The least-visited country in the world is the closest thing to paradise

If you’ve always dreamed of a private island getaway, this might be the next-best thing: An island hardly anyone visits.

That’s right, according to a report by the United Nations World Tourism Organization, there’s a tropical island that gets fewer than 2,000 visitors each year. So you won’t have to fight for a nice spot on the sand if you travel here, or to one of the 11 least-crowded islands in the Caribbean.

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The beautiful country of Tuvalu
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The beautiful country of Tuvalu
Tuvalu under the wing of an airplane. Aerial view of Funafuti atoll and the airstrip of International airport in Vaiaku. Fongafale motu. Island nation in Polynesia, South Pacific Ocean, Oceania.
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Funafuti Atoll, Tuvalu
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The country of Tuvalu in the South Pacific promises to be an unspoiled sanctuary for however long you decide to stay—and since it’s an average 87 degrees year-round, we’ll assume that might be a while. Expect pristine beaches, a low crime rate, and a thriving marine ecosystem of atolls, lagoons, and coral reefs. This paradise is spread throughout the nine islands that make up Tuvalu.

So why don’t more people visit this lovely island? For one, it’s really hard to get to. Air Fiji sends flights in just three times a week, each leaving from Nadi International Airport in the Republic of Fiji, another South Pacific Island. The only airport in Tuvalu is on the main island, Funafuti.

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Second, its own population is dwindling, and the U.N. has it listed as one of the islands the most likely to disappear into the ocean in the 21st century—along with these 13 others. According to the Guardian, two of the islands are already seeing the impact of coastal erosion and rising tides. So have some patience for the travel requirements, and soak up the sun while you can at this quiet tiny island. It might be your next favorite escape.

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Top 10 Islands in America (BI)
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10. Mackinac Island, Michigan

Average nightly rate of all bookable hotels: $298

Average seasonal hotel rates: spring — $239, summer — $337, fall — $289, winter — N/A (hotels closed in the winter)

Average shoulder-season savings during spring: 29%

Reason to book now: 68th annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival (June 3-12)

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9. Chincoteague Island, Virginia

Average nightly rate of all bookable hotels: $157

Average seasonal hotel rates: spring — $108, summer — $192, fall — $114, winter — $82

Average shoulder-season savings during spring: 44%

Reason to book now: 48th annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival (May 7)

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8. Marco Island, Florida

Average nightly rate of all bookable hotels: $312

Average seasonal hotel rates: spring — $410, summer — $297, fall — $271, winter — $419

Average shoulder-season savings during fall: 35%

Reason to book now: 40th annual Great Dock Canoe Race (May 14)

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7. Amelia Island, Florida

Average nightly rate of all bookable hotels: $255

Average seasonal hotel rates: spring — $262, summer — $262, fall — $222, winter — $194

Average shoulder-season savings during fall: 15%

Reason to book now: Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival (April 29-May 1)

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6. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Average nightly rate of all bookable hotels: $298

Average seasonal hotel rates: spring — $271, summer — $328, fall — $214, winter — $155

Average shoulder-season savings during fall: 35%

Reason to book now: 20th annual Rib Burnoff and Barbecue Fest (May 14)

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5. Mount Desert Island, Maine

Average nightly rate of all bookable hotels: $195

Average seasonal hotel rates: spring — $130, summer — $230, fall — $171, winter — $115

Average shoulder-season savings during spring: 44%

Reason to book now: National Trails Day (June 4)

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4. Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

Average nightly rate of all bookable hotels: $270

Average seasonal hotel rates: spring — $278, summer — $273, fall — $267, winter — $315

Average shoulder-season savings during fall: 15%

Reason to book now: 5th annual Big Island Chocolate Festival (May 13-14)

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3. Oahu, Hawaii

Average nightly rate of all bookable hotels: $263

Average seasonal hotel rates: spring — $243, summer — $278, fall — $251, winter — $291

Average shoulder-season savings during spring: 17%

Reason to book now: Ukulele Festival (July 17)

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2. Key West, Florida

Average nightly rate of all bookable hotels: $319

Average seasonal hotel rates: spring — $400, summer — $299, fall — $314, winter — $443

Average shoulder-season savings during fall: 29%

Reason to book now: Turtle Kraals Key West Paddle Classic (April 30)

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1. Maui, Hawaii

Average nightly rate of all bookable hotels: $330

Average seasonal hotel rates: spring — $346, summer — $339, fall — $315, winter — $412

Average shoulder-season savings during fall: 24%

Reason to book now: Maui Film Festival (June 15-19)

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