45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises Around The World
Last Updated on January 31, 2021 by Anita Hendrieka
Ever wonder where the next paradise you should run off to is? These 45 travel bloggers have revealed their perfect place from all over the world. From the beautiful Philippines to Middle Earth (New Zealand) there’s something for everybody in nearly every location around the world.
If you have an extreme case of wanderlust, look away now! These places are beyond stunning.
1. New Zealand
What if Paradise is in Kiwi Land? A volcano. And another smile. Happiness helps me see paradise wherever I go. That time was in New Zealand.
2. Isla de Gigantes, Philippines
Suggested by The Adventures Of Mama Kach
If beauty was by the beholder we’d all be dead. Beauty is nature.
3. Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
4. Roses, Spain
Suggested by Travelling Buzz
Roses is a little coastal town in Costa Brava, Spain and, in my opinion, it has one of the most scenic coastal walks in Europe. You can not stay numb to the glorious landscapes, endless sea and the beautiful little hidden beaches along the way. It is definitely worth it to escape the big city and head to Costa Brava.
5. Interlaken, Switzerland
Suggested by Wander With Laura
Taken in Interlaken, Switzerland, the feeling of peace you get looking out at this stunning landscape is incomparable. This view cemented Switzerland in my heart as one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
6. El Nido, Philippines
Suggested by Two Monkeys Travel Group
El Nido, Palawan is hailed as one of the top island destinations in the Philippines and the world. El Nido is truly a heaven on Earth. Pictures don’t do justice to this paradise.
7. Curaçao, North America
Suggested by The Daily Self
I visited Curaçao in November 2015 and took a day trip to this tiny uninhabited island where I witnessed the bluest water and the whitest sand I’ve ever seen! Such unspoiled beauty, I even got to see turtles while snorkelling in the crystal clear waters. Paradise!
8. Griffiths Island in Victoria, Australia
Suggested by I’ll Be Right Back
9. Engelberg, Switzerland
Suggested by Bel Around The World
I discovered this little lake while en route to Mount Titlis. If not for our adventurous spirit, my partner and I would not have found such a little heaven on earth! It was absolutely stunning and untouched and captures the best of nature’s beauty.
10. Punta Uva, Costa Rica
Suggested by Beck What The Hell
Punta Uva is a beautiful beach just a short bike ride (around 10km) outside of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. Perfect for swimming, snorkelling, and kayaking, and you can even rent the equipment on-site!
Suggested by Fit Two Travel
Not only is the Jamaican culture amazing, but the beaches of Jamaica are absolute paradise! Who wouldn’t want to watch the sky turn purple over the crystal clear water?
12. Airlie Beach, Australia
Suggested by Packs Light
Airlie Beach is one of the thousands of beaches in Australia, but it is a well-kept secret. Let’s just say I want to have my honeymoon here!
13. Pula, Croatia
Suggested by Read To Travel
Stop number one on my first solo backpacking trip was Pula, Croatia. A local girl offered to show me around to her favourite spots and brought me to this amazing piece of coastline.
14. Whitsundays, Australia
Suggested by Eight Corners
Paradise to me is turquoise seas, warm waters, a thriving marine life, and white sand…and you can’t get any better than the Whitsundays. We went on a 5-day catamaran cruise around the Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach—which is in the top 3 of the best sand I’ve ever seen—the Whitsundays remains one of my most treasured destinations.
15. Rapperswil, Switzerland
Suggested by I’m Voyager
Switzerland is a country which must have inspired the great masterpieces of art and literature, it is like a painting come to life, a poem wafting tantalizingly in the air, a sculpture skillfully etched by Nature. One relatively unknown gem where you can listen to the sound of your own footfalls and gaze reverently at the lake and soak in nature is Rapperswil.
16. Little Corn Island, Nicaragua
Suggested by Big World Small Pockets
I discovered the paradise of Little Corn Island, off the coast of Nicaragua in Central America, when I was backpacking through this crazy continent. Planning to explore this tiny Carribean gem for a week, I fell so in love with the island that I actually ended up living there for a year and not going home!
17. Cathedral Cove, New Zealand
Suggested by Enchanted Serendipity
Cathedral Cove (Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve) on New Zealand’s north island is simply stunning! Often bypassed for more well-known parts of New Zealand; the 45-minute walk and few detours along the way make this one of the world’s truest paradises. It should not be missed!
18. Malalison Island, The Philippines
Suggested by Le Misstache
This is Malalison Island, an unspoiled beach getaway in the Western Visayas part of the Philippines. I could spend a full day here, looking above, observing the vastness of the Earth and how I occupy just a tiny, little space in it.
19. Bodrum, Turkey
Suggested by The World Pursuit
Paradise is walking around the empty alleyways of Bodrum. Taking in all the beautiful white and blue buildings, surrounded with cobblestone at your feet.
20. Mai Chau, Vietnam
Suggested by Willful And Wildhearted
Tucked away in the Northern hills of Vietnam, Mai Chau in an area untouched by tourism and the hustle and bustle of the nation’s larger cities. I was fortunate enough to do a homestay with a minority tribe in July 2014, which was one of the most eye-opening and life-changing experiences I’ve had to date. I loved it so much I’ll be returning this spring!
21. Shetland, Scotland
Suggested by Elizabeths Kitchen Diary
My idea of paradise is sea kayaking in flat calm seas under the midnight sun in Shetland, an island archipelago located at 60 degrees North, exploring sea caves and arches along the wild and rugged coast of Ronas Voe.
22. Western Tatras, Slovakia
Suggested by Next Stop Abroad
Rohace mountains are the only place I am visiting year after year. Not only because of the stunning views one gets from the mountain peaks, but also because of the overall feeling I have during my hike – I always relax & forget about problems, I breathe the fresh mountainous air and meet some deer when I am lucky enough. Besides, what can be better than a walk around crystal-clear glacier lakes?
23. Socotra Island
Suggested by Your Exotic World
Socotra is an island off mainland Yemen. It is called the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean and is famous for the indigenous Blood Dragon Trees. They are not found anywhere else on the planet. This island has 1 road, a handful of locals and remains closed to the world for 6 months of the year due to high-velocity winds. It is an undiscovered paradise.
24. Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, Colombia
Suggested by Made All The Difference
The cover of Lonely Planet Colombia doesn’t begin to do the splendour of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona justice. The two days I spent hiking along the Caribbean coast was my favourite outdoor adventure while in Colombia.
25. San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Suggested by Authentic Food Quest
If you have ever dreamed about going to the moon, visit Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna) in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. Here you will “walk on the moon” and experience the best star gazing ever!
26. Stavanger, Norway
Suggested by Sidles Adventures
Stavanger, is one of the most stunning paradises around the world, it is the most beautiful place we have ever travelled to. Not just for its natural beauty, but also, the feeling of awe you get when you’re at the top of the Pulpit Rock looking down at the Fjords.
27. Kuang Si Falls in Luang Prabang, Laos
Suggested by Adoration 4 Adventure
These are the Kuang Si Falls hidden away just outside of Luang Prabang, Laos. This beautiful area is known amongst backpackers but is just starting to be discovered by more tourists, so go soon to enjoy the serenity!
28. Kauai, Hawaii
Suggested by Dreaming And Wandering
In Kauai (Hawaii) I hiked the strenuous 18 km Kalalau trail to put my tent up on Kalalau beach, under the shade of a Kamani tree, whose nuts taste like almonds and near to the waterfall providing fresh water and pleasure of refreshing shower. This incredible place a real slice of forgotten paradise and getting there is like going back through the time.
29. Sidi Ali Lake, Morocco
Suggested by Passport and Plates
This is Sidi Ali Lake in Morocco. I stopped here on a road trip to Meknes and couldn’t believe how crystal clear the water is…it looks straight out of a postcard!
30. St. Lucia, Caribbean
Suggested by Roar Loud
For me St. Lucia fit my idea of a perfect tropical Caribbean vacation. At the cove Gros Islet we were treated to turquoise waters, sandy beaches and pure luxury.
31. Kelimutu National Park in Flores, Indonesia
Suggested by The Sea Is My Cup Of Tea
Kelimutu national park in the mountains of Flores is a sacred place to the local village people and I can totally see why. They believe the souls of the village people rest in the crater lakes and that this is the reason the lakes keep changing colours without a cause. There are no other places that ever made me so quiet and peaceful inside as this hidden gem did. And did I mention there was no one there?!
32. Whistler, Canada
Suggested by Last Fiasco Run
My paradise is Whistler, Canada. The only way to describe it is Never-Never Land for grown-ups! Not only is it beautiful, with its lakes and mountains, it attracts travellers from all over the world creating an amazing community. It allows adults to become kids again, spending their days exploring the forests or mountains; hiking, swimming, skateboarding, snowboarding and even white water rafting, there is never a dull day.
33. Holetown, Barbados
Suggested by What Kirsty Did Next
My stunning paradise was in Holetown in Barbados. We went for a stroll along the beach and about a five-minute walk from our hotel was this magnificent stretch of beach. There were only two other people swimming in it so it was pretty secluded. The colour of the water was breath-taking!
34. Kraljevica, Croatia
Suggested by Legging It
Often people think of paradise as tropical hideaways but we discovered Kraljevica in Croatia. Waking up every morning to this stunning view, walks around beautiful bays and sunsets to die for pure paradise.
35. Salamina Island, Greece
Suggested by Hepburn and Handbags
Salamina Island is the most local spot we could find- hardly any English speakers, no tourists, just locals enjoying a day at the beach. Our plans to visit Hydra fell through (oversleeping…) so a travel agent at our hotel suggested Salamina. It was the perfect, completely unexpected, paradise!
36. Meeru, Maldives
Suggested by Tourism With Me
Meeru is an island in the Malé atoll, a paradise of white sand beaches, a coral reef, parrotfishes and coral reef sharks. The Maldives equals to relax, being comfortable and having time for yourself.
37. Andros Island, Bahamas
Suggested by Cosmos Mariners
If paradise means deserted white sand beaches, scuba diving, fishing, and crystal clear water, look no further than Andros Island, Bahamas! Explore the once forgotten (and now rediscovered) village of Red Bays, tour the Androsia Fabric Factory for the perfect souvenir, and go hunting for the real Captain Morgan’s gold at Morgan’s Bluff.
38. Big Sur, California
Suggested by FOXYOXIE
I recently discovered paradise in Big Sur, California. The undisturbed miles of redwood- and fog-trimmed coastline between San Simeon and Monterey feel like a private and secluded oasis, with majestic, picturesque boulders on one side of the winding road and brutal ocean waves crashing into the rocks below. Standing on the edge of a cliff jutting out above the tumultuous waves – mere steps away from a plunging death – one cannot help but feel incredibly small, yet completely and utterly free.
39. Alonissos Island, Greece
Suggested by Pinay Flying High
The island of Alonissos in the Sporades region of Greece is definitely a paradise that I wouldn’t mind going back to over and over again. With it’s beautiful beaches and its charming Old Chora, it’s definitely a piece of heaven on earth.
40. Isla del Sol, Bolivia
Suggested by Gamin Traveler
Isla del Sol to me was paradise because it was a very a beautiful and deserted island. It’s an Island in Titicaca Lake, almost 4 000 meters altitude, and with very little population.
41. Santorini, Greece
Suggested by The Mad Orange
This is from the Suites of the God Hotel on the cliffs of Santorini overlooking the Caldera, it is absolutely stunning. There is something so unbelievable about waking up to this view every morning and something so peaceful about sitting having a glass of wine with that view.
42. Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
Suggested by Yokomeshi
This photo was taken at Long Beach on Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam and is completely my definition of Paradise!
43. Rovinj, Croatia
Suggested by Jet Setting Fools
Perched on a peninsula in the Adriatic Sea is the idyllic town of Rovinj, Croatia. The distinct Croatian charm is entwined with an Italian flare. Twisting cobblestone streets lead to up to a hilltop church and down to the rocky shore surrounded by translucent water. The sunset was taken from Rovinj’s seaside restaurant, Monte Carlo.
44. Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia
Suggested by Boozy Backpacker
The smaller, less populated neighbour to party hard Koh Rong, I actually found this island completely by mistake when I got off the ferry to the latter. We’d pulled up to this beautifully deserted beach and the ferryman said: “Koh Rong Samloem, thirty minutes, we go”. I just assumed, since I’d heard the words “Koh” and “Rong”, that I was on the right island, just the wrong beach.
After about an hour of wandering around and pretending I was Tom Hanks from Castaway, I figured out I was on the wrong Rong and my ferry had already left without me. But it was a blessing in disguise because the island is lush and relatively deserted save for a few beachside bungalows, one of them brilliantly, betcha-never-saw-that-one-coming, creatively named The Beach, with azure water and soft, perfect white sand. On a moonless night, you can see glowing bioluminescent plankton.
45. Porthcurno, Cornwall
Just one of Cornwall’s beautiful beaches, this place looks like something you would find in Greece and not the UK!
Have you found a paradise you would like to share? Leave a comment below!
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