which are highly-trafficked tourist spots -- yet. Check out the list below to find one that fits your budget and travel desires.

Santorini, Greece

Honeymooners, history buffs, foodies, club hoppers and backpackers on a budget - Santorini offers something for everyone. The 45-square mile, crescent shaped island offers black and red sand beaches, ancient ruins and fresh cuisine. Some archaeologists even believe Santorini's prehistoric civilization is the mythical city of Atlantis.

Saba, Netherlands Antilles

You may have never heard of it before, but the five-square-mile island offers unspoiled natural beauty with a focus on eco-friendly tourism. Located 28 miles from St. Maarten, Saba's rainforest-covered volcanic peak is a hiker's dream; and a protected marine park surrounds the island, creating some of the best diving and snorkeling in the Caribbean.

Hvar, Croatia

On it's way to becoming the next San Tropez, Hvar is a relatively unknown, sun-kissed island that has become a favorite of celebrities like Bill Gates and Gwyneth Paltrow. The island's ancient towns, rugged hills and white stone beaches are driving tourism, so plan to travel soon while prices are still affordable.

Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

A classic American retreat favored by former Presidents Kennedy and Clinton, Martha's Vineyard offers the ultimate summer vacation. The 25-mile-long island welcomes thousands of visitors from May to September, looking to explore the various towns, sample local cuisine like fresh seafood and organic produce, or sit and enjoy the beaches.

Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
As the only remaining Gaidhealtachd community in North America, Cape Breton retains a true Scottish charm from the 19th century immigrants who immigrated there. Thousands of their descendants remain, preserving the Gaelic traditions of their ancestors with festivals, songs and music, and dancing. And, like Scotland, the island is known for its spectacular scenery and coastline.

This Atlantic island staple offers travelers miles of white and pink sand beaches, luxe hotels, spas, art galleries and high end shops. Bermuda's tourism infrastructure is designed to please honeymoon-ers, celebrities, golfers and anyone looking for a classy, cultured getaway. With eight golf courses and seven signature cultural events and festivals, Bermuda welcomes travelers year round.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

With its crystal-clear water, tiny islets covered in palm trees and emerald green mountains rising from the sea, Bora Bora is the tropical paradise of myth. The 15-square- mile island offers luxurious private accommodations for honeymooners, and most properties also offer special romance packages and amenities, ranging from breakfast delivered to your bungalow by outrigger canoe to elaborate Polynesian wedding ceremonies.

The Dominican Republic

An up-and-coming tourist destination, the Dominican Republic offers better value than other resort destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico. The island offers the full spectrum of accommodation options, including plenty upscale resorts on its two most popular beach areas, Puerto Plata and Punta Cana. Many of the big chain resorts still cost less than comparable properties on other islands. 

(Source: SmarterTravel)