Part of what makes a vacation so great is choosing the right spot to spend your time. Knowing whether you鈥檙e looking for a major metro or a place with more relaxing vibes will help set the tone for your trip and make it easy to put together the ultimate itinerary. Since we love off-the-beaten-path destinations and uncovering local gems, we rounded up seven amazing islands that are still *mostly* under the radar. Keep reading, and then round up your best traveling companions. Adventure in unspoiled paradise awaits!

Fishing boats line the seashore on Martinique

1. Martinique, Caribbean: Not far from its well-known neighbor, St. Lucia, Martinique is a Caribbean destination that offers the ultimate mix of activities, which range from shopping and sightseeing to fitness-based adventures like mountain biking or hiking. The island, which is part of France鈥檚 overseas region, has a unique vibe that beautifully blends French and West Indian influences with its narrow streets and a gorgeous seaside garden (La Savane) surrounded by cafes and shops. People also rave about the pristine white sand and luxe accommodations 鈥 so if you鈥檝e been looking for a place to splurge or are planning your honeymoon, this could be a perfect pick.

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2. Skopelos, Greece: We鈥檇 be surprised if you鈥檝e heard of Skopelos, but you might鈥檝e seen it before 鈥 Mamma Mia was filmed here. The little-known Greek island is a dreamy backdrop full of forests, orchards, and quiet beaches, all of which will make your jaw drop as the sight of them unfolds when your ferry approaches. Good food and Greek culture round out what sets this place apart. With three main ports, Skopelos is pretty accessible too; start your journey in Athens to get a history lesson before heading out for the ultra-relaxing portion of your Mediterranean getaway.

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3. Flatey, Iceland: While most people flock to dip in the bright blue hot springs, photograph the colored houses in the capital, or see glaciers and Icelandic ponies IRL, you can branch out with a ferry trip to Flatey, a super-tranquil and mostly isolated island off Iceland鈥檚 northwestern shores. The largest island in a cluster of nearly 40, Flatey has just one road, a few brightly colored homes, and many migratory birds. Note that if you鈥檇 like to spend the night there鈥檚 also just one hotel open during the summer season; we鈥檝e heard it has a charming, hometown feeling that makes it really special.

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4. Pico, Portugal: Often called the Black Island or Ilha Preta for its impressive volcanic appearance (you鈥檒l love looking at Ponta do Pico, the highest mountain in Portugal), this cool spot has historical, UNESCO-designated vineyards that helped aid its development. Though still relatively unknown compared to other cities, Pico is a great pick if you鈥檙e looking for an outdoorsy island adventure, with tons of walking, hiking, and bike trails, as well as horse or donkey rides. When the day is done, kick back to enjoy some local wine while watching a colorful sunset from a sailboat.

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5. Ponza, Italy: This small island is considerably close to famous places like Ischia and Capri but far less known to tourists. Off the coast near Latina and just a few hours from both Naples and Rome, Ponza offers some of Italy鈥檚 most adored experiences without the foreign crowds and spiked prices. Enjoy your authentic Italian getaway like a local by swimming in warm, crystal-clear waters, sunbathing on umbrella-lined beaches, and treating yourself to an afternoon gelato between boat rides and long walks along the shore. La bella vita indeed!

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6. Aran Islands, Ireland: We recently learned that glamping is a thing in Ireland too. To do it 鈥淲ild Atlantic style,鈥 plan a trip to the Aran Islands, off the nation鈥檚 western coast. Inis M贸r (Inishmore), the biggest island, boasts a center for glamping right on the mouth of the Galway Bay at Frenchman鈥檚 Beach. Known for its rugged landscape and cultural heritage, it鈥檚 a super-unique place to experience Ireland away from popular spots like Dublin, Galway, or Shannon. You鈥檒l be able to scope medieval ruins and the 鈥渨orm hole鈥 (a rectangular natural pool) while perched atop your quiet cliff by the ocean.

Sunset at Mount Agung, Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia

7. Gili Trawangan, Indonesia: Remarkably, there鈥檚 no motorized traffic allowed on this zen-calm Indonesian island. Said to be something like Bali was before it blew up in popularity, Gili Trawangan still isn鈥檛 your typical tropical escape. You鈥檒l find casual cool bars, delicious restaurants, and bohemian vibes. While the west coast has been developed more in recent years, you鈥檒l find quiet on the super-tranquil north side of the island. Head inland to get a sense of local life 鈥 you鈥檒l see children playing games like hopscotch, wild chicken crossing the streets, and bustling horse carts and bikes. Basically, there鈥檚 something here for *every* type of traveler.

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