Fernando de Noronha, Brazil – The number of visitors is restricted on Fernando de Noronha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. "The lucky few are rewarded with unrivaled beaches and waters filled with dolphins and sea turtles," says TripAdvisor.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia – White sand beaches and blue lagoons are two reasons Bora Bora held onto ninth place for a second straight year.
Phuket, Thailand – Although the Thai island of Ko Tao didn't make the list this year, another Thai favorite did: Phuket, with its fabulous diving and easy access to imposing rock formations.
Mallorca, Spain – Spanish painter Joan Miró was captivated by the Mediterranean light of the island of Mallorca. So are many Europeans who flock to the No. 6 island's beaches.
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos – Locally known as "Provo," Providenciales is the most developed island in Turks and Caicos. Most of its infrastructure is found along the 12-mile Grace Bay beach.
Jamaica – Jamaica didn't rank in last year's top 10. Now it's vaulted into third place.
Santorini, Greece – The Greek island of Santorini, the remains of an exploded volcano in the Aegean Sea, has black sand beaches and picturesque villages.
Maui, Hawaii – With more than 80 beautiful beaches and only about 131,000 year-round residents, the 2016 "best island" title holder is Maui.