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TripAdvisor names Providenciales in Turks and Caicos "World's Best Island"

Providenciales in Turks and Caicos has been declared the best island in the world by leading travel website TripAdvisor's annual Travellers' Choice Awards. The picturesque island climbed up from its No.2 ranking last year and knocked Ambergris Caye in Belize off its two-year-running top spot, and even out of the top 10.

TripAdvisor names Providenciales in Turks and Caicos "World's Best Island"

TripAdvisor has named Providenciales as the best island in the world in its annual Travellers’ Choice Awards.

The tropical island in Turks and Caicos climbed from its No.2 position in 2014 to the top spot this year, taking the island of Ambergris Caye in Belize off the top spot.

Ambergris Caye had held the top position for the last two years but it was knocked completely out of TripAdvisor’s top 10 islands in this year’s awards.

When asked why the Belize island didn’t make the top 10, TripAdvisor spokeswoman, Julie Cassetina said: "It's hard to say, as winners change from year to year based on feedback from travellers."

She added:

"Similar to last year and 2013, winning islands were determined using an algorithm that looked at the quality and quantity of traveller reviews and opinions for hotels, attractions and restaurants on each island gathered during a 12-month period."

TripAdvisor’s 10 best islands in the world for 2015 are:

1. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
2. Maui, Hawaii
3. Roatan, Honduras
4. Santorini, Greece
5. Ko Tao, Thailand
6. Madeira, Portugal
7. Bali, Indonesia
8. Mauritius, Africa
9. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
10. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Turks & Caicos is a nation situated in the West Indies, north of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and southeast of The Bahamas. The Caribbean country boasts 40 islands and cays, of which only eight are inhabited.

The island of Providenciales spans 38 miles and is home to breathtaking natural landscapes including the vast Grace Bay beach; the naturally-formed limestone opening called The Hole, and Chalk Sound; a long coral reef, which is thriving with marine species; and a large lake with aquamarine water and a collection of small cays.

Providenciales is more built up than many other islands in Turks and Caicos and it has a variety of luxury beachfront hotels and resorts, stunning white sand beaches, and gourmet restaurants.

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