If you don’t mind that the majority of the roads in Madagascar are unpaved, then you’re definitely the right kind of adventure-seeker for this country. Madagascar is rich in biodiversity; 90% of its wildlife cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
There are lemurs, turtles, sharks and whales. There are also rainforests, deserts, sandstone canyons and a 5000-kilometer coastline that has beaches, mostly untouched. Just don’t go in mid-January to mid-March as that’s when torrential rains, wind and cyclones hit the country.
#2 Hamilton, Bermuda
Bermuda is one of the 14 British Overseas Territories that belong to the UK. It’s not a little piece of England either, as Bermuda is a melting pot of British, North American, African, Portugese and West Indian influences. Quite a large cultural mix considering its small size: 20 miles by two miles, to be precise. But it more than makes up with its beaches: crescents of pale pink sand surrounding a cerulean sea.
#3 Valletta, Malta
Why Malta? One, there are three World Heritage Sites to visit, including the capital, Valletta, the setting for Mereen (as we’re sure every Game of Thrones fan knows), which in 2015 also saw a modern facelift of the Old City Gate, Parliament building and Opera House. Two, Malta has beaches for all: golden sand, red sand, rocks and blue lagoons. And lastly, the game-changer: Valletta is set to make an entrance in the world stage as next year’s European Capital of Culture.
#4 Vis, Croatia
Coatia’s erstwhile tourism slogan, “Mediterranean as it once was,” must have specifically referred to Vis. Located in the furthest of the main Central Dalmatian Islands, Vis served as a military base and was—until 1989—closed to the public.
Today, the island, with its unspoiled beauty, can be explored by scooter—fresh seafood, tranquil bays and a lack of tourist mobs will draw you in.
#5 Cartagena, Colombia
Cartagena is in Colombia’s Carribean coast, which means every day is basically a great day to be on the beach. Uf the white sand and turquoise waters aren’t enough to tempt you, the charm of the old walled town, with its brightly colored colonial mansions, balconies brimming with bougainvillea and alfresco cafes will.
#6 Paros, Greece
Located in the heart of the Cyclades (the Greek islands forming a circle around the sacred island of Delos) in the middle of the Agean Sea, Paros is all Cycladic architecture: white sugar-cube houses detailed with the most dazzling of blues, bound by the most beautiful beaches along the Greek Islands. Lonely Planet describes it as “Mykonos without the hype and the price tag.”