Forget the Caribbean, Visit These Spellbinding UK Islands Forget the Caribbean, Visit These Spellbinding UK Islands

Dreaming of wiggling your toes in pale sand on an idyllic island, with the sun on your face? It may come as a surprise to know that the U.K., itself the ninth-largest island in the world, is home to thousands more glorious islands dotted around its coastline. Many of them are just as dreamy as the Maldives


Isles of Scilly, Cornish Coast

Proud locals describe the Isles of Scilly as "a place like nowhere else in England," and they're right. On a sunny day, the Isles of Scilly could easily be mistaken for a Caribbean paradise. An unspoiled haven of natural beauty, Scilly takes just 15 minutes to get to by private seaplane from Lands End, or a scenic hour from Exeter.

There are five separate islands, with St. Mary’s being a particularly good option for families. Kids will enjoy the two play parks and skate park, as well as horseback riding. For more adventurous family members, there is the rare option of snorkeling with seals, plus many watersports to try at the Sailing Centre.