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7 Underrated Islands To Visit This Year

By Bianca Lambert

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Discovering a new place sans tourists can be challenging. Luckily for us, the world is filled with destinations that haven’t quite peaked yet as go-to hot spots. Here are seven islands you should add to your list of places to go see in 2019.

St.Lucia

St. Lucia is a Caribbean island with lush rainforests, the stunning Piton Mountains, and only drive-in volcano in the world. If you choose the island as your next vacation spot, be sure to take a mud bath at Sulphur Springs. The mud is said to detoxify the body and even claims to heal sunburns, eczema, arthritis, and help with sore joints.

Alonissos

Santorini and Mykonos are two of the most popular destinations to visit when visiting Greece, but Alonissos gaining in popularity because of its small-town vibe and its view of the Mediterranean without the crowds. One of the highlights many travelers take note of is how beautiful the homes and churches are in the old town of Chora.

Guadeloupe

If you’re a foodie with love for warm weather and a scenic view, Guadeloupe should be on your list of things to do. But, hold off until the Saturday closest to August 10, as the Fête des Cuisinières, a celebration of the patron saint of cooks, takes place in Pointe-à-Pitre. You’ll find women in traditional Creole dress that will have their dishes blessed at Mass while locals fill the streets until it’s time to enjoy the food and dance.

Zanzibar

Getting to this island in East Africa isn’t as simple as booking a flight with a US Airline carrier. Your trek will require you to take a ride in a sometimes “shakey” aircraft, or you can opt to take a high-speed ferry ride which will take about two hours from Dar Es Salaam. Once you get there, you’ll be met by clear blue water, street markets, and tranquil surroundings.

Grenada

If Carnival is on your bucket list, it’s time to book a flight and pack your bags for Grenada. Each August, the island celebrates with Spicemas. Be prepared to dance the day and night away to Jab Jab and Soca music.

Dominica

We’re not talking about the Dominican Republic, but an island in the Caribbean filled with natural hot springs and a tropical rainforest. If you love to hike, Dominica is home to 300 miles of trails running through Morne Trois Pitons National Park. The park was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

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