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World's top 10 islands, according to TripAdvisor

For sun-starved worker bees, nearly any island will do.

But for the island aficionado, Maui is No. 1, according to TripAdvisor's 2016 Travelers' Choice awards for islands, released Tuesday.

Maui moved up from second place last year to knock Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos out of the top spot, sending it tumbling to fourth place.

"In addition to their truly magnificent landscapes, the Travelers' Choice Islands are home to highly rated hotels, restaurants and attractions, and are brimming with unique culture," said TripAdvisor spokeswoman Julie Cassetina.

No. 2-ranked Santorini, Greece, moved up two spots from a No. 4 ranking last year.

Jamaica ranked No. 3 this year. The Caribbean island wasn't in last year's top 10.

In addition to the global list, TripAdvisor also ranks islands regionally.

The travel review and booking site selected its Travelers' Choice island award winners based on the quality and quantity of user reviews over 12 months.


World's top 10 islands for 2016

1. Maui, Hawaii

2. Santorini, Greece

3. Jamaica, Caribbean

4. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

5. Bali, Indonesia

6. Mallorca, Spain

7. Mauritius, Africa

8. Phuket, Thailand

9. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

10. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil


Top U.S. islands

1. Maui, Hawaii

2. Key West, Florida

3. Oahu, Hawaii

4. Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

5. Mount Desert Island, Maine

6. Hilton Head, South Carolina

7. Amelia Island, Florida

8. Marco Island, Florida

9. Chincoteague Island, Virginia

10. Mackinac Island, Michigan


Top 10 European islands

1. Santorini, Greece

2. Majorca, Spain

3. Madeira, Portugal

4. Crete, Greece

5. Tenerife, Spain

6. Rhodes, Greece

7. Gran Canaria, Spain

8. Corsica, France

9. Jersey, United Kingdom

10. Island of Capri, Italy