Frommer's 500 Extraordinary Islands

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Frommer's 500 Best Islands features our selections for the best islands around the world - from tiny isles to island nations, and from well-trod to totally uninhabited. Chapters are divided into:
  • Treasure Islands -- Islands that have a strong, distinctive local culture and personality
  • Leisure Islands -- Islands with a relaxed vibe and lots ...
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Overview

Frommer's 500 Best Islands features our selections for the best islands around the world - from tiny isles to island nations, and from well-trod to totally uninhabited. Chapters are divided into:
  • Treasure Islands -- Islands that have a strong, distinctive local culture and personality
  • Leisure Islands -- Islands with a relaxed vibe and lots of land sports like hiking or biking
  • Pleasure Islands -- Islands famous for their partying and nightlife scenes
  • Beachcomber Islands -- Islands known for their beaches, diving, and watersports
  • Garden Isles -- Islands with lush or verdant landscapes, orchards, and local produce
  • Islands of Mystery -- Places that are somewhat remote and have a mystical and/or exotic vibe
  • Island Escapes -- Quiet, uncrowded spots for those who love nature and want a relaxed pace
  • Ends of the Earth -- Islands that are rugged, remote, hard to get to, and great for adventure lovers
  • Islands of History -- Islands known for specific historic events, and with landmarks to visit
  • Wildlife Islands -- Islands that are great for birdwatching, whale watching, and viewing rare species, as well as nature preserves
  • Island Nations -- Large islands with their own history and independent government
  • Island Cities -- Vibrant metropolises that have thrived as their own islands
  • City Islands -- Island enclaves within larger cities
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470500705
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/26/2010
  • Series: 500 Places Series , #8
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Duchaine has been a freelance writer for the past 25 years. Most recently, she contributed to Frommer's 500 Places to See Before They Disappear, Frommer's 500 Places for Food & Wine Lovers, and Frommer's 500 Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up. She lives in Milwaukee.

Holly Hughes has traveled the globe as an editor and writer. A former executive editor of Fodor's Travel Publications, she edits the annual Best Food Writing anthology and is the author of the bestselling 500 Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up, 500 Places to See Before They Disappear, 500 Places for Food & Wine Lovers, and Frommer's New York City with Kids. She has also written fiction for middle graders. New York City makes a convenient jumping-off place for her travels with her three children and husband.

Alexis Lipsitz Flippin is a writer and editor who lives in New York City. She is the author of Frommer's New York City with Kids, Frommer's New York Day by Day, Frommer's Portable Turks & Caicos, and Frommer's Portable St. Maarten/St. Martin, Anguilla & St. Barts.

Sylvie Murphy has lived and worked in Rome as a travel writer and travel guide and currently resides in Kansas City. She is also the author of Frommer's Day by Day Rome and a contributor to Pauline Frommer's Italy.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Beachcomber Islands.

Aquatic Playgrounds.

Island Hopping the Turks & Caicos: Barefoot Luxury.

Life’s a Beach.

Unvarnished & Unspoiled.

Sailing Along.

Island Hopping The Bahamas Out Islands: Out on the Water.

Diving’s the Thing.

Storied Sand & Surf.

Archipelagos & Atolls.

Chapter 2 Garden Islands.

Beautiful Bounty.

Island Hopping the Florida Keys: Stringing the Pearls.

Blooming Wonders.

Wet & Wild.

Island Hopping the Apostle Islands: Return to the Wild.

Manicured Gardens.

Lush Life.

Chapter 3 Wildlife Islands.

Unique Species.

Island Hopping the Galápagos Islands: Intimate Encounters with Extraordinary Creatures.

Birding Meccas.

Sea Life.

Run Wild, Run Free.

Island Reserves.

Island Hopping the Maldives: The Sunny Side.

Chapter 4 Island Escapes.

City Getaways.

Island Hopping the Faroe Islands: Nordic Retreats.

Wild Things.

Great Outdoors.

Untouched Retreats.

Beautiful Beaches.

Island Hopping the Seychelles: Indian Ocean Castaways.

Islands to Get Stranded On.

Places of Worship.

Chapter 5 Treasure Islands.

American Classics.

Jewels of the South Seas.

Priceless Places.

Island Hopping the Lofoten Islands: Midnight Magic.

Colonial Outposts.

Civilization Unplugged.

One of a Kind.

Island Hopping the Shetland Islands: The Furthest Isles.

Natural Wonders.

Chapter 6 Pleasure Islands.

Party Animals.

Island Hopping St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Trim the Sails.

The Aristocrats.

Beach Bums with Culture.

Laid-Back Rhythms.

Island Hopping the Whitsunday Islands: Turquoise Bliss.

Chapter 7 Leisure Islands.

Take a Hike.

The Sporting Life.

Amphibious Attractions.

Island Hopping Around the Champlain Islands: Vermont’s West Coast.

Out & About.

The Caribbean Unplugged.

Remote Adventures.

Island Hopping the San Juan Islands: Orcas & Evergreens.

Chapter 8 Islands of History.

Myth & Legend.

Island Hopping the Dalmatian Coast Islands: Nature & History on Display.

War & Intrigue.

Otherworldly Landscapes.

Exploration.

Pirates.

Prisons.

Island Hopping the Orkney Islands: 1,000 Years of History.

Pilgrims.

Famous Islanders.

Chapter 9 Islands of Mystery.

Ancient Marvels.

Island Hopping on Lake Titicaca: Jewels in the Crown.

Otherworldly Landscapes.

Spiritual Centers.

Historic Haunts.

Island Hopping the Marquesas: Mystical Spires in the South Seas.

Chapter 10 Island Cities.

Capitals.

Showcases.

Island Hopping Around the Venetian Lagoon: Watery Escapes from La Serenissima.

Chapter 11 City Islands.

Magnets.

Parks.

Island Hopping the Aeolian Islands: La Vita Lava.

Enclaves.

Chapter 12 Island Nations.

Archipelagos.

Going It Alone.

Island Hopping the Cape Verde Islands: Land of Mountains, Desert & Sea.

Preserving the Old Ways.

Hot Spots.

Chapter 13 Ends of the Earth.

Walk with the Animals.

Island Hopping the Aleutian Islands: North to Alaska.

Remarkable Ecosystems.

Historic Frontiers.

Island Hopping the Cook Islands: Truly Cast Away.

Real Adventures.

Geographical Index.

Alphabetical Index.

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