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Lamu Island, Kenya
Caye Caulker, Belize
Bjørnø, Denmark
Afuá, Brazil

This is a list of car-free islands: islands inhabited by humans which have legally restricted or eliminated vehicle traffic from their territories.

Country Island
 Australia Cockatoo Island, Rottnest Island,[1] Hamilton Island (Queensland)- Although the general public aren't permitted to operate cars, some staff and services (e.g. garbage collection) are conducted by motor vehicle.
 Belize Caye Caulker[2]
 Brazil Afuá[3]
Boipeba and Tinharé islands in Cairu[4][5]
Ilha do Algodoal in Maracanã[6]
Ilha do Cardoso in Cananéia[5]
Ilha de Cotijuba [pt] in Belém[6]
Ilha do Mel in Paranaguá[5]
Ilha Grande in Angra dos Reis[5]
Paquetá Island in Rio de Janeiro[5][6]
 Canada Toronto Islands, Harrington Island[7]
 Croatia Koločep, Kornat, Lopud, Prvić, Silba, Sveti Klement and Zlarin islands[8][9]
 Denmark Bjørnø and Tunø islands[8]
 Faroe Islands Mykines
 France Île-d'Aix[10]
Île de Porquerolles[11]
Hoedic, Houat, Île-de-Bréhat, Île-Molène, Île de Sein in Bretagne[8][9][12][13][14][15][16]
Archipel du Frioul archipelago, near Marseille[9][17]
Grande-Île, Île de Quéménès, Île Saint-Honorat, Île Sainte-Marguerite, Port-Cros[8]
 Germany Baltrum, Gröde, Helgoland, Hiddensee, Juist, Langeoog, Neuwerk, Spiekeroog and Wangerooge[8][9]
 Greece Hydra, Monemvasia, Spetses
 Guernsey Sark and Herm[8]
 Hong Kong Lamma Island[18]
 Indonesia Siberut[19]
 Italy Marettimo[8]
Isola dei Pescatori[8]
 Kenya Lamu Island[20]
 Malawi Chizumulu[21]
 Malaysia Tioman Island[22]
 Norway Borøya,[23] Brønnøya, Hernar,[24] Fleinvær,[25] Sandøya, Søndre Sandøy,[26] Veierland, Ågerøya[27]
 Portugal Culatra Island[28]
 Seychelles La Digue[29]
 Sweden Donsö, Marstrand, Styrsö, Sydkoster,[30] Brännö and Vrångö islands[8]
 Turkey Princes' Islands
 United Kingdom Easdale,[31] Tresco, Isles of Scilly, [32] Shuna, South Rona and Tanera More[8]
 United States Mackinac Island in Michigan.[9] Cars were initially banned from streets in July 1898.[33] The use, possession or operation of any motor vehicle is against the law, with very limited exceptions.[34][35]
Bald Head Island which is off the coast of North Carolina and only accessible by boat or through the ferry system. One gets around on the island by bike or by golf cart.

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  1. ^ "Travel Guide to Rottnest Island, WA - Tourism Australia". Australia Tourism. 20 December 2022. Retrieved 25 December 2022.
  2. ^ Chanona, Carolee (10 March 2022). "Caye Caulker: The Perfect Car-Free Destination If You're Over Driving On Vacation". Caribbean Culture and Lifestyle. Retrieved 25 December 2022.
  3. ^ "Nas ruas de Afuá, no Pará, não circulam carros nem motos". Estadão (in Brazilian Portuguese). 2 February 2019. Retrieved 21 February 2023.
  4. ^ Dunlop, Fiona (29 January 2016). "Boipeba, Brazil: Life moves at an easy pace on this car-free tropical island". The Independent. Retrieved 16 April 2023.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Marcio Moraes - 5 ilhas brasileiras onde carros são proibidos". companhiadeviagem.blogosfera.uol.com.br (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 25 July 2023.
  6. ^ a b c "Conheça 10 paraísos brasileiros onde carro não entra". Terra (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 25 July 2023.
  7. ^ "Not Just Bikes: The Only Car-Free Place in Canada (and Why You Can't Live There)". Strong Towns. Retrieved 11 May 2023.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Brouillard, Etienne (2014). Îles de rêve sans voitures: 34 îles en Europe et 10 îles en France (in French). Paris: Hachette tourisme. ISBN 978-2-01-244069-2.
  9. ^ a b c d e Robert, Marcel (2013). "Îles sans voitures". carfree.fr (in French). L'auteur présente cet ouvrage 22 îles : Houat, Hœdic, Sein, Aix, Frioul, Sercq, Molène, Batz, Bréhat, Juist, Hiddensee, Langeoog, Baltrum, Heligoland, Prvić, Zlarin, Hydra, Büyükada, Gulangyu, Mackinac, Lamu et Venise
  10. ^ "L'île d'Aix sans voitures". carfree.fr (in French). 4 May 2012.
  11. ^ Goodman, Lanie (18 September 2012). "Porquerolles: Paradise Isle off the Provençal Coast". francetoday.com. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  12. ^ "L'île de Sein sans voitures". carfree.fr (in French). 30 April 2012.
  13. ^ "L'île de Bréhat sans voitures". carfree.fr (in French). 2 May 2012.
  14. ^ "L'île d'Hoedic sans voitures". carfree.fr (in French). 10 May 2012.
  15. ^ "L'île d'Houat sans voitures". carfree.fr (in French). 8 May 2012.
  16. ^ "L'île de Molène sans voitures". carfree.fr (in French). 26 April 2012.
  17. ^ Robert, Marcel (6 November 2013). "Un livre sur les îles sans voitures". carfree.fr (in French).
  18. ^ Dunn, Alice (30 March 2022). "The joy of car-free islands". The Spectator. Retrieved 25 December 2022.
  19. ^ Ninan, K. N., ed. (2012). Conserving and Valuing Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity: Economic, Institutional and Social Challenges. Taylor & Francis. p. 117. ISBN 9781136569104 – via Google Books.
  20. ^ Hancock, Colin; Page, Thomas (17 February 2016). "Lamu island, off coast of Kenya, has lots of history but no cars for visitors". CNN. Retrieved 25 December 2022.
  21. ^ Briggs, Philip (2016). Malawi. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 271. ISBN 9781784770143 – via Google Books.
  22. ^ Hughes, Holly; Murphy, Sylvie; Flippin, Alexis Lipsitz; Duchaine, Julie (2010). Frommer's 500 Extraordinary Islands. Wiley. p. 24. ISBN 978-0470500705 – via Google Books.
  23. ^ Eidsaa, Ivar (5 July 2021). "Borøya - Sommerguiden" (in Norwegian Bokmål). Retrieved 30 January 2024.
  24. ^ "Hernar". www.norskhavneguide.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 30 January 2024.
  25. ^ "Experience Fleinvær Island". Visit Bodø. Retrieved 30 January 2024.
  26. ^ "Søndre Sandøy", Wikipedia (in Norwegian Bokmål), 21 November 2023, retrieved 30 January 2024
  27. ^ "Ågerøya i Blindleia - Visit Sørlandet". en.visitsorlandet.com. Retrieved 31 January 2024.
  28. ^ Peres, Rui (2 September 2020). "Esta é a ilha de sonho em Portugal que praticamente ninguém conhece". Volta ao Mundo. Retrieved 25 July 2023.
  29. ^ "The island banned private vehicles: Plus, it has one of the world's most beautiful beaches". The Balkantimes Press. 22 April 2022. Retrieved 25 December 2022.
  30. ^ "Trafiksäkerhet | Sydkostervägar". www.sydkostervagar.se. Retrieved 30 January 2024.
  31. ^ "About Easdale: An Introduction to Easdale Island". easdale.org.
  32. ^ "Environment & Sustainability". tresco.co.uk.
  33. ^ Mackinac State Historic Parks (1999). "Early Automobiles on Mackinac Island". Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Archived from the original on 12 January 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2021. [T]he running of horseless carriages be prohibited within the limits of the village of Mackinac
  34. ^ "§66.33, et seq". Code of Ordinances. City of Mackinac Island, Michigan.
  35. ^ Huschka, Amy (23 September 2019). "Shepler's Ferry responds to Mike Pence motorcade backlash: 'Exceptions always exist'". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 14 January 2021.

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