Frommer's 500 Extraordinary Islands (500 Places)

By Holly Hughes

Escape to the World's so much awesome Islands

This guidebook leads you on an impossible to resist travel of a few of the main incredible islands round the globe—from tiny isles to island international locations, and from the well-trod to the utterly uninhabited. no matter if it is the historical past and grace of islands like Mont-Saint-Michel (France) and Ocracoke (United States) or the unspoiled vistas of far-flung areas like Antarctica and Polynesia's Tuvalu, you will find a bunch of islands you'll like to visit—or remain on ceaselessly.

The booklet contains touch details and information on transportation and lodgings to make trip-planning effortless. A geographical index is helping you discover locations fast.

Choose your personal Island Adventure

  • nice escapes: unspoiled seashores, tropical retreats, unique hideaways

  • rest and enjoyment: sunlight worshiping, land and water activities, nightlife

  • Nature and natural world: lush landscapes, nature preserves, infrequent species

  • towns and nations: shiny metropolises, self sustaining countries, urban enclaves

  • heritage and secret: historic marvels, cultural treasures, religious facilities

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