Nothing says vacation like an island vacation. It’s where we imagine ourselves on vacation with a drink in-hand, soaking up those sun rays, toes in the sand. Many Black people have roots from the islands and are reconnecting with our roots from the African shores. When you’re planning your next vacay or you choosing your next place to work remotely, remember these top three islands in the Travel Noire Awards for Favorite Island Vacay for Black Travelers.

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Montego Bay, located on the north shore of Jamaica, is a well-known city among travelers. It is a popular spring break destination and a great vacation spot for couples and friend groups. The tropical city has a vibrant nightlife, cool beaches and an authentic reggae culture. It is also a major cruise port, so visitors can fly directly to Montego Bay or drop in by boat.

While on the island, enjoy aquatic activities, like snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming and fishing. The island’s “Hip Strip” consists of lively restaurants, hotels, bars and a water theme park. Local legend Usain Bolt has a restaurant named “Usain Bolt’s & Records” on the strip that’s worth a visit. You’ll find a little bit of everything in Montego Bay, and there is a wide selection of hotels, activities and adventure all within the city.

Zanzibar, Tanzania

Zanzibar is an archipelago off the coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean. The two largest islands, Unguja and Pemba, make up the main areas that tourists visit, while Mafia Island is growing in popularity.

Zanzibar’s waters are a crystal blue and turquoise color making the views breathtaking and great for photography. Tourists can enjoy scuba diving, swimming and snorkeling at Nungwi Beach in north Zanzibar, known for its rich coral reefs and diverse marine life.

There is also much to explore on land. History buffs should check out Stone Town in Zanzibar City. It was once a flourishing spice and trade center with influences from Persian, Arab, Indian and European cultures seen throughout the architecture. Grab a bite to each with the locals at Forodhani Food Market, a buzzing nighttime market where you can get a taste of Swahili culture.

Maamutaa Island, Maldives 

Pullman Maamutaa Island is a resort-island located in Gaafu Alifu Atoll off the southern tip of the Maldives. It is one of the most remote pieces of land in the Maldives and a luxury escape for visitors. The Maldives is known for its stunning water, pristine beaches and tropical weather, and Maamutaa Island is no exception.

Indulge in the villas, bungalows, ocean pools and fine dining during this escape. Maamutaa Island also embraces sustainability, with eco-friendly practices and initiatives in place to preserve its natural wonders. Alongside its natural beauty, the island is home to a luxurious resort and spa that offers unparalleled hospitality, indulgent amenities and world-class cuisine. Whether you seek relaxation, adventure, or romance, Maamutaa Island promises an unforgettable tropical experience.

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