1. Maldives

1. Maldives

Strung across the Indian Ocean southwest of India and Sri Lanka, the 26 natural atolls of the Maldives exude an almost surreal beauty.

2. Bora Bora, Tahiti

2. Bora Bora, Tahiti

Bora Bora is the quintessential South Pacific paradise. This lush and dramatically beautiful island in French Polynesia rises to a sharp emerald peak ringed by an azure lagoon.

3. Riviera Maya, Mexico

3. Riviera Maya, Mexico

If you're looking for beautiful beaches, culture, and zesty cuisine all wrapped up with an affordable price tag, the Riviera Maya (Mayan Riviera) in Mexico is a great choice.

4. Aitutaki, Cook Islands

4. Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, with close ties to New Zealand, is a dream destination for closet castaways.

5. Kaua'i, Hawaii

5. Kaua'i, Hawaii

Called the Garden Isle, Kauai is a tropical Eden. Lush rainforests, waterfalls, and spectacular green coastal peaks attract nature lovers from all over the world.

6. The Mamanuca Islands, Fiji

If you've been dreaming of an idyllic South Seas island bathed in sunshine, Mamanuka Island in Fiji fits the bill.

7. The Seychelles

Nature needs healing? Seychelles needs to be at the top of your list of tropical islands to visit.

8. St. Barts, The Caribbean

8. St. Barts, The Caribbean

If you like the glittering jet-setter scene, private villas, and pretty beaches, French-influenced St. Barts should be top on your list. But it all comes at a price.

9. The Abacos, The Bahamas

The beautiful Abacos in the Bahamas, about 300 kilometers east of Florida, offer some of the world's best waters for boating and sailing.

10. Ambergris Caye, Belize

Off the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, Ambergris Cay in Belize is one of the most popular places to visit in Belize and the largest of its 200 cays.