Paradise Without the Crowds: The 10 Best Tropical Islands to Visit for Serenity

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Tropical vacations are the perfect way to escape winter’s cold, gray days and relax in the warm sunshine. However, going to one of the many popular tropical destinations only to find them overcrowded can be stressful and, honestly, downright disappointing.

Uncrowded Beaches Do Exist

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If you’re looking for a tropical vacation that offers a bit more peace and quiet, consider visiting one of these 10 least crowded tropical destinations.

1. Palau

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The small island nation of Palau in the Pacific Ocean is known for its crystal-clear waters and diverse marine life. Palau is one of the world’s least densely populated tropical destinations, with a population of around 18,000 residents.

2. Dominica

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Dominica, a Caribbean Island not to be confused with the Dominican Republic, is often overshadowed by its more popular neighbors, but that’s exactly what makes it a great choice for a quieter tropical getaway. With lush rainforests, black sand beaches, sulfur springs, and excellent hiking opportunities around the nine volcanos in the area, Dominica is a nature lover’s paradise.

3. Belize

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Belize, a Central American country, has large reef barriers in the east and dense jungles to the west. Belize also has a wealth of ancient Mayan ruins. The country is still relatively undiscovered by tourists, making it a great destination for a tropical vacation. February is one of the best times to visit Belize.

4. Vanuatu

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This South Pacific island nation, Vanuatu, is known for its stunning beaches, active volcanoes, and traditional Melanesian culture. Visitors won’t get tired of stunning landscapes, and the rich history and culture of the island. With a population of around 318,000, Vanuatu is one of the least crowded tropical destinations in the world.

5. Seychelles

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Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, has something for everyone. If the gorgeous beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant coral reefs don’t draw you in, attractions such as rock climbing, hiking, and sightseeing will keep you entertained. Most recently, Seychelles is a popular honeymoon destination and could be your next destination. 

6. Tuvalu

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Tuvalu is a small island nation in the Pacific Ocean with just over 11,000 residents. Things to do on the island (in addition to lounging on sandy beaches) are joining the residents in their daily lives, watching merchant men train, playing ball with locals, and interacting with your hosts. The island is an ideal destination for travelers looking for a secluded tropical vacation without all the crowds.

7. Solomon Islands

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The Solomon Islands is a nation of hundreds of islands in the South Pacific ocean. The country’s islands are known for their beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, diverse marine life, and rich cultural WWII history. With a population of around 700,000 spread throughout its territory, the Solomon Islands is one of the least crowded tropical destinations you can visit.

8. São Tomé and Príncipe

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This island nation off the coast of West Africa is known for its beautiful beaches and rainforests, interesting landmarks, and gorgeous waterfalls. You can also explore local history in its historical National Museum. Reporting a population of approximately 225,000, São Tomé and Príncipe is one of the least crowded tropical destinations in the world.

9. Kiribati 

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Kiribati is an island nation in the central Pacific Ocean. It is known for its world-class fly fishing, excellent scuba diving opportunities, and fantastic seabird wildlife. If you get tired of the island’s crystal-clear waters, and diverse marine life, you can visit the island’s golf course. With a population of around 124,000, Kiribati is one of the least crowded tropical destinations in the world, with a little something everyone can enjoy.

10. Mauritius

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Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean. The island has a rum distillery, giant tortoises, a national park, legendary 7 colored earth road, forests, botanical gardens, and much more. The island also has a plethora of great beaches and water activities to do as well. While it is a popular tourist destination, the island is large enough that you can find quiet and peaceful areas to enjoy your tropical vacation.

Enjoy a Less Crowded Tropical Vacation

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Take a tropical vacation to escape daily stress, rejuvenate, enjoy the sun, sand, and sea, and experience new cultures, foods, and adventures. With fewer tourists and more natural beauty, these destinations are perfect for those looking for the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and truly relax. 

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Karee Blunt is a nationally syndicated travel journalist, focused on discovering destinations and experiences that captivate and inspire others through her writing. She is also the founder of Our Woven Journey, a travel site focused on inspiring others to create memory-making adventures with their loved ones. Karee is passionate about encouraging others to step out of their comfort zone and live the life they dream of. She is the mother of six kids, including four through adoption, and lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest. You can learn more about Karee on her about me page.