5 Unique Summer Island Getaways

Who says island hopping during the summer has to take place in Hawaii or the Bahamas? There are thousands of islands to explore in the many other archipelagos around the world, some even more beautiful and interesting than the traditional favorites.

Leave the spring breakers and cruise ship passengers behind and try out a new island getaway experience this summer. Here are 5 that we have our eyes on:

1. Azores, 850 miles off the coast of Portugal

The Azores is an autonomous region of Portugal made up of nine volcanic islands in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. The isolated archipelago features a blend of unique geological, cultural, and biological wonders and is great for hiking, kayaking, cycling, and many other outdoor activities.


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Trover photo by Fen

2. Mykonos, Greece

This Greek island is home to only 10,000 residents during the year, but booms with tourists in the summer months, and it’s not hard to see why. Between the 300+ days of sun each year, classic white and blue architecture, and buzzing nightlife, this small island has a lot to love.


Trover photo by 2 tickets to Wonderland


Trover photo by 2 tickets to Wonderland


Trover photo by Ally Moon


3. Faroe Islands, 200 miles north of Scotland

Located halfway between Norway and Iceland, this North Atlantic archipelago offers a chilly but beautiful escape from mainland Europe while maintaining its deep Nordic roots and Danish governance. Come for the incredible waterfalls and cliffs, stay for the seabird watching, cuisine, and quaint Scandinavian culture.


Trover photo by Ana Tratnik

Trover photo by Six Bones

Trover photo by Six Bones


4. Canary Islands, off the coast of Africa

60 miles west of Morocco, this Spanish archipelago of seven main islands proves highly popular with European tourists. Between its subtropical climate, sandy beaches, and incredible mountains, it’s not hard to see why.


Trover photo by Rene Ismailovaite


Trover photo by Gomera Ferienhaus


Trover photo by Kathryn @TravelWithKat


5. San Juan Islands, Washington, United States

Halfway between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia, the San Juans are an archipelago of over 400 islands. With only four of the islands accessible by ferry, this region is a favorite for kayaking and yachting enthusiasts eager to see bald eagles and the famous pods of Orcas.


Trover photo by Jason Karas


Trover photo by Tonette Pineda


Trover photo by Gavin Burns


Can’t get enough of beautiful islands like these? Check out the full list of unique island getaways and don’t forget to share your own discoveries this summer on Trover!