BOSTON (CBS) – When you think of the top islands in the world, what comes to mind?

Greenland? Iceland? Virgin Islands? Hawaii? Bermuda?

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According to National Geographic, none of the above make the cut for the 10 Best Islands in the World.

Instead, Nantucket (yes, the small island off the coast of Massachusetts) was ranked as the top island in the world.

Travel writer Leslie Thomas, who compiled the list for the National Geographic book ‘The 10 Best Of Everything,” called Nantucket a “unique place.”

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“Nantucket was once one of the richest places in America, built on the profits of the whale oil industry. Even today in the delectable old town there are fine brick houses with silver mailboxes. Old-time sailors used to call Nantucket “The Little Grey Lady of the Sea.” On the misty morning I first arrived there, I could understand why. A woman was riding a horse along the beach to the utter delight of her family aboard my ferry, and she bore a banner that said ‘Crazy Aunt Rides Again.’ It is a unique place,” Thomas wrote (quote via

Full List:

1. Nantucket, Massachusetts
2. Isles of Scilly, Britain
3. Saba, Netherlands West Indies
4. Canary Islands, Spain
5. Fair Isle, Scotland
6. Lord Howe Island, Australia
7. Capri, Italy
8. Channel Islands, California
9. Tahiti, French Polynesia
10. Islands of the Andaman Sea, Thailand

What do you think? Would you consider Nantucket a top 10 island? What about Martha’s Vineyard?

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