Jamaica and Providenciales make TripAdvisor’s world’s best islands top 10

Ocho Rios and Carnival Victory, Jamaica

NEW YORK, United States, Thursday April 21, 2016 – The Caribbean has secured two places in TripAdvisor’s world’s best islands top 10, with Jamaica bagging third place, edging Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) into fourth.

Jamaica was pipped to the post by Maui in Hawaii, which took top honours as best island in the world, followed by the Greek tourist paradise of Santorini. Indonesia’s Bali, famous for its forested volcanic mountains and pristine beaches, rounded off the top five.

Trip Advisor traveller reviews were responsible for the rankings, and Jamaica’s “amazing beaches, shimmering blue water and cuisine” factored significantly into its success. Special mention was also made of the Jamaica Festival from July 31 to August 6.

The island of Providenciales in TCI is home to Grace Bay, one of the world’s best beaches, according to TripAdvisor. The Windvibes Kiteboarding Tournament on July 10 also received special mention.

The Spanish island of Majorca, with its sunsplashed beaches and sheltered coves, placed sixth, while the East African nation of Mauritius, a volcanic island in the Indian Ocean, took the seventh spot.

The island of Phuket in the Andaman Sea is renowned for some of the best beaches in Thailand, making it a popular choice at number eight, while ninth place went to Bora Bora, one of the most exotic islands in the world due to its remote location.

Brazil’s Fernando de Noronha, the sole representative from South America, was named the 10th best island in the world and previously won an award for the world’s best beach.

Australia, which is famed for its spectacular beaches and underwater wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, failed to nab a spot in the global top 10.

TripAdvisor said the annual awards are based on millions of reviews and the winners are determined using an algorithm that evaluates the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings from the past 12 months.

TRIPADVISOR’S BEST ISLANDS IN THE WORLD 2016
1. Maui, Hawaii
2. Santorini, Greece
3. Jamaica, Caribbean
4. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
5. Bali, Indonesia
6. Majorca, Spain
7. Mauritius
8. Phuket, Thailand
9. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
10. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

REASONS TO BOOK VACATIONS TO THE WORLD’S BEST ISLANDS NOW, ACCORDING TO TRIPADVISOR
1. Maui, Hawaii
Reason to book now: 8th Annual Maui Brewer’s Festival, May 14, 2016
2. Santorini, Greece
Reason to book now: Santorini Jazz Festival, located on the beach at Kamari, July, 2016
3. Jamaica, Caribbean
Reason to book now: Jamaica Festival, located in Kingston or Montego Bay, July 31-August 6, 2016
4. Providenciales, Turks + Caicos
Reason to book now: Windvibes Kiteboarding Tournament, July 10, 2016
5. Bali, Indonesia
Reason to book now: Bali International Dragon Boat Race and Festival, located on Batur Lake, Kintamani, Bangli, May 26-29, 2016
6. Majorca, Spain
Reason to book now: Majorca Live Festival of Indie Rock, World Music, and Electronica, April 29-30, 2016
7. Mauritius, Africa
Reason to book now: World Cup Rugby 10s, located at Stade Anjalay, Pamplemousses, June 18-19, 2016
8. Phuket, Thailand
Reason to book now: Baba Wedding Festival, located in the Phuket Old Town, June 2016
9. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Reason to book now: Tahiti Pearl Regatta, located in Raiatea, Taha’a, May 2-7, 2016
10. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Reason to book now: Sea Turtle Nest Excursions, hosted by the National Centre for Conservation and Sea Turtle Management of Brazil: June 2016.

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