From the ancient Avenue of the Baobabs in Madagascar to the Great Bear Rainforest of Canada to Australia’s Kangaroo Island, there are countless awe-inspiring remote destinations on Earth. It would take a lifetime and then some to see everything one could see traveling the world. The giant human figures of Easter Island and the ancient geoglyphs and mummies of Nazca in Peru leave visitors with more questions than answers. These secluded islands, remote villages, ancient cities, and wild natural beauty will call travelers to the farthest reaches of the Earth.
Bermuda is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean, known throughout the world for its stunning pink sand beaches. The island offers miles of Caribbean Sea coastline that are home to some of the world's top destination beaches, known for their high-quality surfing, swimming, and barrier reef snorkeling experiences throughout the year. Lovely South Shore Park is frequently ranked as one of the top beach areas in the world, home to lively areas like Horseshoe Bay Beach and more private areas like Stonehole and Chaplin Bays. In towns like Hamilton, British-American hybrid culture abounds at attractions like the National Museum of Bermuda.
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Situated off the coast of Australia, Kangaroo Island gathers bushland, beaches, wildlife, and sunsets in one magical place that welcomes travelers from across the globe. The picturesque destination offers visitors an eclectic nature-based experience that could only happen here. There are more than 23 hikes on the island, ranging from 30 minutes to a few days (for those willing to follow the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail). Wildlife thrives on Kangaroo Island, with five protected wilderness areas and 19 national parks. The Hanson Bay Sanctuary is a reliable place to see the most. The island also features a lively culinary arts scene, extreme adventure options, and coastal activities.
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Lugano, Switzerland, is nestled along the northern shores of Lake Lugano, a glacial lake in the Italian-speaking region of Ticino. Its unique mix of Swiss and Mediterranean cultures lures travelers to this remote location. Visitors will want to explore the lake on one of several lake boat excursions or gaze at it from waterfront lidos and swimming pools. There is plenty to explore outdoors on land, too. From scenic drives and mountain bike trails to national parks and luxury golf courses, there is an outdoor activity for everyone. Swiss-Mediterranean culture is on display at Lugano Arte e Cultura, the Hermann Hesse Museum, the Swiss Customs Museum, and of course, in the food.
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Easter Island is a small roughly triangular island located between Tahiti and Chile in the South Pacific. Created by a string of massive volcano eruptions, it features steep slopes, volcanic cones at each point of the island, 70 eruptive centers, Anakena – a sheltered white sand beach, and hundreds of sea caves. One of the most isolated places in the world, the inhabitants consisted of dragonflies and seabirds for millions of years until Polynesian seafarers happened upon the island 1,200 years ago. They carved giant human figures from volcanic rock, known as moai, which represent some of the most outstanding ancient relics ever to have been discovered.
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Blue Eye, known to locals as Syri I Kalter, is the largest of 18 springs that emerge from the Earth roughly 15 miles from Saranda in southern Albania. Its unique name comes directly from its magnificent and ethereal beauty, which creates the illusion of a blue eye. Its deep blue center flows water outward, creating a light blue color before meeting a ring of green vegetation that gives the impression of eyelashes. The waters are responsible for feeding the Bistrica River. It remains a constant 50°F, so any swimming for more than a quick dip will require a wetsuit to avoid inevitable hypothermia. The depth of the Blue Eye has yet to be determined.
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Drake’s Bay resides on the Osa Peninsula’s northern side, an ideal spot for those who want to relax and escape from the real world for a bit. It is also known as an adventure-seekers paradise where visitors can explore uninhabited locales like Isla de Cano and the Cano Island Biological Reserve. The reserve features remnants of an ancient civilization, with carved stone spheres dating back to pre-Columbian eras. The bay itself and its rugged surroundings also offer a wealth of outdoor recreational activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, and sport fishing. The Corcovado National Park is nearby as well, ideal for horseback riding, hiking, and bird watching.
7.Avenue of the Baobabs
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The Avenue of the Baobabs, a dirt road that connects Belo Tsiribihina and Morondava in Madagascar, is bordered by dozens of ancient and rare baobab trees. This incredible setting is so gorgeous and unique that it promises to become the country’s first recognized natural monument. It is one of the most photographed places on the island due to these giant dry season transitory trees, some of which are over 800 years old and feature trunks that are more than 150 feet in circumference. They were once part of a thriving forest, but are now all that remains, and their existence is thanks to the preservation efforts of several organizations.
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Fjdrargljufur Canyon is an enormous canyon roughly 330 feet deep and a little over one mile long, located in southern Iceland. The canyon features steep walls and is slightly sinuous and narrow. Its base is mostly palagonite from the end of the last Ice Age, and it’s considered to be approximately two million years old. The river Fjaora flows through this impressive canyon, and the water is often low, so hikers are able to safely and easily wade across. Majestic waterfalls can be seen deeper into the canyon and visitors can return the top of the canyon via a pathway along the canyon’s edge.
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen is located an hour south of Munich, the most well-known town of the Bavarian Alps. Its motto, “Discover your true nature,” encourages visitors to explore its various unique experiences. The area once consisted of two distinct towns, Garmisch and Partenkirchen, that were merged for the 1936 Olympics and have remained a single unit ever since. Though now thought of as one town, it still features two distinct parts with Partenkirchen retaining an Old World Alpine village feel and Garmisch embracing a 21st century vibe. The area offers some of the best skiing opportunities in the country, including runs on the Zugspitze, the highest peak in Germany.
10.Great Bear Rainforest
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Affectionately referred to as the Amazon of the north, the Great Bear Rainforest spans over 250 miles of British Columbia’s coastline. This 21-million-acre vast and sodden wilderness features 1,000-year-old cedars, granite-dark waters, waterfalls spurting off the edges of moss-covered mountains, and glacier-cut fjords. Home to several First Nations communities and an abundance of wildlife including grizzly bears, coastal gray wolves, mountain goats, and cougars, this area is alive with activity and unique experiences. The most exciting resident of the area is the rare, elusive, cream-colored Kermode bear, also known as spirit bear. It is revered by the T’simshian people. To spot this bear, visitors will need a local guide with expert tracking abilities and patience.
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Caye Caulker is roughly 5 miles long and 1.2 miles wide, located 1 mile west of Belize Barrier Reef. The island is a mix of Garifuna, Mestizo, and Creole cultures. It is best known for its laidback, eccentric ambience, and its prominence as the center of the country’s boat racing and shipbuilding industries. The Belize Marine Terminal and Museum, located in Belize City on mainland Belize, features an informative exhibit of Caye Caulker shipwrights, the boats they’ve built, and the tools they’ve used. Caye Caulker’s unpaved streets rarely see any vehicles other than golf carts. Family-owned restaurants, hotels, and tourism businesses making it a serene and secluded escape, focused on fishing and preserving the area’s unique heritage.
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Islas Cies, the islands of the gods, are the greatest treasure of Vigo’s estuary. Collectively, they form an exceptional national marine-terrestrial park and one of Spain’s most beautiful places. The Cies Islands consist of three islands, O Faro, Monte Agudo, and San Martino; the first two are linked by a big section of sand known as Rodas Beach, which The Guardian deemed the best beach in the world. The Cies Islands are part of Atlantic Islands National Park, a beach oasis with sparkling waters in a natural environment that acts as a unique wildlife observatory. Visitors can only access the isles by ferry or private boat, with San Martino only accessed using the latter.
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13.John O' Groats
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John O’ Groats is a village in the Scottish Highlands known for its unspoiled landscape. The coastal town’s remote setting features dramatic cliffs, abundant birds and wildlife, and awe-inspiring views of minke and killer whales and other local sea life. Trekkers will want to set out to Duncansby Head Lighthouse and the giant rocks called the Stacks of Duncansby for a wild, rugged experience. Day tours include the ancient Standing Stones of Stenness, the prehistoric houses of Skara Brae, and diving and fishing Churchill Barriers. John O’ Groats is also the jumping off point for “End to End,” an 876-mile journey to Cornwall’s Land’s End.
14.La Sagesse Bay
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If a secluded destination spells romance over adventure for the wistful traveler, La Sagesse Bay on the island of Grenada is the place to be. This consummate Caribbean getaway brings visitors to a remote world of dense jungles, pristine white sand beaches, and tropical luxuries. The intimate boutique hotel has a mere 12 rooms for the most discriminating traveler who values privacy and harmony with nature above all else. Here, guests will find a natural environment that arouses the senses with butterflies, birds, lush countryside, and warm, tranquil waters. Guest can choose from accommodations in the historical Manor House, Caribbean Cottage, or oceanfront rooms.
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When secluded destination means complete isolation to immerse oneself in a spiritual journey into nature, self, and the divine, Meteora is that isolated place. The surreal landscape of towering rock formations topped by 14th to 16th century monasteries is in itself worth the trip. Taking a pilgrimage these six remaining monasteries is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Guests can visit all six monasteries in the region, of which Great Meteoron is the oldest and largest and Varlaam is the second largest. Roussanou Monastery is one of the easiest to reach, and the Monastery of the Holy Trinity has arguably the best views. St. Nicholas Anapafsas Monastery is the first one visitors come to, and St. Stephen’s Monastery is the most accessible.
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Visitors come to Mljet to enjoy the island’s Mediterranean climate and mystical history. The eighth largest Croatian island, it is situated near Peljesac, Dubrovnik, and Korcula. Known as one of the sunniest islands in the Adriatic, visitors can spend their time swimming, snorkeling, and boating in the area’s crystal-clear lakes and lounging on spectacular beaches. It is home to the oldest national park of the Adriatic Islands. Other activities include exploring the caves on the island, dancing to folk music, and learning about the island’s history and enduring cultural myths of the past.
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The bohemian culture in Montezuma, a small village on southern Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, attracts guests from around the world. Its colorful, old wooden houses and vibrant artist community are only part of Montezuma’s appeal. Visitors and locals alike enjoy the energetic nightlife, where they can dance to everything from Latin guitar to electronic music. For visitors who prefer a quieter evening, the village has a long stretch of white sand beach, where they can enjoy the lull of the Pacific and the twinkling lights of Costa Rica’s coast. Adventurous travelers will appreciate the unspoiled surrounding landscape with its waterfalls and natural pools. Romelia Wildlife Reserve, a turtle sanctuary, is also close by.
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Motu Teta prides itself on being a dream island. A private island, Motu Teta has worked to preserve its magnificent natural environment. Accommodations incorporate Tahitian elements into their design. In both the main villa and the guest residence (called Bungalow Royale), guests can expect dark hardwood floors, wooden furnishings, and rooms that allow the air from the ocean to circulate. Luxe accommodations meet natural beauty in this magical place fit for those who want the perfect private island experience. Motu Teta Island is tucked away in Rangiroa, French Polynesia, a 90-minute boat ride from the main village and airport.
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Nazca is a coastal city in southern Peru, situated in one of the most arid regions in the world. During Spanish colonization, the area grew popular for its grape brandy, which the world now knows as “pisco.” Locals still refer to the brandy as nasca and it is sold locally as such, but pisco is more widely known as Peru’s national drink. The city was named for the Nazca culture, which thrived here from 100 BC to 800 AD. In fact, a complex set of ancient aqueducts built by the Nazca people still functions today. Nazca is also famous for the Nazca Lines – ancient desert geoglyphs viewable by plane, and the Nazca mummies.
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Located in the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rocktail Bay is known for its natural beauty, varied culture, and turtles. Each summer, turtles emerge from the Indian Ocean to lay their eggs on the shore. Nestled in South Africa’s breathtaking KwaZulu North Coast, the Rocktail Bay Lodge is one of the most remote and adventurous sites in the country. The lodge features eleven secluded treehouses on stilts among the lush forest. Visitors spend their days diving, fishing, and bird watching. For visitors with insatiable curiosity, educational trips, including a turtle research drive, can be arranged depending on the season.
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Romblon is composed of three islands, Romblon Town, Tablas Island, and Sibuyan Island and has one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Visitors can explore many beaches, rivers, and mountains on the islands. Whether travelers arrive by 1-hour plane ride or 10-hour boat ride, they can expect to explore unique activities like taking a swim to feed fish in the Looc Bay Marine Sanctuary. For the food-obsessed, restaurants feature local dishes such as taghilaw (pork intestines) or inaslum (vegetable soup). For the less adventurous, restaurants also feature other popular dishes from around the world.
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In central Greenland, the large city of Sisimiut is known for its brightly painted wooden houses, its compelling history, and its breathtaking hiking spots. Visitors can learn about the past at the Sisimiut Museum. In the mountains east of Sisimiut, the annual 3-day Arctic Circle Race brings skiers from around the world to compete in one of the most difficult courses. Visitors can enjoy an authentic Greenlandic menu items at area restaurants or explore the neighborhood bookstore, Sisimiut Atuagaarniarfik. Perhaps the city’s most defining feature is its unmatched beauty, which can be explored on a hike through the rugged landscape. Visitors should expect to dress for the polar climate region, with average temperature highs around 10° C (50° F).
23.Torres del Paine National Park
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With ice fields, caves, glaciers, and stunning waterfalls, Torres del Paine National Park is unlike any other place in the world. Whether visitors choose to take a walk through the rolling hills or explore a wooden path through a dark cavern, there is plenty to see at the park. In order to stay in the Torres del Paine National Park, visitors must submit a reservation ahead of setting up camp. For visitors without camping gear, the park provides shelters and is home to many hotels and hostels. Unforgettable experiences include eating the dark fruits of Calafate in the Cerro Castillo Village and paddling a kayak through the majestic landscape on the Serrano River.
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Located in northeastern Italy, Trieste is one of Italy’s best-kept secrets. Not as popular as Rome or Milan, the city has its own gifts to offer. The city’s past Austrian-Hungarian influence has left it with a brilliant mix of historical architectural styles. While some parts of the city are home to Austrian architecture, Mediterranean and Roman architectural styles are also prominent. A cosmopolitan city, Trieste is the perfect place for the intellectually curious. Multilingual travelers will be surprised to note that in the region of Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, Italian, Slovene, Friulian, and German are all official languages. It’s popular to rent a bike to explore the city’s various pubs, bookstores, and historical sites.
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Zadar is one of the oldest cities in Croatia. Visitors flock from all over to bask in the Mediterranean climate, learn about the varied history, which dates back to the Stone Age, and enjoy the city’s many attractions along its cobblestone streets. With so many cultural influences over the years, the city currently has a few different architectural styles, with some buildings remaining from the Roman times. Zadar has many museums for visitors who hope to explore the cultural aspects of the city, including an ancient glass museum and a permanent exhibition of sacral art.
25 Best Secluded Honeymoon Destinations in the World
- Bermuda, Photo: Chris/stock.adobe.com
- Kangaroo Island, Photo: Courtesy of kaomhin - Fotolia.com
- Lugano, Photo: Courtesy of anna_klyasheva - Fotolia.com
- Easter Island, Photo: Courtesy of Karminalucis - Fotolia.com
- Blue Eye, Photo: Courtesy of Fyle - Fotolia.com
- Drake's Bay, Photo: Courtesy of Eric - Fotolia.com
- Avenue of the Baobabs, Photo: Courtesy of danmir12 - Fotolia.com
- Fjdrargljufur Canyon, Photo: Courtesy of zephyr_p - Fotolia.com
- Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Photo: Courtesy of pwmotion - Fotolia.com
- Great Bear Rainforest, Photo: Courtesy of nbiebach - Fotolia.com
- Caye Caulker, Photo: Courtesy of Aleksandar Todorovic - Fotolia.com
- Islas Cies, Photo: Courtesy of kisakal - Fotolia.com
- John O' Groats, Photo: Courtesy of Uwalthie Pic Project - Fotolia.com
- La Sagesse Bay, Photo: Courtesy of PHB.cz - Fotolia.com
- Meteora, Photo: Courtesy of Boris Ryaposov - Fotolia.com
- Mljet, Photo: Courtesy of Milan Noga reco - Fotolia.com
- Montezuma, Photo: Courtesy of TellyVision - Fotolia.com
- Motu Teta, Photo: Courtesy of fabio lamanna - Fotolia.com
- Nazca, Photo: Courtesy of Jgz - Fotolia.com
- Rocktail Bay, Photo: Courtesy of _LaLLi_ - Fotolia.com
- Romblon, Photo: Courtesy of Diana Kosaric - Fotolia.com
- Sisimiut, Photo: Courtesy of Christian - Fotolia.com
- Torres del Paine National Park, Photo: Courtesy of Aleksei Potov - Fotolia.com
- Trieste, Photo: Courtesy of rh2010 - Fotolia.com
- Zadar, Photo: Courtesy of Anna Lurye - Fotolia.com
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Black Pebble Beach
Black Pebble Beach is situated near the town of Kekerengu, just north of Kaikura, where the Southern Alps serve as a backdrop to this unique beach. A well-known hidden gem, its popularity is due to its contrasting natural elements. Glittering emerald green waters are dotted by rock formations emerging from the ocean floor and ringed by a black-pebbled shoreline frequented by seals. The beach is within the area of the southern tourist trail; however, it remains less frequently visited due to the cold waters. For those who decide to brave the chilly swells, there are plenty of boutique bars nearby to grab a warm beverage after the visit.