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Frommer's 500 Extraordinary Islands [Paperback]

Holly Hughes , Sylvie Murphy , Alexis Lipsitz Flippin , Julie Duchaine


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Feb. 2 2010 500 Places (Book 8)
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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Escape to the World's Most Spectacular Islands

This guidebook leads you on an irresistible tour of some of the most magnificent islands around the globe—from tiny isles to island nations, and from the well-trod to the totally uninhabited. Whether it's the history and charm of islands like Mont-Saint-Michel (France) and Ocracoke (United States) or the unspoiled vistas of far-flung places like Antarctica and Polynesia's Tuvalu, you'll discover a host of islands you'd love to visit—or stay on forever.

The book includes contact information and details on transportation and accommodations to make trip-planning easy. A geographical index helps you find destinations quickly.

Choose Your Own Island Adventure

  • Great escapes: unspoiled beaches, tropical retreats, exotic hideaways

  • Leisure and pleasure: sun worshiping, land and water sports, nightlife

  • Nature and wildlife: lush landscapes, nature preserves, rare species

  • Cities and countries: vibrant metropolises, independent nations, city enclaves

  • History and mystery: ancient marvels, cultural treasures, spiritual centers

Find travel news & deals, expert advice, and connect with fellow travelers at Frommers.com

About 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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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative & Inspiring! March 25 2010
By Alex K. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Most colleges have their Spring Break coming up (!!) and if you're like me, buried in car payments and online shopping bills, then you also had to pass on a tropical beach vacation. While my friends are off sunning themselves silly, I'm working at my school, touring prospective students. I'm not complaining, but I have spent a good amount of time daydreaming and planning my next wonderful trip. So, of course, I need a travel guide to assist me!

Since I have been thinking about a Greek Island vacation, "500 Extraordinary Islands" seemed like a great option. This book gives "beach read" a whole new meaning. It's a unique travel book; instead of simply touring you around a country, this one gives you the opportunity to check out wonderful places all over the planet! That versatility immediately appealed to me. The book is also organized in a really neat way. Frommers has very much avoided a geographical system, that is, they haven't separated the islands by continent. Instead, they are classified by your interests! With chapters like "Beachcomber," "Garden" and "Wildlife" islands, you're given about seven options in each one, so you're bound to find an island whose atmosphere appeals to you in a location you want to visit (and, more importantly for students, can afford!).

Another feature I really appreciated is called "Island Hopping." Every chapter has this feature, where Frommers outlines a cluster of islands that you can "hop" to, all with the same qualities. One of my favorites is the Lofoten Islands in the "Treasure Islands" chapter. They are a group of seven islands located off the coast of Norway. I've never heard of them, but now Frommers has me looking up flights to Oslo.

For each island, they also provide access information like the nearest airport, boat port, train station and bridges, which is super handy for planning. They also recommend hotels and restaurants, but the majority of the space is dedicated to activities! There is nothing worse than a travel guide full of hotels; I only need a couple options in each price bracket, not every hotel in the city! Thankfully, Frommer's 500 Extraordinary Islands sticks to what is important, especially for students on a budget. A warm place to stay, a couple interesting restaurants and lots and lots of activities to try out!

Anyone who is planning a trip either for this summer or next Spring Break should check out Frommer's 500 Extraordinary Islands. It's informative, helpful and will show you a whole new world of travel options!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Island destinations Oct. 30 2010
By Joan C. Sommerfield - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a comprehensive discussion of island destinations - many of which I knew nothing about before reading it.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Island Dreams Dec 19 2010
By jeannie16 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book on a whim - the cover page sucked me in right away.
It's a great book just to look through and daydream. If you're planning a trip to any
of these places, I'm sure it'll be perfect.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit of a Boring Read Nov. 15 2010
By SGU_Mom - Published on Amazon.com
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I was a bit disappointed in this book. There is so much potential on this topic, and I didn't feel it was met. I was expecting a verbal travelogue, and instead felt as if I were reading encyclopedia entries. I'm tagging it reference instead of travel since it is less of a disappointment when thought of that way.
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