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The 75 Most Epic Places to Know Before You Plan Your Next Vacation

By Rpbin Mei - October 01, 2018

Shipwreck Beach, Zakynthos, Greece

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For everyone who is in love with the sea, Zakynthos is the place to be.

This amazing island is located west of the Greek mainland and northwest of the Peloponnese. It is famous for its crystal clear waters and astonishing beaches, just like this one, the Shipwreck beach.

The Shipwreck Beach is also called Navagio, but many people know this place by its nickname – the Smuggler’s Cove, because of the big wrecked ship that is believed to be a smuggler’s boat.

Unfortunately, the beach is currently shut down for visitors due to a major landslide which saw hunks of rock falling 60 meters (197 feet) onto the beach below.

Port Authorities have reported that due to the beachside cliff’s collapse in September of 2018, Shipwreck Beach will remain closed until further notice.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

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You could go through a long list of phrases to describe the island of Bora Bora, but probably the best one would be a glimpse into what heaven must look like, at least as it appears here on Earth.

This phenomenal destination is situated northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia, approximately halfway between Australia and the U.S.A. It’s a tropical paradise surrounded by coral reef beds off its shores and a stunning lagoon inland.

Bora Bora covers an area of only 29.3 square kilometers (just over 11 square miles) but offers plenty of attractions for travelers, from amazing landscapes and the world’s most beautiful beaches to many historical sites.

Pink Beach, Komodo, Indonesia

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One of the most beautiful and extraordinary beaches you’ll come across is Indonesia’s Pink Beach, known as Pantai Mera to the locals.

Due to pink shades of the wave colors, it is one of the most attractive landmarks in Indonesia. The pink effect comes from red corral shedding small particles of rock that then get washed ashore to mix with grains of white sand.

Komodo’s little bit of oceanic paradise is one of only seven beaches in the world that have this all-natural beauty recipe that produces vibrant pink hues such as these.

Clear waters and being a healthy distance from the hustle and bustle of urban life make this a perfect place to sit and enjoy the wonders of nature washing up before your eyes.

Santorini, Greece

If you are a romantic soul who enjoys watching spectacular sunsets, walking through some charming villages or just wants to spend the holiday lying under a warm sun all day long, Santorini is definitely the place you want to consider visiting.

The complex of Santorini islands lies in the southern Aegean Sea. It was created as a result of volcanic activity, some of which still belch out a rumble or two. But that’s not really something you should be too worried about.

Eruptions occur once every 20,000 years and the last time one did was approximately 3,600 years ago, so you can enjoy yourself in peace and harmony of the deep blue sea and bright cloudless sky.

And for all the lovers out there who are looking for an unforgettable spot to get married, Santorini might be the place for you. Who wouldn’t want to exchange vows perched above a simmering, yet very docile, volcano?

Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

It’s understandable that many people think of a dark scary place with cold walls when they hear the word ‘cave.’

In striking contrast to that are the famous Waitomo Caves which are completely extraordinary and breathtakingly beautiful.

Since 1889, these caves have been the home of guided tours for what is considered one of the top tourist destinations in New Zealand.

Besides the natural rock surroundings visitors will find themselves in, one of the more popular visual sights are the glow worms that cover a large portion of the cave’s interior.

Because of these luminescent worms, Waitomo can surprise its first-time spelunkers with its illuminated walls and ambiance that is completely different from the other caves in the world.

During visits, guides take people to explore the physical side of the caves but also inform visitors about the history of the Maori peoples who were the first to ever explore them.

El Nido, Palawan, the Philippines

Many hidden gems of our amazing planet have turned into favorite tourist destinations, but that doesn’t mean you should cut them from your travel bucket list just because they are becoming crowded.

On the contrary, there are many more fantastic spots one can discover in already famous destinations.

Just like this incredible little lagoon located along El Nido’s beautiful northern coastline on Palawan Island in the Philippines. Here’s the thing: you won’t see it as you approach by boat.

This naturally concealed place seems like a small piece of heaven tucked away with the high cliffs, and accessible only through a narrow crevice. So, if you want to enjoy this earthly Eden, you will need to swim.

Pig Beach, Exuma Cays, the Bahamas

For all of the adventurers who dream about spending a perfect day in a completely uninhabited place (with the exception of the occasional four-legged creature), Big Major Cay is the place you want to be.

This unique location is one of the over three hundred islands in Exuma, a district of the Bahamas also known as the Pig Beach.

The only way one can get there is by boat, but it’s a trip worth taking. Once you reach this amazing spot in the Caribbean sea, you’ll have a unique chance to swim in some of the clearest waters on the planet accompanied by rather unusual bathers – snorting, oinking pigs.

No one really knows how the pigs ended up on this island, but local legend says that a group of pirates dropped them off after a shipwreck, but never made it back to pick them up again.

Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil

When one thinks of a desert, pools of water are probably the last thing that would come to mind.

But Lençóis Maranhenses, a national park in Brazil, is actually known for it! Moreover, this place is the only desert in the world with water basins between white sand dunes.

This mesmerizing site lies on the banks of the Preguiças River and covers about 155,000 hectares (135,908 acres) of incredible landscapes made of up 50-meter-high dunes (165 feet) and multicolored lakes and ponds.

The most famous of these dunes are called Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Bonita, and both of them can be described as the pearls of the Lençóis Maranhenses desert.

La Digue Island, Seychelles

Even though it’s one of the smallest countries in the world, Seychelles is the favorite vacation destination for many. It takes only a glimpse of this photo to realize why!

The interesting thing is that Seychelles consists of over a hundred islands located in the Indian Ocean.

The group of inner granitic isles is called Granitic Seychelles, while the outer coralline islands make so-called Coralline Seychelles, and it’s hard to say which ones look more stunning.

Besides the incredible beaches, like the one we have here, and absolutely breathtaking views, Seychelles is also famous for being home to some exotic wildlife, including rare birds, giant Aldabra tortoises and probably the largest seed in the world, called Lodoicea or sea coconut.

Sơn Đoòng Cave, Vietnam

Since 2013, Vietnam’s Sơn Đoòng Cave has been open for explorers and adventurers after this, the world’s largest cave, was discovered in 1990.

In a an odd twist of fate, the entrance of the cave was lost for another 18 years before being ‘rediscovered’ again in 2008.

This mesmerizing place is located in the center of the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park in Central Vietnam, a location that is UNESCO listed.

Of the many interesting facts this cave holds is that its main cavern is large enough to fit an entire city block.

Sơn Đoòng is approximately five kilometers long (three miles) and at its peak height reaches nearly 200 meters (650 feet). Amazing, isn’t it?

Whitehaven Bay, Australia

Australia is full of different natural treasures and unbelievable travel spots, including the famous Whitehaven beach.

This piece of heaven is situated in the Whitsunday Islands National Park and is surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef.

Its beach stretches for seven long kilometers (just over four miles) and is covered in luminescent white sand. This gives a beautiful high contrast as it edges into turquoise water, perfect for anyone with a camera.

Additionally, the bay is one of the top eco-friendly and cleanest beaches in the world, and in case you need more incentive to visit TripAdvisor recently ranked it as the number one beach in the South Pacific.

Banff National Park, Canada

Banff National Park is one the greatest natural spectacles you’ll lay eyes on, not only in Canada but probably in the world.

Banff is part of the Canadian Rockies with mountains that are upwards of 120 million years old and is home to one of the planet’s best-preserved ecosystems.  It’s no surprise Banff is also part of a UNESCO World Heritage site,

Located in the province of Alberta, Banff covers 664,100 hectares (1,641,027 acres). This rather vast territory has many gems worth visiting, but glacier-fed Moraine Lake is an absolute must see.

It is snuggled up against the Valley of Ten Peaks and surrounded with many hiking trails that offer a fantastic view over its shimmering turquoise waters that seem almost unreal.

White Sands, New Mexico, United States

There are many beautiful sites in New Mexico, but the heart of the Tularosa Basin is home to one of the greatest natural wonders in the world – White Sands National Monument.

With 712 square kilometers (275 square miles) of desert, it is one of the largest dune fields on Earth.

Don’t let the ‘desert’ portion the name fool you into thinking this all sand, because this region has a diverse ecosystem that is full of a variety of plant and wildlife.

There’s a long list of reasons why the White Sands National Monument is such a tempting attraction. It offers guests many outdoor activities such as hiking, horse riding, sledding and even plant tours.

British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands might be the place for you if you enjoy island hopping to different locations that each seem to have their own personality despite flying under the same flag and being within close proximity to one another.

Party under the stars at Tortola, Anegada embraces the exact opposite and embraces those looking to simply relax and those who have the cash to buy the biggest yacht they can head to Virgin Gorda.

Besides being famous for their beaches, the islands are also well known for their untouched Caribbean culture and delicious cuisine to go along with it.

Havasupai, Grand Canyon National Park, United States

For all of you who seek to experience something truly extraordinary, a visit to Havasu Creek in the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona is an absolute must!

There you’ll find a series of blue and green waterfalls that flow through the red rock of the Grand Canyon, one of the world’s most famous natural landmarks.

Havasu Falls belong to Havasupai Indian Reservation which it is maintained and managed by the tribe. Advanced bookings are a must, and there is an application process to go through before anything can be finalized.

The best time to visit this fantastic site is late spring or early fall if you want to go both hiking in the surrounding area or swimming in the waters of Havasu Creek.

Gili Meno, Lombok, Indonesia

In the shallow waters of Indonesia, there is an amazing place just below the calm surface. If you like diving and you’re a fan of preserving the environment, then you will find an underwater sculpture in the Gili Meno a perfect reason to dive a little deeper.

Famous eco-sculptor, Jason deCaires Taylor, created a circle of 48 submerged concrete figures of life-sized people all modeled on local residents that are interwoven together in the depths of the waters.

To help sustain and encourage new wildlife growth in the delicate environment which surrounds the sculptures, Taylor used a pH neutral concrete that allows coral to grow on them, helping to rehabilitate reefs that have been severely impacted by pollution.

Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Situated on the Caribbean coastline of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, Tulum is the perfect spot for everyone who wants both to enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and to explore archaeological sites of the ancient Mayan ruins.

The name of the town comes from the Maya language and it means “wall,” but some sources say that the original name of this place was Zamá (which translates to “Place of the dawning sun.”)

The name itself promises the breathtaking dawns and amazing mornings, but the truth is you can enjoy Tulum all day long and never get bored with whatever you chose to do there, whether it’s a guided tour of the ruins or an afternoon on a sandy beach.

Anantara Dhigu, South Male Atoll, Maldives

When you think about the beaches in the Maldives, it’s easy for your imagination to paint a perfect picture of sparkling surroundings.

It is a definite magnetic hotspot for anyone who loves sandy beaches and a mesmerizing ocean view with turquoise and blue waters.

It’s as photogenic a location as you’ll find in the Maldives, and many of the pictures you see of the Maldives in travel magazines and websites are taken on this island.

The Anantara Dhigu as a little part of heaven is a quite touristic site, with over 110 villas that are all five star accommodations with many different activities for each and every person who visits it.

You can sign up for yoga, diving, tennis, beach games and even surfing if land activities aren’t really your thing.

Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia

One of the most extreme, but at the same time most exceptional places in South America is Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni.

Located between Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina, this place is the world’s largest salt flat that glistens over 10,489 square kilometers (4,050 square miles) of the Altiplano.

When the nearby lakes overflow the ground, a thin water layer transforms the whole area into a mirror-like surface that reflects the sky, creating some of the most spectacular views ever witnessed on our planet.

On top of all this, Uyuni is the home the world’s first salt hotel (yes, it’s made entirely out of salt) that is understandably very popular amongst visitors.

Positano, Italy

Starting off as a port of the Amalfi Republic when terracotta building began getting etched into the steep mountainside, Positano hit its stride during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Located in Campania, Italy, the coastal town of Positano is described by some as the most romantic place in Italy.

Over the past few decades, its historical ties with ancient Romans, who left their style mark with some of the architecture.

It has its share of more modern dalliances with cultural icons such as author John Steinbeck (who said of the town in a 1953 issue of Harper’s Bazaar: “Positano bites deep.

It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone”) which have turned the town into a must-visit stop for anyone coming to Italy.

Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

Raja Ampat belongs to Indonesian archipelago off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula in West Papua.

It is one of the best year-round destinations for travelers from all over the world,  and some might argue that this picturesque site is probably one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful archipelagos and undoubtedly worth visiting.

It is famous for its huge coral reef systems that provide an abundance of marine diversity so much so that scientists often refer to this place as the “species factory.”

It is home to more than ten times the number of hard coral species found in the Caribbean, making it the dream of every diver and underwater photographer looking for their next adventure.

Cook Islands

The Cook Islands consists of 15 small islands in the center of the Pacific, exactly between New Zealand and Hawaii.

It represents an oasis of magnificent blue-colored beaches, excellent weather and last but not the least, delicious food.

Obviously the people who call the Cook Islands home are living in the here and now that is the 21st century, but visitors can still enjoy a heaping taste of authentic Polynesian culture.

You can fill your day with activities such as mountain biking, snorkeling, swimming and diving, or even join one of the guided tours trips throughout the numerous islands’ coastlines.

Cheow Lan Lake, Khao Sok National Park, Thailand

The Cheow Lan Lake is one of the most amazing places in the world and a true treasure of Thailand’s Khao Sok National Park.

Cheow Lan is an extremely popular stop for any visitors to the 739 square kilometer (285 square mile) park, a favorite destination in this lush rainforest.

Traditional longtail boats are one of the better ways to cruise the lake for a fully immersed experience.

Although the park itself is an easy drive to find, once there it takes some effort to make it through to Cheow Lan, including having to track down private transportation to get there.

Plansee, Austria

Situated in Tirol region, Lake Plansee is the second-largest natural lake in this picturesque part of Austria, Europe. This amazing place is known for its crystal clear water and impressive environment that surrounds it.

The lake is nestled between magnificent, forest-covered Zwiesel and Spiesberg mountains and is connected with another beautiful lake called Heiterwangersee by a narrow canal.

The area attracts both adventurers who love active vacations and those that are just out for the sights, as it offers a wide range of activities for both groups.

From rowing and canoeing, scuba diving and sailing, to hiking and even fishing – all are popular during the during summer months.

Winter on this lake is equally attractive. When the lake freezes over, skating on Plansee is peaceful bliss.

Wadi Shab, Oman

Found at the mouth of the Gulf at the south-east part of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman is one of the best-kept secrets among enthusiastic travellers who are looking for hidden treasures that include both culture and nature.

One of Oman’s must-see attractions is Wadi Shab.

Wadi Shab is an incredible canyon located in the Al Sharqiyah region, only 2 hours drive from Muscat, the capital of Oman.

This breathtaking place is a real slice of paradise in this part of the world, famous for its natural pools of clear water bordered by steep slopes which descend from the surrounding cliffs straight into the water.

 

Seitan Limania Beach, Crete

Lovers of the sea will be amazed by this photo! It shows one of the fascinating parts of Greece that hides an absolutely heavenly beach called Seitan Limania.

The beach is situated in the northeast side of the Akrotiri peninsula, about 20 kilometers (15.5 miles) from the city of Chania.

Although this place really looks quite celestial, its name tells a different story. The word “Seitan” comes from the Turkish language and it means Satan, the devil, and the word “Limania” is Greek for ports.

Put them all together and you have the welcoming title of the ‘Port of Satan.’

Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland

Matterhorn, known as the jewel of the Swiss Alps, is one of Switzerland’s best-known landmarks.

With its 4478-meter-high peak (14,690 feet tall), Matterhorn is considered to be one of the most challenging places in the world for many climbers, if not one of the deadliest.

The Matterhorn was first successfully summited in1865 by Edward Whymper. This magnificent mountain is located at the border of the western Swiss canton of Valais, between Zermatt town and the Italian resort of Breuil-Cervinia.

Its beauty is absolutely enchanting but at the same terrifying, which makes it a real magnet for everyone who loves extreme and adrenaline-pumping activities.

Kawasan Falls, Cebu, Philippines

Located in the jungles of the Cebu island in the Philippines there is one of the most captivating water features in the world: Kawasan Falls.

This nature’s jewel is a three-stage cascade mountain waterfall with the clearest water you will ever see, not to mention the cleanest inland water in the country.

The Kawasan Falls is considered to be the pearl of its country, due to the enormous beauty of this hidden lagoon and the tropical plants that surround it.

Needless to say, this piece of land is a touristic jungle paradise. Visitors to the waterfall can hop onto a bamboo raft and go straight under the springs to enjoy this natural oasis up close.

Nusa Penida Island, Indonesia

Population: 45,764

Nearest populated region: Bali 11 kilometers (8miles) away.

If you like exotic travel, then Nusa Penida is a perfect island place for you. This enchanting land with bluest beaches is the biggest of the three Nusa Islands and is located on the edge of the Bali mainland.

With  Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Penida helps make up a perfect trio of island escapes that will take your breath away with their amazing landscapes and equally beautiful beaches.

However, Nusa Penida has to more to offer its visitors than just perfect beaches.

There is also Pura Goa Giri Putri cave, Peguyangan Waterfall, Seganing Falls, Kelingking ‘T-Rex’ coastal cliffscape and many other mesmerizing natural landmarks.

Pamukkale, Turkey

A young lady from ancient times, perhaps still a teenager, grows upset over the thought that she will never be married because she is physically unappealing.

In a fit of wallowing sadness, she throws herself off a ledge into a natural pool. She survives. The pool magically transforms her into a beautiful woman just as a lord comes strolling past.

Their eyes meet, he becomes smitten with her beauty, and true love is found.

Or so goes the Turkish legend surrounding the 17 hot springs of Pamukkale, Turkey. The lava-heated waters of Pamukkale are saturated with calcium, which erupts from the ground below and forms frozen falls down a cliffside.

Each one of the springs ranges in temperature from 35 °C (95 °F) up to 100 °C (212 °F), and each is said to cure or aid dozens of maladies, including: kidney stones, high blood pressure, circulation and digestive issues, food allergies, asthma, rheumatism and stupidity (okay, maybe not the last one).

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

It has sun. Sand. Culture. A bit of a alt-lifestyle vibe. It’s all things to all people, so you won’t know what it might be for you until you go there.

What might be a potential downside to Ubud is that it’s one of the most crowdest and popular travel destinations in the country.

With yoga as the main activity, hippie vibe, and refreshing landscape, it still nurtures the Indonesian culture with green rice terraces, Hindu architecture, and holistic art.

One of the things that you should not miss to visit is the Monkey Forest, which is a green sanctuary in the southwest corner of Ubud.

If you are looking for something a little different on the culinary front, vegetarian restaurants abound and there are cafes everywhere for those just looking to sit and observe the scenery.

Ginnie Springs, Florida

Located on the Santa Fe River in Florida, Ginnie Springs is one of the most stunning places you can visit in this part of the United States.

The perfect spot for real adventurers, it offers plenty of outdoor activities; from river tubing and swimming in the perfectly clear water that stays near 22ºC (72ºF) year round, to more daring scuba and cave diving.

With waters spread across seven springs that appear both surreal and magical at the same time, who better than the famous oceanic explorer Jacques Cousteau to sum up Ginnie Springs when he went scuba diving there in 1974 and declared the water was, “visibility forever.”

Lake Tahoe, United States

Lake Tahoe is the large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is bordered by two states, California and Nevada, and covers an area of approximately 497 square kilometers (192 square miles).

The east shore of the lake is located on the Nevada side and its attractions include places such as Cave Rock, Sand Harbor State Recreation Area, Spooner and Marlette Lakes, Nevada Beach, Zephyr Cove and Round Hill Pines Beach.

All of these incredible sites make Lake Tahoe not just worth visiting but exploring all year round. The recreational opportunities are numerous, including hiking, horseback riding, water sports and, of course, skiing during the winter season.

Mílos, Kikladhes, Greece

Greece is well-known for its islands and fantastic seasides with pink, red and orange sand beaches, but one particular destination that has the some of the most beautiful oceanfronts in the Aegean Sea is definitely the Island of Milos.

Although renowned for its enchanting villas and filled with almost-unbelievable pirate stories and historical moments, Milos is still off the radar for many travellers.

This little island lays hidden surrounded with blue waters bays and it is visually one the most impressive places you can visit in the Cyclades isles.

Milosis is definite must-visit for anyone who loves to explore emerald blue waters, catacombs, caves and hike along challenging volcanic terrain.

Honegg, Switzerland

There’s certainly a good reason why some people refer to this place as the ‘Stairway To Heaven’ spa.

Welcome to Villa Honegg in the heart of Switzerland. This amazing place is located only one hour drive south of Zurich, a trip worth taking for a complete rejuvenation of both spirit and body. And to see whether it’s worth a Led Zeppelin reference to describe it.

Honegg is brimming with luxury and comfort thanks to its 33°C (93.2°F) year-round infinity pool and a million dollar view over the majestic Lake Lucerne surrounded by the Emmental Alps.

Originally built in 1905, this prestigious place was fully renovated and reopened in 2011 for all of those who want to experience something truly remarkable.

Yanuca Island, Sigatoka, Fiji

Population: 200

Nearest populated region: New Zealand, 1,800 kilometers (1,400miles) away.

Yanuca Island in Sigatoka on Fiji is a thriving locale for fishing, relaxing, surfing and overall island fun.

This beautiful travel spot is located near the main island of Viti Levu and enjoys all the privileges of warm turquoise waters, big waves and what seems like never-ending sandy beaches.

It is also a surfer’s favorite place to enjoy perfect winds and the accompanying waves that can can test the skills of anyone on a board.

There is even a surf resort on the island where you can hang ten (sorry – we couldn’t resist) with professional surfers with all necessary equipment provided.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Yanuca Island in Sigatoka on Fiji is a thriving locale for fishing, relaxing, surfing and overall island fun.

This beautiful travel spot is located near the main island of Viti Levu and enjoys all the privileges of warm turquoise waters, big waves and what seems like never-ending sandy beaches.

It is also a surfer’s favorite place to enjoy perfect winds and the accompanying waves that can can test the skills of anyone on a board.

There is even a surf resort on the island where you can hang ten (sorry – we couldn’t resist) with professional surfers with all necessary equipment provided.

Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

Thailand is truly an exotic destination in every sense of the word. With so many tourist attractions and surreal seaside allure, it is hard to resist the appeal of its islands.

Some of the loveliest and most beautiful you’ll find are the Phi Phi islands.

This group of six islands, headlined by Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh, are very popular rock climbers destinations for the thrill seeker looking for some heart-stopping action to go along with a healthy dose of Thai culture.

The land of Koh Phi Phi is very far away to reach by road, so in order to reach this tropical oasis you’ll need to take a boat or a ferry ride. The view will be worth it, though.

Cappadocia, Turkey

Welcome to Cappadocia, an entire region of Turkey that covers the provinces of Aksaray, Nevsehir, Nigde, Kayseri and Kirsehir.

This lovely place, where the geological wonder meets human-made air-balloons, is one of the most photographed locations in Turkey.

The amazing topography is an exhilarating combination of mushroom-shaped rock spindles protruding from the ground (known as fairy chimneys) and vast mazes of caves ready to be explored.

The region is a result of the combination of volcanic eruptions that happened in Gulludag, Hasandag, Erciyes and Kizilirmak combined with strong winds scattering volcanic ash.

Those winds and a beautiful view from the sky are major reasons why Cappadocia is now one of the most popular attractions in Turkey, due to the popular air-balloon rides that bring millions of tourists there annually.

Valle Verzasca, Ticino, Switzerland

Switzerland has a very unique reputation of being a country of chocolate, cheese and, of course, the Alpes, but the fact is this amazing country has much more to offer.

From dreamlike villages and charming cities to delightful bursts nature tucked between the mountains and distant from the urban areas, Valle Verzasca is just one of them.

Valle Verzasca is a long and narrow valley in the Locarno district. It shares the same name with the river that flows right through it.

The river Verzasca is famous for its jade green waters and polished rocks that create some of the most mesmerizing landscapes in this part of the Old Continent.

Pinabuyutan Island, El Nido, the Philippines

One of the more beautiful parts of the Philippines is an archipelago known as Palawan.

It consists of 1,780 islands, all of which are absolutely beautiful and amazing in their own individual way. The one that stands out is definitely Pinabuyutan island.

At first sight, this heavenly place looks just like the rest of the Palawan isles, but this one, in particular, has arguably the most beautiful beach in the entire archipelago.

Just take a look at this photo and see for yourself; It’s unrealistically blue and green waters pierced with rocks and lush forests that stand behind it make this place simply irresistible.

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington, United States

The Alpine Lakes Wilderness is a vast area that spans the Central Cascades of Washington state.

It encompasses about 159,446 hectares (394,000 acres) of land with over 700 lakes and mountain ponds, just like the one we have here in this picture.

With its insanely translucent waters and a heart-stopping view of mountain peaks permanently cloaked in snowfields, this enchanting place is the perfect choice both for adventurers who seek excitement and variety and for those who prefer to relax in nature and enjoy the silence.

Whichever group you belong to, Alpine Lakes Wilderness will fulfill, if not exceed, your expectations.

And if you decide to traverse any of the 382 kilometers (641 miles) of trails in the park, admire the view but remember this: all visitors must adhere to the ‘Leave No Trace’ rule. If you bring it in, please bring it out.

Arco Magno, San Nicola Arcella, Italy

The Italian countryside is full of natural beauties like the Arco Magno, sometimes known as the Great Arc.

This massive hunk of extraordinary rock is located between San Nicola Arcella and Praia a Mare. One small entrance at the face of the cliff wall has been slowly chiseled away by the surrounding crystal-clear waters,

If you want to visit the Arco Magno be prepared to find a boat to take you to the beach where the arc is located. It is not reachable on foot, but once you get there you’ll quickly be glad you put in all the effort.

With granite cliffs emerging from the clear turquoise waters and natural beauty in every corner, Arco Magno is a real Italian touristic pearl.

Myrtos Beach, Greece

If you have ever wondered where some of the iconic scenes from the Captain Corelli’s Mandolin movie were shot, the answer is right in front of you – here, at the Myrtos Beach on Kefalonia island, in the Ionian Sea of Greece.

Located less than 32 kilometers (20 miles) from the town of Argostoli lies the gorgeous beach in Kefalonia and perhaps one of the most beautiful in the whole of Greece.

This almost surreal vista is surrounded by immense rocky cliffs covered in green, while the light pigment of the natural sediment creates this astonishing turquoise water effect that usually leaves its visitors speechless.

Nā Pali Coast, Hawaiian Islands, United States

High up on the list of Earth’s stunning tropical locations would have to be Nā Pali Coast State Park, located on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

This paradise is filled with mountains, rough water caves and lush green valleys. Nā Pali’s coastline stretches for 27 kilometers (17 miles) along Kauai’s North Shore, with razor-sharp cliffs above the Pacific Ocean.

Anyone who is ready, willing and able enough to embark on the journey down this captivating coast will leave astonished with its beauty and probably the cell phone pictures to back it up.

It’s also a popular spot for whale watching or snorkelling in the ocean’s blue waters. The stark contrast between the barren cliffsides and the never-ending waves makes Nā Pali Coast a perfect travel destination for adventurers on land or the water.

Cesme, Turkey

When a place is called “fountain” or “spring” nothing less should be expected than this: a breathtaking site of crystal clear water under a dazzling blue sky.

Welcome to Çeşme, a Turkish town and resort with a front row view of the Aegean Sea located 85 kilometers (53 miles) west of İzmir.

This delightful town is known for its long seafront, a majestic castle built at the beginning of the 16th century known as Çeşme Kalesi and one of the most colorful markets in the area.

All of these sites, combined with fantastic beaches, make Çeşme one of the best holiday locations in Turkey.

Lombok, Indonesia

The Indonesian island of Lombok is heaven on Earth for just about every experienced surfer in the world.

It initially had the tourism spotlight shone on it by Western surfers who came across the island’s southern coast and set up camp that now also includes backpackers and those that just want to enjoy a decent hike.

With so many bays, reefs and beautiful surfing areas, Lombok is very appealing for everyone who looks for an exotic island vacation or some for outdoor activity.

The island is filled with trekking paths to Gunung Rinjani, which is Indonesia’s second-highest volcano.

Rinjani’s peak is something that will take your breath away, and it offers a spectacular view of breathtaking sunrises that makes it hard not to think you’re sitting on top of the world.

Eleuthera, the Bahamas

Eleuthera is a pearl of an island located within the tropical splendor that is the Bahamas.

This little piece of heaven is a perfect place for couples and families, offering up a healthy dose of peace and tranquility for visitors.

In the 1700s,  British loyalists settled in Eleuthera, leaving behind their architectural mark (it’s hard not to notice a little taste of New England) all around the isle which later spread across the Bahamas.

With its gorgeous pink-sand beaches and sunny tropical flair (pineapple, anyone?), it’s no surprise that Eleuthera has evolved into the popular tourist haven that it is.

Dead Sea, Jordan

If you ever find yourself in the weird scenario where you’re debating a know-it-all neighbor over where the lowest place on Earth is, the answer is the Dead Sea in Jordan.

This mysterious looking place often referred to as both a sea and a lake lies 430 meters (1412 feet) below sea level and is famous for its hypersaline waters and mineral-rich mud.

The unusual salinity of the Dead Sea (you’d be hard-pressed to find saltier water anywhere else) makes this place quite a harsh environment for sustaining wildlife and plants, so it’s no wonder it bears such a dark, ominous name.

On the other hand, its minerals and mud are believed to be very therapeutical for people and is used in many cosmetic treatments in nearby hotels and spas.

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

One of Europe’s most stunning destinations, located in Croatia, and is Plitvice Lakes National Park.

The unique beauty of this place was recognized by UNESCO when Plitvice Lakes was granted the status of being a World Heritage site in 1979.

Amongst the many beautiful attractions it features, Plitvice is home to sixteen lakes, all set deep in the forest and interconnected by a series of waterfalls.

It is also well-known for its exceptionally rich wildlife. The 300 square kilometers (116 square miles) of preserved area within the park’s borders is populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare and protected bird species.

Formentera Island, Spain

The fourth largest of the islands of the Balearics is the island of Formentera. It is also considered Ibiza’s little sister, but with a bigger emphasis on relaxing beaches and a laid-back tropical vibe.

Located off the southern shores of Ibiza, in physical shape alone Formentera separates itself from Spains other island destinations: it’s shaped like a dog bone.

Over the span of hundreds of years, Formentera almost seemed like it was literally off the map of the world, even though it suffered from a constant stream of pirates from Africa.

As a result no one really wanted to live on the mainland of the island, but when the pirates died off people did start to return to begin a basic lifestyle choice that is now the island’s credo:

Put your feet up and relax, man.

Tamolitch Blue Pool, Oregon, United States

There is a wonderfully uncommon outdoor locale in the state of Oregon that has been christened the Tamolitch Blue Pool.

This natural lagoon was created by the McKenzie River when it was once a waterfall.

At some point, the river changed its course and went underground. As a result, the falls it once helped create run completely dry for a good portion of the year.

Surrounded with high green forest and nine meters (30 feet) of clear topaz blue river water makes this unusual waterfall lagoon a perfect getaway destination.

The dried waterfall also offers those brave enough to make the attempt an opportunity to make a heart-pumping leap into the lagoon below.

Callosa d’en Sarrià, Spain

Callosa d’En Sarrià is a vivid Valencian town with abundant beauty and endless charm.

It is situated in a rich and flourishing nature-packed region thanks to the life-giving Algar river that runs through it.

This river is also known as the “river of health” so it’s no wonder it attracts visitors from all over the world who often come to enjoy swimming near its magnificent waterfalls, commonly called the “Fountains of Algar.”

In addition to that, stunning sierras surround not just the river but the whole region, transforming this little town and its surrounding countryside into one of the most exciting destinations in Spain.

Pula, Croatia

Found in the Istria region of Croatia, Pula is the area’s largest town and is full of historical landmarks.

A long time ago, it was a key component of the Roman empire and it still has many architectural wonders as proof of that, including an amphitheater built to hold 20,000 spectators.

This major urban cultural center was considered one of the most impressive cities found in Europe.

The interesting part of this old city is that its nature and gorgeous landscapes are of significant importance for its citizens. If you go to the north of the Pula, you will discover Brijuni National Park, with countless islands.

If you head south you will reach Cape Kamenjak, where you’ll find adventurous travelers and locals alike cliff diving. This city has it all.

Capetown, South Africa

Cape Town is a coastal city in South Africa, located at the northern end of Cape Peninsula.

It’s the second most populated urban area after Johannesburg and one of the most exciting places one can visit in this part of the world.

Rich in history and culture, it’s also famous for its vibrant suburbs like Camps Bay.

This pretty and unique place is settled near the four beaches of Clifton. Its beachfront features soft white sand, palm trees and plenty of opportunities for people watching, especially with its many cafes, bistros and restaurants that help give everything a vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere.

To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa

The To Sua Ocean Trench in Samoa has to rank high for the title of being the world’s most beautiful hole in the ground.

It is also one really unusual place on the planet, where you can see a perfect natural 30-meter-round (98 foot) swimming pool with emerald-green waters.

The Trench is only accessible by a single ladder that has a sitting wooden platform at its base.

To Sua is the result of an ancient volcanic eruption which created two different holes that were still connected by a naturally forged tunnel.

One of the holes is To Sua, while the other created an underwater cave.

Albandeira, Portugal

Praia de Albandeira is one of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal and definitely ranks high up on any sandy fronts along the European coastline of the Atlantic Ocean.

For a very long time, this out-of-the-world place was Portugal’s best-kept secret, but now that secret is out and it has become one of the country’s top travel destinations.

This sandy beach is not that big, but it offers some of the most striking views you can imagine, especially from the top of the cliffs that rise behind it.

From there one can also see the famous rock resembling a man-made arch that stretches above the almost translucent sea, known as Arco de Albandeira.

Kelimutu National Park, Flores, Indonesia

If you go east from Ende, you will find the Kelimutu National Park. This Indonesian area is home to the Kelimutu volcano and its three beautiful lakes.

The three lakes, Tibu Ata Mbupu, Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai and Tiwu Ata Polo are crater lakes tinged with different colors, due to volcanic mineral eruptions.

The largest of the lakes, Tibu Ata Mbupu, has changed colors several times over the years and was light green before turning the brown that it is now, similar to what its watery sibling Tiwu Ata Polo is now as well.

All three of the lakes have gone through periods where they have been turquoise, black, red, green, blue and brown.

Terme Di Saturnia, Tuscany, Italy

Just the outside of a little Renaissance town of Saturnia in Tuscany, there is a surreal place with a series of hot springs known as Terme Di Saturnia.

Since Roman times, these warm mineral waters have been creating rock pools where many tourists come to relax and enjoy themselves in an all-natural spa created by Mother Nature herself.

The thermal waters sit at a constant 37°C (98°F).

The Terme Di Saturnia is a true natural paradise for many reasons, with sulfurous waters and calcareous pools that are guaranteed to be unlike anything you’ve ever seen or experienced.

Le Morne Brabant, Mauritius

Le Morne Brabant is not only one of the most beautiful sites in the entire world but also acts as a place that symbolizes both freedom and hope.

Located on the extreme southwestern tip of Mauritius, Le Morne Brabant was once a sanctuary in the 18th century for escaped slaves taken against their will from nations such as Africa. Madagascar and India.

Its cultural significance and historical importance saw Le Morne Brabant being placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008.

After that designation, between  2008 and 2016 Le Morne Brabant was closed to the public in an effort to preserve as much of the island’s past as possible.

As a World Heritage Site, Le Morne Brabant reopened to visitors in 12016 and today attracts visitors wanting to learn more about its role in the struggle against slavery and the survival of its people, but also enjoy its mesmerizing nature and captivating mountainous landscapes.

Turks and Caicos

The Turks and Caicos is a tropical archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean southeast of the Bahamas.

It consists of eight large islands (of which five are inhabited) and dozens of smaller islands and cays, of which only three have people living on them.

This group of islands is famous for its white sand beaches and incredibly blue waters, but there is one more thing that makes this place unique: its rich history.

For a long time, it was believed that Christopher Columbus was the first explorer to set eyes on the islands, although that was only a theory.

After the discovery of a 680 kilogram (1,500 pound) anchor and pottery remnants at a site in this archipelago, it appears as though one of Columbos’ ships did find its way to this corner of the ocean.

Cala Luna Beach, Sardinia, Italy

The second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sardinia has over 1913 kilometers (1200 miles) of coastline full of glorious beaches and many hidden gems just like the one in this photo.

It is called Cala Luna beach, or Spiaggia di Cala Luna in Italian.

This dreamlike setting is one of the most beautiful visual treats on the island. It is located in the Gulf of Orosei right under limestone cliffs,  less than three kilometers (two miles) from the famous Bue Marino Caves.

Its almost transparent azure blue waters make this beach a perfect spot for snorkeling. But if you prefer just to lay down on warm sand and enjoy the view, Cala Luna will not disappoint you too.

Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

Anyone looking to escape from the hectic stresses of nine-to-five living and find some much-needed tranquility should consider visiting Saint Lucia island, a real gem of the Caribbean Sea.

This stunning island provides endless opportunities for visitors to indulge in the breathtaking nature that surrounds its resorts.

While two of the most recognizable landmarks of St. Lucia are its magnificent twin coastal peaks, the Pitons, rising 610 meters ( 2,000 feet) above the sea, the island is also famous for its well-preserved and abundant rainforests.

There you’ll find wild orchids and many exotic birds species like the aptly named St. Lucia parrot.

Intermingled with all of this are groves of banana and coconut trees if you ever happen to be in need of a quick tropical snack on the go.

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Even though it’s one of the smallest countries in Europe, Slovenia has so much to offer – from the fantastic coastline filled with numerous vibrant towns and villages to the majestic Julian Alps and its thrilling slopes.

In the very foothills of the Julian Alps lies the Lake Bled.

This gorgeous glacial lake is one of the better-known tourist site in Slovenia, and definitely one of its most beautiful.

It is famous for a small island which rises from the water in the middle of the lake, approachable only by wooden boats known as pletnars which are operated by standing rowers.

After landing on the island, visitors must climb 99 stone steps to reach the Assumption of Mary Church, a place of miracles (according to local legend).

Marrakesh, Marocco

The first thing that probably comes to mind when one thinks of Morocco is the iconic movie “Casablanca,” but the truth is Morocco has much more to give to its visitors.

This beautiful and versatile country has many sites worth seeing and Marrakesh is undoubtedly one of them.

Marrakesh is located in the mid-South Western region of Morocco, at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains. It’s also known as the “red city” since most of its buildings have a reddish or pinkish color.

It is a visual treat hard not to miss in certain areas like Medina, an older district of Marrakesh.

Medina is often described as an intoxicating maze of narrow streets filled with traditional shops and colorful markets.

Figure 8 Pools, Australia

If you are a fan of unusual traveling spots, then you might want to consider a layover in Sydney, Australia – especially if you’re up from some all-natural pool diving.

At the southern end of Burning Palms beach along coastal rock shelf, you’ll find a series of rock pools including one that gives the locale its name.

This astonishing spot is part of the Royal National Park, and there is no road access to it. Actually, you need to walk for hours in order to get there.
Even though it is definitely something that everybody should have the opportunity to visit at least one time (in a perfect world), it is still a dangerous place.

The danger part refers to narrow and slippery roads that are the only way to reach these amazing pools, and those are what you’re dealing with during your three kilometer (almost two-mile) walk to the site.

Capri, Italy

Italy is one of the places everyone should go to at least once in a lifetime.

Why? To simplify things, there are just so many things to see and do in this fantastic country. Italy is made up of 20 regions and 110 provinces, each beautiful and amazing in its own way.

Despite that, there here is one specific island particularly worth visiting. It is called Capri, and it is truly unforgettable.

The island is located less than 32 kilometers (20 miles) south of Naples, on the very edge of the Gulf. Capri is not only famous for its outstanding natural beauty and amazing cultural life, but also as a place of leisure and luxury.

On top of everything else that Capri has to offer, celebrity watchers will need to break out the binoculars to catch a glimpse of the stars who like to stop there and anchor their yachts in the Marina Grande while they cruise along the Mediterranean Sea.

Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park in Costa Rica is one of those incredible places on the Earth that has it all – breathtaking landscapes, incredibly rich flora and fauna, lagoons, waterfalls, hot springs, boiling mud pits and volcanoes.

Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?

The park covers a nature-rich area of 13,749 hectares (34,000 acres) located in Guanacaste Province of the northwestern part of Costa Rica.

This ecologically diverse region is a perfect travel destination for anyone who likes to spend time experiencing something different every single day.

Including hiking to the top of an active volcano or swimming in freshwater lagoons and sulphuric hot springs.

Phangnga Bay, Phuket, Thailand

Phuket is one of Thailand’s southern provinces in the Andaman Sea that consists of 33 islands.

The largest and most popular one is, of course, Phuket, but the smaller islands are equally attractive and worth exploring.

One of the places that should not be missed when in Thailand and Phuket is Phang Nga Bay which as you can see by the picture above, looks like something out of this world.

Located between the island of Phuket and the mainland of the Malay Peninsula, it is famous for its amazingly green waters and limestone karsts that rise from the sea, along with fascinating archaeological sites and collapsed cave systems.

Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos is one of Greece’s most famous islands situated in the heart of the Cyclades.

Greek mythology tells the story of how Mykonos was formed from the petrified bodies of giants killed by Hercules.

This fact alone suggests how incredible and rich Mykonos’s history and folklore are. Even if you are not familiar with the tales of Greece’s ancient past, modern-day Mykonos has lots to offer.

From fabulous beaches and fantastic resorts to picturesque villages and one of a kind city of Hóra, Mykonos presents a plethora of opportunities to create a memorable vacation just the way you want it.

Trunk Bay Beach, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

One of the most photographed sandscapes in the United States Virgin Islands can be found on St. John Island: Trunk Bay Beach.

With white sand and impressive underwater sea life, it is a definite place to be for anyone looking to bask in the Caribbean sun.

If you like the idea of snorkeling down a long, clear, underwater trail surrounded by coral reefs or sunbathing in the soft sand, Trunk Bay offers it both.

Accommodating and prepared for the large number of tourists it hosts each year, visitors will find showers, restrooms and the requisite gift shops.

For those who love looking at water but don’t really enjoy being in it, the Island provides other activities such as hiking and trips to old sugar plantations.

Dean’s Blue Hole, The Bahamas

Blue holes are probably some of the most amazing natural water phenomena you’ll ever come across.

Blue holes such as this are located all over the world, but the deepest of the saltwater variety is Dean’s Blue Hole situated near Clarence Town on the coast of Long Island in the Bahamas.

Characterized by its crystal-clear water with visibility of up to 30 meters (98 feet), this particular hole features some of the best and most attractive free diving and snorkeling sites in the world.

The deepest point in Dean’s Blue Hole is 202 meters (663 feet), but the water around it is rather shallow, calm and very pleasant to splash around in, even for less experienced swimmers.

Kokomo Private Island, Fiji

Exclusivity has a new standard, and it’s called Kokomo Private Island. Billionaire Lang Walker’s life work is a luxurious 140-acre island, located off the coast of Fiji.

The island itself offers some for anyone looking for luxury, and the waters offer some of the largest coral reefs in the world.

In order to create a breathtaking travel destination packed with restaurants, turquoise beaches, lovely sunsets, a diving center, spa and villas, the 17th richest man in Australia had to spend over 50 years in building it.

Everything you see at Kokomo is absolutely perfect. It is like a pure image of a paradise. This coastal retreat welcomes many tourists throughout the year and is famous for its world-class hospitality.

Porto De Galinhas, Pernambuco, Brazil

Probably the best and, if nothing else, one of the most famous beaches in Brazil, is the dazzling Porto de Galinhas.

It is world famous for its warm waters and refreshing breeze, but what makes this beach unique and irresistibly attractive to visitors from all over the world are the natural pools that can be found scattered along its central beach.

For anyone who makes the journey, the pools are an absolute must-see when in Porto de Galinhas.

Formed thanks to the vast reef positioned close to a coastline and when the tide is right, many people love to swim and relax in these little turquoise pieces of heaven all year round.

Blue Lagoon, Comino, Malta

This place with a promising name, Blue Lagoon, is located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea on the the western coast of the island of Comino.

Thanks to its azure blue water this tropical getaway is often described as a piece of paradise, so it’s not too surprising that Comino’s Blue Lagoon attracts thousands of visitors every summer.

It offers some of the best views in the entire archipelago, plenty of snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities and spectacular atmosphere.

Although it can be pretty crowded during tourist season, it’s still a great place to spend a day.