Les Saintes - Photo by Daniel Jolivet via Flickr

If you’d rather not share your beach getaway with crowds of people and tourists, I suggest bookmarking this page before you even continue on. I prefer the lesser known, off-the-beaten-path any day, especially when it involves an island.

However, you have to keep in mind that there is a reason these places are lesser known, many of them still fairly secluded. Some of these islands can be quite expensive and a real hassle to get to, but we can always dream right?

The Seychelles

The Seychelles Islands

The Seychelles – Photo by The Shooting Star

This group of 115 islands is the paradise you have dreamed of. Just off the coast of East Africa in the Indian Ocean, you’ll find endless beaches, coral reefs, nature reserves, and rare wildlife. When you’re not relaxing, activities range from diving to golfing to horseback riding and more. Although it’s more on the pricier side, if you’re looking for a high value splurge check out these luxurious holidays in the Seychelles and you won’t be disappointed. If you’re trying to avoid the rain, aim for a visit between May and September. The best part of the Seychelles is the seclusion. These islands were uninhabited throughout most of recorded history. They are now a member of the African Union, but still remain the smallest in population of any African State.

Fun fact about the Seychelles: 

Victoria, the capital city of Seychelles, is the smallest capital in the whole world.

Banda Islands

Banda Islands

Banda Islands – Photo by I Need Toilet Paper

One of the best kept secrets of Indonesia, the Banda Islands offer friendly villages and stunning tropical scenery. The Banda Islands consist of ten small volcanic islands in the Banda Sea that boast a remarkable history. When you’re not relaxing on the beaches, you can enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, and more adventurous activities on the island. Located north of Australia and east of Java, these islands host some of the globe’s most biologically diverse coral reefs. Getting here will not be easy, but it sure will be worth it!

Fun fact about the Banda Islands:

These islands were the only source of nutmeg and mace in the entire world until the mid-19th century.

The Cook Islands

Cook Islands beach

Cook Islands – Photo by Anna Everywhere

You may recognize these islands from the US reality TV show “Survivor.” Although the main island is more of a popular tourist destination, venture out to one of the 14 other islands where miles of open beaches free from crowds await you. This south pacific island group is home to cool turquoise waters, tropical rain forests, and beautiful mountain views. Residents of the Cook Islands are considered citizens of New Zealand, but they also have the unique status of being Cook Island nationals.

Fun Fact about the Cook Islands: 

The Cook Islands are the world’s second largest producer of black pearls.

Les Saintes

Les Saintes Gadeloupe

Les Saintes – Photo by Daniel Jolivet via Flickr

Also known as Îles des Saintes, these islands are just six miles south of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean Sea. There are eight islands all together, although only two are inhabited, with the total population only reaching just over 3,000 people. The sandy beaches and clear blue waters complement the charm of the islands, making them a perfect place for a getaway.

Fun fact about Les Saintes:

Christopher Columbus discovered the islands on November 4, 1493, giving them the name “Los Santos” (Les Saintes in French) in honor of All Saints’ Day.

These islands are the epitome of ‘little things’ to appreciate. The authentic culture, unspoiled land, and unique qualities make each of these small islands places to be treasured. Now, close your eyes and imagine spending endless days on these beaches soaking up the sun and swimming in those pristine blue waters!

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