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Escape to Five of the Best Island Destinations this Winter

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1. The Caribbean Islands.carribean islands

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St. Lucia, just one of the many islands in this region, promises weather conditions between the months of December through March between 72 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. With weather conditions, “Oh, so right,” what can someone expect to find as entertainment on this island?carribean

People can rent and ride ATVs along the beach and throughout the island, kayak along Pigeon Island, visiting the botanical gardens, or tour the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

Skipping across the sea on the island of Curacao, people can go scuba diving and hang with dolphins. One of the more interesting features this island has to offer is its unique pontoon-style bridge, The Queen Emma Bridge.

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2. Great Barrier Reef Islands of Australia.

If you’re interested in diving on a more grandiose scale, look no further. The Reefs extend some 1,600 miles, and contain more than 400 species of marine life.great barrier reef

A few more facts about the area: It is one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World and is considered to be the largest living feature on the planet. It is so large that it can be seen from Outer Space. Six, of the seven sea turtle species, use this area to breed. Over two million visitors come to the islands each year.

3. French Polynesian Islands.

Over here, one can sit on the island of Bora Bora and find olfactory delights of coconuts, vanilla, grapefruit, and Tahitian gardenia. Tahiti is visible just 11 miles away from the coast.french polynesia

If you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, it is a local ritual on the island of Huahine, to feed the massive, sacred eels.

4. Islands of Greece.greece

Santorini, Mykonos, and Rhodes are some of the more popular destinations. But what about Amorgos with its very own “shipwreck bay”? Discovery monasteries built into the sides of rocks on a few of these islands. Or simply take a swim in Gala Beach on Koufonisia, a beach within a beach split by a low hanging rock formation.amorgos

5. Last but not least, swim throughout Islands of Indonesia.snorkeling

Visit the 128 chained islands in the Bay of Jakarta; or take a gander at the 58 or so different genera of corals and diverse marine life in Bunaken National Marine Park.nicobar

While you’re there, treat yourself to some of the local grub. Sambal is a combination of peppers and fermented shrimp and offers itself as an appetizer dip to most meals. Satay, is a street food. Skewered strips of any meat marinated in turmeric and bathed in peanut sauce. Or stick with tradition and try Indonesia’s national dish: Nasi goreng. It’s fried rice, tossed in a soy sauce-based, sweet kecap (pronounced ketchup), and topped with cucumber, carrots, and acar.sambal

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