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November - December 2016

From Bora Bora to the Caribbean, Tahiti to Bali and beyond, ISLANDS is your passport to the world's most extraordinary destinations. Each captivating issue is filled with breathtaking photography and detailed first-hand accounts of the fascinating cultural experiences and tranquil, relaxing escapes unique to each vibrant locale.

United States
Bonnier Corporation

in this issue

3 min
the cayman islands: toast the holiday season

THIS WINTER, TRAVELLERS VISITING THE CAYMAN ISLANDS can trade the holiday season’s twinkling pine trees for swaying palms on the destination’s award-winning Seven Mile Beach. This one-of-a-kind luxury island trio comprised of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman caters to all ages and lifestyles and offers a relaxing winter escape like no other with seasonal events, unforgettable culinary festivals and countless opportunities to experience a Cayman holiday under the sun. Visitors will feel right at home for the holidays while staying on the Caribbean’s friendliest set of islands – renowned for its warm “Caymankind” hospitality which embodies the destination’s inviting local culture and kindhearted people. Further adding to its appeal, reaching Grand Cayman is even more convenient this season with nonstop flights available from several U.S cities including New York,…

2 min

YOU’VE BEEN INSTAGRAM Use #islandsmag, and your photo might end up in the magazine. FOLLOWUS See where we are in the world: instagram.com/islandsmagazine “We rent overwater bungalows every year. They even move to different locations easily. They’re more commonly known as catamarans. They’re awesome!”— Gregg B., via Facebook WE’VE BEEN It’s my last day in Bermuda, and I’ve yet to set foot on a beach, a situation that must be remedied immediately. I ask my cab driver, Larry, to take me somewhere secluded. “It’s Warwick Long Bay you’ll be wantin’,” he says in a British-meets-Caribbean drawl. He drops me off at my happy place: only four beachgoers line the shore. After spending time lounging on pink-flecked sand and taking a dip, I find a sandy path leading to secret alcoves, rock formations and lookouts. It’s all about…

2 min
thar she blows

BY ANN VANDERHOOF 1 DOMINICA It’s no fluke that Dominica is the whalewatching capital of the Caribbean — it’s one of the rare places where sperm whales live year-round. Don’t let their 67-foot frames fool you: The giants have a decidedly softer side. They “talk” in a kind of Morse code; if you’re lucky, you’ll hear it through your vessel’s hydrophone. From January to March, other whales hang in Dominica too, like humpbacks, pilot whales and false killer whales. 2 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Between January and March, North Atlantic humpbacks gather by the hundreds in Samana Bay to mate and calve. They’re truly the acrobats of the whale world and — believe us — watching a 40-ton whale go airborne and backflip is screamout-loud thrilling. Liveaboard vessels offer weeklong trips to the DR’s Silver Banks,…

4 min
3 days in nevis

DAY 1 DON’T SAY NO TO THIS Take the Four Seasons Resort Nevis’ (4,8)private launch from St. Kitts directly to its beachfront location on the island's west coast. Snap a pic of the view from your room (of either the sea or Nevis Peak) to share on Facebook, then wash away the travel grit with a dip in one of three infinity pools. NOT THROWIN’ AWAY MY SHOT Hamilton fans, time your trip to include a Wednesday for the West Indian Pig Roast (3)at Hermitage Plantation (6), said to be the oldest surviving wooden structure in the Caribbean. Engage the owner, Richard Lupinacci, in Ham-talk (he’s a wealth of information about the man and the play) over rum punch dusted with fresh nutmeg. Expect a Thanksgivingstyle feast of authentic West Indian cuisine prepared from…

11 min
the other jam aica

THERE’S NO BETTER WAY TO FEEL UNCOOL IN Jamaica than to show up early for the Thursdaynight Roadblock Party, which is exactly what we’ve done. Killing time, my friend and I saunter over to buy a shot of rum from a dreadlocked gentleman who appears to have sampled too much of his homebrew. He entertains us by explaining, at length, that having dreadlocks does not mean you are Rasta. Being Rasta is a way of life that requires purity of mind, spirit and body, not just a hairdo. Eventually, the music booms extravagantly, and local revelers — men with gleaming muscles, women wearing sparkling miniskirts — drift up the road. An enormous man wearing a headscarf and medallion necklace strides over and clasps my friend in a bro-hug; he remembers him…

8 min
antigua 365

It’s early morning. Dew clings to the leaves of silk trees lining a path in Antigua’s rugged southern reaches. Up the trail I go past Wallings Reservoir. Built in 1890, the reservoir’s Victorianindustrial terraces — in full view as they’re bone-dry — are a testament to more abundant times. But despite the drought that’s been plaguing Antigua and other islands in the region for several years, this verdant pocket is surprisingly lush. The canopy is a mix of 40 tree species, including mahogany, Spanish oak, Dominican kidney mango, hog plum, soursop and wild passion fruit. Beyond that, a fragrant field of lemon grass bends in the breeze atop the island’s thin layer of volcanic soil. The view reminds me of New Zealand, minus the wayward sheep. Antigua’s 108 square miles of rolling…